In awe of God’s creation – Wisteria Tree in Ashikaga Flower Park Japan – Copacul Wisteria din Japonia – Coplesit de creatia lui Dumnezeu

Poze din Parcul de flori Japonez Ashikaga, renumit pentru copacul Wisteria (Noda fuji). Florile copacului infloresc din Aprilie pana in luna Mai. Pomii produc piroane lungi brachybotrys florale, gradina japoneza avand 3 spaliere pe care ramurile s-au intins la lungimea de 1,000 metri. Wisteria este o planta agatatoare cu flori superbe, violet, albe, roz,  Pentru ca nu se pot agata singure, trebuie ajutate, la inceput, sa se sprijine pe spaliere.

ENGLISH:

The scenery and its expressions change with the seasons, thanks to the flowers in bloom and trees in blossom.
Ashikaga Flower Park creates value through exquisite seasonal gardens.

One of the prime attractions of this park is its Japanese wisteria.
The gradual changes though these picturesque blossoms of light pink, purple, white, and yellow trusses conjure up images like those on slowly unfurled picture scrolls.

Wisteria alb – White Wisteria

Flori roze in Parcul Ashikaga – Photo from the park via http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp

AlfaOmegaTV – reportaj de la Marsul pentru Viata din Oradea (si alte orase) si Franklin Graham in Japonia

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Un reportaj cu Franklin Graham in Japonia unde sunt doar 1% Crestini si in fiecare an se sinucid peste 30,000 de oameni iar apoi reportaj de la recentul Mars Pentru Viata din Romania, 24 Martie 2012.

Stiri Crestine –  31  Martie, 2012

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Prayer for Japan as another earthquake hits today – Rugaciune pentru Japonia

Forta unui tsunami – din 2004 Oceanul Indian

In Romanian:

La un an dupa cutremur, tsunami si dezastrul nuclear care a devastat Nordul Japoniei anul trecut in luna Martie, multi dintre cetatenii Japoniei sufera o disperare profunda. Bloomberg raporteaza ca acesta este al patrusprezecelea an in care peste 30,000 de oameni sau sinucis (anual 30,000 x 14 yrs = 420,000 morti prin sinucidere). Distrugerea care a venit peste tara Japonezilor va ramine pe veci in memoria cetatenilor.

Pastorul Joey Zarina, de la o biserica din orasul Kawasaki scrie ca se fac eforturi din partea crestinilor din toate partile lumii nu numai cu ajutor financiar, dar sa li se dea o speranta vie in puterea Crucii lui Isus Hristos. Dumnezeu sa se indure de acest popor si sa le deschida inimile spre mintuire si viata vesnica in El. Sa ii purtam in rugaciune cetatenii acestei tari.

In English via The Gospel Coalition

The Story: A year after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated Northern Japan last March, many that country’s citizens are still suffering from despair. According to Bloomberg, suicides rose in April, May, June and August–the months following the natural disasters that devastated towns in northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear crisis. For a 14th straight year, suicides in Japan have exceeded 30,000.

The Background: As Joey Zorina, a pastor at Ekklesia Christian Church in Kawasaki, Japan, writes, the images of the destruction will be etched forever in the minds of the country’s survivors:

The farmer who hanged himself, distressed about a cabbage harvest ruined by radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant; the overworked government worker near the complex who took his life; the father who killed himself after a fruitless search for his child after the tsunami- all these are but reminders of the ongoing suicide (30, 000 per year) in post-modern Japan.  Nearly 100 people a day commit suicide; one every 15 minutes.   The most common hour of death is 5: 00 am for men; and noon for women, after their families have left for work or school.  The suicide rate in Japan is tragically alarming.  Suicide is now the leading cause of death among men aged 20-44 and women aged 15-34.

Imagine the soldiers and police officers who had spent weeks on the grim search for bodies, as well as nuclear plant employees working overtime to deal with the crippled reactor!   They’re ordinary men and women like us with families, all vulnerable to the effects of the disaster.   As the nation rebuilds from the 3/11 major catastrophe, public health officials are concerned that a lingering sense of hopelessness and desperation among those affected might lead to a surge in suicides.  In a nation that’s already coping with one of the developed world’s highest rates of suicide deaths, there is a high probability that post-disaster stress could eventually lead to a higher rate.   The nation experienced a rise in suicides after the 1995 Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people.  Those who chose to die included the city’s deputy major, who doused himself with kerosene on the first anniversary of the disaster.  As Japan rebuilds, there is a fundamental question that will arise in the hearts of people who have lost homes, family and friends: „What do I have to live for?”

Why It Matters: „Japan is being rebuilt by the power of the Cross,” writes Zorina. „There is an ongoing relief work and support by Christians from all over the world. And it would be very unkind and unloving if we try to liberate people from their present temporal sufferings and not offer them the whole Gospel to alleviate their eternal sufferings.”

Because of God’s grace, some Japanese are able to see the light of Christ even in the shadow of destruction. For example, Masato Kotani lost his business because of the disasters, but is grateful that it helped him to find what really matters.

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