In the beginning there was the word, and the word was GOD. Ever since that time of revelation many people have adopted Christianity and helped spread the word. Japan is no different; we have many thriving Christian communities here. The only noticeable difference however is the approach they are taking towards spreading the word of god.
First example is the Pray Festival 2012 flea market organized in Tokyo by Shinji Matsutani. The thirty-five year old organizer is also the chief editor of a quarterly church magazine called Ministry. What is innovative about his approach is the organization of the flea market. It featured booths with manga, self-published magazines, books, accessories and other such things. And it also nestles a booth dedicated to spreading awareness for Christianity. On the forefront is a manga-style girl in school uniform with the slogan “Go for it! Our religious reform!”
According to Matsutani, this is one of the easiest ways to connect with the women in “cosplay” outfits and men in animal costumes, who frequent such events. It is all about speaking to them in a language that they comprehend and resonate with. The success of the book Fushigina Kirisutokyo (Mysterious Christianity) by sociologists Daizaburo Hashizume and Masachi Osawa, has piqued interest in the faith. The bestseller has been bestowed with the Shinsho Award as well. The channels for communication are pretty tight, hence innovative approaches that bring people together, are the need of the hour. Matsutani only hopes that his endeavors account for something and provide a rare opportunity for Christians from different sects to interact and exchange ideas.
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