Saturday, January 14, 2012

"Jesus came into Galilee" - Time to Repent

Tokyo Haneda Airport on Tokyo Bay...

Time to Repent

Nobody was born after negotiations with God on his or her birth.

No rich man has ever paid money to God so that he was destined to be born to be rich.

Only God decides who should be born in what situation.

And, God decides when and how every rich man as well as every poor man dies eventually.

So, at the beginning man's life starts following decision on him by God.

And, at the end his life ends following decision on him by God.

Succinctly no man has ever come to this world by his voluntary effort; no one knows when and how he dies.  Even a suicide doesn't know in what context he has been put in such a predicament.

The answer is that a man is not created for his own happiness and benefit.  He was created to manifest glory of God; in other word a man lives in order to make God happy.

At the center of man's mind and heat must be God but not himself.  Like a solar system, in the spiritual sphere the central entity is God but not a man.

Accordingly a man must follow the order of God.  And, Christ Jesus said that a man cannot serve both God and Mammon.  You have to follow God or follow money.  Put simply, you have to abandon money.

Yes, mankind has to apologize to God that we have loved money more than God who gave us life which is more valuable than money.

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Mar 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
Mar 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Friday, January 13, 2012

"nor of the will of man, but of God" - A 90-Year Old Shoeshine Queen in Tokyo

Tokyo Haneda Airport...

A 90-Year Old Shoeshine Queen in Tokyo

There is a woman who started her business, shoeshine, in 1950 before the Tokyo Station.

Even today, namely 60 years after, she is in her business actively.

When she was 28-years old, her husband died leaving his wife and two infant children.  As one of the children was physically weak, the widow gave up taking up an ordinary job, since she needed flexible working hours.  That is why she started shoeshine.  And, now she has more than 10 grand-children and great-grand children, though she lives alone rejecting offers of living together from her children and grand children.  But, only a few peers remain on the street though there were scores 60 years ago.

The 90-year-old female shoeshine in Tokyo still uses a wooden box a greengrocery gave to her long time ago.  It was originally used for keeping strawberries, but after 50 years, it is still in active use to contain material for her business.  She said that she was good at woodworking.  She makes everything necessary in her life by hand.  She really stands alone at 90.

Of course, she doesn't have to or is not forced to polish shoes of Tokyo salaried workers for any income.  But she is there as she was 60 years ago while almost every building around the Tokyo Station has been rebuilt or replaced.  She works there, if so called, like a queen of Tokyo.

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Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

"And after they were brought to Babylon" - Iran and CIA

On Tokyo Bay...

Iran & CIA

It is a long and complicated story how Iran today came to exist.

But on the most decisive occasion of foundation of today's Iranian national framework, the US failed.  Specifically, CIA failed.

The 1979 Iranian Revolution, which ousted the pro-American Shah and replaced him with the anti-American Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, surprised the United States government, its State Department and intelligence services, which "consistently underestimated the magnitude and long-term implications of this unrest".[35] Six months before the revolution culminated, the CIA had produced a report, stating that “Persia is not in a revolutionary or even a "prerevolutionary" situation”[36] 
The Islamic revolutionaries wished to extradite and execute the ousted Shah, and Carter refused to give him any further support or help return him to power. The Shah, suffering from cancer, requested entry into the United States for treatment. The American embassy in Tehran opposed the request, as they were intent on stabilizing relations between the new interim revolutionary government of Iran and the United States.[28] 
Despite agreeing with the staff of the American embassy, Carter agreed after pressure from Kissinger, Rockefeller, and other pro-Shah political figures. The move was used by the Iranian revolutionaries to justify their claims that the former monarch was an American puppet, and this led to the storming of the American embassy by radical students allied with the Khomeini faction.
CIA failed in assessing the situation in Iran.  Influential people of the US, such as Kissinger and Rockefeller, misled the Carter Administration.  Since then, Iran became an enemy of the US and Israel.

(to be continued...)

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Mat 1:11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
Mat 1:12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
Mat 1:13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"a voice from heaven" - Religion & 2012 Presidential Election

Near Tokyo Bay  

Religion & 2012 Presidential Election

The hidden decisive factor for the 2012 Presidential Election is religion:
7. President ObamaA major reason why religion might be more important to many this time around might be President Obama himself. He is probably the most secular president that we have ever had.
Though he has somewhat supported the National Day of Prayer, and has testified about his personal faith at a National Prayer breakfast, most of America seems rather confused about where the President really stands when it comes to religion. 20% of Americans believe that he might be a closet Muslim while 40% say that they really don’t know what he is. Meanwhile, the MSM doesn’t seem to want to address this issue in spite of the confusion.
Let's check relationships between religion and US presidents:
List of Presidential Religious Affiliation by Denomination 
Warren Harding, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton
John F. Kennedy
CongregationalistCalvin Coolidge, Barack Obama (United Church of Christ)
Disciple of ChristJames Garfield, Lyndon Johnson
Dutch ReformedMartin van Buren and Theodore Roosevelt
James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Chester Arthur, Franklin Roosevelt, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush
Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley and George W. Bush
Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan
Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon
John Adams, John Quincy Adams, William Howard Taft and Millard Filmore
UnconfirmedGeorge Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson 
So, virtually president hopeful Mr. Romney's religion had better be checked:

Two of the 2012 Republican Party presidential candidates — Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman — are Mormon. 
Romney’s religion played a substantial role in his 2008 presidential bid, with prejudices and suspicion surrounding his campaign. Three years later his religion has once again crept into the political spotlight... 
Mormon turnout for GOP
Mormons tend to align with conservative social and economic ideology. A 2010 Gallup poll found that Mormons identify with conservative ideology more than any other U.S. religion group. 
The Republican Party really began shoring up Mormon votes in the 70s and 80s, Patterson said. Specifically, the way Ronald Regan led the Republican Party was gravitating for Mormons, he said. 
Patterson said he doesn’t know if Mormons are concerned with anti-Mormon language — they are used to hearing it. Much of the anti-Mormon language has come from conservatives, but Patterson said it’s too soon to say if that will affect Mormons’ support for the GOP. 
“The extent that there is any coverage at all on the Mormon faith is information that is more likely to come to the attention of LDS voters,” Patterson said. “LDS voters will be more likely to turn out and vote in a general election.”

(to be continued...)

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Mar 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
Mar 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mar 1:12 And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
Mar 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"the whole multitude of the people were praying" - A Novel on Fukushima Daiichi


A Novel on Fukushima Daiichi  

No great novels emerged from the 9/11 Terror and the 2008 Financial Crisis.

There is a Japanese author who is from Koriyama City, 75 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  On March 27, 2011, ten days after the 3/11 Tsunami Disaster and the start of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, he met a high school girl in a public reading in Tokyo. She asked him for an autograph. So he asked her where she was from.  She said, "Soma City."  The moment a voice started to whisper in his head, "Go!  Go to Soma City near Fukushima Daiichi.  You must receive radiation doses.  Or at least go and watch it!"  So, Hideo Furukawa said to the high-school girl from Soma City, "I think I will go to Soma.  And I will observe it."  She replied, "Please go and see Soma."  

The Fukushima-born author, Hideo Furukawa, visited Soma City.  Then, he wrote a novel titled "Uma-tachiyo, Soredemo Hikari-wa Muku-de (Horses! Yet, Light is Innocent!)."

Soma City is well known for its traditional field festival featuring horses.  A notable samurai lord started a military training using horses and troopers around 940 or about 1060 years ago in the region now called Soma City, almost immediately north of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant area.  So, it is natural that Furukawa especially checked a state of horses in Soma City after the occurrence of the Fukshima Daiichi accident.  But what he saw was horses under heavy stress.  They lost weight and hairs.

After returning to Tokyo, he wrote the novel "Uma-tachiyo, Soredemo Hikari-wa Muku-de (Horses! Yet, Light is Innocent!)."  A white horse galloped through deserted roads littered with broken cars and through an abandoned primary school, while avoiding people wearing white protective suits.  The horse finally reached a cow barn to encounter a cow left alone.  The white horse let her out of the barn.  The two animals then peacefully grazed on the bank of a river.

After publishing the novel, he went to Canada for some symposium.  Then somebody asked him, "Do you hate Tokyo Electric Power Company?"  The Fukushima-born author  Hideo Furukawa replied, "No, I don't."

Soma's Umaoi (horse chasing) Festival

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The other day in a train running near the Tokyo Station, I wondered what year 2012 would be.

Then I saw a kind of Death leaning onto a man.  So, I wondered if I would die in 2012, namely  this year, due to, say, some act of nature such as a big earthquake.  But, the God replied I would not.

So, I checked Chernobyl condition for some of my work...

Luk 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
Luk 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
Luk 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
Luk 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Monday, January 09, 2012

"an ornament of grace unto thy head" - A Japanese Homeless Man

Close to the Tokyo Station...
In 2012...

A Japanese Homeless Man

Decades ago, a young man graduated from a local high school to come to Tokyo.

He started to work in a printing company, not a major one but a medium establishment.  He worked hard to master printing technology and obtain skills.  So he decided in his early 30s to set up his own printing shop.  It looked like smooth progress of his career in this industry.

He became a president of his printing company though there were no employees.  He operated machine and did all the related tasks for himself.  But the location he opened his company was suitable for his business.  There were many universities in the downtown district.  So, professors gave out orders to him for typing and bookbinding of their papers. Various researchers also passed orders to him for arranging reports and various documents in printed material and university offices requested printing of various materials, since Japanese typewriters were not so common as there were too many characters (tens of thousands of types needed) unlike simple English typewriters.  So, this one-man company was sailing large.  But, development of electronics changed the situation.

From late 1980's, Japanese makers started to deliver Japanese word processors.  There was no need any more to purchase costly, bulky and clumsy Japanese typewriters.  Then, in early 1990's, Japanese makers refined Japanese-language personal computers.  There was no need any more to outsource bookbinding or format arranging of papers.  So, the humble printing company in the college town came to face a drastic reduction of sales.  Accordingly, the self-made president came to rue his career.  If he had continued to work in the old printing company, he should have been promoted and enjoyed reasonable status as the company was adopting new printing technology and machine to cope with a change in needs.

Finally, he abandoned his business.  He closed the shop.  But, it was when Japanese depression was intensified.  He could not find new stable jobs.  A job  after a job his living standard sank more.  And, finally he lost his residence.  He became a homeless man in Tokyo...

It is said that there are between 2,500 and 3,000 homeless persons in Tokyo while the population of Tokyo Prefecture is about 13 million or 13,000,000.  The ratio is 0.02%.

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Mt. Fuji and Venus (click to enlarge)...
This Evening around Tokyo...

Pro 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Pro 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Pro 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Mt. Fuji, Mt. Asama & TEPCO

Mt. Fuji, Mt. Asama & TEPCO

Mt. Fuji Yesterday..

Mt. Fuji Yesterday...100 km far

Mt. Asama Yesterday...130 km far

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc., Main Office...
And Surrounding Streets...
And Buildings...
In the Middle of Tokyo...
But No Protesters...
Around TEPCO's Headquarters Office...
Despite the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident...