Book: Okinawans' Forty-Nine Day Funeral by Hitomi Kempercategories: Book, Non-Fiction, Funeral, Religious, Life, Nostalgia, Coming Home, Okinawa, Virtue, Refuge, Salvation, Reconciliation, Family Drama
Hitomi Kemperabout this book: This book will tell you how to strengthening your inner core when obstacles strike at you. It could be educational. This book is a non-fiction but as if I have lived in a fiction world that is why it is important for me to write about it. It will shock you with metaphysical, human agony, suffocation, yet there were angels help. The story will warm your heart at the end after all the drama.
• What inspired you to write this book?
I was a black sheep of my family in Okinawa Japan, and yet I was always the center of light of the family. But my mother's strong will against my marriage to my husband only left me to end my relationship with them. I knew they needed my support, so it took my courage in both hands to visit there to honor mother. Also, the beauty of the island and their custom in which brought me to the nostalgia.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
Young teenage students through any age group of people. I encourage young teenage girls to read because they're beginning their life choices. And many adults can be related to many issues that I went through and understanding.
• How long did it take to write it?
I had a blue print in mind for years. Then, suddenly I wrote in two weeks.
• How did you come up with the title?
Exact reason I visited for. Forty-Nine Day Funeral is how long they mourn loved ones with respect and honor. It's their custom which I never experienced before.
• Why did you choose this cover?
I wanted my book cover to be as descriptive as it can, and this photo was the best showing the beauty of it.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book? Did you research for your book?
I had to go back to my saddest moment of my life, and have courage to open up all my emotions.
Their reality is our fiction, but I took it very serious because that is their beauty of custom since the ancient world. Yes, I researched their customs through my experience and from my lovely cousins and friends. I also researched myth of Okinawa's history and legend from the Internet for a bit.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Humanity had been misunderstood for long time and how to resolve the misunderstanding is none. You just be it and let them solve. It can not be forced. We don't need anybody's approval nor permission to make own decision indeed.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
The virtue is something that is indescribably beautiful. Only you have to feel it. Hope you will discover. The myth or fantasy or fiction it doesn't matter, they are invisible and intangible but all we can do is to feel it and respect the goddess' higher energy and have peace within.
Love you from the bottom of my heart.
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