Marci Kobayashi

I’m here to bring positivity, possibility, and light into the space we share together. Away from my desk, I love discovering Spirit in all shapes and forms.

I own and run my company and am proud to say that my work is 90% location independent. This means I can work from my living room in Tokyo, a local coffee shop, my sister’s dining room in Michigan or a beach in Bali. In reality, I spend most of my time working from my desk at home. So, what do I do in my company? There are two things I’m focused on right now: - I write - this is probably more for my benefit than anyone else! - I help people who have something special they want to share with the world and who need a website to do it. Learn more about my books at Learn more about working with me at

Do you have yoyu? by Marci Kobayashi

An excerpt from 365 Life Shifts

Hurray, it's May 24th! At least, it the 24th here in Japan. My story about "Yoyu" is on the page for May 24th in the book 365 Life Shifts. A lot of my friends and family don't have the book, so I'm going to record a reading and post a video later today. Stay tuned!

There is a New Moon today! Did you make space for it? Did you set any intentions?

I do a new moon ritual every month. This is my space. Nothing fancy, but consistently the same. I keep it simple so that I can make space no matter where or how I am.

I always start by reviewing all of my personal celebrations from the month before. I list them up, big or small, public or private, on the left side of my notebook.

Then, on the right side, I list two to three areas or issues in my life that I most want to move forward in the coming month. Two to three is the goal, but I usually end up with more, so I have to go back and star the one that really matters to me.

Next, I ask for help. I ask the universe for what energy, animal, identity, or perspective would support me most. Then I pull one card from four different decks. I always use the same decks. There might be better decks, but I am most familiar with these four and can’t imagine using any other. After all, we’ve been doing this together for a while!

Finally, I write the keywords or messages from each card and use that to form a personal intention unique to me and to this moon cycle.

Before I put the cards away, I always take a picture of them together, so I can track which cards are showing up regularly. One year, I had spider show up three months in a row!

I like to do my ritual first thing in the morning on the day of the new moon. I’m not strict about this. If I have to push it to the afternoon or evening, it’s ok. For me, the important thing is to keep showing up. I haven’t missed a month in over 5 years.

Who can guess what I’m cooking? Hint: it’s not curry!

My gums are showing. I can’t use this picture... Do your gums show when you smile? If so, then you probably know how I feel. My smile, at its biggest and most natural state, shows a lot of gums. I don’t like it. But this IS me.

I’ve had this photo hiding in a folder on my computer for months. It’s a pretty good photo of me, but I didn’t want to use it because of my gums.

I’ve struggled over the years to show up on social media because I tried to be someone I’m not. If I show up as me, then it takes a lot of pressure off.

So here I am with my gums.


This is a reminder to myself that it is ok to be me. Not a better, more polished version of me.

The reminder is in Japanese, not English. That’s me, too. Sometimes things click or make sense for me in Japanese before they make sense in English.

Rather than putting on a face, or making myself look better, seem smarter, more whatever, I am simply me.

"Read books in your genre," they say… I'm trying. I would much rather read steampunk fantasy - anything by Lindsay Buroker, please!

I've been living with someone who has Alzheimer's. And, writing about caring for someone who has Alzheimer's. Naturally, the last thing I want to do during those precious few minutes before I fall asleep at night is read about Alzheimer's.

Perhaps, I'll start with one of my old favorites – Refuge. I got it because I remember devouring it one weekend in the early nineties when it was assigned as a textbook for one of my Environmental Ed classes at WWU. I picked it up again because I loved Terry Tempest Williams' writing style and the way she weaves in her love of the Earth. I had forgotten that she was also writing about a family member with cancer. How lucky! This one gets to be in my genre for more than one reason.

Hmmm, cancer, or Alzheimer's? Which would you read about before bed? I ask myself this question every night and then pick up my phone, so I can keep reading Lindsay Buroker's latest book on my Kindle app.

I know I will get to this stack of books. I do want to read them. They all come recommended, and for that, I am grateful.

Many streets in Hachioji are lined with Japanese azalea shrubs. On spring mornings, the pink is magnetizing. You can't help but look at it!

These caught my eye on the way home from the grocery store. I don’t look good in yellow, but it’s one of my favorite colors!

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Through persistence comes strength - 継続は力なり | Marci Kobayashi

I am a visual person. The key turning points in my life are all locked in the images of where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing at the time.

By turning point, I mean the point when I was introduced to a new concept that over time completely shifted my way of thinking or being.

I remember very clearly the first time I learned the Japanese saying - keizoku wa chikara nari. (For my Japanese reading friends - 継続は力なり). It forever changed how I feel about power and strength. You can read about it in this post.

Then, I would love to know what makes you feel powerful? Where do you get your strength? Like any tree, my business has lost some branches along the way and we've weathered a few storms, but I keep going. Continuing is what makes me strong.

Sleep Disturbances and the Day After | Marci Kobayashi

Most people have no idea what my day-to-day life is like since my father-in-law came to live with us. I've had to work out a lot of tricks to be able to survive and continue working while supporting him. If you have kids, you're probably used to having them wake you up in the middle of the night. Caring for an elder parent, it came as a surprise though it shouldn't have! Living with someone who has Alzheimer’s means, I don’t always sleep well. Learning how to maintain or regain MY energy after a difficult night has been key.

One of my goals for this year both personally and professionally was to publish. I fully intended to have my book out in the world by now. Sometimes these things change. I talked to my accountability partner earlier this week. We've been over the topic many times. It turns out I have some major editing to do. The first draft of the memoir I thought I was finished writing needs to be divided into two. It's taken me a whole year to accept this. I could feel overwhelmed. I could feel like giving up. Instead, there is a feeling of hopeful anticipation. I have clarity! The one thing I learned for sure this year is that both writing and engaging with spirit (to me they are the same thing) is a daily habit. A habit I choose.

Finding Yoyu | Marci Kobayashi

I've been quiet here for most of the year. I needed the time and space to focus on a project dear to my soul - a book. Over the summer I finished writing the first draft (70,000 words!) and now I'm enjoying the ups and downs of editing the second draft. I might need some encouragement! :) If you would like to know more about the book and get notified when it comes out, head over to my website. Thank you for your interest in my upcoming book Finding Yoyu. | Learn more at

Yesterday we cycled up towards Mt Takao to try out a new-to-us soba restaurant - @sobatototo . So yummy! If you’re in the Hachioji area, I highly recommend it. Great homemade soba noodles and the atmosphere was perfect.

Where’s Akira? Do you see him? We made the trek up to see Mt Jimba again a few days ago. This was on the hike down. I’m so grateful for all the trees near me!

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I’m not the only one up early and out for a walk today!

I just ordered a copy! Many of the authors (including me!) are giving away gifts at the FB Launch Party. #goodnessabounds

Marci Kobayashi's cover photo

Thank you for blessing me with your presence, master manifestor! I finished paying bills, updating my spreadsheets and mapping out the next two months. I was feeling down because athough things are going great, I recently invested in myself and was feeling nervous. I decided to take a walk. A few minutes into the walk, I stopped to send a text to my sister. Standing there, it took several minutes for me to notice the incessant cawing. Crow was in the tree right in front of me. Alright, alright, I see you. I HEAR you. Thank you. I’ll stop worrying and get on with manifesting now!

The sunset was gorgeous tonight. For days I haven’t been able to see these mountains because of the rain.

The hydrangeas are in full bloom all over Hachioji - a telltale sign that the season is here. This one was especially vibrant!

The hydrangeas are in full bloom all over Hachioji - a telltale sign that the season is here. This one was especially vibrant!

Evening walk in Hachioji.

I took this just a few minutes ago on my walk home. I just barely made it home. It's now raining and we've got hail!

It's been 20 years since I last paid my respects to the Daibutsu in Kamakura. I wonder how long this ancient tree has been standing guard next to it?

Hello from Shinjuku! Yep, this beautiful park is just a few minutes walk from one of the busiest train stations in the world! Sometimes it's good to be a tourist in your own stomping ground!

I look out at Mt Takao from my home-office desk every day but rarely take the time to visit. Yesterday I was reminded again of why it draws so many people!

I no longer choose to stunt my growth. It doesn't serve me or anyone. I allow myself to grow everyday and unfurl all I have learned out through my branches. Can you see them? They are waving at you!

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Being attentive to my thoughts, I am ever evolving | Marci Kobayashi | Tokyo-based WordPress Website Consultant & Intuitive Sudden insights that radically shift our way of being are great but not necessary. When I am being attentive to my thoughts, I am ever evolving.

For Clara...they're all yours!

Organic daikon greens for dinner tonight! We found a new source for organically and equally important, LOCALLY grown veggies.

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I love how these flowers carpet the banks in front of so many homes. I don't know what they're called in English but the Japanese name, shibazakura - cherry blossom lawn, is so fitting.

About Marci & Finding Yoyu

Yoyu is a Japanese word used to express one's capacity to deal with or handle a situation. When you have yoyu, it means you have enough of whatever you need to be in control and at peace with the situation. When you don't have yoyu, it might be because you don't have enough time, energy, money, experience, or even peace of mind.

Yoyu is a handy concept that most Japanese speakers take for granted. We have the same concept in English when it comes to time and money, and it's easy to translate. I can't afford that car (I don't have enough money). I can't help you with that project (I don't have enough time). What if you don't have enough oomph to deal with a situation? What if you don't have enough peace of mind? What if you're too stressed, too tired, too overwhelmed? If I say to my Japanese friends that I don't have yoyu, they get it immediately. They know I'm not talking about time or money.

Gauging my yoyu and learning how to bring it back into balance helps me survive and enjoy this Earth experience.

A few years ago, we moved my husband's parents from a rural part of Japan to live with us in Tokyo in our tiny 800 square foot (73 square-meter) condo. I’m writing a book about what happened during that first year. My book is about what it took to decide to move them. It’s also about navigating the Japanese health care system and finding an appropriate nursing home for my mother-in-law while helping my father-in-law transition from a lifetime of farming to retirement in the big city. It’s about how we discovered he had Alzheimer’s and my husband had stage 3 colon cancer. It’s about how I managed to support these two men and keep (or find!) my yoyu all while going through a career change.

Sound like a story you want to read?

I would love to share it with you when it comes out! To sign up to be notified, head over to my website.



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