So we had an event on Sunday to talk about Japan and the Gospel. We received some questions and we promised to answer the leftover ones on the blog. We’ll do it in two installments, I think.
*What kind of food do you eat there?
We eat a lot of rice or meals with rice in it. One thing that we’ve really found that we like is called furikake, which is a type of seaweed and sesame seed seasoning that we sprinkle on top of rice.
We also like Japanese curry and noodle dishes which Japan has a lot of. Of course, sushi is popular in Japan, and we go about once a month for sushi.
Unfortunately, we can’t get Mexican food in Japan that easily. So, we definitely miss things like corn tortillas and beans… and coffee creamer!
*Are your Bibles in English or Nipponese/Japanese? (Nihongo is how you say Japanese (language) in Japanese)
Our Bibles are in English, but we do have Bibles in Japanese too. Sometimes we access it on our phones. The bilingual Japanese and English Bibles are very big and heavy, so we don’t tend to use those.
One interesting point is that the translations of the Bible in Japanese are very difficult to understand. The language is very antiquated, from what we’ve heard from Japanese. Even sharing some verses with friends, sometimes they cannot understand it until I paraphrase it in Japanese. One great church that we’ve heard of is slowly translating the Bible into modern Japanese language so that the general public can understand.
*What is the youth interested in?
Youth are interested in a variety of things, just as youth in America are. Some really popular things that the Japanese young people seem to enjoy are manga (Japanese-style comics), dance (particularly hip-hop, they love to dance in groups), and karaoke (which in Japan, is done in rented rooms for small groups of 5-20 people).
Of course, the Japanese youth also spend a lot of time studying, as they have to take entrance exams to get into the high schools that they want to attend and the colleges that they want to attend. There is a lot of pressure, and Japanese students often attend “cram schools” which are intensive tutoring/study classes after school hours, in the evenings.
*What is one way the Lord has surprised you during your time in Japan?
This was a hard question to answer. I sat around thinking about it for a while. One thing that surprised me was that He laid it on a friend’s heart who had skills in a certain area to offer help for us. About two weeks later, we really realized how much we were going to need their help, and knowing that the Lord had sent them to us ahead of time without our asking was a way that reminded us that He knew the difficult things that would be coming our way.
*What’s the best (and worst) food you have eaten in Japan?
The best food I’ve eaten in Japan… hmmm… there are lots of really great food in Japan. Okonomiyaki, yakiudon, sukiyaki… all of them are great! But probably my favorite has been a ramen dish that comes from a shop called Ippudo Ramen. I think what differentiates it from other styles of ramen is the pork broth and garlic flavoring. It’s absolutely wonderful.
The worst food– this one’s easy! It’s uni– sea urchin sushi. It didn’t even make it fully into my mouth– I very ungraciously took it out and wiped my tongue. It was embarrassing, and I felt like a 2 year old, but honestly, it was just like a reflex. It tasted like a sewer!
More questions to come next week… stay tuned! And if you have more questions or follow up questions– or if any of you readers– if your kids have questions, you can write them in the comments below and we’ll be sure to get them answered!