Being a 5th generation American on my mom’s side of the family and 4th generation on my dad’s and born and raised in Hawaii where there is a mixture of ethnicities with no majority, I was surprised to experience discrimination in Eastern Washington when I lived there and Idaho where I frequented with my law school friends for snowboarding and events. In Idaho, on a snowboarding trip, my law school friends Paul from Hawaii (hapa: Caucasian and Japanese), Joe from Southern California (Filipino), Marx from New Orleans, Louisiana (Jewish), and I went to a venue where we weren’t served. Not quite sure if my friend Karlin (Inupiak Eskimo and Caucasian) was there since he snowboarded with us. Also, in Cour d’alene, Idaho, on 4th of July, white supremacists drove by in their 4×4 trucks and jeeps yelling bad stuff with their Confederate and Nazi flags. Our country, the United States is not doing too well on these issues with a number of very public incidents.
My late great uncle Roy Okubo, my late grandma Bessie Karamatsu’s baby brother enlisted in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 522nd Artillery during World War II to prove the loyalty of Americans of Japanese Ancestry despite the racism and mass imprisonment done by our country.
When I became a politician in Hawaii, I pushed for equal rights for all, including legislation for gay marriage for the LBGT community and support of programs for single mothers and survivors of abuse. My political career has been overshadowed by my legal bouts with driving under the influence. Thus, now, I’m directing a good portion of my energy towards writing fiction, nonfiction, poems, and creative writing, on top of my business projects and legal career. Through stories, we can touch people’s souls by reaching into their emotions. Laws can’t do this in the way storytelling can. I’m hopeful that love, compassion, and empathy will overcome anger, hate, and discrimination. Together, we’ll make this world better!
#peace #innerpeace #racism #discrimination #equalrights #womensrights #blacklivesmatter #hispanic #asian #jewish #lgbt #caucasian #minorities #love #compassion #empathy #onelove
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We can only be brave if we’re willing to be vulnerable. 👊
If we want a dream, we have to put ourselves out there to judgment, rejection, and hate. 👊
If we want love, we have to open ourselves to judgment, rejection, and heartbreak. 💔
Play it safe or go for it?
I say, “Go for it!” 😊
(I took this picture in Waikele, Hawaii on 3/14/2019)
#vulnerability #vulnerable #brave #dream #dreams #plans #strategy #vision #goal #goals #business #career #love #romance #life #passion #judgment #rejection #heartbreak #failure #playitsafe #goforit #quote #quotes #writing #creativewriting #thoughts #spilledthoughts #spilledink #hawaiiphotography
Waikele, Hawaii on March 14, 2019.
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The greatest teacher, failure is. – Yoda –
#yoda #lukeskywalker #quote #quotes #failure #learn #starwars #thelastjedi
Keep writing the story of your life!!! Next chapter!!!
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started to watch “Cyborg She” or “Boku no kanojo wa saibôgu,” a romantic movie in which Jiro, a lonely university student meets a beautiful and interesting woman who turns out to be a Cyborg from the future who lacks manners and emotions.
It was really good that I cried at the ending part of the movie.
The movie was written and directed by Jae-young Kwak and starred Haruka Ayase and Keisuke Koide.
I loved this song, “Yamaoku Shounen no Koi Monogatari” by Nakagawa Izumi from the scene where they go back in time and visit his hometown during his childhood.
#cyborgshe #japanesemovie #movie #japanesedrama #drama #japaneseromance #romance #japaneselovestory #lovestory #love #harukaayase #keisukekoide #jaeyoungkwak
“My love, you’re riding me so hard.”
“Whatever you do, I can do better,” she replied.
I laughed. “That’s why I love you.”
Girls, you already face more than us boys such as inequality, the pain of bearing children, and a higher risk of being abused or sexually assaulted. So go hard and beat us guys in anything: school, skills, network, business, and whatever you choose. Plus, you don’t need to take our last names – we just want your love.
#girlpower #feminism #girls #females #dreams #ambition #goals #love #robotech #veritech #veritechfighter #creativewriting #writing #writings #fiction #novel #novels #quote #quotes #jonrikikaramatsu #jonriki
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When you pass a law as a politician, people will say you did it for votes.
When you argue the law as a lawyer, they will say you did it to win.
But when you make a law alive through the arts, people will see it is from your heart.
– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 5/11/2017 –
#law #laws #policy #policies #politician #lawyer #attorney #artist #art #arts #writing #creativewriting #fiction #novel #novels #movie #movies #film #films #show #shows #drama #dramas #music #drawing #drawings #painting #paintings #quote #quotes #poem #poems #poetry #artist #artists #jonrikikaramatsu #jonriki
Rocket of Guardians of the Galaxy is my favorite character from Marvel. Like him, I enjoy coming up with plans on my goals. Since I was young, I would tell my mom, “Hey mom, hey mom, this is the plan.” Up until today, I still tell my mom my plans for all my goals.
#rocketguardiansofthegalaxy #rocketraccoon #rocket #guardiansofthegalaxy #marvel #marvelcomics #marvelcomic #comics #comic #marvelmovies #marvelmovie #marvelstudios #disney #disneymovie #disneymovies #waltdisneystudiosmotionpictures #plans #goals
I went on my own to see the movie “Our Meal For Tomorrow” (僕らのごはんは明日で待ってる) based on the novel by Maiko Seo at the Hawaii International Film Festival on April 4, 2017 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatre, Honolulu, Hawaii. I saw my Uncle Glenn and Aunty Jo Ann Matsumoto at the movie too. It was very good!
“500 Days of Summer” is one of my all-time favorite movies. I like it because it’s so real, filled with all of life’s strengths and weaknesses. As much as we want our heart to act, sometimes it won’t, no matter how hard we try. On the opposite side, sometimes we fall in love, but the other person just can’t feel the same no matter how much that person cares for you. In the end, it hurts so much between the two of you. This movie is based on an experience that the screenwriter went through. The song “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap really hits you in the right emotional spot and matches the movie.
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For many of us, dreams and goals make life exciting. I enjoy coming up with ideas, expanding my skill-sets, and building relationships. However, sometimes in the midst of our hustle to do well in our lives, we forget the importance of having gratitude for what we have now and accomplished thus far. We get too fixated on what we want and get frustrated when all our efforts are not taking us there. We all love success, but with every dream and goal we pursue, there will be challenges and even failure. Some statistics say 8 out of 10 businesses started will fail. Many have pursued the path to become a U.S. Senator or President of the United States and have fallen short. Others have attempted to reach the highest levels in their field of work but have failed to attain that level. Failure is only failure if we don’t appreciate what we currently have and what we have gained. Shoot to be number one in the world, but number 50 is still pretty darn good. We can make peace with our mind knowing that we did our best, and won’t have the pain of wondering “What if I had given my idea a shot?” Through failure, we gain knowledge in areas we may have not been familiar with; build new relationships; and even come up with more ideas to pursue. With failure, we change and evolve, often leading us to worlds we’ve never experienced. When we embrace failure as part of success, we can keep moving higher to a level where we can keep failing until we succeed, and keep succeeding until we fail.
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Today April 23, 2016, I finished my 15th draft of my Writing Project #1, a fictional story that I created back when I couldn’t sleep on October 11 to 12, 2006. In the story, the young male protagonist Ken whose health is ailing meets a girl named Kaylee in his dreams who suffers from memory loss, regret, and deep sorrow. As his relationship develops with her, he realizes that his strange dreams are much deeper than ordinary dreams. While in the dream world, he discovers a powerful secret about energy that can not only help Kaylee with her memory loss and sorrow, but save his life and bring balance between good and evil. However, by helping Kaylee attain happiness, Ken realizes that he would lose her forever.
The love between Kaylee and Ken will empower us to play a role in making our universe more positive. I dedicate “Us” by Kaskade & CID to all of you.
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A couple of days ago, while taking a break from my work, I watched the ending part of the movie “Serendipity,” which I haven’t seen in awhile. Here’s the song “When You Know” by Shawn Colvin with clips of the movie in the video.