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Mochi for Church Council

Mochi for Church Council

After a church council meeting, the council members went outside to make "mochi." Mochi is pounded, cooked rice. It then is made into small palm size balls and eaten with a sweet bean paste. Very good, but be careful you can choke!


Cross and Window

Cross and Window

Cross and stained glass window a recently built church building - Ogaki Lutheran Church.


Cross in Kindergarten

Cross in Kindergarten

Cross with children's drawings at Imaike Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten at Nagoya-Kibo Lutheran Church, Nagoya.


Ise Shrine

Ise Shrine

This is at the "Tori" at the shrine at Ise. Ise is the spiritual center of the Shinto religion in Japan. Shinto is a pagan religion and the "national" religion of Japan, meaning that many Japanese consider themselves Shinto simply because they are Japanese citizens.


Hiroshima

Hiroshima

This is a picture of the Hiroshima Cenotaph. The following words are inscribed in various languages in the reflecting pool not seen in this picture: "Let all the souls here rest in peace; for we shall not repeat the evil."


Miyajima (Literally "Shrine Island")

Miyajima (Literally "Shrine Island")

This is a picture from Itsukushima Shrine (Shinto) looking out toward its tori during high tide. This site is a UN World Heritage site.


Shinto Wedding at Miyajima, Japan

Shinto Wedding at Miyajima, Japan

This photo was taken at Itsukushima Shrine (Shinto) at Miyajima, Japan. This shrine is possibly one of the most famous (and probably costly) places in which to have a traditional Shinto wedding service. We just happened to catch the couple. I felt a little out of place... but it was a good photo opportunity.


Recent Family Photo

Recent Family Photo

Family Photo taken right before Christmas 2008.