Japanese Culture Category

You don’t “just” buy flowers in Japan.

Last week Aven and I went to a flower shop to buy some flowers for a Japanese friend who had a birthday. It was our first time in a Japanese flower shop and after looking around for 5 minutes or so, we picked a bunch of flowers we thought looked pretty and went to the […]

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Disaster and the love of God

(Please note these are my own cultural observations. I do not dare to think that I have come anywhere close to fully understanding the depth and complexity of Japanese thinking and culture) Japan is a land of natural disasters. Tsunamis, typhoons, mudslides, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions attack without mercy just about every year and […]

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3 Months In…is AJ getting culture shock????

Its been 3 months since we arrived in Sapporo Japan to start our journey into long term missions. I feel we have adjusted well overall but I would be wrong to say that it’s always been easy. I wanted to share what has been the hardest aspect to deal with during this transition phase but […]

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Japan Focus Event

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Japan is coming to Joburg

Hey guys! Two events are coming up soon whereby South Africans around Joburg can get a taste of Japanese culture. First is a music concert at the Linder Auditorium at WITS. It includes two world class acts. 1. Terumasa Hino: One of Japan’s finest jazz musicians. 2. Himiko: A Taiko Drum band. A authentic Japanese […]

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Feeling Lucky in Japan.

Japan is a land filled with spiritual mystery. One example is how almost every shrine or temple in Japan has a booth selling “omamori”. They are amulets believed to be endowed with divine power. Each talisman has a different effect and there are MANY of them. They come in all kinds of forms and sizes […]

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Sakura and the Hope of a Savior

Aven and I just recently returned from a two week scouting trip to Japan. I will write something of a report about our trip later because we first need some time to process and think through what we experienced. However, I wanted to share one story now. The blooming of Sakura (Cherry Blossom) trees in […]

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Japan Trip March 2015

Aven and I were privileged  to go to Japan for 11 days over the Easter holiday. We enjoyed delicious food like ramen, sushi, squid and rice dishes; to name a few.Experienced a culture so very different to our own, and got to see and participate in many unique activities and we thank God for all […]

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