Posted by: whereintheworldismike | February 5, 2012

Person of Peace at Mitsuwa

Mary Jo is often Skyping and talking on the phone with Japan into the evening–sometimes past bedtime. As a result, I often make dinner for the family. The other night I was going to make tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet). However, as I started to get into it, I realized we did not have any Japanese bread crumbs (Panko). I decided to check at the nearby Ralph’s mkt we frequent. No luck, their selection of Asian foods was pretty slim. So I jetted down to Sierra Produce–Japanese American owned and operated. But they were already closed for the evening. As I stood there considering this, I remembered that there are a number of Chinese, Vietnamese, and other Asian shops in the vicinity that probably had Panko. But I wasn’t sure exactly where they were and whether or not they had the treasure I was looking for. Then I felt an inner nudge. Why not drive over to neighboring San Gabriel Japanese market Mitsuwa? It was a little farther than I wanted to go since dinner was already getting late. But it couldn’t be helped if I wanted to make tonkatsu so I took off west. I got to Mitsuwa and found what I was looking for immediately. As I walked up to the checker, she smiled and I thought, “Why don’t I see if she knows Japanese?” We started talking and she was definitely a native speaker. Fun! I started telling her about some of the amazing things God is doing in Tohoku, Japan and her eyes got wider and wider. When I told her about the two guys who saw Jesus in their dreams, she started telling the owner guarding the parking lot and everyone in the store. Soon I was hearing, “God bless you!” from several and we were all praising God including some who I don’t think had a relationship with Jesus. So it is with the one who is led like the wind by the Spirit.


  1. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

  2. Clearly the Holy Spirit led you to just where you needed to be.

  3. Thank you, Mike, for your witness and your joy in the Lord!

  4. Thanks for sharing this inspiring note, Brother!


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