Marci’s Musings

Rock-Solid Closure

Last month, Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck launched the final book in their best-selling 365 Book Series. Thanks to their series, I published ten stories, including four in this final book –  365 Soulful Messages: The Right Guidance at the Right Time. Launching the final book marks the end of an important chapter in their…

Marci Kobayashi is a contributing author in Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness, an Amazon Bestseller.

People Are a Problem – An Excerpt from Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness

I get out nearly every day and walk along the river near my home in Hachioji. I can count on seeing egrets, crows, caterpillars, butterflies, beetles, spiders and if I am lucky, a few feral cats. I got to pay tribute to one of those cats in   Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness, a…

I infuse by business with loving thoughts. | A message brought to you with love, light and blessings from Marci Kobayashi at

I infuse my business with loving thoughts

I didn’t always infuse my business with loving thoughts. I don’t like to admit it, but in the early years, most of my thoughts about my business were judgmental and overly critical. I would never treat another person, animal, or plant this way. I don’t even treat my home or any of the objects in…

Being attentive to my thoughts, I am ever evolving | Marci's musings at

Being attentive to my thoughts, I am ever evolving

We’ve all experienced sudden insights that radically shift our way of being. Those shiny ah-ha moments when it all makes sense. They become touchstone moments we treasure for years. Though I love those shiny moments, my insights or new ways of thinking and being often take days to percolate to the surface and stay. A…


The other Washington!

Over the 20+ years of living here in Japan I almost always get asked the same 5 questions whenever I meet someone for the first time. It might be a short conversation at the cash register or a longer version in the bath at a hot springs. I love hot springs so it didn’t take…

Most Common Question Japanese People Ask Me #1

Top 5 Questions Japanese People Always Ask Me

I’ve been living in Japan for 20+ years and I still get asked the same questions over and over again. Can you guess what they are? 1. How tall are you? It’s easy to understand why people ask this question and if you have met me in person, you would understand, too. I’ve been taller…