Embracing the Japanese Culture in the Nude

Despite Japan’s appeal to modesty and attempt to keep the body covered at all times, there are fragments of the culture that break the code. Japanese people love bathing in communal baths called Onsens. Think of a really nice hot spring inside of a luxury spa. That is an onsen. As a foreigner, I was…

Finding Nihon Kirisutokyō-shi

Being a Christian in Japan is like being a pineapple in Antarctica. Or whole-wheat bread on the shelves of Japanese markets… Far and few in between. It is said that a total of Christians in Japan, called “Nihon kirisutokyō-shi,” is less than 1%. Many believe that this is due to Japan’s deep history of Shintoism…

Safe and Sound in Japan

Hello from Japan! We are alive and well and settled into our apartment! We live in Nobeoka in a small, adorable community surrounded by rice paddy fields and rivers in the shadow of giant mountains that we are eagerly awaiting to climb. If your impression of Japan is the busy streets of Tokyo and the…

Hello from Nobeoka! A Honeymoon Trip Update!

It has been a crazy month. After our wedding on July 11 in Oregon (we have been married for one whole month!), we jumped on an airplane and headed to Europe for our honeymoon! Our first week was spent in southern Spain where we explored (on foot) ancient cobblestone villages like Granada, Mijas Pueblo and…