Update from the Newsome family in Nagoya, Japan: I’ve uploaded a newsletter I received from Wayne & Amy Newsome the other day to Google docs. It’s in two, separate pages so just click the links below to read about how God has been at work in Nagoya recently. Page 1 ; Page 2
creating a chronic underclass
That is what Toshihiko Kudo said Japan is doing in a recent New York Times Article. Kudo is a board member of Ashinaga, a nonprofit group based in Tokyo that helps poor children and orphans. Photo by NY Times - Ko Sasaki Satomi Sato, a 51-year-old widow, delivering newspapers, one of her two jobs. She is raising a teenage daughter on less than $17,000 a year. Some great excerpts from the...
Thanks to my sister, Mitsu, who sent me this link. Hurry up, Netflix! Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones...
homelessness in japan
Click the photo to go to the rest of this article I found on Tofugu.com. It’s pretty interesting…well, at least to me since I’ll be interacting with this problem hopefully while I’m in Japan. The stats might have changed since this post was from January of this year. Quote from Tofugu.com: Japan’s jobless rate is currently at 5.2%, which is a record high (way better...
"mono no aware", part 1
Anna Claire and I just recently watched a movie called Departures. It’s a Japanese film about a mediocre cellist named Daigo Kobayashi who, as soon as he lands a spot in the Tokyo symphony, has to find a another profession because the group dissolves due to a lack of finances. He and his wife, Mika, move back to his small hometown village in Yamagata into his late mother’s...
The Tenniscoats performing “Baibaba Bimba” on the streets of Tokyo
We know some of these posts aren’t the most exciting yet, but we’re still in the ‘just getting started’ phase and have a lot of administrative junk to do. We could use your help, though: 1. We need your addresses! Send them to Jake’s e-mail or Anna Claire’s. You can also send a message here on this blog or on our Facebook page with your address. The...
The love for equals is a human thing - of friend for friend, brother for...– Frederick Buechner
in light of Easter… ‘Jesus was the only One that ever raised the dead.’ The Misfit continued, ‘and He shouldn’t have done it. He thrown everything off balance. If He did what He said, then it’s nothing for you to do but throw everything away and follow Him, and if He didn’t then it’s nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the...
Hello world, It’s been a few weeks since we got approved to go to Nagoya. Now, we’re doing our best to juggle multiple jobs and get our ducks in a row before we start raising support! Anna Claire and I are also trying our best to learn Japanese too: Nihongo wa mada mada desu yo! Basically, I stink at Japanese…so far. But, we’re sticking at it in the mornings...