Coming of Age Day-January 12th, 2015

The second Monday of January is Coming-of-Age Day, a national holiday to encourage those who have newly entered adulthood to become self-reliant members of society. (The holiday used to be on January 15, but in 2000 it was moved to the second Monday of the month.) Five women celebrate their coming of age in elaborate…

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Christmas in Japan–Spiritual or Superficial?

                                                                                            Celebrating Christmas is very popular in Japan, but December 25th is NOT a national holiday in Japan.  Japanese people work and go to school as usual. But although  only about 1% of the Japanese population is Christian (the rest are Buddhists and Shinto) Japanese Christmas is a big Day, with traditions that are uniquely…

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Business-Name Card Connections

When we think of business cards, we tend to imagine convenient little cards that serve as informative tools between business acquaintances. Besides linking business people, name cards in Japan serve to create valuable networks between mothers, pet owners and the elderly. Name cards have evolved to include photos and decorative illustrations that can be assembled…

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Airy Sweet Potatoes

FUKUSHIMA, Japan – Sweet potatoes, usually planted in soil, are being cultivated in midair by children in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture. Growing sweet potatoes suspended above ground not only avoids radioactive substances absorbed into the soil by the crisis at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, but allows the plant’s big leaves to form…

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August Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Friends, To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: Romans 2:7 The Christian life of service in thanksgiving to our Saviour who gave Himself for our salvation, is not a quick and easy task. We are to continue in doing good works that…

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