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Surprising Grace

“Ian, I feel called to be a pastor.” Not the words you typically hear from someone who just came to faith. Two months prior, my friend Maki asked me if I’d meet Yuki, her co-worker. She brought him to my apartment for … Continue Reading →


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Awake

I’m an achiever. According to my Strengthsfinder assessment, that means: You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every … Continue Reading →


Monument of the Twenty-Six Martyrs by Funakoshi Yasutake, Nagasaki, 1962.

Singing from the Cross

Four weeks ago I watched Silence: the Martin Scorsese film released last December, based on Shusaku Endo’s historical fiction novel. One hour prior, I finished reading the book. The story follows two 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionaries’ journey to Japan in search of their … Continue Reading →


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2016 in Review

For the UK, it was Brexit. For the US, it was Trump. For Japan, it was Pen Pineapple Apple Pen. For me and Chi, 2016 went a little like this: Wedding: Engaged in January, married in May…and June. Of all events … Continue Reading →


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Thanksgiving for Thorns

Since early October, I’ve been fully healthy for a whopping two days. Nothing serious. Just a cold that Chi and I have passed back and forth to each other — sharing is caring — combined with allergies, and a case of food poisoning … Continue Reading →


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The Bridge LIVE@Shimokitazawa

A few photos from our performance at The Bridge LIVE@Shimokitazawa this past Saturday! The Bridge LIVE is a gathering of several bands every three months in the trendy town of Shimokitazawa. It’s put on by my friend Joey Zorina, who is reaching out … Continue Reading →