Q: What is the message of The Broken Leaf?
A: We can worship God in the everyday life of the world around us. God reveals himself and leads us in worship through the art and culture of every nation. Meditations in this book are a journey of discovery while showing the heart of Christian worship.
Q: What prompted you to write The Broken Leaf?
A: Every month in Tokyo, a small group gathers to discuss a work of art, what it has to do with our lives, and what it shows us about the Christian faith in a Japanese context. We call these gatherings “Art, Life, Faith.” The themes are always different, given by artists who are experts in their fields: musicians, dancers, painters, photographers, and the like. We created a space where these gospel conversations can happen, and consequently opened ourselves to (sometimes) months of further conversations, emails, and texts. My books are an attempt to record some of these conversations, share the excitement of the discovery, and draw you in as well.
Q: For whom did you write this book? Will people who know nothing about Japanese culture find this book interesting?
A: While primarily focusing on Japanese redemptive analogies, the book is designed to engage people with the God of the Bible. Anyone interested in learning more about God will find this book helpful. It is my sincere hope that the meditations will spark everyone’s imaginations to see ourselves, the world around us, and God in fresh and exciting ways.
Q: What do you hope readers glean from reading The Broken Leaf?
A: God gave mankind thousands of languages and cultures for the sake of his glory. In each and every one of them, God reveals himself in unique ways. The Broken Leaf helps people discover some of them and encourages people to search for them themselves in their language and culture.
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing the book?
A: Many things! Putting the words on paper not only helped me remember the conversations but enabled me to think through them so much more deeply. It was also fun to think through the concepts in English. I did not realize how much I had abandoned reading and writing in English in order to focus on improving my Japanese ability. I really missed it!
Q: What other writing projects are you working on?
A: Besides a steady stream of articles, I am also working on a number of books. The Broken Leaf is just the first of a series of meditations. The next book will focus on the gospel and the tragedies surrounding March 11, 2011. I hint at some of my personal experiences in The Broken Leaf, but the next book will tell the story more fully. I hope it will be out in time for the tenth anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters in 2021. I also hope to see my first children’s book Non-Chan and the Very Big Wave published within this next year.
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