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be a place where the Gospel thrives… Beauty is key

Bach Festival: Tokyo Event

Our friends at Community Arts Tokyo are putting on a BACH FESTIVAL in Tokyo!  See details below. Did you know that Bach’s music is popular in Japan? Did you know that Bach’s music is influencing Japanese to know and follow Jesus?  See “How Bach’s Music Evangelized Japan.” (Note: I strongly disagree with the statement in this article that Japan is a “secular country” — while most Japanese identify themselves as “no religion” almost without exception Japanese are extremely spiritual. The […]

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!

PRAYERCAST for JAPAN Video

One Way Ministries produced a beautiful PRAYERCAST for Japan video. Please watch, pray, and share this valuable resource! Several years ago Elizabeth Lind from One Way Ministries reached out to me and asked for help with a “prayercast” video on Japan. I was happy to consult on the video and connect a couple of people with Elizabeth who could help with the production. Recently, I finally got to meet her at the One Way Ministries office near Chicago. I was […]

Responding to Kumamoto Quake Disaster in Japan: 3 Ways to Help

On April 17, 2016 CRASH Founder Jonathan Wilson posted the following update: My advice for Christians who want to help. Wait for the rescue work to finish, let the military and government do their jobs, and aim for the next part of the task. There are three main roles that volunteers can do well. 1. Cleaning up – there will be a lot of clean up work to do that requires manual labor. Work with local churches to volunteer to […]

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 […]

Are There Fingerprints of God in Buddhism?

Mission Frontiers — a respected magazine published by the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA — created a stir when they wrote that biblical truth found in Buddhism is a means of leading Bhuddists to Jesus. A portion of the Mission Frontiers article is below: Do we actually believe what Paul wrote that God’s “eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen” (Rom 1:20, NIV)? How does this apply to Buddhism? Can we find eternal and divine […]

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 […]

Finding Beauty in the Rubble: A Tsunami Survivor Tells Her Story

(See below for Japanese version of this post) The 2 Criminals film crew is pleased to release Finding Beauty in the Rubble! A short documentary featuring Mrs. Fukuoka, a remarkable lady who survived the huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Mrs. Fukuoka’s home and most of her neighborhood was washed away by the tsunami. Many of her neighbors died. After the disaster, Mrs. Fukuoka found meaning and hope by making jewelry from “sea glass” debris found on the beach. […]

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: Please Join our Crowd-sourcing Campaign

Please go HERE to join our crowd-sourcing campaign and be a part of making the short hope-filled documentary, “Finding Beauty in the Rubble.” Act soon, the campaign will end on March 21, 2015.   A segment from the film (unfinished):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm01HYsDy6Q “Finding Beauty in the Rubble” is a short documentary film about Mrs. Fukuoka, a humble housewife whose home was washed away by the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Mrs. Fukuoka barely escaped the rushing waters that took away her home […]

Christians Making an Impact in Japan’s Disaster Zone: Report from Janet Kunnecke

Four years after Japan was hit hard by a massive earthquake, it is amazing how Christians continue to respond to the needs of survivors. One of our good friends, veteran SEND missionary Janet Kunnecke, recently presented a workshop on communication for a group living in Ishinomaki, a city that was devastated by the tsunami. Here is Janet’s report, I was invited to do a workshop on communication — focusing on listening well — at a house church on the coast near Sendai. […]

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 […]

2015 Goals for CAN Blog

One of my goals for 2014 was to post weekly on the CAN blog. I am pleased to report — with the exception of 1 week — I was able to meet that goal. I could not have done it without the faithful help of my wife Nancy who checks grammar, spelling, and gives feedback on content. Is the approximately one day a week I spend on this blog a wise investment of my time and energy? Is it worth […]

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 […]

When Crises Strikes, How Do you Respond?

Terrorists Attack Paris Thousands Killed in Africa Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Disaster Strikes Japan War in the Middle East There seems to be no end of headlines telling us of suffering and death while our “small” personal crises almost never make the news. As a young child I experienced crises when my family moved to a small town called Killam (I am not making that name up). It felt like the town was trying to kill us. However, it wasn’t […]

Sadao Watanabe: Visualizer of Bible Stories from a Japanese Perspective

Sadao Watanabe was a skilled Japanese artist — and a follower of Jesus — who visualized Bible stories from a Japanese perspective. Watanabe’s art is original, authentically Japanese, and laden with emotion. I feel his love for the stories and the people that he depicted. In a nation where the vast majority of church related art is imported from the West, Watanabe’s visual depictions of Bible stories are vitally important to contextualizing the gospel in Japan. This is the 1st […]