Today I would like to share with you a very committed client, good friend, and all-around gentleman. I have known Taisei Fukaya since May of 2016. He came to train with me at that time and our friendship has grown very powerfully over the years through our open and honest conversations that have unfolded since then. Taisei is intelligent, patient, deep, kind and is always doing his very best to improve himself. He has upgraded his health, lowered his body fat percentage and has increased his strength and lean muscle mass through our training together and on his own at home on his chin up-dip station. He loves good food, musicals, Mickey Mouse and so much more. Taisei Fukaya is definitely a deep and interesting fellow.
Without further ado, I am very excited to introduce you to Taisei, as I believe that you will receive the goodness and value that comes from this man, as I do every time I see him.
Welcome, Taisei. Please tell us a bit about your history.
B: Who is Taisei Fukaya?
T: I am an Entertainer and a Project Manager of Tokyo Disney Resort.
B: How old are you?
T: 37 years old.
Taisei Fukaya’s Roots
B: Tell us about your roots. Where did you grow up?
T: I was born and raised in Tokyo.
B: A Tokyoite! What did you learn most from your Mom?
T: I learned the importance of family.
B: Beautiful. I know that your dad passed away when you were younger. Please tell me what you learned most from your Dad?
T: Many things…but after all, he taught me the importance of time. He taught me through his death that “time is limited, so live your life”.
B: What a great thing your father taught you. Strange question, but did you have any unique or paranormal experiences in your childhood?
T: Yes, I did! I saw a burning UFO flying through the sky in my childhood with my friend! We couldn’t believe it.
B: I remember you sharing that extraordinary story. Amazing! What is your most precious memory before the age of 20?
T: Before the age of 20, I remember spending good times with my family, especially in parks or in nature.
B: Nice. Living in Tokyo, it’s good to connect with nature and those who are near and dear to us. Share your most precious memory between the age of 20 and now?
T: Hmm, after 20, my first performance as the lead actor in a play is my best memory. My best memories are always with good friends and family.
B: Let’s move into what you do for a living. What is your present job?
T: I’m a Project coordinator at Walt Disney Imagineering.
B: Well that’s cool! What is the best thing about it and what is most challenging about it?
T: The best thing about it is that I am working for Disney. Everything about my job is challenging for me, but I am able to enjoy every part of it!
B: You and I have Mickey and Minnie in common, as I worked for World Family, also known as Disney World of English for many years as a musical performer. We both know first-hand the delight that Disney brings to others.
T: (Laughs) Yes, we do!
B: Let’s talk a bit about health in fitness.
B: What is your sports history?
T: I was into swimming when I was younger and now I’m into acting – it’s a kind of sport, you know.
B: Acting is a sport? How so?
T: As with sports, there are physical challenges, mental challenges, rivals and also good teamwork and the chance to make great friends.
B: Very true! Very true! Ok, now let’s talk about training. Why did you decide to train at LFBX Gym with me?
T: My friends from Ryozan Park, the share house where I used to live, recommended your training to me.
B: Smart friends (smiling). What do you enjoy most about training?
T: I enjoy feeling my progress.
B: Awesome, and what do you enjoy most about training with me?
T: Our Conversation. (smiling)
B: Thank you. The feeling is mutual. What do you want to achieve with your training goals?
T: I want to attain a sturdy body & a sturdy mind.
B: Solid answer. What is your definition of a sturdy body and sturdy mind?
T: That’s a little bit difficult to express… but when I feel sturdy, I’m sturdy! I’d like to train myself until I can feel I’m sturdy.
B: I believe I get what you mean.
B: What do you want to achieve with your diet goals?
T: A flat stomach.
B: Good goal! How close are you on your “Journey to a flat stomach”? If 100% flat is your destination, how far are you along the journey percentage-wise? 70%…80%
T: Now 20%… I should lose weight more and gain muscle!
B: OK, that means we have quite a distance to go! What is your biggest obstacle in the way preventing that last 80% of the journey?
T: Hmm… the amount of exercise, I suppose. I’m trying to work out every day.
B: Let’s see what we can do about that. Please share any approaches to training that you believe would help others.
T: Love someone : )
B: I didn’t expect that answer in regard to training, but yes, truly loving someone is training the most important muscle in the human body – the heart. Good one, Taisei.
B: Ok, I’d like to change things up a bit and talk about sleep. On average, how many hours do you sleep per night?
T: 7 hours.
B: Good, what time do you go to bed and what time do you wake up?
T: I go to bed by 12:00 am and am up by 7:00 am.
B: Do you feel you are getting enough sleep?
B: Perfect. What would be your most ideal time to go to bed and to wake up and why?
T: 1 hour earlier than above. I would like to have more free time in the morning.
B: OK, so you would get up at 6:00 am and what would you do with that extra hour?
T: I’d like to think about myself and my life.
B: I understand. Why are you not making that happen now? What’s in the way?
T: You’re right! Actually, drowsiness has been a problem for me since I was a child…
B: It might be wise to change up your food choices and your sleep habits to see if we can solve this issue. I’m certain changes in these two areas could make a huge difference in your QOL.
T: You may be right.
Top Recommendation for Deep Sleep
B: What is one step you recommend people take in order to sleep better every night?
T: Enjoy the aroma of a relaxing fragrance in your bedroom! I am a certified aromatherapist, and I recommend Spa Ceylon for purchasing top-notch fragrances. My sister bought me this gift Sleep Intense Dream Balm from Spa Ceylon and I love it. I recommend that you choose fragrances intuitively; just trust your gut.
B: Wow, I didn’t know this about you. I knew that you have a sensitive sense of smell, but didn’t realize that you are a certified aromatherapist. Thank you for sharing with us. It appears that Spa Ceylon is available overseas and also in Japan.
B: OK, my friend, now we know about your approach to good sleep, let’s talk about your dream in life and how you are pursuing it.
T: Sure, my dream is to be a true entertainer, so I’m writing scripts!
B: Fantastic! Please share any current projects that you are working on towards your dream.
T: Yes, we’re planning to present a play in a moving train with a script I am working on, so I’m trying to create some plots now.
B: That’s awesome news, Taisei!! How unique! Congratulations! Once you know more details about this, please update me and I’ll share it here.
T: Will do.
Favorite Things in Life
B: OK, let’s dig a bit deeper into who Taisei Fukaya is. What are your favorite 3 hobbies and why do you like them?
T: Writing, Acting & Cooking, because they are all creative!
B: What’s your favorite book and why?
T: ”Who Will Cry When You Die” by Robin Sharma. It changed my whole life!
B: I am a fan of Robin Sharma and even met him in person at a seminar in Toronto years back. He’s a very wise and humble guy who contributes good stuff! In fact, he directly inspired me to name my company GRIT KK (Kabushiki Kaisha).
T: I didn’t know that! Cool!
B: What is your favorite music to listen to when you want to feel happy?
T: Jazz, especially cheerful Jazz.
B: Cheerful is good. Tell us your favorite musical and why you love it.
T: 1) Wicked 2) Lion King 3) Spring Awakening 4) Avenue Q….. Oh, I cannot explain why! Just go out and see them if you haven’t and fall in love with these amazing musicals. If fact, go out and enjoy many musicals because there are so many great ones to experience!
B: Please share your favorite attraction at either Tokyo Disney Land or Disney Sea and why you love it.
T: I love ”Turtle Talk” …because I was a member of the construction team.
B: What is your favorite color and why?
T: I like all the colors of the rainbow. I like the state of being colorful.
B: Nice. What is your favorite food and why?
T: I like hamburgers. American’s love hamburgers, right?
B: Yes, for the most part, they do. Tell us your favorite restaurant and your favorite dish there.
T: I love Skipper’s at Shiomi, Tokyo. Their hamburger is one of the best burgers in Japan!
B: Coffee? Tea? Beer? Other? What is your favorite drink for relaxing and feeling good?
T: There is nothing like having a good beer outside in nature!
Tips for Being Extraordinary
B: I hear you. What is a food you eat virtually every day that if you gave up would improve your health?
T: Processed food!
B: YES!!! Significantly decreasing and ultimately eliminating processed food can do wonders for our health.
T: I believe that, too.
B: Taisei, you always seem calm and patient to me, please share your #1 hint on how you overcome stress.
T: I think the better I eat and the deeper I sleep, the calmer and more patient I am.
Where to Find Taisei Fukaya Online
B: True words from a wise man! Ok, how can we be fans of Taisei Fukaya? How do we find you online?
T: Right now, you can find me here on facebook. I’m planning to have a blog in the near future.
B: Thank you, my friend. I am grateful for your friendship and that you graciously made the time to share yourself with us today.
Here’s the last question: If Taisei Fukaya were to share just ONE THING he believes is most important to looking, feeling or being extraordinary, what would it be?
T: I believe that “It’s never, never, never too late to do anything”. In other words, “You are the youngest you will ever be RIGHT NOW”. There is a certain limit to time, but we still have plenty of time to do what we choose, always.
B: Well said, Taisei Fukaya. I agree wholeheartedly! I’m really looking forward to seeing you share your gifts fully in these days ahead, my friend. Thank you!! Continue to be extraordinary!
Taisei Representing LFBX at LAX
Our First Overnight Event at LFBX
Climbing Mt. Fuji is something I have wanted to do for many years, so I was very excited to have made the commitment to finally make it happen. Our first Official LFBX GYM “CLIMBING MT. FUJI” EVENT was a success and was filled with so many new and refreshing experiences that I am very excited to share.
We informed everyone at LFBX Gym in early July about this “Climbing Mt. Fuji” Event which may have been too late for many of them. Some clients were very clear that climbing Mt. Fuji was not something they were even remotely interested in doing. One client, Peter Von Gomm, said that he had done it twice and that was enough. Another client, Daisuke, said that he has climbed it four times on company trips!! For some clients, their schedule didn’t permit. We went with the Thursday 8.29.2019 departure and the Friday 8.30 return, as Thursday would be less crowded than Friday. The climbers would be Taisei Fukaya, Hitomi and I together on a very exciting adventure.
I have always been a sort of a wing it kind of guy, when it comes to travel and getaways, so it was great to go with two people who approach these things a bit more intelligently. Between Hitomi and Taisei, we decided on Sunshine Tours to take the Prince Trail, as it was known to be less crowded than the Yoshida Trail and a bit more challenging and we all love challenges.
So it was all set! Taisei mentioned that he had all of the necessary mountain climbing gear, but since Hitomi and I didn’t, the two of us decided to rent all of our gear from head to toe, including the pack, boots and trekking poles for about ¥5,000, ($50) which was a great deal. We were getting very excited as the day approached.
The night before the trip came and we were preparing clothes, water and food for the trip. At 3,776 meters (12,389 feet), it can get very cold, so we wanted to make sure that at least we were warm, so we brought some extra warm clothing just in case. She and I presently have different food preferences, so she stocked up on her favorite dried fruits such as medjool dates and her go-to sundried figs from Seiijo Ishii gourmet supermarket.
I am transitioning from a LCHF diet into a Ketogenic diet now, so I brought nuts and a concoction I whipped up of Navitas Maca Powder, Sunfood Hemp Protein and High Orac Greens Powder in two containers and pink Himalayan salt, magnesium and potassium tablets in order to make sure my electrolytes stayed balanced. Since my diet is high fat, I brought raw macadamia nuts, roasted almonds, walnuts & cashew nuts. I threw in a few pieces of 86% cacao chocolates just to be a rebel:-)
The Adventure Begins
Morning met us with a 4:20 am reminder from our alarm clock to do our final prep. We caught a 5:45 am train out of Sugamo Station and met our fearless climbing partner, Taisei, near Tokyo Station around 6:20 am. There were about 100 people, all dressed up in climbing gear waiting to board their respective busses. We got on our bus and we were on our way.
Everyone on the bus seemed full of energy and gusto as we made our way toward beloved Fuji.
As we were approaching Kanagawa Prefecture, many people on the bus were sleeping, so it was very quiet. I saw Fuji looming in the background, boldly standing, black against a light blue sky with soft, white, silky clouds. I thought to myself, “Wow, within 12 hours or so, we are going to be on the top of that mountain looking down at beautiful Japan below!” It was a quiet moment where my head was metaphorically in the clouds.
There She Blows!
Here is Beautiful Mt. Fuji from Expasa, Ashigara, which is a rest area about 90 minutes away from Mt. Fuji. Notice the surreal cloud formations!? It almost looks like there is a nebulous U.F.O. directly above Her.
Time seemed to move very slowly on this day, but as it passed, Fuji got bigger and bigger until we realized we were at the base of the mountain.
This was the place where Hitomi and I picked up the climbing gear that we rented. Taisei chilled in the bus.
The climbing gear looked more of less like this.
Hitomi and I were very impressed with the sizing of the gear – it fit perfectly! Suddenly we were transformed into real Mountain Climbers, or at least we looked the part. It’s amazing what a costume can do to make you really feel the part that you are playing!! Our excitement was mounting!
The only gear you can see on us in this photo is our packs – lol We just look like 40-year old university students.
We Arrive at Station 5
We got back on the bus and it took us to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji. Climbing Mt. Fuji was at hand! We got out, breathed in the invigorating mountain air and geared up for the climb.
THEN….we heard the news:
“Due to weather conditions, we need to cancel the tour. The winds are too strong today to climb safely. Please put all of your gear back in the bags. We will be heading back to Tokyo by 2:00 pm.”
This was our expression as we listened to the announcement.
Of course, we were all disappointed!! And…I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly we all got over it.
I always tell my clients that “Commitment” and “Showing Up” are paramount to success. The three of us didn’t get to the summit that day, but we committed to the trip and showed up to Station 5, so we felt a sense of accomplishment from that fact that we were there.
We got some cool photos with Fujippi, the beloved mascot of Mt. Fuji, and enjoyed a little time at the 5th Station before we headed back to our metropolitan home.
The Trip Back to Shinjuku, Tokyo
We got back to Shinjuku around 5:45 pm.
Earlier in the day, Taisei and I talked about him having a beer at the top of Mt. Fuji when we summited it. Of course, that didn’t happen. So when we got off the bus in Shinjuku, I said, “Let’s get you that beer in Shinjuku before you we go home.” Taisei said, “Oh, that would be really nice.” In that moment I knew where we could go. Although I had never been inside, I had passed it many times and got a fuzzy feeling each time I did, so I took them to FOOD HALL BLAST near Shinjuku Station Minami Guchi, for that “Otsukare sama” beer for Taisei. There are lots of different restaurants within that space and the seating was open, so we found our table and ordered a Tecate beer for Taisei and a glass of Mouton Cadet rose for Hitomi. I decided to forgo the alcohol and imbibe the spirit of the conversation between us.
We sat down, did a kanpai and gave thanks for the trip, the experience, our friendship and our safety. We talked about things such as letting things be, as in the case with the Mt. Fuji trip being canceled that day. We talked about diet and nutrition and then suddenly Taisei shared something wonderful with us. He said, “I have something I want to share with you.” Hitomi and I were all ears. He said that he was offered a chance to write a stage play that would take place on a moving train in Chiba and that the script needed to be completed within one month.
I was so happy to hear this because I know that Taisei’s biggest passion is to be a professional playwright and recently he mentioned that he was down because he didn’t see a way to make it happen. I exclaimed, “This was the way! This is your ticket, man! This is a sign saying that YOU CAN DO IT! You have one month to make it happen, so make it happen!” He smiled and said that he was happy that I was so enthusiastic about his opportunity. He added that there were some media people coming to review the play and write about it, which makes the opportunity even more impressive. It’s Taisei’s chance to really shine! I was so happy that this opportunity came to him so quickly and needs to be completed in such a short time. It allows him to commit fully to it and give his best to his passion and dream! Once I know the details of his play, I’ll be sure to add them to this blog.
The Beauty of Connection
Looking back on that day, I realized that after those 11 hours we spent together, this conversation came out. It was the icing on the cake – the snow on Mt. Fuji:-) I realized the beauty of deep, honest, open communication and how it brings us together. Today was a massive success for all of us. We committed to do something, we enjoyed the process and journey regardless of the outcome and we connected deeply with each other.
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A Super Mother and Son Team
I have had the honor of sharing time with many extraordinary people in my life and today I will share with you a Super Mother and Son team that I met through my previous work with a children’s English Educational company named World Family. World Family inspires over 100,000 families around Japan with their Disney World of English English language products and services. I had the privilege of working with World Family for over a decade. Much to my delight, Takuto Kawakami has been featured on CBS News. You can see his charming character and outstanding level of English Language proficiency in the video: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/10-year-old-tour-guide-charms-tourists-in-japanese-garden/ar-BBPIJYN
Takuto Kawakami’s Experience with Disney World of English
Takuto Kawakami has never been overseas and his mother, Kyoko Kawakami, doesn’t speak English. Kyoko has been using World Family’s Disney World of English language products and services daily since Takuto was a tot.
The teachers at World Family Club are all native English speakers and there are many opportunities for children like Takuto to meet and really get to know the 100s of teachers through weekly lessons and conversations on the telephone and Skype, through weekend musical shows that tour all of Japan and through special events like Spring and Summer camps where families can spend several days with teachers, so not only is Takuto’s English outstanding, but also his openness, excitement, and confidence when speaking with foreign people is extraordinary.
The Kawakami Angels Teach Me
I was blessed to spend several days with Takuto and his mother for different video shootings like the CBS News shooting above. They are very special to me.
I got to spend time with Takuto and Kyoko in their home in Okayama, so I was able to see where they live and enjoy slow-time with them. Their living room has an entire wall filled from floor to ceiling with books. Some are in Japanese, but many of them are in English. One thing that really impressed me, was something that Kyoko shared with me. She said that her approach with Takuto’s reading is to just have him read books that interest him and any words he doesn’t understand to just read and skip. Eventually, he’ll understand those words, so there is no need to look up each word and write down definitions. She said that she likes him to read for the sake of enjoyment.
That really caught me as a long-time learner of the Japanese language which was my major in university. I’ve been in Japan for 20 years and my reading is very slow and labored still. I have taken Kyoko’s advice and am reading for the sake of enjoyment, which has made the journey much more fun, and just as she said, the more I see the words I don’t know in context, the more I start to understand them and be able to use them gracefully in conversation.
Takuto’s Love of Samurai, American Presidents, and One Piece
Takuto is truly a joy to be around. He is very kind, polite and enjoys a good conversation, especially when it is in English. The last time we were together, he was really into historical Japanese Samurai warlords (Daimyo) and the many battles they fought. In his backpack, he carried around a thick, 500-page book filled with the different battle details, strategies, and players in the battles. He loved telling me about them.
He shared his love for American history and the presidents of the United States and said that I look at lot like James K. Polk, who was the 11th President of the US. He’s a big fan of former President Barack Obama.
He also talked on end about a comic called One Piece. He enthusiastically shared the details of each character and their respective bounties:-)
Takuto never got tired when we were together and was always interested in the next adventure, whether it was approaching a group of foreign tourists, doing a shoot in the studio or dressing up like Turkish Royalty as in this photo.
For a 10-year-old, he is so calm and mature. Above all, he is loving to all he meets.
I appreciate World Family for the opportunity to meet thousands of families like Kyoko and Takuto Kawakami. I appreciate Kyoko and Takuto for welcoming me into their home as an honored family member and for showing me, through their approach to life, how to enjoy each and every person, experience and challenge on the journey of life with more and more enthusiasm, love and courage. Thank you my Angelic friends.
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