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Christian Events Marking the "Year of Japanese-Brazilian Exchange"

2008年12月1日
by Matsumoto Toshiyuki, pastor? Kyodo-midorigaoka Church, Southwest Subdistrict, Tokyo District The year 2008 marks the passing of 100 years since the first Japanese immigrants went to Brazil. To celebrate this anniversary, 2008 was designated "The Year of Japanese-Brazilian Exchange"(Ano do Interc?mbio Jap?o-Brasil) by the governments of both countries, with commemorative stamps and coins being ……

Christian Composer Leaves Legacy of "Tomi-songs"

by Maruyama Motoko, head piano teacher Toyo Eiwa Educational Institution, Tokyo ? The boys camp with the longest history in Japan, Nojiri Gakuso, is held every summer at Tokyo YMCA's Lake Nojiri Campground. The 73rd session was held this year. The camp songs sung there are called "Tomi-songs," and there are more than 100 of them. The man who compiled the songbook is my father, Tomioka Masao.? Fro……

Commemorative Events for the 150th Year of Evangelism in Japan

Next year, 2009, will be the 150th year since evangelism began in 1859 in Yokohama. The Kyodan considers this to be an appropriate year to regard with special remembrance. Of course, celebrations are being planned not only by the Kyodan but also by the wider Japanese Christian community, such as a gathering under the theme "Commemorating 150 Years of Mission" being planned by the Japan Evangelical……

36th General Assembly Deliberates Communion-related Issues

The 36th Kyodan General Assembly was held Oct. 21-23, 2008 at the Metropolitan Hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Under the theme of "The Kyodan: Unity and Solidarity as the Church Universal," the agenda items uppermost in the minds of participants centered on the issue of "open communion," in which non-baptized worshipers are allowed to partake of the communion elements, and on the related issue of the "……

Christmas in Japan by Tim Boyle, missionary Buraku Liberation Center, Osaka

Rudyard Kipling's famous words, "East is East and West is West and never the 'twain shall meet," may have a certain ring of truth to them, but in many ways the "twain" have met, with both Japanese and North American cultures importing various traditions and even fads from each other. The flow has been mostly from North America to Japan since Japan opened up to the outside world some 150 years ago,……

Desire to Teach Faith to Children Inspires Japanese Hymnist

2008年10月22日
It has been eleven years since the Kyodan's new Hymnal 21 was compiled and published by the Kyodan's Hymnal Committee. Included in this hymnal are a number of hymns by Japanese composers. We would like to share with you how the words of one of the hymns, "In Old Galilee when Sweet Breezes Blew" (No. 57 in Hymnal 21), were written by Befu Nobuo (1913-2003). Befu Nobuo was born in 1913 in Kochi P……

Japanese Hymns Now Appearing in English Hymnals

by Tim Boyle, missionary ? ? ? Buraku Liberation Center, Osaka Japanese Hymns in English is the title of a book I ran across that was written by Pauline Smith McAlpine in 1975.? It contains her translations of 50 hymns written by Japanese Christians, along with short biographies of the composers of the hymns.?Few of these hymns have been known in the West, but in recent hymnals of several mainlin……

Nine-day PCT-Kyodan "Youth Mission 2008" Held in Japan

The event? "Under the Lord's Blessing, Youth Mission 2008," was successfully held July 31-Aug. 8 by Kyodan's Committee on Edudation. There was good fellowship between the seven young people from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and the Japanese youth who participated. The program began with a reception on July 31, and the next day, on Aug. 1, we had the opening service. Afterwards we strolled th……

Kyodan Women's Federation Hosts Japan-Germany "Youth Mission 2008" Event

Youth Mission 2008 with the Berlin-Brandenburg Evangelical Church-the 5th Germany and Japan Youth Exchange-was held in Japan, Aug. 12-22. The Steering Committee of the National Federation of Kyodan Women's Societies (NFKWS) planned and hosted the program. Pastor Ute Feuerstack headed the German delegation. The three-day retreat convened at Ashino-ko Camping Village in Hakone, Aug. 13-15., with14 G……

Details of the Visit to Retired Missionaries

Kyodan Moderator Yamakita and Group A's seven other members visited Holland, Michigan, April 18-22. (Holland is the home place of the Dutch Reformed Church, the present Reformed Church in America, which sent the first missionaries to Japan 150 years ago.) The Hesselinks and the Magees guided them to churches, schools, and social institutions. After a dinner on April 19, the visitors from Japan pre……
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