A foreign site no longer to this foreigner.

More foreign than a foreigner

“It seems you can either spend a lifetime trying to prove you’re as good as the worst Japanese person, or opt out and just be ‘foreign.’ ” Such was the conclusion of an article I came across recently, entitled, “Spare a thought … Continue Reading →


Sowing and Singing

Just over one a week ago, in a recording studio in Brea, California, at 7:30pm on the final night of a three week trip back to LA, we recorded the 11th and final lead vocal track of an album of … Continue Reading →

Graduation from language school...even if I don't have a diploma in hand to prove it.

I Had A Dream

I had a dream. In fact, it was more than a dream. It was a calling: to come to Japan at age 21, fresh out of college, and do full-time ministry. Based on that calling, and that timing, other things … Continue Reading →


Love Thy Missionary

Yes, this post is self-serving. But not primarily. As you may know, on Nov. 10, our Evergreen SGV missionary Garrett Inouye has returned to LA after two years of faithful service in Japan. Two years in a completely different culture, … Continue Reading →

Home of street style fashion, underground music, the largest curry festival in Japan…and me and the Kagawas.

The Coolest City in the World

It’s official. I live in the coolest neighborhood in the world. At least according to Vogue Magazine that is. I’m not going to lie, the rankings do seem a bit arbitrary, and you’ll probably find it even more suspicious when … Continue Reading →


A Second Letter from a Missionary Friend

Ian, Hey, it’s me again. Congratulations! You made it an entire year in Japan! It seems like just yesterday you were packing up your stuff and getting ready to move out here. I’d say time sure flies, but easy for me … Continue Reading →