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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Remembering The Search for Belonging in America: Homeless Once More in Japan ~ We Offer Our Love to the Japanese People

 

Keiko Haiku Begun in 1915 and shared in groups before and after the internment of Japanese Americans, was free style, did not involve the counting of syllables did not need to talk about scenery and often used direct statement. It was especially popular during the period of Japanese American Internment.

Children at the Weill Public School 1942 (2)

Children at the Weill Public School in San Francisco in 1942 saying the Pledge of Allegiance together just before the Internment of Japanese Americans.

Violet Kazue Matsuda de Cristoforo's is the best known of the haiku poets of the Japanese-American internment camps. Her Poetic Reflections of the Tule Lake Internment Camp, 1944, was published after 1984. She also collected and translated the concentration  camp haiku in her book There is Always Tomorrow: An Anthology of Japanese American Concentration Camp Kaiko Haiku (1996). Only 15 of  Matsuda de Cristoforo's haiku from the camps survived.

Grandfather and Grandson Manzanar Wikimedia CommonsGrandfather and Grandson at Manzanar Internment Camp by Dorothea Lange (Wikimedia Commons)

She was a major advocate for the plight of Japanese Americans who were held in internment camps during the war. The work of Cristoforo and other activists ultimately led the United States government to make reparations and issue an official apology to the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II.

Here are some lovely examples of her poems:

 

"Like-minded people gather
new shoots sprout from the pine tree
early summer sky."'

she likens the people gathering. to "new shoots" from a pine trees, giving an image of hope during the desperate times.

"Myriad insects
in the evening
my children are growing"

she matter of factly tells about endurance: the insects endure while her children grow up.

"Misty moon
as it was
on my wedding day"

the moon brings back poignant memories of her own wedding.

all keiko haiku are written by ~Violet Kazue Matsuda Cristoforo

In this 1942 Dorothea Lange photograph from the newly published “Impounded,” a family in Hayward, Calif., awaits an evacuation bus. NY Times © 2006  (Wikimedia Commons)

Dec 1, 1945

(This is a letter from Tetsuzo Hirasaki, a young boy in the internment camp who is writing to a friend of his outside of the camp.)

(Full Text Below)
322-14-d
Poston, Arizona
November 16, 1942
Dear Miss Breed,
Guess who? Yup it's ole unreliable again, none other than yours truly, Tetsuzo. Gosh the wind's been blowing all night and all morning. Kinda threatening to blow the roofs down. Dust is all over the place. Gives everything a coating of fine dust.
The food has been all right except for quantity...The medical situation here is pitiful. For that matter in all three camps. The main and the only hospital is at Camp I 15 miles away. Here in Camp III there is one young doctor with not too much experience and one student doctor working in an emergency clinic. They are supposed to take care of approximately 5000 people!!!! and they (the Big shots) wonder why we squawk about inadequate medical attention.
No I haven't hiked to the river yet. I'd better do it soon cause there is going to be a fence around this camp!!!!!! 5 strands of barbed wire!!!!!!!!!! They say it's to keep the people out. . . . It's also to keep out cattle. Where in the cattle countries do they use 5 strands of barbed wire??
If they don't watch out there's going to be trouble. What do they think we are, fools?? At Santa Anita at the time of the riot the armored cars parked outside of the main gates, pointed the heavy machine guns inside and then the army had the gall to tell us that the purpose of that was to keep the white folks from coming in to mob the Japs. Same thing with the guards on the watch towers. They had their machineguns pointed at us to protect us from the outsiders, hah, hah, hah, [I'm] laughing yet.
I am sending you a few things in appreciation for what you have done for me as well as for my sister and all the rest.... Your name plate I made from mesquite as are also the lapel pins. However the dark pin is made from a pine knot from Santa Anita. The rest are all Poston Products.
I've got to close now so that I can make the outgoing mail today.
Very truly yours,
Tetsuzo
P.S. Have a nice Thanksgiving dinner. TH
P.S. Do you think you could send me some Welch's peanut brittle?

 An adult rendering of childhood memories of the camp in Manzanar

Children of the Camps ~Internment History

"Most of the 110,000 persons removed for reasons of 'national security' were school-age children, infants and young adults not yet of voting age."
- "Years of Infamy", Michi Weglyn

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which permitted the military to circumvent the constitutional safeguards of American citizens in the name of national defense.

The order set into motion the exclusion from certain areas, and the evacuation and mass incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, most of whom were U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident aliens.

These Japanese Americans, half of whom were children, were incarcerated for up to 4 years, without due process of law or any factual basis, in bleak, remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards.

They were forced to evacuate their homes and leave their jobs; in some cases family members were separated and put into different camps. President Roosevelt himself called the 10 facilities "concentration camps."

Some Japanese Americans died in the camps due to inadequate medical care and the emotional stresses they encountered. Several were killed by military guards posted for allegedly resisting orders.

At the time, Executive Order 9066 was justified as a "military necessity" to protect against domestic espionage and sabotage. However, it was later documented that "our government had in its possession proof that not one Japanese American, citizen or not, had engaged in espionage, not one had committed any act of sabotage." (Michi Weglyn, 1976).

Rather, the causes for this unprecedented action in American history, according to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, "were motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership."
Almost 50 years later, through the efforts of leaders and advocates of the
Japanese American community, Congress passed the
Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Popularly known as the Japanese American Redress Bill, this act acknowledged that "a grave injustice was done" and mandated Congress to pay each victim of internment $20,000 in reparations.
The reparations were sent with a
signed apology from the President of the United States on behalf of the American people. The period for reparations ended in August of 1998.

Despite this redress, the mental and physical health impacts of the trauma of the internment experience continue to affect tens of thousands of Japanese Americans. Health studies have shown a 2 times greater incidence of heart disease and premature death among former internees, compared to non-interned Japanese Americans.

All information above is directly quoted

from http://www.children-of-the-camps.org/history/index.html )

Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Bainbridge Island, Wash. March 30, 1942: Evacuation Day" [photo from Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans. By Maisie and Richard Conrat. Copyright © 1972 California Historical Society]

"Imagine that one day you received notice that you and your whole family must be ready to move within 48 hours. You could take only the possessions you could carry and no one would tell you when you would be permitted to return home. Sound like a bad dream? This happened to over 100,000 United States citizens and legal residents during World War II." ~ Martha Daly

Japanese_American_Internment_-_Members_of_the_Mochida_Family_Awaiting_Evacuation_1942 (1)Members of the Mochida Family, awaiting evacuation 1942.

Relocation, as described by poet and historian Violet Kazu de Cristoforo in her book May Sky~ There is Always Tomorrow:  “The internment of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast involved a process by which they were registered, numbered, tagged with shipping labels, and placed aboard buses, trains or trucks for shipment, under armed guard, to temporary location euphemistically called ‘Assembly Centers’” (51).

Note From Noelle ~

When my mother was growing up, she had a best friend in grade school, Grace Takemura, aged 7 in 1942. I have a school photo of them together ~ one of those photos where the children all form a queue , each child holding the waist of the child in front of them. She was a lovely little girl in a yellow- sashed dress with a silk bow in her hair and sweet straight bangs across her tiny forehead. She had a winning smile. My mother told me that one day, Grace simply disappeared with her whole family. Her house was boarded up, and no one ever saw her again. My grandmother never explained it to my mother and my mother’s teacher said nothing to the class. It was a terrible mystery, as if someone had died and no one cared.

In Summary

I have shown you a brief review of some very tragic Japanese -American History, some of which I connect to personally.  History, however, is still being made. Once again, the People of Japan have had to leave their homes behind quickly, taking only what they could carry but for a different, more real and more urgent reason-- the desire to survive, live on, thrive and see a future for themselves and for their children. We, as Americans, can help our brothers and sisters overseas. We are no longer limited by fear, prejudice or isolationism. We are now opened and expanded by the spirit of compassion, generosity and love for our fellow human beings who are undergoing so much suffering and loss. You have a choice. You can do nothing, or you can open yourself up to the highest good and do something. Even the smallest contribution makes a difference in the life of someone who has lost everything ~ family, home, possessions and hope.  You have the power and the opportunity to transform past history, regardless of whether or not it is taking place on American Soil. Be a part of that change!

N. R.

For More Wonderful Haiku My Heart Please Go To Recuerda Mi Corazon. Rebecca also supports ShelterBox and Haiku My Heart is her Vision. Thank you.

ShelterBox in Iwate Prefecture March 26, 2011

1,574 ShelterBoxes and 10,000 of our kit's winter hats, scarves and gloves committed to #Japan already. http://bit.ly/fC3MuA

Mission To Help Bring AID and Comfort To Japan:
The Aquatic Angels  is a fundraising team that has formed online in an effort to help the wonderful and deserving people of Japan who need our mercy, compassion and care.  We are giving you the opportunity to Join Us in Offering the Japanese People, who have faced the disaster of both Earthquake and Tsunami ~Shelter, Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster. If you would like to help  our team, Aquatic Angels,~ simply Sponsor us by clicking on any one of the colored links in the narrative above or the team name link in this paragraph or any of the “other colored links, which will lead you to our team page where you may offer whatever  gift of Love your heart leads you to give.  In addition, there is a wonderful image of a Japanese doll  taken by my teammate Rebecca Brooks at the bottom of my blog page.  It says “ShelterBoxUSA” and Aquatic Angels Team. You may click on her as well to reach the Aquatic Angels’ team page. We are trying to reach a $2,000 goal and we are nearly there. If we reach it, we may raise it to $3,000. The cost of sending one ShelterBox is $1,000 USD. Our money has already gone to sending various boxes and we want to keep contributing. Please open your hearts and give whatever you can  to help our Japanese Brothers and Sisters. Lift up your hands to Bless the World and Reach Toward Japan in Love and Peace.

~Noelle Renee Aquatic Angels Team Captain

One More Opportunity For Love

Here is something wonderful you can do immediately that will add to any donation you might make. You can send a message of Hope to the People of Japan, showing your support and concern for them. Just go to the following link for Toyota who is sending these messages of hope and support to the people of Japan from all over the world. It is a lovely website. Just click below and follow instructions:

http://toyotasupportforjapan.com/

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Deluge: Prayers and Offerings of Love for Japan

 

Scavaig Shores (1)Scavaig Shores” With the Kind Permission of Ian Munro

 The Deluge

by G. K. Chesterton

Though giant rains put out the sun,
Here stand I for a sign.
Though earth be filled with waters dark,
My cup is filled with wine.
Tell to the trembling priests that here
Under the deluge rod,
One nameless, tattered, broken man
Stood up, and drank to God.
Sun has been where the rain is now,
Bees in the heat to hum,
Haply a humming maiden came,

Tempest II (1)Tempest II” With Kind Permission of Ian Munro

Now let the deluge come:
Brown of aureole, green of garb,
Straight as a golden rod,
Drink to the throne of thunder now!
Drink to the wrath of God.
High in the wreck I held the cup,
I clutched my rusty sword,
I cocked my tattered feather
To the glory of the Lord.
Not undone were the heaven and earth,
This hollow world thrown up,
Before one man had stood up straight,
And drained it like a cup.

 

 

The Photographer

Ian has been creating images since 2007 and is continuing to progress. His love is landscape images but, he also enjoys experimental photography with digital manipulation. Ian is a self taught photographer with a keen eye for Welsh landscapes. He is a member of Inn Focus Camera Group in Brynmawr, South Wales and, he has recently won The Presidents Trophy for "Best Mono Print" at the Welsh Salon Awards.

Note from Noelle: Ian has been generous enough to lend us these beautiful images to help the People of Japan who are so desperately in need of our help. We thank him for his kindness and generosity. Hands reach across the world from all four corners to offer compassion and charity of heart. Arigatou gozaimasu, Ian. Thank you for being a friend to Japan and to me

A person walks under snow through the March 11 earthquake and tsunami stricken town of Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Tetsuya Kikumasa)

A Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Higashi Matsushima, Japan on March 22, 2011.(Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/03/japan-earthquake-two-weeks-later/100034/

Mission To Help Bring AID and Comfort To Japan:
The Aquatic Angels  is a fundraising team that has formed online in an effort to help the wonderful and deserving people of Japan who need our mercy, compassion and care.  We are giving you the opportunity to Join Us in Offering the Japanese People, who have faced the disaster of both Earthquake and Tsunami ~Shelter, Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster. If you would like to help  our team, Aquatic Angels,~ simply Sponsor us by clicking on any one of the  colored links in the poem above or the team name link in this paragraph or any of the “shelter colored links and offering whatever  gift of Love your heart leads you to give.  In addition, there is a wonderful image of a Japanese doll  taken by my teammate Rebecca Brooks at the bottom of my blog page.  It says “ShelterBoxUSA” and Aquatic Angels Team. You may click on her as well to reach the Aquatic Angels’ team page.

Here is a short CNN film on ShelterBox featuring its founder, Tom Henderson, who was a CNN hero last year in Haiti’s crisis, now making another heroic effort in Japan. Please watch.

Clicking  on the links will take you to a page for ShelterBoxusa.org where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us reach our current $2000 dollar goal. The cost of packing and deploying one Shelterbox is $1,000 USD. Each ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people! We thank everyone who has already contributed to this effort for your kindness and generosity. We want to continue to offer hope to children and families who currently do not see a brighter tomorrow! Thank you for your compassion and Love!

ShelterBox: A Decade of Disaster Relief

So that you know exactly where your resources are going,  above  is a 5 min. film explaining the ShelterBox concept and what you are actually contributing to when you give to this organization. It is called ShelterBox: A Decade of Disaster Relief. It is inspirational.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tragedy becomes a Sacred Offering at “The Altar of the Oceans”

The Mask Andrey NarchukThe Mask (Altar of the Oceans) With Kind Permission of Andrey Narchuk 

The Fish

The first fish
I ever caught
would not lie down
quiet in the pail
but flailed and sucked
at the burning
amazement of the air
and died
in the slow pouring off
of rainbows. Later
I opened his body and separated
the flesh from the bones
and ate him. Now the sea
is in me: I am the fish, the fish
glitters in me; we are
risen, tangled together, certain to fall
back to the sea. Out of pain,
and pain, and more pain
we feed this feverish plot, we are nourished
by the mystery.

~ Mary Oliver

About the Photographer:

Andrey Narchuk hails from Moscow, Russia. He specializes in underwater photography and his other fine work can be found on 1x.com. He has generously offered this beautiful image to help the people of Japan and we are grateful to him. Thank you Andrey!

Mission To Help Bring AID and Comfort To Japan:
The Aquatic Angels  is a fundraising team that has formed online in an effort to help the wonderful and deserving people of Japan who need our mercy, compassion and care.  We are giving you the opportunity to Join Us in Offering the Japanese People, who have faced the disaster of both Earthquake and Tsunami ~ Shelter, Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster. If you would like to help  our team, Aquatic Angels,~ simply Sponsor us, by clicking on any one of the  colored links in the poem above or the team name link in this paragraph or any of the “shelter colored links.  In addition, there is a wonderful image of a Japanese doll  taken by my teammate Rebecca Brooks at the bottom of my blog  page.  It says “ShelterBoxUSA” and Aquatic Angels Team. You may click on her as well to reach the team page.

Clicking will take you to a page for ShelterBoxusa.org where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us reach our $2000 dollar goal. The cost of packing and deploying one Shelterbox is $1,000 USD. Each ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people! We thank everyone who has already contributed to this effort for your kindness and generosity. We want to continue to offer hope to children and families who currently do not see a brighter tomorrow! Thank you for your compassion!

Here is a recent CNN video on what ShelterBox is doing in Japan!! Please WATCH!

So that you know exactly where your resources are going, here is a 5 min. film explaining the ShelterBox concept and what you are actually contributing to when you give to this organization.

 

For More Postcards from Paradise Please see Recuerda Mi Corazon. We are an inclusive community that Thinks Globally and Acts Locally to help people around the world in need.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Let Hummingbird Hearts and Wings Beat for Japan

The Link by Alfredo Sanchez"The Link” with Kind Permission of Alfredo Sanchez

I sit at my window this morning where the world like a passer-by stops for a moment, nods to me and goes ~

( 16 Stray Birds ~ Rabinadrath Tagore)

Snack2”Snack” with Kind Permission from Alfredo Sanchez

The world has kissed my soul with its pain, asking for its return in songs.

( 167 Stray Birds ~ Rabinadrath Tagore)

Link”Link” With Kind Permission of Arturo Sanchez

My heart beats her waves at the shore of the world and writes upon it her signature in tears with the words, "I love thee."

(Stray Birds 29 ~ Rabinadrath Tagore)

For More Beautiful images and words from Haiku My Heart Friday Go to Recuerda Mi Corazon. We are an inclusive community who are currently involved in helping with AID to Japan.

About the Photographer:

Alfredo Sanchez hails from Irapuato, Mexico. He generously offered to share his astonishingly beautiful photos when he heard that we were raising funds for the people of Japan. You can find these and other photos of his  at the following link http://1x.com/v2/#?action=profile&u=37875&show=1, or click on any of the actual photos or titles and you will be directed to his site at 1x.com. Thank you Alfredo Sanchez. We are deeply grateful!

 

Mission To Help Bring AID and Comfort To Japan:
The Aquatic Angels  is a fundraising team that has formed online in an effort to help the wonderful and deserving people of Japan who need our mercy, compassion and care.  We are giving you the opportunity to Join Us in Offering the Japanese People, who have faced the disaster of both Earthquake and Tsunami ~ Shelter, Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster. If you would like to help  our team, Aquatic Angels,~ simply Sponsor us, by clicking on any one of the  colored links in the poems  above or the team name link in this paragraph or any of the “shelter colored links.  In addition, there is a ShelterBoxUSA Logo at the bottom of my blogsite page. It says “ShelterBoxUSA” and Aquatic Angels Team. You may click on the Logo as well.

Clicking will take you to a page for ShelterBoxusa.org where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us in our goal to purchase a Second Shelterbox for $1,000 dollars (the cost of one box). We are deeply grateful to those who have helped us reach our first goal. We raised $1,000 and were able to send off our first Box thanks to the generosity and compassion of loving hearts! Arigatou gozaimasu! Each ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people! We want to continue to offer hope to children and families who currently do not see a brighter tomorrow! Thank you for your kindness and compassion.

So that you know exactly where your resources are going, here is a 5 min. film explaining the ShelterBox concept and what you are actually contributing to when you give to this organization.

 

Families Are Grateful for ShelterBox Solution in IWATE Prefecture, Japan

The ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) operating in Japan is continuing its work in the Iwate Prefecture, one of the areas worst affected by the tsunami.
The team has been based in and around Rikuzentakata and Ofinato, two towns which were hit by the full fury of the tsunami. In Rikuzentakata, according to the latest reports, more than 80% of the 8,000 households have been swept away. The town was well prepared against earthquakes and tsunamis but its 6.5 metre high seawall could do nothing to stop the force of the wave.
The number of casualties from the disaster continues to rise and the latest figures from OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) say that there have been 8,649 confirmed deaths and a further 13,262 people missing. Close to 350,000 people are living in emergency evacuation centres throughout the country.
OCHA adds that the most vulnerable groups currently living in the evacuation centres are beginning to suffer from the psychological toll of having spent ten nights in a communal centre, in freezing temperatures, having lost everything in the disaster.
Mayors from the Prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima have highlighted their priority needs as being fuel, temporary shelters, food and medicine.

This is the scene from Ofinato, ten days after the tsunami struck the town. Photograph: Lasse Petersen

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Japan: Though a Swift Stream is Divided, It Unites Again~ Love Offerings for the People of Japan


Pier PressureJohn Parminter “Pier Pressure” with Kind Permission from the Photographer
kasasagi no
wataseru hashi ni
   oku shimo no
shiroki o mireba
yo zo fukenikeru
   When I see the frost
Lying white on a bridge
   That might have been formed
By the outstretched wings of magpies,
I know the night has grown deep.
-- Ōtomo no Yakamochi
John Parminter “Earthbound” with Kind Permission from the Photographer.
瀬をはやみ se wo hayami
岩にせかるる iwa ni sekaruru
滝川の takigawa no
われても末に waretemo sue ni
あはむとぞ思ふ awantozo omou
Though a swift stream is
Divided by a boulder
In its headlong flow,
Though divided, on it
rushes,
And at last unites again.
John Parminter “Abandoned” with Kind Permission from the photographer
wata no hara
yasojima kakete
   kogiidenu to
hito ni wa tsugeyo
ama no tsuribune:
   O fishing boat,
Tell the one I leave behind
   That I have rowed out
Toward the countless islands
In the broad expanse of the sea.
-- The Counselor Takamura

( John Parminter’s Blog http://www.viewlakeland.com/) (Special Thanks to John Parminter for these Beautiful Images.
About the Photographer:
I was born and brought up in a rural community in the English county of Cumbria, home to the Lake District or Lakeland as it's sometimes known.The fells and mountains of Cumbria have always been a big influence on me and I'm regularly walking and running over them either for pleasure or in competition.  After spending many years enjoying the scenery that's on offer, I decided to try and capture, in images, the natural beauty that I'm fortunate to live and spend my recreational time in.  I also travel to other parts and am particularly fond of the mountainous regions of Scotland and Wales. When an opportunity arises then the camera is never far from reach.
~From John Parminter's Blog
Below is very powerful copyrighted footage from Dan Chung. It is not news footage. Please watch Thank you. *2 minutes. You may enlarge it to full screen.
Thank you Dan Chung!
Mission To Help Bring AID and Comfort To Japan:
The Aquatic Angels  is a fundraising team that has formed online in an effort to help the wonderful and deserving people of Japan who need our mercy, compassion and care.  We are giving you the opportunity to Join Us in Offering the Japanese People, who have faced the disaster of both Earthquake and Tsunami ~ Shelter, Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster. If you would like to help  our team, Aquatic Angels,~ simply Sponsor us, by clicking on any one of the  colored links in the poems  above or the team name link in this paragraph or any of the “shelter colored links.  In addition, there is a ShelterBoxUSA Logo at the bottom of my blogsite page. It says “ShelterBoxUSA” and Aquatic Angels Team. You may click on the Logo as well.

Clicking will take you to a page for ShelterBoxusa.org where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us in our goal to purchase a Second Shelterbox for $1,000 dollars (the cost of one box is $1,000). We are deeply grateful to those who have helped us reach our first goal. We were able to send off our first Box thanks to the generosity and compassion of loving hearts! Arigatou gozaimasu! Each ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people! We want to continue to offer hope to children and families who currently do not see a brighter tomorrow! Thank you for your kindness and compassion.
Lastly, Please visit the blog of my team mate Rebecca Brooks at recuerda mi corazon. She has posted the letter of a Japanese survivor of the recent Tsunami that heart –opening, soulful and deeply generous at a time when one might expect those who had survived to be otherwise. It is a blessing to read and offers information from a very personal perspective.
May the One who loves us and cares for all our needs watch over you and your family.
Blessings and Light, Noelle Renee ~ Aquatic Angels
Here is another short 5 minute film on ShelterBoxusa.org which explains what they do and how they deploy the boxes. It too is highly worth watching.
ShelterBox A Decade of Disaster Relief

*Poetry is Classical and Ancient Japanese Poetry found on the web. For those who speak Japanese fluently, forgive me if the translations are not adequate.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Postcards From Paradise: What Has Fallen Soon Must Rise: Love Offerings for Japan In Her Time Of Great Need


Last Light Ursula AbreschLast Light by Ursula I Abresch
Why did you vanish
into empty sky?
Even the
fragile snow,
when it falls,
falls in this world.
Izumi Shikibu
Fallen Ursula Abresch“The Fallen” by Ursula I Abresch
Which is the least unreliable
among fickle things—
the swift rapids,
a flowing river,
or this
human world
Izumi Shikibu
974-1034
In My GardenIn My Garden III by Ursula I Abresch
This body
grown fragile
floating,
a
reed cut from its roots . . .
If a stream would ask me
to follow, I'd go, I think.

~Ono no Komachi,9th century
signs of spring Ursula I Abresch“Signs of Spring” by Ursula I Abresch with Kind Permission
This life of ours would not cause you sorrow
if you thought of it as like
the mountain
cherry
blossoms
which bloom and fade in a day.
MURASAKI SHIKIBU
(974-1031)
Mission To Help Bring AID and Comfort To Japan:
 The Aquatic Angels  is a fundraising team that has formed online in an effort to help the wonderful and deserving people of Japan who need our mercy, compassion and care.  We are giving you the opportunity to Join Us in Offering the Japanese People, who have faced the disaster of both Earthquake and Tsunami ~ Shelter, Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster. If you would like to help  our team, Aquatic Angels,~ simply Sponsor us, by clicking on any one of the  colored links in the poems  above or the team name link in this paragraph or any of the “shelter colored links.  In addition, there is a ShelterBoxUSA Logo at the bottom of my blogsite page. It says “ShelterBoxUSA” and Aquatic Angels Team. You may click on the Logo as well.

Clicking will take you to a page for ShelterBoxusa.org where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us in our goal to purchase A Second Shelterbox for $1,000 dollars (the cost of one box is $1,000 for contents and deployment). We are deeply grateful to those who have helped us reach our first goal to send one box off to Japan. Many Thanks to You Compassionate Friends!  Arigatou gozaimasu! Each ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people! We want to continue to offer hope to children and families who currently do not see a brighter tomorrow! Thank you for your kindness and compassion. May the One who loves us and cares for all our needs watch over you and your family.
Blessings and Light,
Noelle Renee ~ Team Captain ~ Aquatic Angels
Here is a short and very informative film on Shelterbox and what they do. (a little over 5 min.) You may enlarge it.
Here is the facebook link for ShelterBox as well: http://www.facebook.com/shelterboxusa?ref=ts
Here is a great article by Gizmodo about what is in the box
http://gizmodo.com/#!5781768/whats-inside-the-shelter-boxes-going-to-japan

ShelterBox A Decade of Disaster Relief

 

~Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Arantani - The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu

~Murasaki Shikibu’s poem is taken from Kenneth Rexroth’s Translations from Japanese
~All Photographs are used with the Generous Permission of Ursula I Abresch who wishes to offer, “maybe, just a little bit of beauty and comfort to the devastation in Japan.” We are blessed by her work and Thank her!
~Arigatou gozaimasu, Ursula!

~Ursula I Abresch ~Photographer

~For More Postcards from Paradise, Please Sojourn to Recuerda mi Corazon where you will find beautiful images and messages to think about and ponder.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Prayers and True Heart Offerings for Japan

Japanese ChildMirror, Mirror

For just above in the shadow
you’ll find it hidden, a curved arm
of rock holding the water close to the mountain,
a just-lit surface smoothing a scattering of coins,
and in the niche above, notes to the dead
and supplications for those who still live.
Now you are alone with the transfiguration
and ask no healing for your own
but look down as if looking through time,
as if through a rent veil from the other
side of the question you’ve refused to ask,

and remember how as a child
your arms could rise and your palms
turn out to bless the world.

~ David Whyte ~

Excerpt from TOBAR PHADRAIC

We , The Aquatic Angels Team, Are Here This Day To Ask you to Join Us in Offering the People of Japan Shelter,Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster . If You would like to Help  our team, Aquatic Angels,~ Simply Sponsor us, by clicking on any one of the 4 colored links in the poem by David Whyte above. Doing this will take you to a page for ShelterBoxusa.org where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us in our goal to purchase one Shelterbox for $1,000 dollars (the cost of one box). One ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people! We want to offer hope to children and families who currently do not see a brighter tomorrow! Thank you for your kindness and compassion.

Below is a short film on ShelterBox to help you understand the value of this organization:

ShelterBox ~ A Decade of Disaster Relief

For more wonderful Haikus please visit Recuerda mi Corazon. We are a community that Acts locally but thinks Globally in unity with one another. Please join us!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Real Help For Japan: Shelter, Comfort, Warmth, Dignity, Humanity, Compassion ~ You Choose

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We Are Here This Day To Ask you to Join Us in Offering the People of Japan Shelter,Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster ~

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Those who have already suffered the devastation of both earthquake and Tsunami, and fear the future consequences of Nuclear Radiation Poisoning ~

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Those who have lost loved ones, homes, businesses, livelihoods and all connection to the present and past~

g-cvr-110315-japanQuake-634p.photoblog600Those who don’t know where to turn and because they truly cannot see a real tomorrow~

But There is Hope….

Please Watch this Short and Wonderful film about ShelterBoxusa.org and see what a wonderful organization with massive volunteer effort, huge compassion and very little overhead can do in a short amount of time to truly help people in need in a substantial and physical way!!

 

If You would like to Help ~ Simply Sponsor or Join Our Team, Aquatic Angels , by clicking on the name of  the team itself which will take you to a page for ShelterBoxusa.org where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us in our goal to purchase one Shelterbox or join our Team to help Raise money to Reach our stated Goal of $1,000 dollars (the cost of one box). One ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people!

Please Don’t wait until tomorrow. Let your heart lead you today. It doesn’t matter how much you give, but that you give freely out of love and concern for another fellow human being who has lost everything connecting him or her by a slender spider’s thread to this earth and all that we hold dear within it. Think about yourself in those same circumstances and imagine what you would want others to do for you.

 

Once Again, Simply click on the team Link below:

Aquatic Angels and either sponsor our team or join us in our compassionate goal. Thank you and God Bless You!

With Peace, Light and Compassion,

Noelle Renee