A Terrible 6 Months For Japanese Missionaries

I’ve just been made aware of the dramatic decrease in the dollar over the last few months. For American missionaries who get their support from here, this is a tough blow. Japan is already 1.8 times the average cost of living in the US. Now imagine losing 15% of your paycheck AFTER taxes and there’s nothing you can do about it. This is such a heavy issue on my heart because support is the biggest reason we had to leave Japan early. Please pray and please consider giving. We’re raising support on behalf of our fellow missionaries in Japan and know many others who would love your support.

October Trip Update

I hope everyone has a chance to read this. It’s very short. I just wanted to give an update on our support level for our October missions trip to Takamatsu. We’ve already seen lots of faithful givers pour out of their hearts financially and we’ve collected over $900 towards our trip! Praise the Lord! However, as October approaches we’re reminded of how much we’ve yet to raise. We still need over $4500. Please pray with us that this money would come in and that we could get into churches during September to share this need. Thanks for praying!

Living Small: Japan’s Micro-Homes | BusinessWeek

Business Week has an interesting post on teenie tiny Japanese homes. Of course space is much more limited in Japan, but these are extreme! The cost of some of these homes is surprisingly low considering that they’re brand new!

Another Great Video of Japan

This amazing footage comes from the same photography who took the first image on this post. He really has some great shots of Japan. I love the monkeys :) One thing to take notice of is the amount of baggage some Japanese carry around.

10 Pictures Showing the Beauty of Japan

The Bamboo Forest

一本桜 (The One Cherry Tree)

一本桜 (The One Cherry Tree)

Tomaru Pass

Tomaru Pass

Ogasawara Islands, Tokyo, Japan

The Flight of Apollo

by Spreng Ben

Some Origins of Fire

Some Origins of Fire

Rainbow Fuji

by Gideon Davidson

Mt. Fuji

Sapporo Snow Festival 2008

Magic Water City

Biwa Lake Torii

Biwa Lake Torii

Fat fingered sumo wrestlers given iPads – Telegraph

“Japanese sumo wrestlers have been given iPads to communicate because their fingers are too fat to use a standard mobile phone”

This was just too funny not to link to it. Enjoy!

Gorgeous Japanese Time Lapse Footage

This video is just amazing. I was so excited to share this as I watched it because it is so hard to describe the beauty of Japan in words; you just have to see it! And this video does a great job at showing it to you. Though the video is intentionally juttery, notice the beauty of God in the skys and the scenery. Japan has some unbelievably gorgeous sunsets. I know you’ll enjoy it.

Hayaku: A Time Lapse Journey Through Japan from Brad Kremer.

Evil Devil Fish Bad for Japan | Motherboard

Apparently, these guys (known as Oarfish) mean an earthquake is coming D: Click the link above to read the whole story.

Summer Relaxation

It's been a slow week here on the blog, but we've been hard at work mailing out prayer letters and licking stamps. We've also been prepping for our 4-day vacation at the beach with our friends Ryan and Rachel! If you'd like to get our letter, please make sure we have your address, especially if you've moved in the last 2 years. We have been so encouraged by the Gospel this week and are excited to see our Japanese friend who is a Liberty student return this week from Summer break. We pray you are enjoying the Summer and making the best of it. Your partners in the Gospel,
Matt & Christina

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Samurai Workout

It seems like the Japanese version of Tae-Bo. It’ll be interesting to see if this catches on.

via Japan Real Time