As such, most of my friends know that I was a volunteer missionary for my church in Sapporo, Japan years ago. I have always dreamed of the day when Hokkaido would see it's own Temple built. Especially since I have two daughters, all grown-up, that live near there.
The location was selected a number of months ago, but not much in pics has been available about the site. Well, now this site has published some pics of the site, and I'd like to share that with you here:
Please have a look. I think the location is really the "right place" for the Temple. Generally speaking, in Japan, to put the Temple on top of a hill is not really appropriate in their architectural and cultural aesthetic. However, to work with the site and yet have it be a prominent "landmark" is within that same aesthetic. It looks like it will be visible from a number of angles and areas.
I am pretty sure that the Church AEC offices will incorporate Green principles and methods into the design and construction of the new Temple.
I look forward to going to the dedicatory ceremony when that happens! In the meantime, I will make my services available to the Church in any capacity they need for this project.