Kurashiki Middle Bridge

Kurashiki City is located next to Okayama City which is the capital of Okayama Prefecture in the Chugoku region of Japan about half way between Kobe and Hiroshima.  Kurashiki City, spreads out 16 km to the west of Okayama City which  is famous for its Korakuen Garden and the black Okayama Castle. Kurashiki boast of distinctive white-walled, black-tiled warehouses that were built to store goods during the industrial revolution and today serve as museums and culture centers.

Kurashiki and its twin sister, Okayama comprise a major center for the production of steel, petro-chemicals and ship building and remains the second largest producer of clothing in Japan. Also, these twin cities are located on the shores of the inland Sea and are connected to the island of Shikoku by the Great Seto Bridge making them a major transportation hub.

They are a mixture of East and West. Kurashiki is home of Japan’s first Western (Ohara) Art Museum. Okayama is the home of the large Sogenji Zen monastery belonging to the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. Located in the center of the city, it affects much influence on the climate of the city. Its effect reaches well beyond the city as it serves as a training center to send out disciples of Zen all across Japan.

The Inland Sea which protects Kurashiki from direct hits by typhoons is the setting for the famous Japanese fairy tale, Momotaro, The Little Peach Boy. They also do not experience earthquakes and this gives them a sense of security. Residents boast that their city is the safest place and easiest place to live in Japan!

Prayer Request Starters:

•   Pray that Japanese in Kurashiki will put their faith in Christ and depend on Him for abundant life rather than depend on their circumstances.
•   Pray for the residents to have opportunities to hear and respond to the gospel that will affect their lives and their city as they make Christ their Lord and Master.
•   Pray that Kurashiki, along with Okayama, will become a center of followers of Jesus Christ taking the gospel to their prefecture, then across the “Great Bridge” to Shikoku and beyond to all of Japan.

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