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Furlough: A Summer Homecoming

Every two years our family embarks on an exciting, unique adventure.  This adventure takes us across the world to visit people and places near and dear to our hearts.  These places — especially these people — mean so much to us — they’re the very reason we can live in Japan and share God’s love here.  This adventure is called furlough, and it’s a chance for our family of 6 to check in and catch up with our loved ones.  

While furlough may seem long to some, and to others it seems like a vacation, it is much more than all of that.  For in the short amount of six weeks, the kids catch up with 2 years of Grandpa/Grandma time, we speak at a different church each weekend, we travel all over the country to make important visits, we update our legal and banking matters, we raise more support and all while dealing with jet lag.  Yes, furlough is far from normal — and the change of pace that is very refreshing at first becomes an impulse propelling us back towards Japan for the next phase of life.  In our newest video, you get a sense of the beauty, excitement, business and adventure that is furlough in our next video.  Enjoy!

We now come back to a very exciting time here in Japan for us as our church is opening a new coffee shop — a place for the community to come, enjoy the BEST coffee around and connect with people full of God’s love.  In fact, upon arriving here in Japan, I (Nate) went off to serve in a weekend retreat our church hosts called “Encounter with God.”  It was such a powerful time and so many of the people who participated felt God’s presence and love like never before.  We are more excited than ever to be a part of God’s move here in Japan!  

Encounter with God Japan — Wow!  What a weekend!

Now we are looking forward to this next week and weekend when we will have the grand opening of our brand new coffee shop.  This coffee shop will be open during the week and serve the best speciality coffees as well as have an all-you-can-drink special blend coffee — a first (as far as we know) for Japan!  Then on Sundays we will hold our church services in the coffee shop itself.  It certainly serves two amazing purposes!  If you live anywhere nearby or here visiting, please stop by!

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Sarah’s Summer Festivals

It’s summertime in Japan — which means summer festivals with dancing and fireworks (Matsuri 祭り), Yukatas (the traditional Japanese summer wear 浴衣) and fun Japanese food. This year was Sarah’s first year to dance, and she was so excited! To add to the excitement Sarah turned 5 years old the week before, so we invited her Japanese classmates to come to our house for an American birthday party — and they all came! We shattered the record of people in our house at once, you’ve just got to see the video below!

And this last picture I just had to include — it was only 3 years ago that Becca & Anna were dancing in this summer festival, and now it’s Sarah’s turn! Wow time flies — but they all look beautiful together!

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Becca & Anna’s Japanese School

Our kids have quite a unique life — they are American/Brazilian and yet go to Japanese school where they interact and learn in Japanese! To make things even more diverse, there are no schools in the world like Japanese schools — why, even the children are trained to do all the cleaning from a young age! And there’s nothing quite like a Japanese Undoukai, or Sports Day. Come enter into a bit of our Japanese/American/Brazilian world as our newest video focuses on Becca & Anna and their school.

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One Week Fixer Upper

In one week we transform our brand new location in the Tokyo area into a space that will work to host our church meeting while preparing it to be a cafe! It’s Fixer Upper Tokyo style, as we get to work in this episode of Life in Japan.

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Roses, Kids and Cafes and What Ties Them Together

What do roses, our blonde American kids and cafes have in common? See if you can figure it out in episode 5 of Life in Japan, as we secure our new cafe/church location. To celebrate, we visit the famous Rose Garden in Ikuta with our family. That’s right, all these things are related, and they’re all right here in Noborito. Hope I didn’t give anything away now…