Emperor Meiji of Japan (Mutsuhito)

Japan has a new emperor…and a new era (the “Reiwa” era, meaning either “fortunate” or “auspicious” and “peace” or “harmony”) has begun. There was certainly alot of media coverage of the event and attended by VIPs from all around the world.

The ascension ceremony itself was very elaborate and adhered to Japan’s century-old traditions. You can watch the full ceremony here:

I can probably imagine the ascension ceremony for Emporer Meiji being just as formal…but without the media and foreign guests. As a matter of fact, his ascension ceremony was short.

The story of how Mutsuhito became Emporer Meiji (at the age of fourteen) is something to be shared. He was the architect of the Meiji restoration after the last shogun lost power in 1868. As you will read, Emporer Meiji, made dramatic changes to Japan…carried on to this day.


The Hat (2005 Halloween Story)

Long before The New Neighbor was published, I wrote this along with several other “shorts” that have still remained unpublished. Maybe someday the originally intended format (as a children’s book) will be available on Amazon and Google Books in a multi-language format.

For now, enjoy and share with your friends and ghouls…

The Hat (2005 Halloween Story)

Six ways to stay healthy when you’re stressed

Everyone deals with stress…at work, home and in our personal lives. Many people get so wound up with stress that they neglect the healthy things that should be done for themselves every day. Sleep, the right foods, and exercise are especially important. While I’ve never had a problem in these areas (especially eating), I hope these ideas will help at least one of you.

Feel free to comment on what makes you stressed, and how you dealt with it!!


Randomness 8-26-19

Good AM, everyone…just random stuff from Tokyo.
My R.B.Bailey Jr Official Page on Facebook is just TEN LIKES away from 50,000!! Can you believe it? Please keep the momentum going by sharing this page with your friends!! Let’s go for six digits!!
Summer is almost over, and my son Alex will go back to school next week. We had several adventures during his vacation…including taking our first trip to Shizuoka prefecture…directly below Kanagawa prefecture (where Yokohama is located). The over-night stay was nice, but it was a little upsetting for Alex. Maybe because it wasn’t used to hotel visits too often. Our last was two years (?) ago, for his sixth birthday at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Work is going along steady…keeping busy with dispatch work and teaching around Tokyo. The kids are great, but it so hard keeping work at work. You find it leaks into your personal life after awhile…which sucks. Unless you own the school or business you work for, there has to be a buffer zone.
I still haven’t resumed writing George…and I know I have to. I want to finish it. Should have been done well over a year ago. I have several children’s and fiction (aren’t they all fiction?) stories that I have to get published. Been busy trying to organize my pages on Google Books, Smashwords, and others…trying to sync everything. Git er done.
I read the news that guitarist Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is battling throat cancer, and he and his doctors are optimistic. I wish him the best and full recovery!!