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11/04/2008 James Clarke

Little Details

Shinsaibashi, Osaka-fu, Japan

18 months ago I took this photo and God had a message in this photo for me today, which until today I had not seen...

As you probably know by now, I hope to do a lot more photography when I'm in Japan and through it support the mission work that we are planning.
As I was showing a couple of friends some of my best Japan photos, I noticed something very interesting while zooming in on this photo of the hippy girl. On her arms she was wearing a number of bands and on one of those bands I could make out the letters “W.J.D” . Immediately I recognised it as part of “W.W.J.D” or What Would Jesus Do!
The story behind this photo was that back in October 2006, Ritsuko and I were with our friend Pastor Jeff MacKay walking around the streets of Shinshibashi in Osaka, when we saw a number of girls in very colourful clothing. Jeff asked me “Do you want to get a photo of one of these girls?” and I said “Yes” so he called over this particular girl and I took this photo, because the beautiful lighting at that time of day it turned out really great.
This photo has since featured on some of our promotional material for our Japan Mission. When Hanako Sakamoto (who we stayed with last year) saw the photo of the girl in one of our fliers she said “I think this girl will receive Christ one day”. I don't know if this girl is a Christian, but I have since found out that unlike here where these “W.W.J.D” bands are only sold in Christian book stores, in Japan these are available in many sports stores (I think it's because a lot of American Christian athletes wear them and Japanese people saw it on the T.V.). Recently it has become trendy for Japanese people to wear crosses (because of a Korean T.V. drama which is popular in Japan where the main star wears a cross). Also I noticed that Japanese radio plays lots of Contemporary Christian Music (in English) which would not get any airplay on our commercial radio here, because they like the tune, but they don't know what the words are about. I think in all of these things God has been showing us that He will take care of the little details and He has gone ahead of us and prepared the way. As Paul did when he went to Athens, we can make known to them the “Unknown God”.

Photo was taken on the 03/10/2006, for this and more Shinsaibashi photos check out:-
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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)30-Aug-2011 12:51
Beautifully captured James. Nice shot.V
trailblazerJon 15-Apr-2008 22:33
interesting...excellent photography! enjoyed reading what you wrote. My brothers korean wife had her baby shower on the weekend...met her mum (who is visiting from Korea despite speaking no english)...
Sam_C12-Apr-2008 05:06
Awesome shot James, and a truly great story behind it!! Seems like you did get a message from above in this shot. I wish you, Ritsuko, and your Mission the very best for success. With God on your side, how can you lose? V
flowsnow11-Apr-2008 15:00
Thanks for sharing this image with me, James. Yes God has his little mysterious ways in taking care of things. Wearing something that supposedly symbols Christianity doesn't mean that the person is a Christian (as you and I know!) as it's just the process of symbolism and identity. Very often we see it being freely used as part of `fashion/trend'.
Yes it serves as a reminder to us again, how important it is to have God in our lives. :D
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