WAKAKUSA ENGLISH PROGRAM
Tamura is a rural city in Fukushima-ken, a prefecture in the northeastern part of Japan, about 200 miles north of Tokyo. The nearest major metropolitan area is Koriyama.
Fukushima became known to the world following the tsunami of March 11, 2011. Because of its location, Tamura became a city of refuge for many people who were displaced from their homes during the tragedy. Tamura is surrounded by mountains and is on a flat bed of rock, which protected it from the most serious effects of the earthquake. Many of our teachers have joined our program since the disaster hit Japan, realizing that there is greater openness in Japanese people’s minds and a need for hope and meaning following the national crisis.
The surrounding hills and mountains around Tamura offer a very untouched, natural view of rural Japan. Much of the land is used for farming, which is a major industry in the area. Fukushima is known for its peaches, in particular.
Tamura experiences all four seasons. Spring and fall offer some of the best times for beautiful scenery, with cherry blossoms in the spring, and striking foliage in the fall. Summer is hot and muggy, with a rainy season in June and July. Winter can be quite cold, but regular snowfall also means that the scenery can get considerably picturesque.
Click on the image below to view pictures from Tamura.
Mr. Okubo, Assistant Pastor, waves while Mr. Maki, head of the program, steers the boat.
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A CHRIST BASED PROGRAM
"Teaching English in Japan was the experience of a lifetime, and it changed the way I see the world."
"I learned what it meant to serve others out of love and why love should be a Christian's primary concern."
"Wakakusa is a great program where practical ministry meets filling an educational need. Highly focused on community and servanthood, this program helps us to see and understand the heart of Japan." - Esther
"Living and teaching in Japan was one of the most humbling and empowering experiences of my life."
"I am so grateful for Wakakusa. Through entering into both the Japanese culture and into the hearts of the people, I am forever changed."
"I didn't truly understand myself or my own
culture until I taught for Wakakusa in Japan.
Tamura is a place like no other!"
"I learned the value of community and relationships. Everything is harder in another country, but
with the daily trials come depth of character."
"Living in Japan broadened my worldview. The program provided a Christ-seeking community and has encouraged me to pursue relationships across spiritual and cultural divides." - A. Hidey
"Working for Wakakusa has been a challenging and enriching experience for me. I wouldn't trade my time in this beautiful country for any other adventure!"
SHARING THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THE PEOPLE OF TAMURA, JAPAN