About Me

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今、国際的環境下で仕事してみたい人をさがしています。

最近この世がわかってきた。そうなんだあって,感じだ。こりゃおもしろくなりそうだぜ。

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特にこれと言って異常な人間ではないです。写真を通し国際交流のワークショップを定期的に行いながら、死んで行くかもしれない小さな村の活性化を夢見るって、まあそんな感じの鹿児島出身です。よろしくお願いします。
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HEALING
I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.
And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.
I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional
 self
and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time 
can help
and patience, and a certain, difficult repentance,
long, difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistake,
and the
 freeing oneself from the endless repetition of the mistake
which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify.
D. H. LAWRENCE

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with Santa Barbara Mayor Mart Blum (at Mayor’s Breakfast)

サンタバーバラの市長マーティブルムと一緒に。彼女の写真は過去8年間に、いろいろな行事で撮ったけど一緒の写真は今回が、初めてなんだ。あと1ヶ月で、市長退任だからってことで。。 彼女はいい市長だったなあ。

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愛、美、清、朝、勇気、金、始、喜、世界、

幸福、富、勝利、家族、夢、友、健康、太陽。

(Love, Beauty, Purity, Morning, Courage, Gold, Beginning, Joy, World, Happiness, Wealth, Victory, Family, Dream, Friends, Health and the Sun).

These are the words written on my wall and I see them every morning when I wake up. (except when I’m hang over or something…..)

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Happy Birthday Jackie! (01:20)

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Gift Opening 2 (01:30)

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Gift Opening (01:35)

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Me as a Photographer (00:47)

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Me and Cat

Me and Chan Marshal (Cat Power)

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Sakurajima

Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and the symbol of Kagoshima. It smokes constantly, and minor eruptions take place frequently. Sakurajima’s most recent, major eruption occurred in April 9, 2009.  In a super-nova scale January 12, 1914 eruption, approximately 300,000 tons of lava transformed the former island into a peninsula. (Yes, I was trying to give a little lift to Sakurajima just as so many of you trying to hold onto the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy)

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Harvesting Time VIII

In the middle of tea field, 2009.  I learned how to serve green tea properly.  If anyone interested in trying that, I’d be delighted to hold a tea ceremony.  Just call me and say, “Moshi moshi Kenji?”.

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Skyping Sunday Morning

Skying one Sunday morning with my mother, my brother and my father.  Although I was still on Saturday 4:00pm, they just finished Sunday breakfast (17 hours ahead of the U.S.)

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members

SBIPG members at Scott Kelby’s Second-Annual World Wide Photo Walk 09” one Saturday morning.   More information on SBIPG (Santa Barbara International Photography Group), click here.

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20 responses to “About Me

  1. Your blog is great, loved it…

    A friend of Jon Sawtelles, I can’t wait to meet you when I fly into town this summer. Until then, DC.

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  2. LOVE all the words you have chosen for your wall….it makes me warmly smile that these words are part of you and the hope kindling within you.

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  3. annaleekeefer

    kenji
    you
    i
    miss

    but then i look at your GIGANTIC EXQUISITE FUN FILLED THOUGHT PROVOKING HAPPINESS GIVING INSPIRED/INSPIRING FULL TILT NON-STOP site…. and

    you
    i
    miss
    a little
    less

    xxxxxxxx
    anna lee

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  4. Great blog Kenji. I might even say it’s the BEST blog i’ve ever read. Although i haven’t read many yet, yours is by far the Best!
    PS. Love the video-logs. Adds a whole new dimension.
    Jeff

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  5. Jacqueline Hoeppner-Freitas

    Hi Kenji,
    I have lots more thoughts. Let’s find a time to talk/chat, whenever you feel like it. I had a good birthday
    Mainly, I’m just happy we’re in touch. Love the blog. Love the photos & the videos.

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    • Yes yes yes, and so much more to talk about. We also have to continue our conversation about heaven and hell cuz evidently we left it unfinished 26 years ago!!! (04.23.83)

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  6. Stephanie Sivers

    Dear Kenji:

    Thank you for your support in finding a job. I appreciate your help so much! I like the photos of you and your family here. Sending love and good wishes your way. Your crazy singer friend, Stephanie. ps I hope you are doing wonderfully!

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  7. Hi Kenji,

    Trying to get in touch with Marla again and lost her email-could you give me her email address again-Victoria is asking for her and I am not sure if she is in Kentucky or California! Thanks, Dana P.S. Victoria is a Senior this year-can you believe it??

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  8. Kenji! You took pictures of me when I worked at Fanny’s flower stand in SB in 1989/1990! You worked at a camera store nearby. I still cherish those photos and am very happy to see that you have done so well for yourself!

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    • OMG!! April! Yes, I remember that time. How are you? Where are you? What are you doing? Thanks for your comment. Totally made my day, and it’s only Tuesday!!

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  9. Enjoyed reading your blog and seeing pictures. Glad to see another Japanese-speaking professional photographer working in the U.S.

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  10. I am so excited to see the photos you took of me. How do I arrange it? Suzanne/Hip Brazil. 916 201 7153

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    • It will be on my online gallery soon. I’m working on it as we speak!! I will send all of you a link to visit. Soon it’ll come!!! It sure was a fun working with you gals!! Talk to you soon, k?

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  11. 今日ゎありがとうございます♪☆

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    • こんにちわ、とくずみさん、コメントありがとうがざいました。少し、病気をしていて、返事が、かなり、おそくなったのですが、やっと、元気に、なりつつあり、このように、みなさんに、あいさつを、しています。とくずみさんも、加州に、いるのかな?  いまから、また、ちゃんと、真面目に、ブログをはじめつもりです。また、あそびに、きてください。けんじ。

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  12. Did you ever meet an American family living in Kogane 1962-64?

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    • Hi Tricia, I don’t think I have. I wasn’t born yet !! Tricia, I want to apologize for taking such a long time reply to your comment. I meant to do it sooner, but i became ill and unable to do just normal things. :( I am getting better however, and am gonna be more active with many things this year. Thanks very much for your comment and please visit again and often :)
      Best,
      Kenji

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