By now you probably realize that Japan is indeed a strange country when compared with most places around the world. With that being said there are many people who devote their lives trying to explain the culture here in understandable terms. We call these people Japanologists. To an extent a missionary must study Japanese culture to try to understand the heart of the people here. Think of the last time that someone from another country not only tried to learn your language, but also communicated a foreign concept to you as if it were of the utmost importance. Never had that happen before? That is the task of a missionary. Now that I have been here awhile I can better understand the task at hand and see the importance for having Japanologists. My wife and I have spent a lot of time over the past four years watching a documentary style TV show about Japan called “Begin Japanology”. This on-going TV show is broken up into short thirty minute segments about some various aspect of Japan. By watching this TV show we were able to understand a lot about Japan as well as carry on a conversation with just about anyone here about just about any aspect of Japan. Today I want to take the time to direct you to a website where you can watch episodes free and learn about Japan:
If that link does not work where you are at you can always try to look up “Begin Japanology” on YouTube. If you have the time, please watch some of these episodes to better understand Japan. By watching this TV show you will be able to better pray for the Japanese people as well as understand missionary work in this country!