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Finding Fun Locally

Japan recently celebrated Culture Day, a one-day holiday we all had off. We took advantage of Japan’s Go-to travel program to travel — this time locally. We explored Omori, an area of Tokyo in-between the major town center of Shinagawa and Tokyo’s Haneda airport. Not even rain could keep us from having a great time together as a family and discovering more about this amazing place we live: Japan.

We were a bit bummed not to be able to see the Tokyo Illuminations we had come out for, it was just raining too much. But an impromptu pajama party sprung up in its’ place and we had so much fun that we could have spent the whole night in the hotel and just had a blast! It just goes to show that some of the greatest things in life happen in the unplanned moments.

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Japan’s Epic Landscape

One of the best parts of living and working as a missionary, pastor and content creator in Japan is getting to enjoy the absolutely amazing landscape here. A couple of months ago, my friend Kazu told me about a hike he was planning on doing: a 3-night, 2-day hike down Japan’s deepest gorge. As soon as he told me about it, I knew I wanted to go! Little did I know the huge adventure that was in store. I ended up with close to 2 hours of footage from our adventure, and after many a late nights editing, came out with a 40-minute mini-documentary of our trip. Pop some popcorn for this one and settle in as you enjoy Japan at its finest!

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Second Hand Stores in Japan

Second hand stores (or resell stores) can be found all over the world, but perhaps no where else in the world are they quite like they are in Japan. A whole second-hand store culture has developed in Japan, one where you can easily find quality used items for half of the retail price. But the way they function in Japan is perhaps unique only to Japan and is the focus of this week’s Life in Japan.

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Getting Around in Japan

Everywhere you go, there are norms for how one gets around. If you come for a major city, chances are you’re used to some sort of public transportation. If you come from the heartland of America, like me, cars are the norm for getting around. But the major highways and transportation arteries of the Amazon Basin are not roads or rails at all, but the river itself. Boats stream up and down the river with cargo and passengers. Where you’re from influences your picture of public transportation.

But wherever you come from, there’s little debate that Japan’s got one of the best systems of transportation of any country out there, with arguably the best train system of any nation in the world. There are so many options and ways to get around in Japan that it deserves its own proper video. It’s taken us a number of years to discover them all, and we condense it down into this short and sweet video. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/UPmWivHhBg4
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How Giving Birth in Japan is Different

Joshua was born here in Japan, but just being born here doesn’t make you Japanese. To be Japanese, you need a Japanese parent, unlike other nations where being born in the nation makes you a part of that nationality. This is where the differences of birth in Japan vs. other countries really takes off. The whole process of giving birth in Japan differs quite a bit from other nations, and it’s the focus of our newest video. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/mtImvf42orQ