Happy New Year everyone! We’ve officially entered 2020, a new decade, and it’s already exciting, at least for me. My family has had countless new things happening already: a new computer arriving, my first opportunity to hold a copy of my own novel in my hands, a beginning of a new book… But with all… Read More How Japanese Spend New Years (Part 2)
A new decade is waiting to be welcomed. Tomorrow, we will already be walking in the world of 2020! All around the world, people celebrate the exciting occasion of the coming new year in all sorts of ways. But how do Japanese people spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Today you’ll get a… Read More How Japanese Spend the New Year
Whether you’ve already set up your tree, hung up the stockings, pushed the presents under the tree, or made plans for an upcoming Christmas party, it’s only a few days until, in my opinion, the best holiday of the year arrives! As you know from my post a couple of weeks ago about Christmas in… Read More Only Four More Days Until Christmas! ~How Do Japanese People Celebrate Christmas?~
Do you know the origin of the word “Christmas”? Well, if you break it up, of course you can tell it’s “Christ”, or the chosen One of God, Jesus Christ, who came to the earth to give us eternal life, and “mas” or “mass”, which means “festival”, or “gathering”. Hence, Christmas is a day we… Read More Christmas in Japan
This Wednesday I saw someone I’ll never forget. It’s the new Japanese emperor, Akihito-sama, along with his wife, Masako-sama (sama is used for people with authority), and we saw them in Nara, a prefecture next to Kyoto. I mentioned the prefecture when I talked about Nara Deer Park. The emperor and empress were going to… Read More The Japanese Emperor Passes By!
On Saturday (when I was supposed to post this), my family and I had the privilege of going to see kouyou (autumn trees) in a garden in the prefecture of Shiga, one hour away. I will show you some photos of our trip there, so you can enjoy the colorful leaves, but first I’ll tell… Read More Red, Orange, Yellow!
After entries from three different sites … many different kinds of words … and many challenges, the winners have been chosen. And the winners are ….. … Don Chaon from Facebook and Kirsten F. from WordPress.com! Congrats to you both! As they said they wanted, Don will receive a copy of the shuji piece “FAITH”… Read More And the Winners of the Shuji Giveaway Are ….
Ministering in Japan The Good News that I believe in, is the news of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, coming down to the world to take the punishment for sins and to give us new life. Sharing this news with people is not easy. And it’s not easy to do in any country. If a person… Read More Ministering to Friends ~What I learned from sharing to Japanese people~
Swish. Swash. My Japanese brush pen streaks down the white paper, making a pitch-black line on the surface. I raise my brush pen but only slightly, and now I create a swift line across the paper. I have just written the kanji 十, meaning ten. This is Japanese calligraphy, which I learn with my brother… Read More The Art of the Brush
It has been a little over a week since the 19th typhoon this year, typhoon Hagibis came to Japan. It was classified as the strongest typhoon a typhoon can be. Its size covered almost the entire country of Japan when it landed, and many lives and homes were lost. After the massive typhoon past, the… Read More The Hope That Comes Through Hardships (Typhoon Hagibis)