Japan

Doctor Takashi Nagai

My Hero On my first visit to Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum, the obscenity of the atomic bomb left me angry and disturbed. Amidst a 3,900°C heat carried by a blast equal to 21,000 tons of TNT, 80,000 human beings were …

Categories: 2016, ALL POST, Japan, magazine articles |

100 Points of Light – 1946

In early 1946, the Columban Fathers, along with most of the world, were still recovering and rebuilding from the devastation of the Second World War. The war had taken the lives of a number of Columbans, and many others had …

Categories: 100 Points of Light, 1940-1949, ALL POST, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan |

Small Pentecosts

Gratitude Is the Antitode! You might call me a slow learner. I am 84 years old, and about 40 years ago a colleague recommended a book called “The Forgotten Spirit.” The title seemed only mildly interesting to me. I admit …

Categories: 2016, ALL POST, Japan, magazine articles |

Responding to the Need

Lending a Hand to the Poor I came to live in Fujisawa after getting married 58 years ago. I have been fortunate with my health. I have never even had a cold, and last year I had my first visit …

Categories: 2016, ALL POST, Japan, magazine articles |

Good Friday in Japan

55 Years Using Visual Aids When I was a very young priest just out of language school in Tokyo, my Japanese vocabulary was somewhat limited! To give me confidence and help me get the message across I used many visual …

Categories: 2016, ALL POST, Japan, magazine articles |

A Funeral in Japan

Recently we celebrated the funeral of Mrs. Hanako Shibata. I use the word “celebrate” because the ceremony had a palpable atmosphere of peace. Mrs. Shibata was 93, and up to her late 80s was active in the Hodogaya church community. …

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Hidden Christians

“We have the same heart as you!” One hundred fifty years ago, a venerable Japanese woman whispered these words to French missionary Father Bernard Petitjean in a newly built church in Nagasaki on March, 17, 1865. And that momentous phrase …

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The Peace Clause

“The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.” (Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution) On Friday, February 22, 2013, while Japanese Prime …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Japan |

Sacramentals – A Form of Mission

I am a blessings priest! I use the ritual with its numerous liturgical blessings and find it a powerful form of mission. As I write this, I have just come from blessing an expectant mother. After receiving the blessing she …

Categories: Front Feature, Japan, Magazine Archive |

Update from Japan following disasters

We received an update over the weekend from a Columban living in Japan. We have been told that all Columbans are accounted for. Help those in Japan through the Columbans by making a donation. Everything is OK here in Tokyo. …

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