Hope still for today?

I am a grandmother–there were other parents and grandmothers and grandfathers involved in the horrible killing on this December day who now only have memories for this Christmas instead of special small ones to hold close and dear.  Mine aren’t close but at least I know others who will be able to hold them close.…

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Natto–purifying bacteria

Natto Natto is fermented soy beans. The beans are boiled, wrapped in straw and left to ferment for several days. They have vitamins, fiber and protein and thus are a good source of nutrition. Natto dates back at least 1000 years and eventually became a favorite of people living in Edo, the capital city of…

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Respect for the Aged

Schools in Japan are beginning to introduce classes to help children deepen their understanding of elderly nursing care-related issues, such as Arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Such classes take place at primary-, middle- and high schools across the nation. Children gather in the gym to get hands-on lessons to understand the physical and mental disabilities that afflict…

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1000 year old Delicacy

Did you know there is a Kamaboko Day?! November 15 isn’t a national holiday here in Japan, but it’s an auspicious day nonetheless for the specialty, Kamaboko that finds itself on the table of just about every Japanese home. Kamaboko is made from steamed white fish mashed into a paste, seasoned and shaped to form…

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Helping the Blind to "See"

Guidance systems for the visually impaired to traverse crowded city streets with ease and safety have been at work for many years in Japan. On the left side of the sidewalks are raised striped and dotted tiles, easily ‘read’ through the feet of those visually impaired as they walk on them. Other conventional facilities such…

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September 2012 Newsletter

                                                                          What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it.                                                Luke 5:13      Jesus used this parable to teach the hypocritical and self righteous Pharisees (verse 2) the value…

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Police dog Momo!

                In what is a first for Japan and perhaps the world, a long-haired Chihuahua named “Momo” — “Peach” — passed exams to become a police dog in the western Japanese prefecture of Nara. The brown-and-white, perky Momo was one of 32 successful candidates out of 70 dogs, passing a search and rescue test by…

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