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Miraculous water crystals

Masaru Emoto Hidden Message in WaterDo you know Dr. Masaru Emoto of Japan?  Years ago he published a collection of photographs he took of ice water crystals.

The astonishing point of his research about ice water crystals was that water can change the structures of the crystals.  He found out that water reacts on what his team was vocalizing to the water shortly before making the photographs.

The results are stupendous!  On different water glasses he attached paper with words like “love” or “gratefulness”.  He froze the water and made photographs of the crystals. He revealed the most beautiful crystals one can imagine. An equally astounding fact was that the crystals, as result of words like “pain”, were so ugly that one almost feels the pain of the water.

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Esteem for rural labor

Sometimes it takes an ecological crisis to focus our attention toward rural labor.  Farming and ranching is one of the foundations of our society.  We need people who want to be employed in rural labor.  These people need our esteem.

Japan has its own expression for people who want to work on farms: Inaka-de-hatarakitai – meaning “we want to work in the countryside”.

For Japan this movement has grown out of recession.  People in search of jobs can often find it with farmers needing helping hands.

It’s important to give esteem toward rural labor as well as toward any other labor.  Each profession is precious for our society even when the labor doesn’t occur in front of our eyes.


The spirit of Townsend Harris

Probably only a very few among us know who Townsend Harris was.  But in Shimoda, on the Idu Peninsual about 85 miles southwest of Tokyo students from kindergarten on automatically learn about Townsend Harris.

Who was this man? He was sent to Japan to become the first American consul-general in 1856.  Thanks to his efforts the trade between Japan and the U.S. began – and still goes on.  With the trade deficit between the United States and Japan running at over $80 billion for the past two years, it’s little wonder this man has fallen into obscurity in America.

But Townsend Harris is still an impressive example for national esteem.  His hard work in the 1800’s opened up the Japanese market to US companies and he certainly would not have envisioned a day when things would be so out of balance between the two countries.

When we envision esteem between nations we think of trading but also of cultural approach.  Townsend Harris did both and is therefore an important figure for realized national esteem.