Third week of Japan 2019 Tour

Third week of Japan 2019 Tour

I am so looking forward to my first visit to Japan, to sing and watch some rugby in October.

I’m being very kindly hosted by Lauri Palmu, a good friend of many Finnish friends of ours in Kobe, the home of wagyu beef and Dan Carter! See what I did there?!

Text on the church Facebook page translation:

This is looking forward to it!
On October 16th, Mr. Morris will be coming from New Zealand and will have a concert!
Nice voice and guitar.
Welcome to many !

 

28-31 October

Continuing my tour around Japan with my life-long German friend Gerd and his family and my last day with host Lauri.

Monday 28 October

Takayama mountains in Gifu west of Tokyo.

Known as a Ski area, maple leaves are in colour in late Oct, autumn.

Tuesday 29 October

Kanazawa on west coast – spared WW2 bombing.

Wednesday 30 October

Nagoya – serve Norwegian mission family in school and pre-school work.

Thursday 31 October

Return to Kobe.

Friday 1 November

Last day with host Lauri.

Saturday 2 November

Travel to Tokyo and possibly attend rugby final in the evening in Yokohama.

Sunday 3 November

Open in Tokyo area.

Monday 4 November

The kiwi flies home… Departing from Tokyo to NZ.

Third week of Japan 2019 Tour

Second week of Japan 2019 Tour

I am so looking forward to my first visit to Japan, to sing and watch some rugby in October.

I’m being very kindly hosted by Lauri Palmu, a good friend of many Finnish friends of ours in Kobe, the home of wagyu beef and Dan Carter! See what I did there?!

Text on the church Facebook page translation:

This is looking forward to it!
On October 16th, Mr. Morris will be coming from New Zealand and will have a concert!
Nice voice and guitar.
Welcome to many !

 

21-25 October

Tour with my life-long German friend Gerd and his family.

Monday 21 October

Kyoto

Tuesday 22 October

Kobe

Wednesday 23 October

Himeji

Thursday 24 October

Naoshima Island

Friday 25 October

Travel back to Tokyo area

Saturday 26 October

Yokohama Evening Semi final – NZ vs England

Sunday 27 October

Possibly sing again at Grace City Church Tokyo 2pm service, TBC.

Then attend quarterfinal evening (South Africa v Wales game)

Third week of Japan 2019 Tour

First week of Japan 2019 Tour

I am so looking forward to my first visit to Japan, to sing and watch some rugby in October.

I’m being very kindly hosted by Lauri Palmu, a good friend of many Finnish friends of ours in Kobe, the home of wagyu beef and Dan Carter! See what I did there?!

Text on the church Facebook page translation:

This is looking forward to it!
On October 16th, Mr. Morris will be coming from New Zealand and will have a concert!
Nice voice and guitar.
Welcome to many !

 

Wednesday 16 October

Evening solo concert at host Lauri church near Kobe. The concert details are on the Facebook advert. We have translated 3 of our songs to Japanese, so guests can follow the meaning on the screen.

South Nishinomiya Evangelical Lutheran Church
11-17 Kubo-cho, Nishinomiya-shi, 662-0927
http://www.nishinomiya-lutheran.jp/

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‘Tada shu o Aisu’

As long as I may live (I will only love my Lord) ‘Tada shu o Aisu’ in Japanese. Based on Brother Yun’s prison poem from ‘The heavenly man’ book.

Watch an interview with Brother Yun.

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'Stolen Years'

‘Stolen Years’  (Joel 2) was originally dedicated to the Christchurch earthquakes and the Japanese Tsunami, latterly to mate Martin Crowe

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‘I am yours ’

‘I am yours’ is based on Dietrich Bonhoeffer prison poem from jail in Germany 1945/6. My father was a prisoner in Germany at the same time…

Thursday 17 October

Hiroshima – overnight to visit to peace museum and memorials.

My father was a peacekeeper there in 1946 with the NZ army called ‘J force’, and he was hugely impacted by the aftermath of the bomb, and the incredible resilience of the people to rebuild…

Saturday 19 October

Train to Yokohama attend quarter-final (NZ v Ireland Rugby World Cup game)

Sunday 20 October

Sing in communion at Grace City Church Tokyo 2pm service, USA missionary family hosting, pm me if you need the address?

Then attend quarterfinal evening (South Africa v Japan game)

Aurora Wonder – Video

We are so excited to bring you a taster of our latest album Aurora Wonder, with the title track Aurora Wonder (Northern lights)! Last year we went right up north in Finland, to Lapland, to chase the Aurora and record our new set of songs, following on from our last release ‘Northland’. You will see here the beautiful snowbound chapel we used to lay down 11 songs again featuring co-writes with our phenomenal partner – master luthier and genius songwriter Anders Liljeström, expressing some of the exacting tolls of the health challenges and loss of precious loved ones we experienced over the last 4 years.

The great Teemu Viinikainen is again on guitars, along with Anders, and also our band comedian and chef Matti Rantala is on bass. Producer Manku Vainiomäki expertly leads our journey again, and his portable drum kit works a treat, with the bass drum being his suitcase! Talk about a multi-tasked?!

Enjoy! The journey is greater than the destination. We continue to seek God’s miraculous light in deep darkness…