Suicide Japan: Why I Considered It Too

This morning I read an article titled, “Inside Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest.’” The 30,000+ reported suicides a year are not new to me, but the more intimate account of the forest stirred up my own personal thoughts on suicide. You should read the article I just mentioned if you’re unfamiliar with suicide in Japan. | photo…

A Sad Story of Sex and Marriage in Japan

I read an article in The Japan Times titled, “Married or Single, Japan is a Desolate Country.” It’s a depressing reality check, but well worth the quick read. As a Japanese man, husband, and father, it hurts. I’m 2.5 months away from welcoming my firstborn son into the world, intimate and united with my wife, and have…

Dad, This is Me at 27

A post in the series, “Why I Write About My Dad Each May.” Find all the posts here. Dad, it’s that time of the year again. Time to remember, time to catch up. Hard to believe I’ve spent 1/3 of my life without you. Well, anyway, this is what you should know about me at 27. First, I…

The Beginning of the End

A post in the series, “Why I Write About My Dad Each May.” Find all the posts here. The photo above is from Thanksgiving 2003. It was the last family photo we took with everyone together. I remember having a lot of fun while we took those pictures. Thanksgiving was always a fun memory with our family and…

Bushido, Veracity, and Jesus

This is part 3 in a series on Bushido and Jesus. VERACITY Samurai prided themselves on the guarantee that their words held. Unlike the merchants who engaged in commerce and prospered through dishonesty, the mark of a true samurai was that his words were true and did not need any additional sign of proof. It was…

Why I Write About My Dad Each May

My father died of cancer 9 years ago. I only think about this occasionally and in passing most days of the year. May is different. Like the fallen soldiers we remember every year, it is my time to slow down and think about the man who shaped my life, the man I lost at 18. I’ve tried…

Bushido, Courage, and Jesus

This is part 2 in a series on Bushido and Jesus. COURAGE In the face of potential peril the samurai always steps forward to do what is right. Courage is seen as more than just rushing into a dangerous situation and losing one’s life. It requires one to have a right cause and timing for…

Bushido, Rectitude, and Jesus

I will be doing a series of blogs working through the material of Inazo Nitobe’s famous book, Bushido: The Soul of Japan. My goal is to briefly summarize different aspects of the book while sharing some of my own thoughts. Unless otherwise noted, all direct quotations are from the book. This is part 1 in a…

Bushido, Seppuku, and the Shameful Death of Jesus Christ

This is part of a series on Bushido and Jesus. You can find the Japanese version here. Dear Hiroshi, Easter is this Sunday. It is the most important Christian holiday and the most significant event in the history of the world. It is the event that changed my life. I’m writing you this letter to help you…