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Re: Mori's in Shinkotoni 20 Dec 2002
Well, there's some sad news about Mori's in Shinkotoni - He retired in early summer of 1997 about a month before I got transferred out of the district. It was very sudden, too - we'd just eaten there the week before, then after distict keikakukai we went there only to discover a note on the door saying he'd closed after 30 years. It was a sad day in Shinkotoni, and indeed a great loss to the elders there. Sorry to be the one to break the bad news.
Lee Oviatt Send Email
Mori's in Shinkotoni 19 Dec 2002
Does anyone remember eating at Mori's in Shinkotoni? I am going to Sapporo next month on business and would love to eat at Mori's. I don't know if I could find it if it is still around. Can anyone help with directions or info about wether it is still open or not?

Michael King Send Email
April 03 Mission Reunion - Christensen Dendobucho 02 Dec 2002
To anyone who served with Christensen DendoBucho,

I was wondering if there is any interest in having a reunion next April. I can arrange to have it at GlenEagle golf course in Syracuse. We would have the club house restaurant to ourselves in the evening. The restaurant people are willing to cater, or we can do potluck. I can also arrange to have a little golf tournament for anyone interested. I have already penciled us on the schedule for April 4, the Friday before General Conference. If there is enough interest, I think it would be great.
Send a message to me, and I will contact President Christensen so we can get some of the others that don't visit this site.
Matt McBride
Matt McBride Send Email
ASDFJKL; 14 Nov 2002
I am putting together a book for the ima dendo shite iru senkyoshi na node if there are any of you who would like to contribute please email me any of the following :
*any uplifting/interesting dendo keiken
*neat kobetsu, gaito, teaching tips
*anything you learned from the mission
*favorite seiku, talks, or quotes from the mission...
there is no theme so nandemo ii desu! If you have any questions please let me know!

Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
Esther Kira
Esther Hikari Kira Send Email
adoption 06 Oct 2002
Hello all, just a note to update you all on our situation. In April Ryan and I were able to adopt the most adorable little boy. He is so much fun and to be honest hard work. But he is totally worth it. We love him so much. We are so happy to let you know that this month we will be able to finalize the adoption. But most important we will take him to the Idaho Falls temple and be sealed as an Eternal Family on October 26th. We are so thankful for the miracle of having Lukas in our family, and we are so grateful for the blessings of the Gospel. We are so thankful for Heavenly Father's plan, we know He loves us, knows us, and does provide for us. We are so grateful for the blessing of the Temple- that it allows us to be sealed for time and all eternity. I love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am grateful that I had an opportunity to serve a mission, and have my testimony of these things strengthened. The Gospel is true! I love it.
Ja mata ne
Katie Parkinson Staten
Katie Marie Parkinson/Staten Send Email
Exchange Student Companies 15 Aug 2002
Hello all of you alumni, expecially from the Christensen era! I have a good friend who is looking for some contacts with Japanese (or American) companies that help coordinate and bring over Japanese students to America for like a year (not the short term 2-4 week exchanges), especially companies that bring students to the southern California area. If you know the name of any companies, or even better if you know the name of some contacts at those companies, please let me know.

Thanks again,
Cade Walton
Cade A. Walton Send Email
Hey everyone 03 Aug 2002
Just wanted to say hi to everyone --
Jason Robert Jones Send Email
Naoko Watanbe 12 Jul 2002
I have Naoko's e-mail address. E-mail me cuz I don't know if she wants everyone to know it.
Michelle Heinz Send Email
looking 02 Jul 2002
Does anybody know where Noako Watanabe and Mutsumi Hisaka are at.? How to contact them? please let me know. Thanks
Michael Sean Gay Send Email
2 Week Hospitality Needed for Nihonjin Students 25 Jun 2002
I received this message through a friend:
To whom it may concern;
My name is Heidi Bloomquist and I am a coordintor with the Council for
Educational Travel USA. I want to send a message out to Japan Return
Missionaries who live in Utah, in or nearby Salt Lake City. We have a
of 50 students and 5 group leaders who we need to find homes for as
soon as possible. They will be here from August 22nd through September
3rd. I thought that the return Elders who perhaps have families now
might be interested in hosting a student or a leader, as they do not
have high english skills and may need some help. This would also be a
great opportunity of their families to add a family member from Japan.
would appreciate any help that you can give me in this endavor.
We are also looking for two more ESL teachers for this group
while they are here, and it helps immensly when they speak Japanese
and have
had that experience. I appreciate your help.

Heidi L. Bloomquist
Jordan North 16th Ward
Secreatry CETUSA

Jim Dillon Send Email
President Larkin's Homecoming 12 Jun 2002
Bigelow Choro (from the Larkins Era) requested this be posted:
President and Sister Larkins are coming home next month and they have invited everyone who wants to come to their release on Sunday July 14, the Layton Summerhaze Ward at 1:00pm. They have requested that everyone who is coming contact Sumer and Richard Vellinga for details at 801-766-6178.

Jim Dillon Send Email
Tano's Needed Swift Kick 10 May 2002
Looking for those ai suru shimai and choro-tachi that always knew when to give TANO a timely swift kick of encouragement. I've kept in touch with some, but have no idea whatever happened to Tonya Barnet, James Bush, and Rie Watanabe (Taylor). In hind-sight, THANKS.
Yukari Lewellen Send Email
old doryos 23 Apr 2002
anybody heard from or know about the following: Olsen shimai. Uehara Choro, Koji Yano, David Jones. Swenson Choro. Chilton Choro, all from 75-77. Thanks for any help.
Lakey choro
Darrell F Lakey Send Email
Say Cheezu 16 Apr 2002
Ok, Ladies, who will be the first brave one to post their after-dendo pictures? Come on now, I'm sure Motherhood has done wonders for us. I must say that it's been fun seeing the guys and their cute little families.
Yukari Lewellen Send Email
From Sapporo, Japan 02 Apr 2002
Hello! I'm looking for exchange friends.
Please teach me English and I'll teach you Japanese.
I'm 28 years old female.
Please email me:

or visit
sachiko nakamura Send Email
Opportunity 22 Feb 2002
I received the following in an email requesting to be posted:
"Hello, Alumni. Currently our organization is looking for an individual who speaks fluent Japanese and English for a Senior Project/Quality Engineer position at our Sandy, UT location. This position will assume project responsibility to develop and lead quality by improvement activities pertaining to Japanese product quality initiatives. Implement manufacturing cost improvement projects and other general engineering projects, which ensure high productivity of quality manufacturing capabilities.

There will be a two month assignment in Japan. This position requires a BS Engineering Degree and 5 years project/quality experience.

If interested please contact us at (801) 565-2391 and ask for Joann Martinez."
As a side note; solicitations are generally not welcome to alumni web sites. But since I don't have a 'general/commercial' forum section yet (which some alumni sites do), then I figure this is fine here. Plus, it's not totally kankei nai.
Jim Dillon Send Email 04 Feb 2002
Do any of you remember some of the strange English you used to see on billboards, storefront windows, etc.? Anyway, there's a really funny website that has taken some pictures of some of the better "Engrish" that you'll ever see. The site is
Cade A. Walton Send Email
farewell larkins 04 Feb 2002
hey everybody that reads this!
as you may know president and sister larkins go home in just a few months so we want to say goodbye one last time. so i'm putting together a message book for them and am inviting anyone who would like to contribute to do so. leave a message share a stroy or send pictures, just send anything you feel is appropriate to show your feelings towards our wonderful dendobuchogofusai. also send current details for yourself, spouse, school, work, hometown. ect. anyone who wants to contribute please contact me. i'm in the alumni section. thanks.
Paul Martin Brown Send Email
Book Of Mormon Audio In Japanese 04 Dec 2001
Does anyone know if the latest translation of the Book of Mormon in Japanese is available for purchase on audio cassette? I was thinking that listening to the Book of Mormon, in Japanese, would be a fun way to keep up my language skills. Perhaps this is available from the PBO in Tokyo?

I called the Salt Lake distribution center and they don't have it (although they do have audio cassette versions of the Book of Mormon in English and Spanish).

Bjarnason Choro
David J. Bjarnason Send Email
Speaking Japanese 30 Nov 2001
I remember meeting people during my mission that had served a Japanese mission and then had come back after several years to live in Japan teaching or whatever and I remember the struggle these people had bringing their language back to par. It concerned me that I would spend over two years learning Japanese just to go home and forget it.
So, when I got back from my mission, I immediately enrolled in Japanese courses and basically added a minor in Japanese to my degree. At the start of my first summer break, I made a critical decision to keep up my Japanese through daily reading. The only book I had was the Book of Mormon so that's what I read. I've read a few other books, but mostly the Book of Mormon over and over again for the last 15 years. It doesn't do much to keep one's technical or every day conversational Japanese up, but I've found that it has made it very easy to get back into a Japanese conversation as well as to read most Japanese. I've done some Japanese to English translation here and there during college, and then about 8 years ago I got a job that actually uses Japanese. About 5 years ago I went independent with my own language consulting company and though it's not as much as I'd like, I still get to use my Japanese. I recommend to any return missionaries a daily regiment of a bit of Japanese reading. The Book of Mormon is perfect for two reasons - the kanji have rubi text (furigana) and the prophets have told us to read it every day anyway. You might end up with kind of an ancient overlly formal dialect, but it never hurts to be polite in Japanese:)
James S Tanne Send Email
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