Monthly Archives: May 2019

Everything I do. It’s for the future you.


Everything I do.

It’s for the future you.

They say, “It won’t count.”

Well, it’s not for them with all of their doubts.

I’ll make sure it’ll be there for you, high in the clouds.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 5/21/19 –

#poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing #writer #author #poet #poetrycommunity #books #bookstagram #bookreader #bookreaders #lovenote #lovemessage #lovegram #fiction #novels #lovestory #romance #spilledink #spilledwords #spilledthoughts

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If love is all-powerful, can it survive the deepest divides caused by anger and suffering?


“If love is all-powerful, can it survive the deepest divides caused by anger and suffering?”

I wrote this sentence as I was preparing my query letters to literary agencies for my second novel, a historical fiction about a friendship that is born between an Iraqi boy and girl while in a hospital after surviving a suicide bomb.

#novel #novels #book #books #fiction #iraqwar #history #suspense #romance #romantic #lovestory #ultimatelovestory #author #writer #reader #booklover #bookfan #bookclub #ilovebooks #bookworm #booknerd #bookish #bookcommunity #suspensenovels #romancenovels #tragiclove

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Hawaii Buddhist Council service at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, May 20, 2019 at Oahu, Hawaii.


This morning was beautiful at Punchbowl Cemetery or the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, May 20, 2019 at Oahu, Hawaii. The Hawaii Buddhist Council, in which I’m a member of had a service for all the veterans. My late great uncle Roy Okubo was a member of the 522nd Artillery and 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

#punchbowlcemetery #nationalmemorialofthepacific #memorial #memorialservice #veterans #military #buddhist #buddhism #mindful #mindfulness #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle #hawaiiplaces

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Do you get high off of running and walking?


Running gives me the runner’s high with the #endorphins and #dopamine kicking in. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Walking and absorbing the beauty of the sky, clouds, and sunset puts me in a powerful state of presence where I feel a #spiritual and #emotional connection with the beauty of my surroundings. โ›…

Here’s a picture of the sunset in Waikele, Hawaii on March 14, 2019.

Do you get high off of running and walking? ๐Ÿ˜€

#running #walking #exercise #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy #runnershigh #walkingmeditation #stressrelief #anxietyrelief #mentalhealth #mindset #psychology #selfhelp #selfimprovement #positivemindset

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I cherish my time with my family. I dedicate my Sundays to be with them.


I cherish my time with my family. I dedicate my Sundays to be with them. My family and I in Hawaii enjoy video calling my sister and her family on the U.S. mainland.

Here’s a collage of photos with my niece and I on April 10, 2019.

Have fun with your family!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#family #lovedones #moments #preciousmoments #familytime #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #mindful #oahu #hawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle

My niece and I.

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Love feels good even when we’re in pain.


Love feels good even when we’re in pain.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 5/15/2019 –

#love #romance #drama #lovestory #lovestories #fiction #romancenovel #romancenovels #paranormalromance #suckerforlove #novels #novel #books #writer #reader #creativewriting #writersofinstagram #readersofinstagram #hopelessromantic #tragiclove #lovequote #lovequotes #greatestlovestory #lovers #romancebooks #romancebook #lovenotes #lovegram #greatestlove

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Hi everyone! Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant will make Jung from May 20 to June 10, 2019!


Hi everyone!

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant will make Jung from May 20 to June 10, 2019 (This year, the official day of the holiday is June 7, 2019). You can call now at (808) 947-8818 to place advance orders for pick-up or dining in. The Jung weighs 1 lb. Its ingredients include Abalone, Pork Belly, Salted Duck Egg, Green Beans, & Mochi Rice. Each Jung costs $8.95.

THE STORY
Qu Yuan (340-278 BC) was the top advisor of the Kingdom of Chu & dedicated his whole life to assisting the King to build the State stronger. He advised the King to ally w/ the State of Qi, 1 of the 7 warring states, to fight against the most powerful State of Qin. However, he was slandered by jealous officials & accused of treason, so the King dismissed & exiled him.

During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote enduring poems showing his love for his country, some of which are still very famous in China.

In 278 BC, the Qin State conquered the capital of Chu. On hearing of the defeat, Qu Yuan, in great despair, committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month.

The rest is legendโ€ฆ When the local community heard of Qu Yuan’s death, they were very sad & rowed out on boats in the river to search for his body but were unable to find him. To preserve his body, the locals paddled their boats up & down the river, hitting the water w/ their paddles & beating drums to scare evil spirits away. They threw lumps of rice into the river to feed the fish, so that they wouldn’t eat Qu Yuan’s body.

Since then, people in the Miluo River area have followed similar practices to commemorate Qu Yuan on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. Over time, rowing boats developed into dragon boat racing & the lumps of rice became sticky rice dumplings called Jung traditionally eaten during the festival in honor of the great Qu Yuan!

#dragonboatfestival #jung #chinesefood #hawaiirestaurant #hawaiirestaurants #hawaiifood #hawaiifoodfinds #hawaiieats #eatinghawaii #hawaiifoodie #foodie #hawaiifoodporn #oahueats #honolulueats #honolulufood #oahufood #onolicious #808plate #bestofhawaii808 #madeinhawaii #onogrindz #localkinegrindz #808eats #808grinds #alamoanacenter #oahu #honolulu #hawaii

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