Fukushima-ken Locations

Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Iwaki, Koriyama, Shirakawa

Aizuwakamatsu

This unique building in Aizuwakamatsu (map) (street view) was dedicated in December 1999. It was built on the land where a former rented building was located. The address is Gyonin-machi 2-33, and is about a 15-20 minute walk from the eki.  Aizu is a castle town with lots of samurai history.

 

 

 

 

 


Historic Aizuwakamatsu

This is the first meetinghouse for Aizu, established as a dendousho in Spring 1974.  (photo courtesy John Ericson).  I'm researching the address (photo says 15-12...if anyone can assist, yoroshiku)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Fukushima

Fukushima's (map) (street view) unique building was the third "permanent" one in the mission. It was not built, but rather was purchased and converted from a private hospital and completed in 1984. It is located in the block right next to the shiyakusho (city office), about a 15 minute walk from the eki, at Kitagorouuchimachi 1-32. For a time, missionaries lived on the top floor apartments.  Fukushima has a population of 290,000.

Because of radiation levels from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster site (only about 40 miles away), missionaries were not assigned to Fukushima for over six years. During this period, a missionary companionship from Yamagata or Nagamachi visited Fukushima Ward every other Sunday. In December 2017, a senior missionary couple was finally allowed to live and serve there. Here's the post in Japanese that Pres. Sekiguchi made to his Japan Sendai Mission Newsroom Facebook page:

【郡山へ宣教師が赴任!】
2011年の震災以降、郡山支部には宣教師は不在のままでした。新しく仙台伝道部へ着任した武田章長老と優子姉妹(山形ワード出身)は、伝道部会長からのアサイメントを受け、12月20日に郡山支部へ赴任しました。

長期間にわたって宣教師が不在であった郡山支部にとっては、6年9ヶ月ぶりに宣教師を迎えることになります。

福島ワードへは、既に2週間前より津田長老姉妹が赴任しており、郡山支部へ武田夫妻が宣教師として派遣されたことにより、仙台伝道部の全てのユニットに専任宣教師が常駐することが実現しました。


Historic Fukushima

A 1976 picture of branch members in front of the combined meetinghouse/elders quarters.  I'm working on identifying the address-if you can help, yoroshiku!  (photo courtesy Craig Brooksby)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Iwaki

Iwaki's church at Niitamae 4-5 (map) (street view) was completed in 1994 and expanded by about 25% in 2002. The one-story building is in a mostly residential neighborhood next to the river about 15-20 minutes walk from the eki. Iwaki can get very hot in the summer-- the warmest city in the mission. Iwaki is a collection of cities and towns spread over a large area with an overall population of just under 350,000. Taira, the largest (former) city, has a population of just over 100,000. When the Sendai mission was formed out of the East mission in 1974, Iwaki was part of the Tokyo mission.
Because of radition levels caused by the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster that resulted from the 11 Mar 2011 Higashi Nihon DaiShinSai (East Japan Great Earthquake Disaster), missionaries weren't living in Iwaki for about 17 months.  In July 2012, due to the conclusion by the Church that prevailing winds from the reactor blow inland, from east to west, not south (towards Iwaki), missionaries were once again stationed in Iwaki.

Historic Iwaki

The meetinghouse atTaira Oomachi 18, formerly a private hospital, was moved into in July 1975. The doctor's widow, Igarashi-san, was theooyasan (landlord) and lived in a house behind the church. The hospital layout worked well, as former patient rooms upstairs became classrooms and living quarters for missionaries. The operating room on the main floor became the pulpit area of the chapel, with a little missionary carpentry and paint.

The three shimai church members standing in front are, from left to right, Kobayashi, Aoyagi and Ogino.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday August 10, 1975--all the members had gone to Tokyo for the Area Conference, the first to be held in Japan. Sendai non-native missionaries were not allowed to attend-especially painful to us in Iwaki, only a short train ride away--since missionaries from as far away as Nagoya mission were allowed to attend. Life was definitely not fair then either. (Alan Aoki, a 1979-81 RM, informs me all Sendai missionaries were allowed to attend the Tokyo Temple dedication in 1980.)

 

 

This is what was happening at the same time in Tokyo at theBudokan Hall- the Japan Area Conference of the Church, where President Kimball announced plans for a temple to be built on the site where the Tokyo Mission Home stood. I obtained this picture from members who attended and came strolling into the meetinghouse / our house a few hours later.
 

 

 

 

Shokuji-kai (Meal Meeting) was a tradition in most branches. I understand nowadays they maybe are held monthly. Some of the members would stay after meetings and we'd all share a simple meal while socializing. It added a nice touch for fellowshipping and added to the unity of the congregation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Koriyama

Koriyama's church (map) (street view) is about 15 minutes walk from the eki. The appearance is similar to the buildings in Misawa and Morioka, and was completed in 1988. A 2006 remodel included replacing a flush red-brick facade with the front tiled area that has an elevator and new steeple. Also added was a satellite dish for conference broadcasts. Directly across the street is a cemetery, and next door is the Hosonuma post office. The address is Hosonuma-chou 11-27. Koriyama's population is 330,000.

Because of radiation levels from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster site (only about 40 miles away), missionaries were not allowed to live in Koriyama for over six years. During this period, missionary companionships from Aizuwakamatsu or Iwaki visited Fukushima Branch every other Sunday. In December 2017, a senior missionary couple was finally allowed to live and serve there. Here's the post in Japanese that Pres. Sekiguchi made to his Japan Sendai Mission Newsroom Facebook page:

【郡山へ宣教師が赴任!】
2011年の震災以降、郡山支部には宣教師は不在のままでした。新しく仙台伝道部へ着任した武田章長老と優子姉妹(山形ワード出身)は、伝道部会長からのアサイメントを受け、12月20日に郡山支部へ赴任しました。

長期間にわたって宣教師が不在であった郡山支部にとっては、6年9ヶ月ぶりに宣教師を迎えることになります。

福島ワードへは、既に2週間前より津田長老姉妹が赴任しており、郡山支部へ武田夫妻が宣教師として派遣されたことにより、仙台伝道部の全てのユニットに専任宣教師が常駐することが実現しました。


Shirakawa

In October 2017, President Sekiguchi posted that Shirakawa, a city of about 66,000 located 40 minutes south of Koriyama via 'futsu' (commuter) train, would be open to mission work. (map) . Two missionaries were assigned. As more information becomes available, we will post it here. 

Here's the post:

白河市で伝道が始まります‼︎ 宣教師のアパートも決まりました。
ハスキンス長老とMTCから来たばかりのジョンソン長老が白河市での伝道のパイオニアです。まだ集会所、求道者、洗濯機がなくても、二人はここで主の業を進めるべく大変張り切っています‼︎
The missionary work in Shirakawa has just begun!! We just found an apartment for the missionaries. Elders Haskins and Johnson (who are the assigned missionaries there) are true pioneers. A Chapel, investigators, and a washing machine have not been found yet, but they are so excited to do the Lords work in this great city!!

Admin note: I'm speculating that because of the prohibition of missionaries in Koriyama due to radiation concerns, having missionaries in Shirakawa allows missionaries to live close enough to (also) serve in Koriyama during the day (and attend church there), then commute back home to the safer 'suburb' of Shirakawa. That 40 minutes ride would cost about $6.



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