Author: Jen Costanzo

handzoCostanzo is Here!!!

Those of you who aren’t on our email list have probably been wondering, “What on earth happened to Mike and Jen? Where did they go?” Well, we’re leaving Funehiki and retuning home to the States in April so that Mike can start graduate school. As you can imagine, we’ve been busy s ending boxes home, saying goodbyes to students, planning goodbye parties, applying to graduate schools–and working on developing our own new business! Yes, we’re starting our own little creative arts and media company. It’s called handzo Costanzo , and it’s all about us using our skills and our passion for creativity to help out our friends and family with all kinds of unique projects. And one of our first (and biggest) projects was getting a website up and running that explains what we’re all about and what services we offer. We’re hoping to stay employed full-time with  handzo Costanzo projects over the summer, and then continue to do projects for people on a part-time basis in the fall and beyond. Here’s a screenshot of our website, : Check it out and let us know what you think, or if there’s anything we might be able to help you with. Like our motto says, “What can  handzo Costanzo do for you?”:-) We’re really excited to be embarking on this new adventure; this is a dream that we’ve had for a long time. God is so good–the more we give ourselves to Him,...

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Public Announcement from Jen

Jen is happy to announce that over the winter vacation, she didn’t gain a single pound or kilogram — Yay!!! (As a little note, I was a little nervous that with all our holiday gatherings and travellings, I would put on the pounds.  Now, all I have to do is practice moderation with all the gifts we received for Christmas and New Years… butter popcorn, chocolate covered pretzels, candied cashews, hard candy, hot cocoa, cake, cheese crackers, peppermint sticks, chocolate covered coffee beans, cheese-filled pretzels, chocolate jelly-roll …) …just a little bit every day… –Jen...

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Thoughts from Jen on Kyoto

Over the course of our visits to the different temples in Kyoto, we had the opportunity to see a lot of people both worshiping at the temples as well as monks and nuns who work full-time at these sites.  I kept thinking, “I’m so sorry for you!” particularly whenever I saw the monks about their work.  The thought hit me that they have chosen to devote their lives to the worship of an idol.  “Did no one ever tell you about the real God? I’m so sorry!” The Bible speaks many times of  idols as “worthless” and it also speaks of  those who...

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You Are Special

Today was the day of the big Kindergarten Christmas program — and my acting debut. :0) Our team mimed the picture book story “You Are Special” by author Max Lucado.  Mike did the narration all in Japanese too.  It went really well — Yay!  Here are some pictures of our rehearsal and all the different characters we pulled together to tell the story.  Enjoy!...

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The Pea Little Thrigs

Yesterday evening was our first annual team talent show!  We saw everything from handstands, to opera, to interpretive dance!  There was even an impressive recitation of the entire periodic table of the elements by memory! One of Mike’s & my contributions to the show was a homemade puppet show.  We did a rendition of “The Three Little Pigs” — but it was no ordinary script.  We got the text for our show from an old TV skit done on the show “Hee Haw” (was that in the 1970’s maybe?) The script was done using the linguistic technique called “Spoonerism.”    (Check out the hyperlink for an explaination, as well as for some hilarious examples.)  So, true to form, the name of our play was “The Pea Little Thrigs.”  Check out a photo of some of our endearing characters (piggy noses provided by the local 100yen shop). Also, so that you don’t have to miss out on the fun, below, you can listen to the dramatic story as performed by Jen herself.  Just click twice on the little triangle.  Hope you enjoy! –Jen...

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