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Sunday, March 20, 2011

#TuesdayTune ~ You'll Never Walk Alone, Japan.



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These beautiful Sakura flowers, the Japanese cherry blossom, would have to be one of my very favourite flowers. They are so pretty and unique. They are also a favourite because they represent hope. Today, these flowers are a sign of the hope that we all hold for the thousands of people who have suffered in Japan over the past week.








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My prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan. I am dedicating this week's Sunday Song to our friends in Japan. I hope they know that they are not alone in this long and harrowing journey towards 
re-building and recovering from this terrible natural disaster.  



I thought that this week we could share any posts we have published about our friends in Japan. It can be a reflection, a song, a poem, lyrics to a song, anything.










Thank you dear friends for visiting and visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under. I hope you will find time later to visit my blogging friends who have linked up this week.

Blessings and best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz 

74 comments:

  1. My heart aches to for these people. I am praying for them and donating through my church...I cannot even imagine what they must be going through!

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  2. Hello fellow Ozzie, Nice to meet you here. The people in Japan certainly have had a terrible time. One thing I have observed from the news broadcasts is no referance to looting. They seem a very sweet respectful race.
    Those cherry blossoms are beautiful.I cannot imaging seeing many of them together?
    Have a great week. Blessings CM

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  3. Beautiful post. Wonderful idea to host a blog ring on the subject of Japan. We are all heartbroken and on our knees for them.

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  4. Wow what a powerful video the song is so moving especially with the images of older folks on the soldiers backs. The cherry blossoms are such a perfect symbol. This post is touching.

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  5. The flower is so pretty. Happy Pink Saturday...

    Mine is here

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  6. What a beautiful post darling! Those flowers are extremely beautiful also one of my favs as well they are so delicate and just breathe taking when the whole tree is in bloom..I hope your well and so is the fam <3

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  7. On your ? about the PB cookies...yes you can use butter..or even apple suace. the shortening makes them crispier and fatter looking and the butter makes them softer and shorter. ;D

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  8. You'll never walk alone... beautiful song Natasha. So so sad, so heart breaking.
    LOVE your pretty images. When I lived in Vancouver, B.C. I would take all 3 kids to Stanley Park and walk under the cherry blossoms. The wind would pick up and the blossoms flew all over us. Magical.
    Happy PS
    Love Claudie
    xooxoxo

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  9. I came from the "country wings in phoenix" blog.
    I am a Japanese middle aged woman. I deeply appreciate your thoughts and the beautiful flowers for us.
    I hope you don't mind my follwing you.

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  10. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring both. Japan and its people are in my prayers....

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  11. Your post brought sweet tears of love and prayers to my heart for Japan and those effected. Lovely flowers adn a very lovely post. I have tears drops flowing down as I type this comment. Everytime I think of them my heart crys.
    My prayers and lvoe go out to all those suffering so deeply in much loss and pain.
    Im here visiting from Pink Saturday.
    Blessings

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  12. Your photographs are beautiful! Thank your for the invitation...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  13. Hello Natasha,
    thank you so much for the invitation. My heart feels so much with the Japanese people and also with all the people in the world who are struggling in personal and political disasters.
    Regards, Johanna

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  14. I love precious little flowers like these. This is a nice idea that you have.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  15. What a great idea you had, and what beautiful flowers, really a sign of hope. Btw, I have a cousin who lives in Tokyo, and he's ok.

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  16. what happened in Japan reminds me how fragile our lives really are....it's heartbreaking to watch the horrific devestation. my heart goes out to the people...Thanks Natasha for posting this....the flower of hope....it's a perfect tribute to the Japanese...

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  17. This is beautiful Natasha. There are so many prayers going up for a people that have been devastated. It's just so sad to see what Mother Nature can unleash.
    I love cherry blossoms and there beauty has been captured perfectly.
    Happy Pink Saturday, Char

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  18. Natasha,

    A touching tribute to our dear friends and families in Japan. This year the dew that settles upon the cherry blossoms weep tears instead of misty droplets...
    The start of a poem I think fir a Sunday Song?

    I so miss the cherry blossom festival in DC and the National Mall. We all mourn the loss of Japan's country far beyond the insurgent rebels that terrorize the land.

    Valrie

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  19. A beautiful tribute, the cherry blossom in Japan is something I have a dream to see for myself.
    I have already prepared my Sunday Song so I will link to my own little tribute to the world in turmoil as well this week Natasha xx

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  20. I cannot get over how there hasn't been any looting, how patiently the people wait in line to get their much needed food supplies. We can all learn from this.

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  21. I actually thought of you & your family just having visited Tokyo & I am sure you left a bit of your heart in Japan. It seems so unreal being so far away so I love your pictures & tribute to keep the awarness Natasha. Love to you & your sweet family & of course to the people of Japan.

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  22. Pray for the people of Japan and kindly make a donation to the Red Cross wherever you are.

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  23. Natasha,
    Thank you for inviting me to your lovely tribute to Japan. It is so true we have to be strong in prayer for the people there. Watch and see the miracles that enfold as the response to so many of us with broken hearts who stand by believing God to help them. Our prayers will remind all of us that we do not walk alone.

    Karen

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  24. What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing...

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  25. Beautiful beautiful cherry blossom, and a lovely post today Natasha. I'm sure we will all be continuing to pray for all those poor souls in Japan. And the song you have chosen is so apt. Take care dear friend.

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  26. Beautiful tribute, Natasha. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous and how appropriate that they represent Hope. Around the world hearts are aching for the people of Japan who are dealing with these disasters. Thank you for this lovely post. ~ Sarah

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  27. My heart aches for them too. This is a beautiful post Natasha. Loved the pictures.

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  28. The images are truly beautiful. What has happened in Japan is unbelievable devastating.
    This is a lovely, heartfelt post. x

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  29. I came over to link up with you as we think about Japan - these images really are beautiful!

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  30. Everyone that has gone through a disaster lately is on my mind all the time.

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

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  31. The juxtaposition of the exquisite Cherry blossoms against the agony of Japan is inspiring.

    It's great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  32. The flowers are all so pretty. Your sweet spirit and full heart is much appreciated, dear one. Thanks so much for such a pretty post. It has blessed me tonight.
    xo bj

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  33. Hi Natasha ... your post is very beautiful. I tied together tonight's big moon with the song "Somewhere Out There" ... my heart goes out to our friends in Japan and others in the world who are suffering. Thanks and God bless!

    Kathy

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  34. Beautiful post...we all need to keep praying for all the people in Japan.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  35. hEJ Natasha

    Thank you for your kind comments
    Nice *to meet you*
    I LOVE the concept of your blog
    and I have added my link to you
    Sunday Song.
    http://myblogswedishouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/flowers-for-friday_18.html
    Here is also another link I did on Japan, with a wonderful poem/prayer wise words from Mr Paulo Coelho.
    Thank you for letting me share
    I really do believe in the power of prayer/positive thoughts...
    Have a joyful Sunday
    LOVE PEACE enJOY
    Julie
    x

    P.S. You have another follower ;-)

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  36. Great post and idea Natasha. I hope you are having a lovely Sunday. Cathy xx

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  37. Great post. My heart goes out to all those in Japan who were affected by this terrible event.

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  38. Happy Pink Saturday, Natasha. And, thank you for this and for your kind heart.

    We continue to find beauty around us even during hard times. It is that beauty and promise of hope from God that gives us the strength to move forward. Let us unite as one in our faith and prayers.

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  39. Thank you Natasha for this beautiful and touching post. Have a wonderful Sunday, Nan

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  40. Beautiful tribute! My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan.

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  41. Such a contrast between the flowers and devastation. The flowers seem to speak of hope and beauty--which will come again to Japan.

    Blessings...Pamela

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  42. I didn't post my cherry blossoms for this specific purpose, but it certainly fits, doesn't it. It's a beautiful flower for a beautiful people. My dad traveled extensively to Japan for years for work. He loved them very much. I remember when he was sick with cancer, they gathered the entire plant outside for a photo of them holding up a huge GET WELL sign.

    What wonderful people. I am praying for them

    I pray for them.

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  43. My heart breaks for the people of Japan. Your post is beautiful.

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  44. Wonderful post. My thoughts and prayers have been sent.

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  45. Such a beautiful post! My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan.
    xoxo

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  46. Hi Natasha,

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of cherry blossoms. Each year in Washington (DC), a cherry blossom festival is held (beginning this year on March 26th), but with the recent events there will be sadness.

    This is my first visit to your blog and I have the opportunity to join with you and others in prayer for those in Japan.

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

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  47. Natasha, this is such a beautiful post ~ visually and emotionally. What a wonderful way to remind us all to be in prayer for all of those who have suffered these horrors. It seems that every time they think things can't get any worse, they do get worse! The Japanese nation remains in my prayers. Thank you for linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

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  48. Beautiful post natasha! The tagedy in Japan is so heartbreaking. It is so good that so many nations of the world are coming to their aid!

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  49. This is a nice tribute to Japan. We are all feeling for them right now.

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  50. Love the Sakura.Thank you Natasha for the tribute. And for for inviting me here. I was trying to make a new post just for you. And I'm still trying now to make a new one.

    Have a blessed week.

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  51. BEAUTIFUL
    HUMAN LOVE
    SOLIDARITY...

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  52. Natasha:

    A most moving and compassionate post, my prayers are very much with Japan…

    a quote from Anne Lindbergh “For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair”.

    Joanny

    Natasha are you saying we can use the use the Sunday bottom and link up with the other bloggers like Outdoor Wednesday? If so, I will post a tribute this week doing using that button.

    Joanny

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  53. The images of Japan are just heartbreaking. The cherry blossoms have always been beautiful, and now give a sense of hope.xx

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  54. Hi Natasha,

    I do love cherry blossoms or sakura flowers too! they're absolutely beautiful, Japan is in my prayers since the first time I heard about the news in CNN, I'm from Indonesia and we've been hit too many times too by earthquakes and tsunamis. Thank you for sharing the beautiful post. x

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  55. Thanks for sharing your blue sky.

    Happy Blue Monday, Natasha.

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  56. Beautiful post. The pictures are absolutely gorgous. Thank you for sharing this tribute to a beautiful country. The video is beautiful as well. I hope they know the world is praying for them and deeply concerned about them.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  57. Beautiful post...the images are heartbreaking...my family is also doing what we can to help...Just so hard to understand this horrific tragedy...my thoughts and prayers are with them all.

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  58. What a heart warming song indeed and the cherry blossoms look gorgeous.

    My Blue Monday|I Spy

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  59. Gorgeous flowers, beautiful pink color and look just so pretty!

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  60. Lovely photos of the cherry blossoms.

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  61. Thanks for stopping by my post Natsha, I linked up to yours and hope you have a wonderful week, Blessings for all, Marilou

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  62. What a sweet post! So heartfelt and beautiful. I didn't have anything I thought would be appropriate,so I said a prayer instead. It's so hard to comprehend the devastation, the pain and suffering there. I pray Gods strength and love touches each citizen of Japan.

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  63. My prayers are with the people of Japan. Great post!

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  64. Natasha, what a beautiful idea for a post dedication... Japan is such a wonderful country, with a rich history and people who value tradition and family; we should all extend our hearts out to them in this tragic time. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous and somewhat serene, peaceful. I love them!

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  65. Love the sakura....so beautiful like the Japanese people

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  66. Beautiful post. I'm definitely keeping the people of Japan in my daily thoughts and prayers.

    WW: Creative Play

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  67. It is almost unbeliveable what is happening. This is Wed. morning and I am putting off listening to the news - it seems to only get worse. We all hope and pray for the involved people in this latest catastrophe and the others that happened prior to this one.

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  68. Sure I want to link to my post about Japan! Thanks for asking :)

    Hugs,
    Signe

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  69. What a beautiful dedication! Well done. My heart and prayers go out to the poor people of Japan and all they have endured.

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  70. Thoughtful, wonderful post, Natasha.
    I cannot wait for my cherry blossom to pop...
    Have a lovely evening xxxx

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  71. Beautiful post - yes, so very tragic. I just love these blossoms - I wonder if the trees bare cherries to eat or just ornamental? I'd love to see them in person one day.

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  72. Natasha, what a lovely tribute. I can't even imagine what it would be like to try and dig out! Our prayers and thoughts have gone out for all of the victims of this natural disaster.

    I love your blossoms! They remind us of hope and that life can go on after the harshness of winter, or in their case the harshness of disaster.

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