The Christmas candle service took place once again on Christmas Eve at Sakuramachi Hospital with carolers holding candles and visiting each ward. The patients’ faces shone in the light given off by the candles against the dimmed wards. It was truly an inspiring site.
This year’s St. John’s Bazaar was held on the 12th October and despite fears of an incoming typhoon we were blessed by favourable weather. Children enjoyed steam train rides whilst the adults could enjoy hand-made goods and cookies baked by various congregations throughout Japan. Residents of our own Fuji St. John’s Facility produced good especially for the event and it was overall a very good bazaar Proceeds will go the North Eastern Reconstruction effort.
On August 16 the Director of Sakura Hospital together with staff and the sisters of St. John’s Congregation prayed for the eternal response of Fr. Bunkyo Totsuka – the founder of our hospital. The service was officiated over by Fr. Joseph Dinh of the Catholic Koganei Church.