A Life-Long Spiritual Journey: the Ultra-Running Monk
Acharya Ryojun Shionuma • December 13, 2014
Acharya Ryojun Shionuma is a renowned teacher who has completed two of the most ascetic practices of the Shugendo tradition: the Omine Sennichi Kaihogyo and the Shimugyo. After finishing those rites, he rounded the Jigenji (Merciful Eye Temple) in a small village close to the city of Sendai, Japan. He regularly gives conferences in different parts of Japan, as well as overseas.
Ladakh: Little Tibet in India
Skarma Gurmet • November 8th, 2014
Skarma Gurmet, a native Ladakhi, has worked extensively with NPO's including: with the Leh Nutrition Project of 'The Save the Children Fund(UK)', monitoring and evaluation activities for other NGO's, and was the South India project manager for LIFE Tokyo. In 2004, he established the NGO Julay Ladakh in Tokyo to promote understanding between Ladakh and Japan, thru sustainable, eco-friendly development through international cooperation.
Sound Therapy: Aika in Hawaii
Aika • November 28, 2014
Aika is a multi-talented therapist, opera singer, and songwriter. Having studied opera at the Osaka College of Music, in Milan and New York, Aika made her opera debut performing Micaela in Carmen at the prestigious Tokyo Nikkai Opera Performances. Now she performs concerts and seminars all over the world including, Italy, Germany, Australia, England, Mongol, Korea, and Sinapore.
Emotive Brain: Conversations with a Brain Scientist
Dr. Kenichiro Mogi • April 21, 2013
Kenichiro Mogi is a Japanese brain scientist, the senior researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, and a visitng professor at both the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Following his post-doctral study at Cambridge University, he won the prestigious Kobayahi Hideo Prize for his book, Brain and Imagination and was awarded the Kuwabara Takeo Prize for his book, Now, From Here to Everywhere. He has publiced over 20 books, and regularly serves as a commentator on NHK's The Professional.
Formula of Love
Dr. Kunio Yasue • September 21, 2013
Kunio Yasue is the Japanese mathematical physicist, quantum physicist, and brain scientist who discovered the Yasue Equation. In addition to his position as a professor at the Notre Dame Seishin University in Okayama, he is an author on topics ranging from physics to aikido, and practitioner of his own brand of Aikido, dubbed "The way to Ai(love) ki(soul)."
Bonds of Love with the Dying: Thinking about death from both sides
Dr. Hideko Suzuki • November 13, 2011
Dr. Hideko Suzuki is the author of the Japanese sensation, Messages from the Dying, which inspired the NHK documentary "Key Words to Finding Happiness". She is a sister of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and Chairwoman of the International Communion Society. In addition to having taught at Stanford University and the Sacred Heart Girls University of Japan, Dr. Suzuki conducts numerous seminars and workshops in Japan and around the world on the meaning of life.
The Art of Sacred Mandalas
Kaho Koinuma & Vidya Yuka • Jan 24, 2010
Mandala artist Kaho Koinuma, famous for creating pintillistic original drawings inspired by prayer and devotion, shares how mandalas refelct the true nature of all things, help her navigate thru life's challenges, and discover the truth of her own being.
The Hawaii Premiere of: The Miracle of the Gifted Quarter
Director Fumiko Irie • November 14, 2010
Experience the Hawaii Premiere of the heart-warming, eye-opening documentary, which has inspired an international following. The event will be moderated by the movie's director: Fumiko Irie. The documentary follows the insightful narrative of what mentally challenged children, a forgotten segment in our school population, has to tech us about our own lives.
Living Now in Prayer
Hatsume Sato • November 16, 2008
Hatsume Sato has earned numerous awards and accollades for her life long commitment to social welfare and community based educational activities, including one from the International Soroptimist Society, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in more than 120 nations around the world.
Art by Sachiko Adachi
Sachiko Adachi • October 23-25, 2008
Sachiko Adachi, a Tokyo native and Waseda University graduate, transcended conventional art concepts when she introduced her Cosmic Art to the world in the 1980's. In 1993, Ms. Adachi launched her own gallery, Space Sachi in Tokyo. Though she passed away just one day before its opening the Cosmic Art style remains a strong influnece in major art venues today.
Peace Concert: A Composition for Hawaii
Naoki Nishimura • October 21, 2008
Naoki Nishimura is renowned for his beautiful meditative melodies promoting peace. He has performed around the world including at New York City's Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, as well as the Vatican City, for Pope John Paul II.
Morio Matsui: From Paris to Hawaii
Morio Matsui • February 23, 2008
Morio Matsui graduated from the Muashino college of Fine Arts in Tokyo before continuing his training in France at the Academie Julian and later at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Having lived in Corsica for the past ten years, he is the first Japanese artist to whom France hs awarded the title of "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" and "Bhevalier de la Legion d'Honneur" for his remarkable contribution to the development of Franco-Japanese cooperation in cultural matters. When he met Picasso, Picasso said "This fellow has eyes of a feverish fight with real swords such that I might be outstripped some time."
Hawaii Premiere of Gaia Symphony No. 3
Nainoa Tompson and Director Jin Tasumura • October 27-28, 2007
The "Gaia Symphony" documentary series was created by Japanese director, Jin Tasumura. Its inspiration was the idea that the Earth is a living organism which has its own mind and that humans take an active role in realizing. Gaia Symphony No. 3 features the late Alaskan photographer, Michino Hoshino; physicist and professor of the institute for advanced study at Princeton, Dr. Freeman Dyson; and Hawaii's own Nainoa Thompson, navigator of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hokule'a. The film explores at connections between the peoples of the Pacific, Alaska, Hawai'i, and northern Japan, from ancient times through the present day, via the stories of those peoples, and images of the vast ocean.
Talk with Akiko Yamakawa
Akiko Yamakawa • July 9, 2006
Akiko Yamakawa is a Tokyo native and graduate of Tokyo University. Her illustrious portfolio as a translator of english books for japanese audiences include: Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Celestine Prophecy and Out on a Rim by James Redfield, and Camino by Shirley McLane. She hosts workshops and seminars both individually, and with her husband, Koya Yamakawa.
Finding your Inner Power: Lessons from Tempu Nakamura
Ryohei Kamiwatari • December 9, 2006
Critically-acclaimed, best-selling author Ryohei Kamiwatari discusses his thoughts on the essence of Tempu Nakamura's teachings, Tempu Philosophy, why it's so intriguing, and how it has profoundly influenced his own life. Tempu Nakamura was one of the preeminent thinkers of modern Japan who developed the philosophy of Shinoshin Toitsu. His life philosophy has influenced many, including prominent leaders, such as former Prime Minister Takashi Hara, and John D Rockfeller III.