JapanCAN

be a place where the Gospel thrives… Beauty is key

BROKEN: 傷ついた世界 (Art Festival in Tokyo)

BROKEN: 傷ついた世界

音楽、ダンス、パフォーマンス、トーク、アートギャラリー、短編フィルム、演劇、ディスカッションなど!
Speaker presentations, music performances, dance, drama, short films, gallery exhibits, small group discussions, and more!

The Missionary Podcast

While in Tokyo last summer I had the privilege of recording the 1st episode of The Missionary Podcast (TMP). Founded by Jonas Davison, TMP is “a space for missionaries to share their stories of God’s work, and connect with Christians all over the world.” I was impressed with Davison. He came to the interview well-prepared, asked great questions, and used quality recording equipment that he knows how to operate. Davison saw a need and responded, “After several years of working closely […]

JAPAN IS DYING: Video by CBN News

Watch what happens to a country when 50 percent of its adults stop having sex. “I am scared for the future of my children and my country,” one Japanese father told CBN News. Inside the Pacific island nation, more people are now dying than being born. “We are dealing with an unprecedented situation,” says Japan’s leading population expert. “No other country in the world is facing such a crisis.” In this exclusive report from Tokyo, we reveal the shocking consequences of […]

Can Beauty Communicate God’s Love for Japan?

“Beauty is the hard-to-define essence that draws people to the gospel.” (David Taylor) “No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty!” (John Muir) “We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, […]

The Unseen Face of Japan: Crucial Reading For Students of Japanese Culture

“Japanese tastes in cars, technology and leisure profoundly affect how we think and what we buy. But who are the Japanese? To the outsider Japan has made the switch to a Western lifestyle – to Western materialism – in the space of a few generations. But in fact Japan remains profoundly alien, a culture where ritual holds sway.” (Brotherhood Books) Paul Nethercott asked me to review The Unseen Face of Japan by David C. Lewis. Since my husband and I […]

30 Things You Only See in Japan!

This week’s post is a link to a fun and informative post on a site called Tsunagu Japan. The post is a list (with photos) of 30 things that are pretty much unique to Japan. Take a look! If you think of other things that are unique to life in Japan, please leave a comment. 30 unexpected things you can only see in Japan The Tsunagu Japan site is an excellent resource with LOTS of helpful information on Japan.    

Departures: A “Must See” Film Reviewed by Alecia Tallent

As a means of gaining insight into Japanese culture, I highly recommend Departures. For anyone who cares about Japan this is a “must see” film. (Paul Nethercott) Recently, I (Alecia Tallent) had the privilege of watching Yojiro Takita’s movie, Departures. Winner of the 2009 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, as well as Best Film, Actor, Director, Sound, Screenplay, and Cinematography at the 2009 Japanese Academy Awards. This simple yet powerful film follows the life of cellist Daigo Kobayashi who is newly married […]

Finding Beauty in the Rubble of Japan’s Mega-Disaster: Documentary Marks 4th Anniversary

“A crown of beauty for ashes.”  Isaiah 61 “Finding Beauty in the Rubble” is a documentary film about Mrs. Fukuoka, a humble housewife whose home was washed away by the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Shot on location in northern Japan, our documentary will show how Mrs. Fukuoka has found hope and meaning by making beautiful jewelry out of debris from the tsunami. There are several reasons we are making this film: We want to encourage and bless […]

Reaching Japanese For Christ Conference, 2015

The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) international conference is taking place February, 12-14, 2015 in California. Founded by retired Converge missionary Don Wright, RJC is currently led by Dennis Peters who was a missionary to Japan for many years with the Assembles of God. RJC is important to many of us who care about Japan. I’ve been to several of their conferences and have found all of them of value for networking and learning about effective ways to reach Japanese with the […]

Pray for the Future of Japan

“Every few hundred years in Western society there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself… We are currently living through such a transformation.” Peter Drucker As we transition into a new year, we tend to think about the future. Drucker believes that Western society is changing drastically… Is Japanese society also experiencing “a sharp transformation?” It seems that it is… Here are three “engines” driving change in Japan: Digital technology is changing, in fundamental ways, the […]

3 Barriers to the Gospel Thriving in Japan

Many times I have been asked, “Why are there so few followers of Jesus in Japan?” I really don’t know. No one does. The question is impossible to answer. What we can do is identify barriers to the Gospel thriving in Japan and ask ourselves, “what can I do about these barriers?” Three barriers to the Gospel thriving in Japan: At some level, we (the followers of Jesus in Japan and around the world) question whether the Gospel CAN thrive in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Atonement in Ancient and Modern Japan

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22, NIV) The belief that setting things right requires sacrifice is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of humans. In Japanese culture, from ancient times, atonement is found through ritualistic sacrifice. These rituals are redemptive analogies that point to Jesus and his death on the cross. <p> </p> While Westerners tend to think of “sin” as guilt […]

Why Are So Many Christians Afraid of Hollywood Bible Movies?

This year two Hollywood films — “Noah” and “Exodus:Gods and Kings” — will expose millions of people around the world to stories inspired by the Bible. How will we respond?  What do you think about Cole Nesmith’s perspective as expressed in his article, “Why Are So Many Christians Afraid of Hollywood Bible Movies?” Please post your comments! Related post:3 REASONS JAPANESE SHOULD SEE ARONOFSKY’S “NOAH”

6 Ways to Contextualize Worship to Japan

“Worship is the heart and pulse of the Christian church. In worship we celebrate together God’s gracious gifts of creation and salvation, and are strengthened to live in response to God’s grace. Worship always involves actions, not merely words. To consider worship is to consider music, art, and architecture, as well as liturgy and preaching. The reality that Christian worship is always celebrated in a given local cultural setting draws our attention to the dynamics between worship and the world’s many […]

3 Reasons Japanese Should See Aronofsky’s “Noah”

“Noah” will be released in Japan on June 13, 2014 Controversy has swirled around the “Noah” epic with many Christians denouncing it. While the film takes liberties, there is good reason to take your Japanese friends to see it. 1. “Noah” includes one of the best portrayals of the creation story on film. Years ago retired TEAM missionary John Schwab said to me, “when you teach Japanese the Bible, start in Genesis!!” This makes perfect sense as Genesis is the […]

Easter from the Perspective of Japanese Samurai Culture

Contextualizing the gospel to Japan’s ancient and proud culture is a crucial issue. This week’s JapanCAN post is a link to an article by Steve Sakanashi. In an email Sakanashi wrote, “Since this weekend is Easter, and most Japanese people have no idea why it is a holiday, I wrote a letter to explain it through Japanese samurai culture.” To read Sakanashi’s article click on the following title: Bushido, Seppuku, and the Shameful Death of Jesus Christ Thanks Steve for putting thought and effort […]

Is Japan Postmodern?

…the postmodern is primarily a phenomenon of Western culture. One cannot speak of the postmodern without first speaking of modernity and modernism, for it is from within Western culture that the modern view of the world has arisen. The postmodern is, therefore, a movement which has arisen in reaction to the modernism of Western civilization. (Daniel J. Adams) The popular terms “modern” and “postmodern” are grounded in Western history and culture. So when visitors to Japan look around and say Japan […]