What of the
From Returned Missionaries
C. LeRoy Anderson
This is a piece of history from early post war missions in Japan. Elder LeRoy Anderson served in Japan from February 1954 until February 1957 under Presidents Robertson and Andrus. He spent about twenty months of his time in the Mission Home where he supervised translation and publication. He and Elder Sam Shimabukuro of Hawaii were the first two missionaries in Okinawa.
A bit of a maverick, Elder Anderson wrote humorous poems describing the missionary life in Japan of his times. This is one of them. From todayfs perspective this poem may seem iconoclastic, but in those days, it represented a way of coping with the difficult and very strange life in Japan for missionaries from rural Western America. Looking back, we can understand they were faced with things we can barely imagine in the modern Japan of today. WWF
Nippon We Love Thee
Land of the rising sun where there is language fun
until our work is done, Nippon we love thee.
Land of the Buddha heads (statues) where in the springless beds
all of the fleas are fed. Nippon we love thee.
Land of the mountains high, land where the rainy sky
leaves nothing high nor dry, Nippon we love thee.
Land of mosquito nets where summers make you sweat
until you are dripping wet, Nippon we love thee.
Land of the winter breeze, land where hibachis tease,
still you just freeze and freeze, Nippon we love thee.
Land of the crowded trains, land of appendix pains
Tape worms make steady gains, Nippon we love thee.
Land where Nihon Jins dwell, where honey buckets smell,
very much worse thanc.well, Nippon we love thee.
Where chopsticks make you chew and skies are seldom blue,
the hot baths cook you through, Nippon we love thee.
Land where we donft complain though we may tract in vain.
We love you just the same, Nippon we love thee.
Where elders lose their hair and "Dear Johnfs" come by air,
still you cannot swear, Nippon we love thee.
Land of the struggling way, fish heads and rice each day.
still we will gladly say, Nippon we love thee.
Elder C. LeRoy Anderson
Unless I am wrong, this poem is based on the song, "Utah We Love Thee" which was written by Evan Stephens. It was the first Utah State Song, but has now been replaced and is considered the Utah State Hymn
Land of the mountains high, Utah, we