Julia’s Story

Our first video tells the story of Julia, an LA-based artist whose destination of choice is JAPAN. For Julia, a trip to Japan represents her first step toward establishing independence and becoming more comfortable in her own skin. Watch her inspiring journey, and join our discussion below.


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18 Responses to “Julia’s Story”

  1. Jared Hendler July 22, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Brilliantly vulnerable and touching. Want to see more!

  2. Lauren Feighan July 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Lovely, beautiful, touching and inspiring!

  3. Pat Howard July 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Bravo Hosanna! I have got to let my daughter see this. She is going to love, love, love this. She has been wanting to go to Japan since she was 10 years old and I have been saying no since then, unless I was able to accompany her. She has been learning the language, learing to read and write the characters. Every year she attends the Cherry blossom festival in both NY and Washington DC. Of course she is usually dressed in her traditional Japanese kimono. For her girl scout silver award, her presentation was on the Japanes culture, titled, East meets West. Seeing this video has allowed me to see that she is entitled to follow her dreams where ever it may lead. Well done my fellow Viva Woman!

    • Mark W August 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      This is so beautiful to read, Pat.

  4. aileen July 25, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    I really love this. It’s really inspiring.

  5. Claudia Bulling July 25, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    the master replied to his disciple saying: “you see yourself in the world, I see the world in myself.”

  6. Matt July 25, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    An inspired idea, this Open Series! And Julia’s story kicks it off with real authenticity. I have long believed that more people need to travel, as a stimulus for learning more about themselves, more about the world. Travel is still one of the most under-appreciated catalysts of growth and of a greater sense of unity with others. Best wishes for continued Opening!

    • Kris Cummings July 25, 2013 at 5:35 am #

      That was a wonderful video! You look like you had a wonderful time. I made me smile just watching and listening to you. Thanks

  7. Ian August 1, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    I went to Japan a few years ago. I had pretty much exactly the same experience as what this video shows. In a place where you’d expect to be so overwhelmed by the scope and foreignness of everything the people were so tremendously lovely, welcoming, and encouraging. They are also without a doubt the most pleasant and happy people to be around when they’re drunk. I have never laughed so much in my life or been treated with so much courtesy and kindness. I also had an experience in a cafe (and also a shop) where the owners, respectively, made conversation with me and also gave me free gifts and free meals. Made my day! Thank you for making this video. It brought a smile to my face and a longing to return!

  8. RUDJ August 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    I love Julia. She is one of the most sensitive and talented powerful women I am so lucky to know and be inspired by.
    What a great film and project. All heart. Perfect. Thank you for dreaming this and making it real and sharing it with the world. Me.

  9. Anjali August 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    Kudos to Julia for being so candid. What a beautifully told story! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Sara August 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Lovely, enchanted story; so well-done and inspiring.

  11. Michalina August 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Beautifully made. I’m kind of wishing it was a full-blown documentary! :) Really charming!

  12. Sharon August 8, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Thank you Julia…I am working on an adventure of my own…your story inspires…I am 67 and have a lot of mind chatter that tells me I can’t…THANK YOU! I CAN!

  13. Gina August 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Just beautiful!! Julia is beautiful inside and out! Great work Hosanna and the rest! Gorgeous images and lovely music. My favorite scene is Julia with the sweet 85 yr old lady… Made me smile :)

  14. Mark W August 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Hits the spot. The spot so many people seek.
    Julia, thank you for opening up.
    Hosanna, go forth!

  15. Linda Bennett May 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    I loved this. Beautifully told, lovely film.

  16. mary August 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Happened upon this- my daughter recommended, completely unaware that I know you. This is beautifully realized. Thank you.

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