Tsubasa@Tokyo 2020: Failure & Faith

Tsubasa: A Manga on the Failure and Faith of Christian Athletes


The newly released manga, Tsubasa: Searching for Wings, has been providentially timed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games season. Many athletes will be able to identify with the characters in the manga – seeking success and significance, fame and glory in winning (tsubasa is wings). Ultimately, however, one’s true joy can only be found in knowing Jesus Christ as the Saviour and realising one’s identity as God’s beloved.

The manga is based on a story of Reina, a reporter who is herself once a figure skating competitor who had to retire due to an ankle injury in her younger days. She had to interview three real life Christian Olympians and “research key to mental toughness” among these athletes – Brazil’s Paralympian Daniel Dias, American Sprinter and Bobsledder Lauryn Williams, and Japanese Taekwondo Athlete Yoriko Okamoto.

In this Saturday’s good read, EAST News recommends the Thir.st article, Just in time for the Olympics: The story behind a manga about failure and faith. It goes behind the scene to tell us an amazing story of faith as told by the producer of the manga, Mr Loh Weng Kong, a Cru Singapore missionary to Japan for over twenty years. Read the exciting process on how Tsubasa came to be put together in time for this Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games. Only then can one truly appreciate God’s work and perfect timing behind this publication.

Two days before the start of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020), over 10,000 copies were printed and delivered throughout Japan for churches and ministries to use for evangelism. The online version is available throughout the Games season. “Indeed, God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply!” Weng Kong concluded. May this newly released manga be widely used to draw more people to have a closer encounter with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

The paperback may be purchased online and onsite from the Media Ministry of Cru Singapore for a super low price, here.


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