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Going to Japan in March 01 Mar 2007
I will be in Tokyo the first full week of March, and in Sapporo the last week-and-a-half of if anyone that served from 96-98 is in Tokyo or Sapporo on those dates I would love to get in touch with you again!!
Greg Alan Baker Send Email
church location 01 Mar 2007
that's the shiroishi church. I was only there for a week, but i remember it still...
Grant Guenther Send Email
Shiroishi Ward Info 01 Mar 2007
Shiroishi Ward

Bishop Harada, Takashi
Set Apart: 30 Nov 2003
H: 81 11-833-9692
W: 81 11-716-7181

Bishop Harada, Takashi
1-3-10-1002 Kikusui 5-Jo
Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo-shi
Hokkaido 003-0805 JAPAN


6-23, 4-chome Kita, Hon Dori
Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 003-0027 JAPAN

You can also get information from the Church Meetinghouse Locator website:,8016,352-1-PAGE-9103876-0-1+10,00.html
Grant Spencer Send Email
Shiroishi Church 01 Mar 2007
I was never in Shiroishi, but could this be the church?
Jason Lowry Send Email
Young Women Theme 01 Mar 2007
Some wards in the area are doing a Young Women recognition night in which world cultures of the church is to be the theme. I have been asked to get the Young Women Theme in Japanese for them and I can't seem to find an exact translation anywhere on the web. Since it is coming up next week, time is of the essence. If any of you can help, please do.

Arigatoo ne,
Eric Erastus Snow Send Email
Visit to Japan 24 Feb 2007
Hello everyone. I served in the Sapporo Mission under Pres. Munns in '85-'87. The area I served in the longest was in Shiroishi. After 20 years, I am finally able to go back to Japan as a tourist and would like to visit the Shiroishi ward. Can anyone tell me if the church building is still on Hon-dori yon-chome and who the Bishop is now? I would like to contact him and see if anyone I knew is still around.

Also, I served there with Miura Shinichi from Yokohama. He married Matsushita Shiruka, who also served in Shiroishi. I have been trying to contact him, but have lost his info. Anyone out there know how I could get a hold of them

Domo, ne.

Allred Kyodai
Bruce Wayne Allred Send Email
RE: My digital camera 15 Feb 2007
You know Japan is birthplace of small digital cameras, right?

When I was in Japan 12 years ago, Sony and other Japanese companies would release stuff in Akihabara years before their international/US release. Now their releases are pretty much global.

You could pick up the Sony DSC-W30 for about $150. It's nice and small with a big LCD. My brother was on a mission a couple of years ago and just bought a couple of extra memory sticks and then shipped them back and forth to my parents.

I'd recommend not looking like a tourist. Go for something light and small. Pick up a waterproof case if you can, otherwise ziplock bags work great. Also - I always recommend the LiON batteries, but they actually don't do well in the bitter cold. [You've heard about Hokkaido?!?]

Here's the best site for digital camera reviews:
Jason Lowry Send Email
Camera 15 Feb 2007
First of all, itte irrashai! God speed!

Speaking as someone who has been home from the mission for a few years now, you had better plan on taking pictures! And lots of them - as long as it doesn't interfere with the work of course.

A digital camera wasn't an option for me, but what I wouldn't give to have had my little Canon DC120 with me then (DVD video camera that takes 2mp stills and small for a video cam - fits in a suit pocket). But I'm sure glad that I took a lot of pics. I don't remember things well, and the pics and my journals are all I've got now of the sights and more importantly of good friends, fellow missionaries, investigators and members.

I'd recommend something small - remember you're going everywhere on foot, bike, train or bus. You've gotta fit it in your backpack along with your scriptures and copies of the Mormon Sho and an umbrella and poncho and gloves etc etc. Better still if it fits in your pocket.

You can buy memory over there, but I'm not sure how reasonable the prices are. Or will you just have the pics printed and then erase them from your memory card?
Richard Wilcox Send Email
Japan Mission Boundary Changes 03 Feb 2007
Regarding the Change in mission allignment in Japan:
1. The news was read in every Sacrament Meeting in Japan on Sunday,
January 28, 2007. We were in the Nakano Ward and heard it there. We
were already aware of the details but it is now official.
2. The Tokyo Metropolitan Area will now be one Mission with President
Allen Hill (Current Japan Tokyo North Mission President) as the
president of the new Japan Tokyo Mission.
The Japan Tokyo Mission will consist of the ten Tokyo-area stakes
(Tokyo,Tokyo South, Yokohama, Fujisawa, Machida, Matsudo, Musashino,
Saitama, Chiba, and Kiryu Stakes)
3. The Japan Tokyo South Mission and Japan Tokyo North Mission will
no longer exist as such.
4. The Japan Kobe Mission will be reopened with the mission home
being in Kobe in the former Mission Home as soon as it is ready to
move into.
The Japan Kobe Mission President willl be President Val Tucker
(who is currently serving as the Mission President of the Japan Tokyo
South Mission).
The Japan Kobe Mission will consist of the three Osaka Stakes,
the Kobe Stake, the Kyoto Stake, the Fukuchiyama District and the
Shingu Branch.
5. The Japan Nagoya Mission Boundary will be changed to include:
Nagoya Stake, Nagoya East Stake, Shizuoka Stake, Kanazawa Stake, and
Nagano District.
6. The Japan Hiroshima Mission will include: Hiroshima Stake, Okayama
Stake, Matsuyama District, Takamatsu District and Yamaguchi District.

"The reestablishment of the Kobe Mission in Kansai and the creation
of the Tokyo Mission which will focus on greater Tokyo are
significant steps in moving forward missionary work in Japan."

These changes will take place"...on or about March 1, 2007,..."

We hope this helps in understanding what has taken place. There are
many saints excited about this change and we, Sister Broadhead and I,
are two of them. We are excited for two reasons: 1)the Kansai area
will have the Kobe Mission again for the saints there and 2)the
Nagoya Mission, over which we presided for three years (1985-88),
will have all of its former boundary back plus the two newcomers---
Shizuoka and Nagano. It will be especially exciting to see the
missionary work fluorish under one Mission in Tokyo as it was when I
was here (1954-57).

These are indeed very wonderful times in which we live and serve in
this country with so many wonderful, faithful people.

With kindest regards always,

Elder David and Sister Bonnie Broadhead
Directors of Public Affairs - Japan

Elder David & Sister Bonnie Broadhead
Japan National Public Affairs Directors
Tokyo Japan Administration Office
Jim Dillon Send Email
Christmas Mission Songs 18 Dec 2006
Since the topic of songs was brought up...Some songs that were popular in the mission in the mid 1970's were a couple of Christmas parodies...
The first one to the tune "Deck the Halls"

Goshujinsan wa imasuka, fa la la la la, la la la la.
Sokkugakkai kankanai wa, fa la la la la, la la la la.
Ni, san pun wa dodesshoka, fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Kekko de gozaimasuna, fa la la la la, la la, la, laaaa.

Sugi wa.... the the tune "Jingle Bells"

Dashing through the snow, in a pair of rubber ducks, o're the streets we go, dodging all the trucks.
Bells in danchis ring, making spirits rise,
Come on senior let's go home I've had it for tonight!
Oh oh, Dendo time, dendo time, dendo all the time, let's go look up Sato san and see if we can dine.
Dendo time, dendo time, dendo all the time I've said it once, I've said it twice, it's a quarter after nine!

I believe the credit for these go to Elder Fisher and Elder Oaksan, 1974-1976, approx. Anyone else from that jidai, please feel free to correct me. I loved all of Elder Oaksan' s other compositions, ie, Mack Choro. (Pres. Kimball's grandson)

Gannbatte kudasi and Merry Christmas to all the current and former "Frozen Chosen!"
Mark Alan Magleby Send Email
RE: Help with Trip 14 Dec 2006
I have taken my family to Kyoto several times and one of my daughters ended up serving there on her mission. One of their favorite places to go is Nijo Castle (Nijojo) and it is easy to get to in the middle of town.

We have stayed at the Holiday Inn there. It is worked well for us, but it is not close to very many things so if you do not have a car it may not be the best place to stay.

One of the places my wife liked to stop is the 100 yen store just across the street from the station. Everything in the shop is 100 yen so when you check out they just count the number of items you have and multiply by 100 to calculate what you owe. There are a lot of very nihon teki things that are used day to day in Japan in those shops, no so much the tourist trap stuff.
Graham Y Doxey Send Email
Re: Help with Trip 13 Dec 2006
I'll echo what Kelly Marcum said. My wife and I had a blast in Kyoto.

My one suggestion: Do it on Bicycle! There are several places close to the Station where you can rent a bicycle for the day at pretty affordable rates.

For example:

My wife and I did a lot on our 10 day trip, but riding in the rain with an umbrella tops her list of memorable moments ;)
Jason Lowry Send Email
Shibetsu 11 Dec 2006
After reading Nielson Choro's comments, I had to add my own. I transferred to Shibetsu in March of 1977 as a new Senior companion - perhaps I replaced Nielson Choro - I don't know. Shibetsu was perhaps the smallest area in the mission at that time and we felt like we knocked on every door in the town and the surrounding countryside. Brown choro and I composed a door to door song based on the Elvis hit "In the Ghetto" with words about Dendoing "In the Apatos". We lived above the old store on the second floor and had church meetings in the living area with 6-8 members in attendance - and the missionaries spoke every week. The ZL's were our roommates, and the senior ZL was the Branch President. It seemed all the members worked at the sugarbeet factory. Memories of Shibetsu: Baptisms at the Ofuro just around the corner from the church, the chopstick factory out by the ski lift, the baptism of Akagi Shimai (moved to the south) and her friend, Matamura Shimai who I would love to locate (still active to the best of my knowledge), and the race between Schulz Choro (who was the WAC 880 champion at the time) and some hotshot Japanese Jr. Olympic training team champion who was training in Shibetsu. Schulz blew him away! Let me add one other memory. My Comp and I were coming home late one night and came to a RR crossing where we discovered a pair of shoes and a bag of groceries sitting neatly on the ground in the snow by the crossing with no one in sight. When someone else came along with a flashlight, we got our first introduction to suicide Japanese style. It was not a pretty scene to be exposed to.
Almost 30 years later, it is so gratifying to see that those missionary efforts we all made collectively over the years have proven fruitful in Shibetsu.
M Neal Bowes Send Email
Re: Help with Trip 08 Dec 2006
In Kyoto there are many many sights to see. My favorites are Kiyomizudera, Sanjusangendo, Riyoanji, Kinkakuji and Gion. Kiyomizudera is a huge temple complex at the top of a hill. You can easily spend half to a full day here. From the top of the hill you can follow a path called the "Philosopher's Walk". Your family would get a good feel of old Japan and see some good souvenier shops. Sanjusangendo has over 1000 different statues of Buddha. Riyoanji is the famous meditation gardens with the raked sand and a few rocks. Kinkakuji is the two story gold plated "summer residence". And Gion is the old geisha district. Don't let that scare you it is upscale and not a red light district. I go to Kyoto on business and stay in the Granvia hotel at the main train station (great location) but it can be expensive.
Kelly Eugene Marcum Send Email
Shibetsu 05 Dec 2006
I was excited to hear about the new church building in Shibetsu.

A long time ago, November 1976 to be exact, I was transferred from Hakodate to Shibetsu. The transfer took all day and I finally arrived in Shibetsu on a Sunday morning at 3:00 a.m. When the train stopped at the Shibetsu Eki, I was asleep and didn’t realize the train had stopped. When the train started moving again, I felt a jerk and opened my eyes just in time to see the name “Shibetsu” on a pole outside the window. As quickly as I could, I grabbed my things and jumped from the train onto the last 5 feet of the unloading dock.

It was dark and cold outside of the eki, and the steady rain was beginning to turn to sleet. I went inside the eki expecting to see the elders waiting for me but no one was there. After waiting inside the eki for about 30 minutes, the man in charge, which was the only other person there, told me I would need to leave. I explained my situation to him but he insisted.

So, I waited on a bench just outside the eki for the elders to come. The air was humid and cold, and for the first time I began wondering how I was going to survive. A short while later, I offered a prayer that I could find the missionaries. As I sat there shivering and wondering what to do, I noticed the headlights from a distant car coming towards me. The car eventually came to a stop in front of the eki, and a man rolled the window down and asked me if I needed some help. I explained I was a Mormon missionary and was trying to find some other missionaries in the area. The man asked his daughter, who was a passenger in the car, if she knew of the Mormon missionaries. Neither had heard of the church before.

As I described what the missionaries looked like and the type of bikes they rode, the daughter said she remembered seeing some gaijins on funny old bikes, and thought they lived above a store in the downtown area. With that discovery, they invited me into their car to get out of the storm and stay warm. Shortly afterwards, they drove me to the downtown area and there we spotted what had to be the bikes of the missionaries. I unloaded all my things and thanked them. I told them I would probably see them around.

After waking up the missionaries at 4:00 a.m., I was able to get a couple hours of sleep. The elders told me they didn’t know what time I was arriving, so they planned on checking at the eki in the morning.

Now, what does all this have to do with the church in Shibetsu? Well, 30 years ago, church meetings were held in the missionaries’ apartment. After putting things away, the missionaries would set up a small table for the sacrament, and place a small podium on the edge of the table for conducting and speaking. We set up 10 chairs for church that morning. We had 7 members attend and 2 investigators. During my time in Shibetsu, we contacted most of the people but there were no baptisms. So, to see the church has grown from 7 active members meeting in the missionaries’ apartment…to hearing the number of the members finally required a larger building…to finally having the church build them a building, well, this is wonderful and marvelous in my eyes. It’s nice to hear the seeds we planted finally sprouted.

As for the man and his daughter that helped me find the missionaries when I first arrived in Shibetsu…I never saw them again. There are no doubts that Heavenly Father answers prayers and watches over his missionaries.
Kelly Nielson Send Email
Mission Results 04 Dec 2006
I had the opportunity to visit with Kikuchi Choro in the Church Office Buildings over the weekend. I asked about the reduction in missionaries serving in Hokkaido and he responded that due to efforts to baptize more people in other parts of the world (where more people are accepting the gospel) they have reduced the numbers in Asia, Europe, and other areas with low numbers.

The sad news is however, countered by good news: the missionaries serving are getting the same numbers of converts as before, they are building more wardhouses in Hokkaido and Hokkaido has the highest percentage increase in converts.

The work is moving forward and Hokkaido is an integral part of it!

Eric Snow
Eric Erastus Snow Send Email
Mission songs 03 Dec 2006
For the Christmas Taikai in '97, Elders LaVioe and I sang a redition of Richard Marx' hit "Right Here Waiting for You" with Elder Morris playing the music on piano. Here's how it went:

Kinjos apart, day after day
As we slowly kneel to pray.
I read the scriptures, I know God's words,
Yet I know there's something more.

In order to live together,
We must endure for ever.

Where ever you go, no matter with who
There are some kinjins waiting for you.
What ever it takes, what ever bone breaks
We will keep nesshin searching for you.

We had Keikakukai, we have a plan,
Don't know if they're woman or man.

(Piano solo--we forgot to finish this stanza)

Know matter the hours it takes,
We'll sacrifice our meal breaks.

Where ever you go, no matter with who
There are some kinjins waiting for you.
What ever it takes, what ever bone breaks
We will keep nesshin searching for you.

We followed the Spirit to open special house,
And we knocked upon on the door.
The person within, invited us in
Because they wanted to hear more.

No matter how hen it seems,
Anyone can be kinjin!

Where ever you go, no matter with who
There are some kinjins waiting for you.
What ever it takes, what ever bone breaks
We will keep nesshin searching for you.

(Elder Morris and Elder LaVioe, do you guys remember this? Remember the late night recording session as we tried to figure out the words to the song? Good times!!)
Greg Alan Baker Send Email
songs 30 Nov 2006
I don't know those two, but how about this one. To the tune of the Monkee's theme:

Here we come,
Walkin down the street.
Get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet!

Hey, hey we're senkyoushi!
And people say we're gokuro-san,
But they're to busy to listen,
So we just have to move on.

We're just tryin to be friendly,
And do our best everyday.
Cause the Lord has called us to serve him.
So we've got something to say.
Richard Wilcox Send Email
New Building, Same Shibetsu 29 Nov 2006
I served in Shibetsu twice: once as a bean missionary for two transfers and once more for my last transfer on my mission. So I was born and died in Shibetsu. While there Elder Kikuchi of the Seventy came and visited the branch in July of 2004. The building was packed with every member and several from Asahikawa.

My second round in Shibetsu was very natsukashii, since the town didn't really change much in virtually two years. (Well, Sun Value turned into a Big House) The building had the same smell to it and was the only church building that you had to take your shoes off in. Yet, sacrament was packed every week. On my last Sunday there it was Ward Conference and a baptism, probably the last baptism in that building with the build-it-yourself font.

I had many fond memories of that church building. It is sad to see it go. But I'm grateful for the new building and to see the branch continue to grow. I can't wait to go back and visit the new building ASAP.
Devin Ricki Rowley Send Email
Mission Songs 29 Nov 2006
I'm looking for the lyrics to redone songs about the mission. For example, "The Sound of Kekkos" (The Sound of Silence) and "Apato Wakkanai" (Hotel California)

I'm specifically looking for Apato Wakkanai, but any others would be great to collect as well.

I still remember the Sound of Kekkos, if any one is interested here are the lyrics:

Hello danshi my old friend,
I'm here to kobetsu you again.
Between the koen and the 7-11,
We came here cause it was rainin'.
And the echos still ringing in my brain,
Still remain,
It is the sound, of Kekkos.

Now we're here in Nemuro,
we've got no danshis and it's cold.
Looked out the window the bay is frozen.
That's why they call us the Frozen Chosen.
And the people are really, really nice,
But the ice,
and the sound of kekkos.
The sound of kekkos.
Ryan M Bouche Send Email
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