Monthly Archives: May 2005

Japan’s Garbage Problem

Waste and dangerous chemicals are major environmental issues in densely populated Japan. It was just an old chair—an office chair, to be precise. I had rescued it from a rubbish collection drop-off some years previously, and it had served me …

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The Healing of Mizuko Jizo

A ritual in Buddhist Japan has emerged to memorialize babies killed by abortion and assuage mothers’ shame and guilt. In Japan, the spirits of the dead never seem far away. Indeed, reverence for those who have died is a distinctive …

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My Job Is Finished

A retired Columban reflects on his 56 years of continuous mission in Japan. On July 16, 1948, fellow Columban Father Francis Hunter and I landed in heavily war-scarred Kobe with rubble and bombed-out buildings everywhere. Then, it was off to …

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The Power Of Adoration

A conversation leads to a decade-long adoration of the Holy Eucharist in five Japanese parishes. It was autumn of 1983 when I had a chat outside our little church with one of the prominent ladies in the parish of Koshi …

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