March 21, 2016

Japan Tokyo North Mission

Here are free resources about the Japan Tokyo North Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Japan LDS Missions.

Japan Tokyo North Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Japan Tokyo North Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

Japan Tokyo North Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Japan Tokyo North Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Tokyo North Mission

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Videos with Japan Tokyo North RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Japan Tokyo North Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews. Coming soon..

LDS-Friendly Videos about Japan

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Japan. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Japan, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  places  history  food  nature  language  Traditions  time lapses  Storms and Natural Disasters

Japan Tokyo North Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Japan Tokyo North Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

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Japan Tokyo North Mission Groups

Here are Tokyo North Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.

  1. Japan Tokyo North Mission Group (71 members)
  2. Japan Tokyo North Mission Friends 1986-88 Group (71 members)
  3. Tokyo North Mission Group (56 members)
  4. Japan Tokyo North Mission Group (4 members)

Japan Tokyo North Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Japan Tokyo North Mission!

Shirt designs include Japan Tokyo North Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Tokyo North missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Japan Mission gifts

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Japan Tokyo North Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Japan Tokyo North LDS Mission.

  1. 2003-2006, Henry J. Eyring
  2. 2000-2003, Mark P. Durham
  3. 1997-2000, Tadashi Komatsu
  4. 1996-1997, Larry O. Haslam
  5. 1993-1996, Yukio Kumazawa
  6. 1990-1993, Bin Kikuchi
  7. 1988-1990, Richard H. Kiyabu
  8. 1985-1988, Lamont W. Moon
  9. 1982-1985, Larry F. Ogden
  10. 1979-1982, Michael A. Roberts
  11. 1976-1979, Harrison T. Price

Japan LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 128,216
  • Missions: 7
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 266
  • Family History Centers: 63

Helpful Articles about Japan

Japan Tokyo North Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Japan Tokyo North RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2003-2005 (Patrick)
  • 2002-2004 (Rafael)
  • 2001-2003 (Devon)
  • 2001-2002 (Adriana)
  • 2001-2002 (Stewart)
  • 2000-2002 (Joao)
  • 1995-1997 (Andrew)
  • 1984-1985 (Mary)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Kasukabe, Nanao, Toyama, Oyama, Nakano, Kamisu. (Patrick)
  • Takasaki, Kisarazu, Urawa, Nanao, Utsunomiya, Abiko, Nagano. (Devon)
  • Kurihashi (Saitama), Takasaki (Takasaki), Ueda (Nagano), Chiba (Chiba) and Adachi (Tokyo). (Adriana)
  • Takasaki in Gunma prefecture, Sanwa in Ibaraki prefecture, Komatsu in Ishikawa, Matsumoto in Nagano. (Stewart)
  • Ibaraki/Ushiku, Bunkyo/Toshima, Saitama/Kita, Chiba/Abiko. (Andrew)
  • Tokyo, Takasaki, Nagano, Matsudo. (Mary)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Gyudon, okonomiyaki, curry, nigiri sushi, mabo tofu, miso soup, and much more. (Patrick)
  • Ramen, gyoza, curry. (Devon)
  • Sushi, Sashimi, Nato, Kare, Chicken Katsu. (Adriana)
  • Melon pan, tonkatsu, mugi anything. (Stewart)
  • I love Japanese food. (Joao)
  • Sushi. (Andrew)
  • Gyoza. (Mary)

What was a funny experience?

  • Crashing my bike in the middle of a busy intersection and all traffic stopped to look at the big American to see what he would do next. (Patrick)
  • Playing a round of Uno in our four-man apartment in Abiko to see who had to take the trash out. (Devon)
  • One companion of mine reminded me recently that she thought it was funny that we went hunting for crabs in a nearby pond after it rained a lot and many got trapped in a street nearby and couldn’t make back to the pond. The intent was to cook them to eat, but I never did. We ended up throwing stinky crabs away few days later. (Adriana)
  • One night in my first area, we came home and saw a mini tarantula in a jar inside the genkan. The zone leader came out looking pale white, and said while he was riding his bike home, he accidentally went through a spider web. He didn’t think much of it, but when they got home, he felt something crawl on his face. It was the tarantula! They were waiting for us to get home before killing it, but I said, “You can’t kill this! It’s the size of a small puppy!” So we released it into a nearby rice field. (Stewart)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Biking in the busy streets of major towns. (Patrick)
  • I got hit by a car near our apartment in Kisarazu. We were late for an appointment so I just got back on my bike and carried on. I had a nasty bruise, but was otherwise OK. (Devon)
  • I was leading the way on a downhill freeway. When I looked back my company was no longer behind me. I went back to look for her and did not find her. So, I went downhill again and, while looking around for her, I hit a light post. I was badly hurt on my wrist, but I had to keep on looking for her. A few minutes later and a little ahead of me, I found her. She took a wrong turn into a left road and kept on going thinking that she was following me. She caught up with the person and realized it wasn’t me and turned around to find me. We made it home, but I had to see a doctor after that and had to wear a cast for few weeks. (Adriana)
  • My companion dropped her front bicycle wheel down in a benny ditch on her first day out on her mission . . . ambulance, concussion and Takasaki National Hospital!! We were on our way to a “golden” appointment!–someone we had made an appointment with but had never taught. A week later, my companion and I finally made it to see that investigator. My companion recovered well, and our “golden” was baptized three months later! (Mary)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • The testimony of a family that serves the missionaries and has been blessed every day because of that service. (Patrick)
  • I saw so many members dedicate huge amounts of time to building and running The Church in a non-Christian culture. Often in the face of social pressure and career demands. I’ll never forget some of them. (Devon)
  • There was this guy we met knocking doors and he agreed to hear the missionary discussions. The rule in our mission was that sisters could not teach men. So, we sent him to the Elders and they taught him and he got baptized few weeks later. I did not realize how important it was for that man that we knocked his door until he shared his testimony in a sacrament meeting a few months later. He told us that he decided to hear what we had to say, because before my companion and I knocked his door, he had seen me in a dream wearing white in a white building that he later recognized as a temple. His feelings were so pure, so peaceful and so sacred that when he saw us, he knew that he wanted to be part of it. (Adriana)
  • I gained a strong testimony of the Atonement in the MTC through a powerful witness from the Holy Ghost. (Mary)

What are some interesting facts about the Japan Tokyo North Mission?

  • During my two years, no one was sent home. It holds Nikko, a world heritage site, Nagano- the Olympic city, and many more historic sites. (Patrick)
  • I had the same companion in two different areas, several months apart. (Devon)
  • Less than 1% of the population in Japan are Christians. Yet, in most of my areas, I was able to find at least one person or family who were Christian, from other denominations. (Adriana)

What was the weather like?

  • Similar to Utah in temperatures, but a lot more humidity. Prepare for many rain storms and even snow closer to the mountains. (Patrick)
  • I remember some very hot summer days. I also remember the winters being cold, but mostly manageable. I hated rainy days the most. That was the most unpleasant weather for me. Overall, I liked the climate. (Devon)
  • Humid and we had the four seasons very well defined there. I love Fall with its yellowish leaves and cool weather. (Adriana)
  • Super hot and super cold. And everything in between. (Stewart)
  • Hot and humid in the summer with mild winters–some snow. We had many rainy days on our bicycles! (Mary)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The people are incredibly polite. I lost my wallet and they returned it without anything taken. While my brother was being mugged in Argentina, people were giving me money in Japan. It is safe and the Japanese people will always help you. (Patrick)
  • I think a lot about the little things that bring back fond memories. Dinners at members’ homes, the 100-en stores, long train rides where you could relax and enjoy the view, yakiniku tabehodais (!), English classes, cheap snacks at convenience stores, the weirdly named drinks (Pocari Sweat), the list is endless. (Devon)
  • They are very respectful and ceremonial. I loved to walk into a store, the treatment and customer service is prime there in any single store. We were missionaries and did not shop in expensive places, we were treated like we were royalty. That’s the mentality there. Treat others well and they will come back. Don’t do it and they will do their business elsewhere. (Adriana)
  • Very friendly and helpful. (Stewart)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • A high quality rain suit. Good pants/bottoms, as they get worn out on the many bike trips you’ll take. Garments good for high humidity. (Patrick)
  • Send winter clothes home once your last winter is over. Don’t bother with rain suits. They’re miserable in the humidity. Just get a thin, long (knee-length) waterproof jacket that you can tolerate in the summer. Collect old ties that are left behind. Buy twice as many short-sleeved shirts as long-sleeved. (Devon)
  • Sisters need to wear skirts that are not too long or too short and nothing too narrow or too broad. It has to be good enough to ride a bike. Also, practice at home how to balance riding a bike and hold an umbrella at the same time. Elders: Get little elastic headbands for your pants and slackers when you ride a bike. (Adriana)
  • Bring clothes for the hottest place you’ve ever been, and also clothes for some places that gets Siberian winds. (Stewart)
  • For Sisters: Bring dresses that are light and airy (not clingy) for the summer–it’s very humid. (Mary)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • The Japanese taught me how to work well, no matter what job you have. Learning unconditional love and to serve those who don’t like you (from working with difficult companions). (Patrick)
  • Endurance, patience, humility, forgiveness, empathy and open-mindedness. (Devon)
  • Countless. I had other plans before going on a mission. I was planning to go to college in my country, Brazil, and was expecting to get married there and stay there. Instead, I changed my mind, since so many of my fellow missionaries in Japan were going to BYU and BYU Hawaii. So, I decided to go to BYU Hawaii. I worked hard to save money to go there. Then, I met my husband in college and we got married. We moved to Russia after college. He is from there. A life of adventures followed. We are now in California. We both worked for a new technology company and we have been able to change the world for the better in what we do. I know that I wouldn’t be able to be the person I am now and have the wonderful family that I have now, if I hadn’t served on my mission. I did not plan any of this, but it all happened because I served my mission and met the right people at the right time. (Adriana)
  • Lots of great friends and experiences, learning about a beautiful culture and language. (Stewart)
  • Confidence in being a member of The Church. Strength to “open my mouth” and share the gospel. A greater love for all people. (Mary)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Communication skills, effective teaching, and how to work on my own without supervision. (Patrick)
  • Small talk, leading through influence instead of force, adapting to different personalities and circumstances on the fly. (Devon)
  • I learned so many languages: English, Japanese and Spanish. They helped me to be more helpful at church when translation was needed. Knowing English opened doors to go to college in the US and meet my husband. I used the languages I learned for jobs during college. I worked as a PCC guide. I also learned leadership skill and independence that helped me in my personal life and at work. I no longer work, but I used to work with high rank executives from big tech companies and the skills that I learned during my mission were useful to be able to communicate and build relationships with those professionals. I used to be a shy and a scared of speeches teenager and I have outgrown that since. My mission was part of the process to help me to be more outspoken. (Adriana)
  • Speaking Japanese, planning, feeling really comfortable on a bike. (Stewart)
  • Patience, endurance and commitment. (Mary)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • Be in shape! So much biking. (Patrick)
  • Japanese! Besides that, it took me a while to learn that if I couldn’t find a way to get along well with my companion any amount work we did was a total waste of time. Finding a way to have harmony in a companionship was the first prerequisite for success. Even if my companion was a jerk, if I couldn’t let the jerkishness go and find a way to make it work, nothing else mattered. (Devon)
  • It’s not about what you do during your mission time, although you should work hard and do your best. It’s about the Spirit. God will touch lives, not you. You are just an instrument in His hands. So, on the days that everything goes well, you have a reason to celebrate, but it’s not you, but it’s God’s hand. On the days things go bad, remember that God has His own timing for everything. Not everybody has to listen or will listen what you have to say. Some won’t until after this life. Your responsibility is to share what you know. I wish I would not get so discouraged on the days that nobody seem to listen to the special message we had to share with them. (Adriana)
  • How fast the time would go. (Stewart)
  • I wish I knew the scriptures better. I wish I had a greater love for all people before I left. (Mary)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Tokyo North?

  • Have an open mind and work with your companion. Be humble and don’t be too proud to apologize first. (Patrick)
  • Learn how to have a short memory when it comes to long, rejection-filled days. Do everything possible to gain the members’ trust and respect. Put 100% effort into learning the language every day. It’s so important to become as fluent as you can, even when you get comfortable, keep pushing yourself to learn more. (Devon)
  • Besides the clothing preparation to ride bikes. Be prepared to teach them history first. They understand Christianity more as a historical event. Learn their history as well. Understand their religion (philosophy). So, you are better prepared to teach them. Always bring the Spirit with you. Be patient. It takes them a long time to commit to anything, because they are perfectionists. They don’t want to commit to something and let you down later. It takes a while for them to understand it is not with you, but with Heavenly Father that they are making a commitment. Now we have lots of people from other countries living there and working there. If they are Latinos, they are the opposite. They are too quick to commit to anything and then, they disappear. With them, you have to work with retention. Help them to make friends, to have responsibilities at church and be nourished by the good word. Don’t be too hard on yourself if they don’t. There are situations that are beyond your control. Pray always. There are things that as societies we created that divide races and ethnicities and we can’t control them. What is broken one day, when the Lord comes again, will be fixed. Do your best. (Adriana)
  • Do your best. (Stewart)
  • Your mission experience will be hard . . . just smile and say, “Yup, that’s what I came for.” Don’t worry . . . work your hardest, be happy, serve your companion and try to love everyone as much as your mother loves you! (Mary)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • It’s been a long time, although I’m sure I had some. (Patrick)
  • Far too many to name one. Learning Japanese was awesome, but humbling. (Devon)
  • In the beginning of my mission, I was sick due to the change of temperatures. So, one investigator told me that I was Kawaiso when she came to visit us at our door. I thought she mean “So cute.” Kawaii = Cute. But Kawaiso means “You poor thing.” I kept on thanking her. She looked at my Japanese companion and said: “She has no idea what I am talking about, does she?” No. I didn’t. (Adriana)
  • I told them two carrots had appeared to Joseph Smith, you should have seen their eyes light up… (Andrew)