Today is the Chuushuu no Meigetsu (the harvest moon / 中秋の名月)as it is known in Japan, or `Super Moon` as it is known elsewhere.
Last night it was pretty super as well.
We found our special way to observe the tsuki-mi (moon-viewing) night. We were seated at a full-moon-side table at the beer garden at the recently opened rooftop of Oita Station.
When my daughter chose the spot for a celebration of a few occasions, we hadn`t realized that the Lord had the table picked out for us to see the moon a`rising just when we got our appetizers!
He orchestrated the evening for us and it became a night of puns and lightness.
I had a feeling of the Holy Spirit just wanting to play as he showed us the simple pleasures of being with each other--as husband, wife and daughter.
My daughter played around with making visual puns in the photos, like her hat on the moon, and me dancing with a stick of buta-bara `yakitori`, as she in her sushi shirt and bowler hat was our creative director of the evening. Perhaps not the typical photos of what you see in Japanese moon-viewing, but what I love about living in Japan is how the living moment is what is the true Japan. Since being called to Jesus here in Japan a year and half ago, I no longer think of anything as being `set` in terms of what `Japan` is. Instead where we are seems to open us up anew to being in moments specially created for us by God!
Teenage years come with their challenges . This is the Silver Anniversary year in our marriage !
I thank our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit for healing in families.
Thank you for working in us to love ourselves and each other and teaching the importance of sticking together through thick and through thin.
Hats off to families, to You. Enjoy the Full Moon!
|one of the punny photos, dancing with buta-bara (yakitori) and moon|
|creative teenager in a sushi shirt, thanks for taking the photos!!|
the moon through cha-soba (green tea buckwheat noodles)