See the Story

With half of 2017 over, the best movie I’ve seen this year wasn’t about jazz in LA, nor a Polynesian princess (yes, Disney cartoons release late in Japan). In fact, it wasn’t even the one about persecuted Christians in 17th … Continue Reading →

Where You Go They Will Go

Where You go I will go Where You stay I will stay Where You lead me I’ll remain Though our lands we may leave To each promise we cling In Your presence we find our home When I wrote these … Continue Reading →

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 →


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 →

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 →

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 →