A Japanese girl’s dream come true

for Mio a dream come true

for Mio a dream come true

for Mio a dream come true

for Mio a dream come true

Christina Oiticica and Mio Baba

Christina Oiticica and Mio Baba

Rudolf Schenker and Mio Baba

Rudolf Schenker and Mio Baba

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. โ€“ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

For Mio Baba meeting Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho was a dream come true. A miracle. She was so happy.

Mio first read The Alchemist six years ago when she was 22. She then read many more books, including Veronika Decides to Die and The Zahir.

She wanted to know more. She did a search. She came across Yumi Crane.

Why she thought, was the facebook picture of Yumi Crane with Paulo Coelho?

She wanted to know more. She contacted Yumi and asked.

Yumi told her of meeting Paulo Coelho in Istanbul at a St Jospeh’s Day party which he hosts every year with his friends. Of signs. Of the Alchemist stone, a story she and Ken Crane told as we sat around a table a year ago after the St Jospeh’s Day party.

Mio wished to go to Australia to improve her English (I suggested England would be better). She asked her boss. He said yes, then said no: If you want to go to Australia get a new job. Learning languages is not valued in Japan.

She was very disappointed.

When Ken learnt of her story, he contacted Paulo told him of Mio and her story and asked: Could Mio come to the launch of The Alchemist pen in Bassano del Grappa?

Paulo said yes, but went one better, he said bring her along to the St Joseph’s Day party that night, a party that was to take place in a medieval Venetian castle.

When Mio was told of the invite, she could not believe it. It was a miracle.

All four of us walked to The Alchemist launch. It was pouring with rain, we arrived dripping wet and squeezed in at the back.

After the launch, as Paulo walked out, he spotted us three and gave each of us a hug, Yumi, Ken and I.

We then introduced Mio.

Paulo gave Mio a big hug. Had she died on the spot she would have gone to heaven happy.

The best was yet to come. That evening we were going to Paulo’s St Joseph’s Day party at Castello Superiore di Marostica.

A taxi came to pick us up to take us into Bassano del Grappa from where we would be taken to the party.

Had Mio got her books for Paulo to sign? No, in the excitement she had forgotten. Not to worry we told her. The taxi turned around and she picked up her books.

At the castle she again met Paulo. Her books were signed. I introduced her to Christina Oiticica (artist and Paulo’s wife) and to Rudolf Schenker (founder and lead guitarist of German rock group Scorpions).

A dream come true for a very lovely person.

She made me two lovely origami figures on the train we caught to Venice two days later as a souvenir to remember her by, but sadly these got squashed in my bag.

I have another lovely surprise for her. A very special present which I know she will love.

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4 Responses to “A Japanese girl’s dream come true”

  1. Jessica Says:

    I hope you not sitting in the dusk when you give her the suprise ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well miracles happen every day if we just notice … if we believe in them that is.

    I believe in miraces it had happened many times in my own life.

    Have a nice day ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Misako Says:

    I should be jealous, but oh my, Mio-san’s wonderful smile with sparkly eyes! She makes everybody happy, doesn’t she?! I’m very, VERY happy for her! And I know your gift will make her smile even bigger!!

    ใ†ใ‚‰ใ‚„ใพใ—ใ„ใจๅซ‰ๅฆฌใ—ใŸใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใŒใ€ใชใ‚“ใจใ„ใ†ใ™ใฆใใช็ฌ‘้ก”ใจใ‚ญใƒฉใ‚ญใƒฉใฎ็žณใชใ‚“ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†๏ผMio ใ•ใ‚“ใฏ่ชฐใ‚’ใ‚‚ HAPPY ใซใ—ใกใ‚ƒใ„ใพใ™ใญ๏ผŸ๏ผ ๅคขใŒใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†๏ผใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€Keith ใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎใƒ—ใƒฌใ‚ผใƒณใƒˆใฏใ€ใพใ™ใพใ™ Mio ใ•ใ‚“ใฎ็ฌ‘้ก”ใ‚’่ผใ‹ใ›ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใญ๏ผ๏ผ

  3. Bright Light Warrior Nika Says:

    I got to speak with her in the airport in Venice and Instanbul, I could see the magic in her eyes as she explained how the miracle had happened with her. Her excitement was so big it brought tears to my eyes. It was a true blessing to have met with Mio and I pray to see her again!!

    Great post Keith!:)

  4. keithpp Says:

    I got to spend three days with Mio. Three wonderful days. She is a very lovely person. Always a lovely smile.

    The day after the party, we walked to a church, then up a mountain.


    Then spent our last day in Bassano del Grappa.


    Saying farewell in Venice was very very hard.


    Three days after publication, over a thousand people have now read her true story.

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