Lessons in time

October 10, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

The spark that started a fire in my heart for Japan and her people was a three-week visit to Japan in 2007 in my mid-fifties. This included a week in Sapporo with my Franco-German choir, […]


Gospel-inspired language learning

August 31, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 2

When we consider the relationship between learning Japanese and the gospel, we tend to think that language learning is merely a necessary step for sharing the gospel with people in their heart language. But the […]


Karuizawa: the end of an era

August 20, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 1

In August 2016, Karuizawa’s missionary language school officially closed, signaling the conclusion of a colorful chapter in Japan’s missionary history. In the summer of 1886, Canadian missionary Alexander Shaw climbed up the 1,200 meter Usui […]


Find your sustainable practice

February 15, 2017 Tim Clark 1

“Clark-san, how come you speak some Japanese but don’t know any kanji?” I remember well my Japanese teacher’s question in 2001. And her tone! It was a whole lot closer to “What’s wrong with you?” […]


Experimenting with tadoku

July 1, 2016 JAPAN HARVEST 0

As its name suggests, tadoku (多読) is a reading strategy that encourages reading lots of material. It has three simple rules: 1. Choose books you find easy to read. 2. Don’t look up words in […]


The little engine that could

March 29, 2014 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Do you remember the children’s story about the Little Engine that had to fill in for the broken-down Big Engine? The train was full of Christmas toys for children on the other side of the […]