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Landscapes in Japan 3
I found this view on Easter after I went to church in Japan for the first time (-the first time in memory, having gone when I was a child). The service was a strange mix of nostalgia and the unknown since it was all in Japanese. While I understand everyday conversational Japanese, I have not encountered the vocabulary used so often in churches, especially since Christianity is not part of Japanese traditional culture. Piecing together the Japanese I understood with the ritual of church life was a linguistic puzzle, especially since I had not gone to church in a while. And then the unexpected happened, when I took the offering- as soon as I had the communion wafer in my hands, I felt an earthquake- a small one, one that wasn't dangerous, but an earthquake all the same. A sign? A warning? Eitherway, it made an impression.
PS The people were incredibly kind there. They even gave me curry. :)