Robert & Roberta Adair

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This last week, I was struck by 3 pretty major cultural differences that seemed to jump up and bite me in the face.

#1 – “inefficiency”

On Tuesday, I went to an hour-long “meeting” to talk with two other people about the selection of binders for an English class that I’ll be co-teaching.  A part...

Because I value handing out coffee to strangers but still find it to be occasionally awkward, I usually prefer picking up trash at the beach during our Saturday morning “surf ministry” time.  While my friend’s husband surfs, she picks up trash, too (and hangs out with friends – who is pretty m...

Yesterday after church, we had some pretty strong wind and rain.  After hanging out with people for a while, Robert and I headed home.  Thankfully, we had shut most of our windows and not too much water came in the house.  Still, we had to wipe up a few places and hang a wet carpet.  And we rea...

Connected with my last 2 blogs (things I like; things I like less), here are a few things that I don’t know how to categorize because they kind of belong to both.

- facemasks.  People wear facemasks when they’re not feeling 100%.  The good: The masks prevent people from breathing in bad stuff a...

Part II: A few things I miss about the US and a few things I don’t really get about Jland. (Part I was 10 things that I really like.)

In no particular order (starting with the misses and ending with the “what?!”)…

- Pandora radio.  Oh how I miss thee.  I didn’t realize how I pretty m...

Several times over the last 16 months, I’ve made mental and scribbly lists of things that I like and dislike about Japan.  I even blogged once about this already (here).  I don’t know why I do this – I think it partly shows how judgmental and black&white I can be sometimes (“This is Robert...

IMG_1394I took a volunteer team on a prayer walk yesterday. We walked to the local Shinto shrine, which is about a 20-minute walk from our house and is a significant tourist and spiritual site for the region.

While walking, I suggested we pray (in English and in Japanese), “Lord, have mercy on ____.” We prayed for God’s mercy on people and homes we passed...

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