Isetan-tan-tan…

The Isetan flagship store in Shinjuku is considered to be one of the most influential department stores in Japan...

Looming Bracelet Crafts…

In a few weeks I return to Japan for the 4th time in 4 years. Our church is continuing our support of SOLA in Ishinomaki, Japan. SOLA is a non-profit working with children in the Tohoku region that was devastated by the earthquake/tsunami combo on March 11, 2011. Last year, my family took a family …

Japan is Too Cool Part 1 – Mobile Grocery Store

In Ishinomaki, there are some neighborhoods with a lot of grandmas and grandpas. So what did the Japanese do? They created a mobile grocery store that can drive up the hill to their neighborhoods! It's a converted bus with baskets, a refrigerator section, fresh veggies, etc. Check it out. TOO COOL.

Kaerimasu.

After a full year, I have returned. One year ago, I was able to lead a short term team from my church to the Tohoku region of Japan (in Iwate) to help in the relief effort with CRASH Japan. This year, I have returned with another team (the 3rd official team from our church to …

Sakurajima in the news

I happened to fall upon an article about active volcanoes on Yahoo news. They highlighted another volcano near Kagoshima, but you can also see Sakurajima in the picture! It's the smaller smoking mountain in the middle of the bay. Sigh... Kagoshima is beautiful. I don't know why, but I equate smoking volcanoes with beautiful instead …

From Blue to Brown

Uncool. Just went from this: To this: me not happy. I suppose I'm mentally blocking out all the destruction and discomfort we experienced in Iwate. But even in the midst of the Tsunami wreckage and recovery, the people of Iwate made the country beautiful still. I like LA, but I miss Japan. I'm back for …