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Japan update - 6/25

This will be a relatively short note - it is the beginning of our first full day in Japan and it will be busy.

We arrived in Tachikawa, which is a city on the west side of Tokyo, last night without much incident, which means there aren't many interesting stories to tell about it. The flights were long and boring, but that's generally better than short and extremely exciting when it comes to international flying.

We are now getting settled in at the Tachikawa Church of Christ, which is a fairly well-established church in Tokyo. We are living at the building, which is three stories tall and has pretty decent living quarters on the third floor. We will be doing all of our work in a large common room on the second floor, which can be split into separate rooms for our reading sessions and then opened up for parties and other larger meetings.

Today we are running two information meetings for prospective readers, one this morning and another at 7pm tonight, and will begin the sessions tomorrow. We'll also be doing some shopping and learning our way around this part of Tokyo.

Speaking of Tokyo - it is immense. We arrived at Narita airport, which is on the east side of Tokyo and took a bus to Tachikawa on the west - the traffic was relatively light and there was only one stop before ours, but the journey was still just under two hours.

We are about to have breakfast with the family of one of the ministers, who actually lives in an apartment at the church building. The church here is entirely native - both of the ministers and all the members are Japanese, although the church got its start as an American mission after WWII.

That's it for now, stay tuned for tons of photos and many more details about the goings on here in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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