My heart has ached over the massive loss that has rocked this planet—the disaster of my friend Japan. I spent two blessed years with my two sons immersed in the Japanese culture, and this wonderful country embraced my family and I as if we were part of theirs. Here are some of the amazing things that we experienced in Japan.
While taking the train once, we got lost, and a Japanese man took us to our destination and then got back on the train going the opposite direction. He took the time to help us find our way, even though we were complete strangers. My oldest son loved riding the trains as a teen to go to all the concerts. I never had to worry about his safety. I once lost my purse, only to find it several hours later fully intact in a public place. This is very funny—my home had this amazing toilet equipped with so many buttons. One day my son decided to try some, even though he could not read the Kanji. I heard these screams coming from my son saying he was violated. I laughed so hard I couldn’t get up off the floor. It washed him, sprayed him and then dried him.
Oh, and it was also heated! My wonderful landlord asked me if I would take care of his Monk that lived next door to me, and I said absolutely. His favorite things were cherry pie and Crown Royal. This was a humble man. My Japanese employees were dedicated, honest, kind, focused and respectful. When I had a task to be done, I never once had to worry about the completion of it. I was so proud of my staff there. Having moved from Italy to Japan was a culture shock—my employees in Italy always hugged me, so I was accustomed to hugging everyone. This is where it gets really sweet—before I left Japan, they all became huggers too.
I treasure my memories and all of the Japanese items that I collected that will remind me of the beautiful Japan that is forever in my heart. Take a look at all the wonderful things that the Japanese have brought to our universe, lives and this country. Please pray daily for them. Prayer will help in miraculous ways. Japan is one of the most precious cultures of this world. Give thanks for all of your daily blessings and send your love and compassion to this nation in need. If there is any nation that can rebuild and repair itself, it’s Japan.
This is My Prayer for Japan
Heavenly Father, please grant the Japanese people life and happiness, and send forth the good south winds. Send forth the healing breath over the waters of their world so that they will thrive and heal this beautiful nation. I pray for the healing of Mother Earth and her children of Japan. Amen.
A special note: Please be aware of the scam artists collecting for Japan. Make sure that you are giving to a legit organization that is genuine so that your gifts of love are received by the people of Japan.