Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Week 52 - Senzokuike, Japan

SOOOOOOOOO, transfers..... for once I'm staying! Halleighlujah (sp?)! Yeah I'm way excited, I'll actually be in an area for 2 transfers for once! and actually well, I'm basically now guaranteed 3! They've started a new training program for new missionaries, which includes a 2 transfer program, so when you train, you're supposed to be with them for 2 transfers (of course there are some exceptions). Oh yeah, which by the way, I'm training this coming transfer. :) The new missionaries come in tomorrow night, and we meet them on Wednesday. We find out who our next companion is then. Yamada Shimai is also going to be training. She's excited, but sad to be leaving Senzokuike. She only has 2 transfers left, so she was hoping it would be her last area. However, she's whitewashing into a good area. There are 5 Japanese sisters and 1 American sister (who is actually full japanese, but has lived in America her whole life) coming in. So we'll see. I'm excited.
In other interesting news...we had a typhoon here in Japan. Usually in Tokyo they're not too bad, basically, like when a hurricane comes through Missouri, so we just put on our rain gear and still head out. But this past week, the center came right through Nagoya and Tokyo, so we had to stay inside. It was crazy, the wind insane, and we found out there is actually some sort of hole in the wall of our apartment, that when a typhoon that strong comes through water seeps in. So we had a mini flood going on... Really it wasn't bad at all, we just stuck a few towels there and it was okay.
Dad you talked about General Conference coming up this week! I can't believe it's already that time of the year! I'm so excited. It takes a week for translation into Japanese, so here in Japan we'll actually watch it the 8th and 9th. It's going to be way good!
And yeah, even when it starts to get cold we'll be on our bikes. We can use trains if we want, but really if you are traveling within the area, bikes are usually faster and trains get expensive when you go from place to place as much as we do. But it's good, you just pack on layers and I still have plenty of handwarmers from last winter that it's not too bad. I'm just happy it's cooling down now. Its such a relief.

Anyway, I love you all so much!
Hope you have a good week!
Sister Erin Benne

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Week 51 - Senzokuike, Japan


Well it seems it FINALLY may have cooled down here in Tokyo! A very welcome relief, when you spend most of your time outside trying to look somewhat presentable, but the constant heat and humidity take away all your hope of looking anything but sweaty! It's starting to get darker early to which means fall is on it's way! Oh how I love fall, and a fall in Japan, what could be better?

We got to go to the temple today! It was so nice; a quieter, slower pace than most days we've had this transfer (which by the way ends on Saturday). We have one more area left to visit: Matsudo. We'll be leaving for there tomorrow night. I've loved being able to visit all the sisters, it's been so fun. But I'm excited for next transfer when we'll be able to once again just focus on one area. Whether that will be in Senzokuike or another area that's the question. Yamada Shimai and I already know that one of us is going (President told us at the beginning of the transfer this would most likely be a 1 transfer only companionship), it's just a 50/50 chance on who goes. So we'll see!

Okay, so I figured it's been a while since I sent pictures...so here we go!

Welcome to Senzokuike!
As we visit some of the areas, not all of them are equipped to handle 4 people, wo we've found ourselves eating out of random dishes, pots, whatever. This was with the kokan with Sister Adams. Note the portion size on my chopsticks is not usual, just picture appropriate :)
Baskin Robbins---just like in the movies or cartoons, my 2 scoop icecream cone toppled over in the heat of the day :( Luckily however, I caught it in my hand and was able to stick it back on!
Sister Yamada and I today at the temple!

Anyway love you all!
Hope everything is going well!
Sister Erin Benne

Monday, September 12, 2011

Week 50 - Senzokuike, Japan

Well, I think this is going to be a short one this week, honestly, I barely even remeber at all what happened this week...I don't know if that's good or bad, time is just flying so fast this transfer.
We have interviews with President this week on Thursday, so I'm looking forward to that! It's always fun to talk to President and then Sister Albrecht always makes a giant chocolate chip cookie with American ingredients for each of us...it's always a highlight! :)

Other than that things have been pretty smooth. We've got about 5 more sisters areas to visit, 3 this week, 2 next week so that's nice. It's been way fun working with all of them, but the going from place to place wears you out more than I expected! I don't know what next transfer will be like, but I'm pretty sure I'll feel like I'll have so much more extra time!

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary for 9/11 was there much going on in America for that? It was also the 6 month anniversary of the earthquake/ tsunami here in Japan. There were a lot of prayer circles, memorials, and other things going on all over Japan. It's amazing, still 6 months after the earthquake all that the church is doing here in Japan, along with other organizations.
Anyway I love you all!

Hope you have a good week!
Love you!
Sister Erin Benne

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Week 49 - Senzokuike, Japan

A fabulous week gone by! So much happened and so many miracles...we had 2 people we weren't expecting to come to church, call us shortly before and say they were coming. Along with the others who we had planned on coming it made for a blessing filled, slightly stressful day! But turned out amazing in the end.

We went to 3 different areas this past week, including Takasaki. It's more in the country part of Tokyo, a good ride from where we are in Senzokuike, but luckily we planned it so that we were going the same day as the AP Elders so we were able to catch a ride in the Mission Home van with them, made the trip a little shorter and a lot less expensive (one way train ticket is about 4000yen). Anyway on the way back I had the interesting experience to learn what happens to a car if you accidentally put regular gasoline in it when it needs diesel. Yup, luckily we were only about 3 miles from the mission home when we filled up for gas! We had just stopped to fill up quickly before getting back. Anyway we had just gotten back on the road when the oil in the car suddenly plummeted, we stopped the car, and then it refused to start again. So in the craziness of Tokyo traffic, I had the lucky experience to get out and push a car! Haha it made for an interesting night. There's a typhoon in Japan right now, so luckily at that moment it wasn't raining, otherwise we would have been soaked! Hopefully they'll be able to siphon all the gasoline out and the van's engine will be okay.

I also this week...got my dying letter...can you believe it...I still have a good six months left! I guess with foreign missionaries the traveling home plans take a little longer to plan out than the japanese missionaries. Yamada shimai, has 2 transfers left after this one (i have 4) and she just got hers a few weeks ago

Anyway that's about all!
Love you all!
Sister Erin Benne