“Amazon Paradise” ~Let us Revive the Paradise on Earth!”

Following Inner voice

After graduating the college, I started to work for Panasonic Corporation.

Before starting working, the company sent two books written by Mr. Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic. It was an assignment from the company to read them and write what I thought. I read the books and got very impressed by the philosophy of Mr. Matsushita.

The section I was assigned in the office was very tough. The place was like battlefield every day. My section was dealing with all facilities to build a factory such as air conditioners, condensers, batteries and other equipments. Our agencies, which our section was working with, were not only selling products of Panasonic but also the ones of other companies, so their requirements on the delivery terms and prices were very demanding.

I was surprised to receive unreasonable requests from clients often, which made my minds very tense. All workers in my division were stressed out. A person in HR Division was surprised that all male workers in our division were requesting HR Division to be transferred to other divisions. I also heard my division was one of the harshest places in the company.

A head of the division was a severe but compassionate man. One day he told to female workers, “You should not stay here too long.” He meant it would make our characters harsh. I could see it was already happening to me.

One Sunday morning, I noticed something was wrong with me I could not focus on what I was doing at all. I did not have energy to do anything. I felt I was on the edge.

I was on the way home from church and I was waiting at a crosswalk.  Then, a man on the bike stopped just in front of me. He was waiting for signal. I was surprised to notice that he was also an employee of Panasonic and he was a man who recommended me to apply for the company.

I said hello to him and he was surprised. I told him, “I need your advice.” We promised to get together soon. Later, I met him and told my condition.

He said, “If you wait too long before starting, it will be too late. Earlier would be better if you make a start your new life.” With his advice, I could push myself to go to the next stage.

I decided to leave the company. It was a big decision to give up a position of a regular employee in such a big company. The moment I decided, I felt a big umbrella covering me was taken away but at the same time I felt being released and free.

After leaving the company, I was so happy to have my own time to study. I started to study feverishly and teach English to students as well. My mother told me, “Your eyes were sharp like a triangle when working in Panasonic. Now you got back round and gentle eyes.”

 In my division of Panasonic, I did not have any chances to use my English skill. I wanted to start my study all over again, and accumulate knowledge and make strong base of English abilities. I wanted to be a bilingual who can communicate with all kinds of topics with people from all over the world. It was the vision where I wanted to be.

At that moment, I was not clear which direction I would go to, but I always had some feelings inside. After the vision of the Earth was lit up in my mind, I was trying to follow it and listen to my inner voice that leads me there.

I studied long hours a day. I might have studied about 10 hours a day. Finally, I was feeling pain in my back. My mother was worrying about me. Other girls in my age were interested in cosmetics, marriage and fashions, but those things did not attract me at all.  My focus was to get good foundation of skills and knowledge in English. I was always at my desk studying.

My mother was not a person who got angry easily, but one day, she finally did. She forcibly took me to a shop nearby and bought me a cute dress. I thanked to her, and rushed back home with the dress, and went back my desk and sat again to study. It was the last time when my Mom took some actions to wake me up to feminine matter as long as I remember.

After two years intensive study, my parents started to sympathize with me. They finally gave me a permission to go abroad, which I was asking from before. They had never allowed me to do, but finally they did.

I chose Canada. I still think it was a good choice for me as the first foreign country to experience.

I wanted to go to the area where not many Japanese students were. I did not want to stick to Japanese groups being abroad. I think it is a waste of good opportunity if we just stick to only Japanese groups all the time despite the fact that we venture to go abroad by spending huge amount of money energy and time. I really wanted to be immersed in English speaking environment.

I found the English School at the Queen’s University. It was in Kingston, Ontario. The University was famous for a place in “Anne of Green Gables”. Kingston was located in an east side of Canada. I liked the rule that the English course has, which requires foreign students to speak only English and does not allow them to speak their native language while they are staying.

The night before of my departure to Canada, my family took me to dinner. First, we had a good time. On the way to home, however, my father started to become emotional and show his sad feelings about my going abroad. I was very sad.

The night, I had a wonderful dream. It was full of lights and they were expanding to all over the world from a location where I was going. There was BGM in the dream. It was a very popular music at that time. The words go like this, “Say your word, say it loud. It is too late when you die.”

When I woke up in the morning, I was full of bright energy. Actually, the first morning I had in Kingston after my arrival of previous night, I went in the café in the town and the very same music was played as BGM there! That really cheered me up to start new life abroad.

My host mother’s name was Melody. She was a German Canadian. She was working in Queen’s University. The host father was Fernando, a Portuguese Canadian. He was a photographer, an artist and a movie maker. They had me stay at a comfortable room where I could see a back garden filled with flowers from the window of the room. They cooked very delicious food. They also taught me English culture and languages.

After my English course was finished, I decided to travel all over Canada by myself. Before starting my trip, Melody said to me, “Wherever you are in Canada, contact us if something happens. “ I really appreciated her saying and told her, “You gave me so much. How can I give you back?” She said, “You do not have to give us back. You give something to other people. By doing so a big helping circle will be made and it will surround the whole world, right?” I was so moved with her board vision.

Her words have been staying in my heart.

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“Amazon Paradise” ~Let us Revive the Paradise on Earth!”

First Bell Ringing

When I was seventeen years old, I happened to put on a radio at one evening. Then, vivid and rhythmical voice jumped into my ears. I was fascinated with the feeling. Something woke up inside of me.

The program was for learning English conversation. The rhythm and feeling of live English conversation fascinated me.

I was not a student who studies steadily and hard in school. However, I changed from the day drastically.

From that day, I never missed listening to the radio program even one day.

I also started to study hard in school. Gradually my score at school went up.

I finally entered one of the best colleges for English language study in Japan.

It was a missionary college. Teachers were so passionate on teaching students.

All full-time teachers were Christians.

It was my first time to learn teachings about love by Jesus Christ. It was fresh, but at the same time, I felt familiar to the teachings somewhere in my heart.

 I joined to a choir club, which was one of the most active clubs in the college. 

I became a head of the club in my second year. We sang many pieces of hymns. I loved the melody and words of hymn. I also volunteered playing the organ for a chapel hour. Chapel hour was my favorite time and I attended every morning, even if attendance to the chapel hour was not obligatory to students.

The college opened a new world to me.

I also took a course of taking a training to be a simultaneous interpreter. The teacher was a professional interpreter in Simul Academy, which is one of the most prestigious interpreting schools in Japan. It was very exciting course. We were given many assignments required to catch up with the class and the number of the students attending the class decreased each time. The textbook of the class was “Newsweek magazine”. We were trained to get interpreting skills between English and Japanese.

I read the world news in the magazine and got shocked. Japan was just before “bubble economy” occurring. However, I realized the current world was not a peaceful place at all. I found there were many problems out there such as hanger, conflicts and war n the world.

I thought, “In Japan, we are having parties by enjoying richness and abundance, but few people are cultivating a land and grow food. We might be enjoying this life with abundance by sacrificing somebody and somewhere in the world.”

The thought kept staying in my heart even after I graduated and started to work for a company.

A principle of the college was passionate and severe. He was full of love. He always conveyed clear message to students.

One day, he talked about one singer in the assembly class where all students attended. “Do you know what kind of intension she has in her mind?” He asked us. The singer was famous and I liked her from my childhood. The image about her was cute and pure. From the day, I started to become curious about her.

One day, I found an article in the magazine about her. In the interview, she said, “I want to expand love and light to the world.” I was shocked. Something lit up in my mind. I felt I was reminded a memory deep inside.

I thought, “I remembered. I want to expand love and light on the Earth and embrace the planet with them! I was born to do the work.”

The vision was lit up in my heart clearly. However, I was still a college student and did not know how to go on.

My journey to find the path started.

(to be continued…)

by Yumiko Obama

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Amazon Paradise ~Let us Revive the Paradise on the Earth!~

Amazon Paradise ~Let us Revive the Paradise on the Earth!~

Wish for Peace

From my childhood, I always had wish that the peace would be realized in the whole world.

I still remember the time in my childhood.

One day I happen to listen to one piece of music, and I cried.

The music was was “Finlandia”. At that time, I did not know what kind of message given  in the music. However,  the moment I heard the melody, I started to cry. I was surprised to see myself and did not know why I was responding that way.

In my childhood, I had lots of chances to hear the people’s story about their real experiences of war.

When I was going to one Shinto religion church, the head of the church was talking his experience when he was dispatched to the harsh battlefield during the war time. He had about 100 subordinates and fought with them at front lines. Hearing his talking, I could not imagine how cruel the environment where warriors were put. I was thinking the extreme conditions when they were put in the situation where they might die any time.

It might have been very painful for the head of church to look back at his real experiences and talk about them. However, his story surely nurtured a strong wish for peace in my mind.

My grandfather was also sent to war to China as a head of many subordinates. When I was a child, I visited his house located in the country side and stayed there in school vacation. 

I saw a piece of white cloth on which many names were written in red ink and it was hung on the wall. My grandfather explained to me that the cloth was a present for him from Chinese women. In war time, his soldiers tried to harass those women and my grandfather stopped them. The women gave him the cloth by writing their names on it to say thanks to him. I felt so proud of him about what he did.

I felt a war reveals how weak human beings were when they are put under an extreme condition.

Hearing those stories, I realized peace that we enjoy now is not natural thing at all in the current world. Osaka city, where I was born, was also attacked by air raid. My mother was born in Osaka. She told me she had evacuated to countryside when she was a child. When my father was a child, he was living in Kagoshima, the southern prefecture. He was telling me the story about seeing American soldiers coming on shore.

(to be continued)

                   by Yumiko Obama

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“Amazon Paradise” ~Let us Revive the Paradise on the Earth!”

Amazon Paradise

By working in the middle of Tokyo, the message I received from Amazon jungle became stronger to me.

Those messages became more meaningful to me as time goes by.

In this one year, it finally became clear to me what the messages of Amazon really meant, and I have been thrilled.

I want to write the detailed story in Amazon here, to see the meaning of them deeper.

I wish I could reflect them to me who is in the fast moving society right now.

“We are born for Joy and Happiness!

We are born to enjoy merrily and express joy and happiness

by singing and dancing here on this land!

                                       By Indios, Amazon Indigenous

Have you ever had an experience, which woke up all cells of your body? Have you ever lost your words with experiences that shivered your soul?

I lived in Amazon jungle with Indios. When I came back to Japan, I found myself having lost my words. I could not express myself. I was feeling a limitation of words. Overwhelming experiences could take out our words, I realized.

When experience goes beyond our vocabulary, tears might come out. That might be the time for us to start to show our abilities, which were sleeping inside.

When I came back from Amazon, I really wished I were an artist so that I could express my wonderful feelings by drawing pictures, singing or dancing.

In this book, I wrote about my life changing experiences in Amazon, which awakened my soul.  I wrote why I flew to Amazon jungle alone from Japan, even if I was expecting so many risks waiting ahead of me. I wrote various adventures that I had when travelling in deep jungle and indescribable experience that I had in the Indian village including ceremony by Shamans.

By surviving Amazon journey, I felt myself becoming stronger than before, but I also found I just stared my real journey of life.

This is a beginning of my real adventure in life.

By Yumiko Obama

www.amazonparadise.net

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