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be a place where the Gospel thrives… Beauty is key

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 […]

Makoto Fujimura: Finding God Through Art (Beauty)

“I realized that I didn’t have a place, a shelf in my heart, to hold that beauty,”  are a few of the wonderful words that Makoto Fujimura speaks in the video embedded below, “Finding God Through Art.” Fujimura is both an outstanding artist and a theologian. He is articulate about what he does as well as why he does it, which makes Mako a very important spokesperson for artists who identify themselves as Christians. I encourage you to watch this video. […]

Is There Any Hope for Japan?

Many popular books portray Japan as a dark place with a bleak future. For over 25 years I have lived and worked in Japan as a missionary. I’ve spent countless hours studying the language and the culture.  Many of my best friends are Japanese. While I can see a dark side of Japan (every nation and culture has one) I choose to not focus on it. And, I see much that is positive in this great nation. There is hope for […]