Sad News

We learned yesterday, while i was uploading my first video to YouTube, that James Shingo Sakamoto, the oldest member of our congregation at Miyazaki Holy Trinity Church, had died in the afternoon.

Mr Sakamoto will be greatly missed by all of us. Apart from his long service to our church, he was a Professor Emeritus of Miyazaki University who had been honoured by the Emperor (the present Emperor’s father).

The Otsuya (Wake) will be held tomorrow evening (Saturday), beginning at 7 p.m. There will be a funeral service at 12 noon on Sunday, also at Holy Trinity Church, followed by a ceremony at a more spacious location.

The video I was uploading when we heard the sad news was from last Saturday’s Messiah concert, with Rev. Yoshioka conducting: