Okayama

Korakuen Garden

Okayama City, (oh-kah-yah-mah) famous for its Korakuen Garden and the black Okayama Castle, is the capital of Okayama Prefecture in the Chugoku region of Japan, half way between Kobe and Hiroshima. Its twin sister, Kurashiki City (koo-kah-she-key) spreading out 16 kilometers to the west adds a more modern flavor to this “older” city with its warehouses turned into shops and its modern mall.

 

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

 

Okayama City

Okayama and Kurashiki are connected in the minds of the area residents and together offer a mixture of East and West. Kurashiki is home to Japan’s first Western (Ohara) Art Museum. The large Sogenji Zen monastery belonging to the Rinzai sect of Buddhism is located in the center of Kurashiki and greatly influences 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 to the religious capitol of Japan, Kyoto, and across Japan.

 

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

 

Prayer Requests:

•   Pray that Japanese in Okayamawill put their faith in Christ and depend on Him for abundant life rather than depend on their circumstances.
•   Pray for the people of Okayama 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 Okayama will become a hub for disciple making; for followers of Jesus Christ to take the gospel to their prefecture, then across the “Great Bridge” to Shikoku and beyond.

 

Prayer Profile – Okayama & Kurashiki Cities (Downloadable PDF File)

 

Twin Cities With A Big Need!

Do you know any twin cities in Japan? There are areas all over Japan where one town has grown together with another and now they are one.  In central Japan there are two cities,  Okayama City and Kurashiki City, that are still distinct cities with their own culture and their own ideas even though they […]

Busy in Okayama

January was a busy month for the new missionary family, the Shadburnes, in Okayama. This young family meets each Sunday morning at  Starbucks for worship. The “church that meets at Starbucks” started with their family and has grown by two as a mother and son now join them each week. This family lives in the nearby […]

Getting closer

Here is a note from Dana and Amy Shadburne who will be arriving in Japan in the fall to work in Okayama. It is nice to be writing our first blog on the team website. It has been a long process getting to this point, but we can officially say we are now part of […]

New Laborers

Today we received news that the couple mentioned in the last update on Okayama, Dana and Amy, were approved to come to Okayama to reach the people there for Christ. Rejoice with us that these new laborers will be appointed to come to work in this city God has laid on their hearts. They now […]

Still working

We’re still working on our site and we apologize for taking so long. Our webmaster is overloaded and since I am a computer illiterate, it has to come in steps!!! Thanks for being patient. We hope soon to have pictures to share with you that will let you “see” what is going on. It has […]

Spiritual Battles

Every day in the news we are bombarded with news of war. In countries all around the world, people are fighting either to keep people in bondage or to set them free. We feel deeply and pray for those who are hurt, for those who lose loved ones. This month we have especially sensed the […]