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From Japan to Uganda: 1.8 Million Manga Bible Storybooks

Manga style Bible storybooks published by NEXT are making a big impact in Uganda. Several years ago NEXT sent 800,000 copies of MANGA MESSIAH — the first book in the series — to Uganda. The current project is to send a total of 1 million copies of THE MESSIAH to Uganda. So far, 600,000 copies of THE MESSIAH have been sent. What sets the NEXT Bible storybooks apart is the authentic illustrations by professional Japanese manga artists. This series of books is a […]

Christmas Resources for Bringing Hope to Japan

Christmas is an opportunity to winsomely share the Gospel with Japanese. This week’s post is a list of Christmas resources for outreach to Japanese that you can trust. If you need a gift for your neighbors, friends, or for a church event, consider one of the items on this list. If you have questions, please post them in the comment area at the bottom of this post. I will do my best to make sure that the appropriate publisher responds. […]

Tokyo’s SonRise Café Celebrates 5 Years

For 5 years SonRise Café has been a place in Tokyo — one of the world’s great cities — where people connect with each other and with God. A place of hospitality that offers good food, music, and friendship. Below is an interview with the leader of SonRise Café, veteran TEAM Japan missionary Owen Ames. JapanCAN: Tell us about SonRise. Ames: SonRise Café opened its doors to the public on October 17th 2009 in Oyama, Itabashi ku. Just 5 minutes by train from […]

Tokyo Godfathers: A Review by Frank Daugherity

This week’s post is a review of the animated film Tokyo Godfathers. Watching a mainstream film like Tokyo Godfathers is an effective way to gain insight into life in Japan. This is not a movie for children. If you can’t stand any offensive language or seeing aspects of the dark side of life, don’t watch it. The review is by Frank Daugherity. I’ve been in touch with Frank — on Facebook — since 2011 when he volunteered with CRASH Japan. About Frank: I was […]

Japanese Style Icon of the Archangel Michael by Daniel Mitsui

My friend Paul Neeley’s blog Global Christian Worship features a great variety of music, art, and articles from many countries. Neeley recently found an icon by Daniel Mitsui that depicts the Archangel Michael as a samurai warrior. Daniel Mitsui’s icon is a fascinating blend of elements from Eastern and Western iconography. There are Christian theologians who reject/condemn icons and those who accept them. I grew up viewing them with great suspicion, which was shaped by my Protestant background (Baptist). So, why have I come […]