4th Prayer Journey 2016 to East of Hokkaido from Aug. 6th to 10th

This prayer journey will be the last one in 2016. There are 12 unreached towns and villages in the Eastern Hokkaido. Here is the URL for the unreached areas of Hokkaido:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1dvw5ziS7iKDqBj2d7ZMaY6UGSMs The land is big with less population. The tokachi are has 3 unreached area. Currently one pastor family moved to Shikaoi town and started to pioneer a church in Shikaoi. Therefore, this town now is covered. I thank God for this and the town is covered by this pastor family. In Tokachi, there are only 3 unreached towns and a village. From this trip, we are covering Kushiro, Nemuro, and Okhotks Area with 12 towns and villages. This […]

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Ainu People in Hokkaido

While I was at the museum in Shari, I took some pictures of Ainu cultural exhibitions. The picture at the left is very important Ainu festival relating to bears. They consider bear as an important symbol for their lives. Each year they celebrate this festival and keep the bear at the festival. Spiritually bear is worshipped as a form of god. Every museums I visited around Hokkaido, I could see this kind of pictures on festivals for bears. There must be very strong tie with bear in Ainu’s life style. Ainu knew how to catch salmon from the rivers. Salmon was major food source for their winter survivor. They used […]

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Japanese TV programs

When I first arrived in Japan, I could not understand anything at all. However, just as one of my friend from England said that Japanese TV programs seemed to be very low budget programs, I should agree with that. Some programs were worthless to watch like junk. Well, my impression about the contents of general tv programs were eating, taking bath (hotsprings), travel, laughing just for laughing’s sake, etc. The only channel worthy to watch was NHK. They put things like real world. This particular program adds value to watch TV. Real life stories, economics, etc. were very helpful. But they are all based on evolution based thoughts. The Department […]

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Yogurt became our favorite food these days

Hokkaido is known for one of the best farm land in Japan. Tokachi district is where we live and Tokachi is a good brand for agricultural products. When these products are in Tokyo area, they can sell at higher prices because of its brand. Before I came to Hokkaido, I did not drink milk much since I did not like the processed milk much. However, after I came to Hokkaido, I began to drink milk much because of the different processing process for milk in Japan. One of my dairy farmer friend gave us non-processed milk and they were very rich and I liked it. The dairy farmer friend showed […]

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Kushiro, a port city near my town

Kushiro has become very close in my mind after we moved to Urahoro. It takes about 1 hour by car from Urahoro to Kushiro. Kushiro is 4th biggest city in Hokkaido. #1 is Sapporo, #2 Asahigawa, #3 Hakodate, #4 Kushiro, #5 Tomakomai, #6 Obihiro, etc. Well, we often go to Kushiro for swimming and eat out there. Sometimes we go grocery shopping too. Kushiro is known for good fish since Kushiro is a port city, and there are lots of choice fish on the market. Of course, there are many good restaurants in Kushiro. It has also wet land (march) as tourist attraction. Yesterday we went to Kushiro for lunch, […]

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