Ski Trip to Gunma!

Last weekend was a three-day weekend in Japan; we had a substitute day off for National Foundation Day (建国記念の日), which fell on a Sunday. Despite being a few hours away by train, my friend Nikki and I decided to go for a day of skiing in Tanigawadake, Gunma Prefecture!

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Gallbladder Surgery at a Japanese Hospital

Last month, I was hospitalized for the second time in Japan, this time for gallbladder surgery. Just like before, I was very happy with my care, and I’ve been meaning to write about my experience. Also like before, I understood Japanese, and so most of the hospital experience was in Japanese unless my friends were visiting, which means that I can’t comment on the English side of things. In this piece, I will:

  • explain when the gallstone problem started
  • describe the surgery and aftereffects
  • reveal what it cost on Japanese national health insurance
  • share my thoughts as a whole

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5 More Great Japanese Worship Songs

After posting about some of my favorite Japanese worship songs last year, I realized that a lot of people were interested! It took me a little while, but here is Part 2. These are all songs that I’ve heard at church here in Tokyo. It’s a personal reference list, but I hope that it can also help people who are curious about Japanese worship songs but don’t have a lot of information.

1. 死を打ち破り (Shi wo Uchiyaburi, “Death is Defeated”)

“Uchiyaburu” means more like “smash” or “destroy,” but also can mean “defeat” with regards to an enemy. There’s apparently an English title of “Victory to Power of Death,” but I feel like that could be read the wrong way…haha.

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