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Tale of Two Cities

September 27th, 2009 by John

Earlier this year while we were on Home Assignment in the US, I made a quick trip to Japan on business for a few weeks.  Two days after I left Chicago the International Olympic Committee was visiting Chicago so the airport and everything was spruced up.  A few days after I returned from Japan they were to visit Tokyo.  And in a similar fashion they had the city decked out.

Later this week the IOC will make a decision on which city will host the 2016 summer Olympic games.  You know, I love Chicago, which is really my hometown.  I think it is one of most beautiful cities in the world.  But I have lived in Tokyo for nearly 24 years, so I have grown to love it as well.  I am a bit torn which city should have the Olympic Games, I am proud of both of them.

Probably we will still be in Tokyo in 2016 so we could see the games here, in our front yard.  But maybe if it is in Chicago they will add another star to the Chicago flag.  Frankly I think they will go with Rio de Janerio.  At least it would be easier on me (or Madrid too).

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A Girl Waiting for a Bus

September 21st, 2009 by Elaine Mehn

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Elaine Mehn

 “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7b

             Riding a city bus can be boring or entertaining depending on my mood and the people who come and go. The other day we were stopped by the bus stop where there was a girl waiting for a bus. She was wearing a bright green skin tight t-shirt dress, bright blue leggings also skin tight, Read the rest of this entry »

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A Matter of Perspective

September 14th, 2009 by Elaine Mehn

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Elaine Mehn

  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:9b-10

             We bought a new microwave to replace our old microwave that was dying. I measured the space available and looked at the measurements for the new high tech combination unit. Once we got it home we discovered that it needed additional airspace around it and it needed to be plugged directly into the outlet and not into an extension cord. We found a stand at the local Read the rest of this entry »

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Great 7-Up hunt

September 14th, 2009 by John

Tokyo is a world-class city and you can find anything you want, if you are willing to pay for it.  Some things are readily available like Coke, Pringles, and Snickers.  I love 7-up but unlike other imported beverages it is hard to find.  Some restaurants carry it but they are few and far between (though one is in Machida!).

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The Straight and Narrow Way

September 8th, 2009 by Elaine Mehn

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Elaine Mehn

I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. Proverbs 4:11

We take a week of vacation each summer and go tent camping on the shore of Lake Saiko (West Lake). One of our activities is to ride bicycles the 10 kilometers (6 miles) around the lake. It has one hill on the opposite side from the campground but other than that it is fairly flat. For us “old” people it is just the right challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

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REACHING Japanese FOR CHRIST IN THE US

September 5th, 2009 by John

Japanese are one of the largest and hardest people groups to reach in the world.  While they are out of Japan, they are more open to hear the gospel and respond.  The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Network and their conferences are very helpful in equipping and encouraging US Christians to reach the 500,000 Japanese who are living in Japan.  As many of you are committed to missions in Japan, I would encourage you to consider becoming part of this movement to reach Japanese within North America and especially in the Chicago area.  God will honor your Kingdom commitment.  The Reaching Japanese for Christ Midwest Conference will be held in the Chicago area October 9 and 10th.  For an informational flyer and registration see http://rjcmidwest.wordpress.com.  If you are in the area please attend, and tell them John sent you.  There are RJC networks throughout the US.

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Giant Robot Visits Tokyo

September 4th, 2009 by John

Tokyo_GundamTo celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Gundam animation series, Bandai made a “life-sized” replica of a real Gundam Mobile Suit.  This towering mechanoid was 59 feet tall, almost 6 stories, towering over a park on Tokyo Bay.  It could move its head and shoot rocket jets.  With Japan the world’s leader in robots maybe real one is next.  If you into Japanese pop culture, this is right in the middle of it.

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Haagen-Dazs goes bonkers in Japan

September 4th, 2009 by John

Back in July Haagen-Dazs opened the largest ice cream parlor in the world in the famous Ginza district in Tokyo.  There are six fours in the building each floor with a unique deco.  Each one has a concierge to serve customers.  It is being described as the “ice cream mansion.”  They even serve ice cream Japanese style with vegetables, fruit and cheese.  Haagen-Dazs has been in Japan longer than we have (just barely) with 25 years.

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