The Japanese matsuri is a major part of Japanese society. Because its roots stem back to the vilage welcoming
the departed spirits, whether Christians should or should not participate in obon and other matsuri events has been
debated. But is there a way that churches can sponsor a similar Christian festival and meet some of the same
social needs?

Kikawa, Daniel has been researching cross-cultural issues for over 20 years. He has taught thousands of missionaries on every continent. He also serves as president of Aloha Ke Akua Ministries which produced the DVD, God’s Fingerprints in Japan. And he serves as a pastor.

Kaneda, Gordon has been pastor of Lynnwood Japanese Family Church for 11 years now. Married to a beautiful wife, Mariam, and 4 boys (Sam, Hiro, Christopher, and Dustin). He is 48 years old outside and 30 years old inside (at least trying).

Preparing A Christian Matsuri (Festival), at 2011 RJC Conference

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