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RE: On top of Curry 14 May 2004
Dillon choro,
I don't know about honey - never tried it. But to this day, I can't enjoy curry without Kyupi (sp?) mayonaisse on it. I can't remember which one of my companions talked me into trying this, but it adds a "creamy?" taste to the curry. Heck, even my kids now like it that way and complain if we don't have any Kyupi in the house.
John R. Schlechty Send Email
Bikes 13 May 2004
The talk of bikes reminds of the time when I was in Otaru with Perry Choro and his expensive mountain bike that he had spent a lot of money to have shipped from the US was stolen. Fortunately, it was stolen from the bike shop, so the shop owner had to get him a new bike. Of course Perry couldn't be satisfied with any of the bikes in the shop, they were much too small. He had the shop owner custom order the tallest bike available.
Richard Wilcox Send Email
curry 13 May 2004
We had a brand-new plastic ladle that was blue - I say it WAS blue because the first time we used it was making a big pot of curry. Now the ladle is green. Kind of makes you wonder what your insides look like after 2 years of curry as a staple.

Even so, I still love a good curry dinner!
Richard Wilcox Send Email
curry 13 May 2004
I still don't see anything wrong with cooking a big pot of curry for the week! Unlike most foods, curry tastes better after it has sat for at least 24 hours. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!
Richard Wilcox Send Email
Curry 13 May 2004
I remember going to Mori's many times and one of his secrets was adding fruit to the curry. I remember watching him add kiwi fruit one time and apples lots of times. I do the same now! Delicious!
Leah Juanita Nielsen Send Email
On top of Curry 13 May 2004
Yes, I'm sure the majority will admit to having the big-old pot-o-curry in the frig for a few days and yes, curry is very good and is a senkyoushi food staple. BUT, I have to say that I learned the most valuable curry lesson in my 4th area, Hokudai (Shinkotoni), from the great Elias Akinaka choro (ZL) from Hawaii.

Now, I have to disclaim that this magic is not needed if/when you are eating curry at a place like "Mori's" in Shinkotoni (which I had a moment of silence for when I heard a few years ago that it was shut down)

Ok, so here's the trick - HONEY !. Yep, that's right. Regardless of the brand or karai-level, you just drizzle honey over the top of curry and WA-LA.

So if you thought curry was sooo gooood before, well, I guess that's your next challenge. Go try it this week. And when you're ready to get back on here with your feedback, please, don't thank me, but thank Mr Elias Akinaka. Thanks Akinaka choro, you've brought a many smiles to my face when I eat curry.
Jim Dillon Send Email
Crows 13 May 2004
I don't know when I have ever seen as many crows as I did in Hakodate. I remember huge flocks of them living on Hakodate Yama. In the morning they would swarm the city looking for garbage. One morning during companion study Hinton Choro and I caught about forty of them across the street attacking our neighbor's garbage. I remember seeing dozens of them at a time looking for a handout via the gomi bins when no one was around to stop them. At night as my companions and I headed for the mountain for lessons with investigators I would see them returning "en masse." I always worried about their flight patterns and whether I had remembered my umbrella.
Mark Alyn Montgomery Send Email
Curry Rice 13 May 2004
On the line of curry rice.... I remember the time when we had no rice. We used ramen. It was so good broken up into ramen crumbles (we hadn't cooked it) with the Curry on top. Missionary cuisine at its finest! The Hakodate Apato was great because each companionship was able to get a huge bag of rice each month from one of the shimais in the ward. I remember teaching her husband and thanking her for her generosity. Her husband seemed to like talking to the missionaries, but never baptized.
Mark Alyn Montgomery Send Email
Curry Rice 13 May 2004
Ahhh...the good old days...of course besides the ingredients listed you could also sweeten it up by adding momo and pineapple to the mix. My favorite had to be having a couple of over medium fried eggs under the curry mix...yummy. Does anyone remember having hawaiin haystacks...if I remember correctyly you had a bowl of rice, a slice of pineapple, stew topping, and then bugle corn chips on top. Those were the days.
Jef Hatch Send Email
Curry Rice? 12 May 2004
Speaking of Curry, it seemed to me that all the meals we cooked consisted of a small amount of meat, with potatoes, carrots, onions
and occasionaly pimans. The only thing that varied was the sauce they were in: curry, beef stew, white stew, spaghetti, etc. Of course, evrything but spaghetti was served over rice....
John R. Schlechty Send Email
Curry Rice 09 May 2004
I think the main staple food of elders had to be curry rice. It seemed to be the easiest, cheapest, most convenient thing to cook, especially for "greenbeans". This was back when the elders in an apartment would have to take turns cooking meals for the group. I remember in the last half of my mission there was one month where our group of 4 elders managed to end up having curry rice nearly EVERY SINGLE DAY! Ugh! After that I tried to avoid curry for the rest of my mission, and for a few years after I came home too!
Alex F Gonzalez Send Email
The Mikaho Bike Graveyard 09 May 2004
I served in the Sapporo Mikaho area during the Hotta era. There was a space about 3 feet wide between the back of the building and the fence behind it. It was filled with all sorts of bike parts like a vast bicycle gaveyard. Our bikes would on occassion get stolen, but we could always go to the "graveyard" and piece together another whole bike from all the various parts there. Or, even upgrade a donated bike. Anybody else remember that huge junkpile?
Alex F Gonzalez Send Email
Transfers with bikes 26 Apr 2004
Yes, of course it has been 10 years now, but if I remember correctly, we used Kuroneko (Black Cat) courier service to send stuff during transfers. It was cheap. 500yen (about $5) for suitcase/box and 1000yen for a bike and they picked it up right in front of the apartment. Since it was so cheap, most missionaries accumulated quite a bit of baggage, and transferred with a box or two in addition to suitcases.
Richard Wilcox Send Email
Bikes,Mimi,Boots,Sofa 23 Apr 2004
We moraued bikes in my day too (Hotta/Hoki). I never had a bike I didn't like. I did trade up once in a while but they were strong, fast, good looking enough and came in all colors. Well, there was one bike I didn't like too much, the tandem bike in Otaru. The only bad thing about the bikes was when the slush froze on your chain and under your fender when in a lesson. But a good screw driver could fix that in no time. The only other disappointment was when me dode refused to ride in the winter just because the mission president forbade it.

I took Sorrells with an extra pair of liners. Matt Cole gave me some beewax in the MTC to waterproof. They not only lasted my whole mission, I still have them, and only recently changed the liners (after almost twenty years).

In Sapporo we often got mimi pan. The workers at the shop must have liked us because every once in a while we got a full loaf of raisin bread. That was so great! We used the stuff for toast and French toast.

I have to refute the idea that a Japanese elder wouldn't morau a couch. Nakatsuka Choro and I found one while knocking doors in Nayoro. The lady whose porch it was on said she was getting rid of it and that we could have it. We put it on the back racks of our bikes with our inside arms thrown over the back of the couch and rode home right down the street in broad daylight. The funniest couch story I had though, was when we traded the Otaru apaato's couch for a better one with the place down the hill from the church. The 'new' couch was out under the stars so we believed it was tradeable. We toook the old couch down and the 'new' one home. I laugh so hard at the though of what we were doing.
Craig Larsen Andrew Send Email
Bikes and Bread 22 Apr 2004
During the Munns era we also 'moraued' whatever bikes and parts we could. Sometimes members would give the missionaries old bikes they no longer needed. My best bike was a nice 10 speed I had in Wakkanai. As for the infamous "mimi pan" , the best spot was a bakery (morimoto??) in downtown Chitose. The bags (grocery bag size) were full of pieces that were unevenly cut as well as the ends. Often it was very fresh when we picked it up on P-Day. If you were in an area with an Ito Yokado they often had excellent "mimi pan" as well. For transfers we usually carried our suitcases with us on the train and sent any extra stuff by Okuda takyubin. The company was run by Pres Bin Kikuchi who is now an area authority.
Mark Bore Send Email
2 glasses a good idea 22 Apr 2004
Matt McBride's idea of having two pairs of glasses is one of the best ideas I have ever heard! I wore glasses back then, and in the Winter it took days (or so it seemed) for them to de-fog. I would strongly encourage everyone Sapporo-bound to take two pair!
John S Finch Send Email
Bikes, Pan no Mimi & mugi 22 Apr 2004
I have enjoyed reading how times have changed. As stated earlier, we "moraued" 90% of what we had in our apts or homes. I still remember bringing a sofa home one night in Asahigawa straddled across two bikes. I'm sure anyone who saw us snickered about the 2 absolutely crazy gaijins they saw. (Understandably it was hard to get a native companion to do any of this, they still had to maintain their dignity!) We went back to the same heap where we got the sofa on the side of the road and retrieved a curio cabinet that with minor repairs served well to store books and supplies. We normally did this kind of stuff at night after 9:00 so we didn't run into others on the street.

As for mugi, every care package from the states included a bottle of flavoring for the stuff. We ate it with every concievable flavoring you can imagine - anything so that it didn' taste so bland. In Kitami, there was a milling company that we could go to direct and buy the stuff, always enduring the scrutinizing looks of the workers at the place.

In Otaru we would go to the large bakery there and fill up 2 garbage sacks with pan no mimi when needed. Because the apato had a full sized refrigerator, we would transfer the bread to smaller plastic bags and freeze until needed. One missionary knocked on a door and was about to introduce himself when the lady stopped him, recognizing him as one of the elders who came to the bakery for pan no mimi. She remarked " Oh I recognize you easily. You're from that church whose members only eat bread and water"!

M Neal Bowes
M Neal Bowes Send Email
Transfers with Bikes 21 Apr 2004
I understand the Mission has the Missionaries use some shipping company that picks up the bikes (I assume they also take the suitcases) on transfer day to the new area. That should make transfers easy with a bike. When I was on a mission in Switzerland 74-76 when we transfered on the trains we would check our bikes as baggage on the baggage car. There was a small extra fee to do this.
Kenji Masato Oman Send Email
bikes in '83-'84 21 Apr 2004
Finch Kun :) Is absolutely on target. We (Hoki - '83-'84 jidai) never paid for bikes and as I recall I had a few dogs, but had some good ones too. In fact, there was only one missionary (sorry, don't remember the name) that had a bike that he actually owned and transferred with.

Seems to me that worrying about a bike i.e. maintaining it, making sure it didn't get stolen, etc. would be more of a distraction than morau'ing one was for us 'way back then'. I can't even imagine how I would have managed a transfer if I had to take a bike along as well.
Mike F Thompson Send Email
Bicycles 21 Apr 2004
New missionaries were asked to purchase their bicycles during my mission in mid to late 1989 under President Tsuchida. I had several new companions that bought them when they arrived. I was somewhat jealous as I rode ecclectic bicycles during my time as a senkyoshi. I had several of them give up the ghost because the rickety deathtraps were unstable--most of them jury-rigged to make them somewhat functionable. Hirai Choro, my first companion in Obihiro, was somewhat decent at repairing these bikes. I hit a car pulling out of the horseracing track in Obihiro when a worker pulled into the sidewalk area. (I did leave a 2 inch deep dent in the door of his car. He was apologetic.) The mission rule was changed during my time as we spent way too much time repairing dangerous junk and because of the danger in using these pieces of gomi. The new missionaries had been required to purchase their bikes at the time of their arrival. The new bikes were cool! I still was able to survive on my junk bike and had a companion, Hyer Choro, who failed to use his brakes correctly on gravel as he had been cruising "Elder Williams" Style at mach six on Hakodate Yama following an appointment. He did fly for about 2 seconds and then used his steel belted Sweedish knit suit as a braking system. I never thought that those suits could tear, but Elder Hyer had not been included in the Research and Development team. They saved his arm and his hiney as they took the brunt of his short and traumatic test of physics. This was, on the cool, new mountain bikes. The helmets were probably required soon after I left in late 1989 or early 1990. I love talking about mission bikes. It is almost like talking about old friends. In my case--old, old, old friends.
Mark Alyn Montgomery Send Email
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