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IncidentU Era of Pastor Toshifumi Aso(April,1975 "December,1996)
 Pastor Aso was assigned to the Ookubo-Meeting. Prof. Kida might persuade Pastor Aso strongly and succeeded to invite, although Pastor Asofs, originally, hesitated so much to come the place where many of old friends or seniors were.
 Pastor Aso grew up in Hirosaki-City, northern place of main land. He was a member of the Mitake church in Tokyo for some reason. He graduated Aoyama University, theology course. He received instruction from Prof. Asano and Prof. Kida. In his young days, he caught tuberculosis and received medical treatment. After recovery, he became one of key person in the youth group of the Mitake. As graduated just before a campus dispute begun, he got married and left to Hirosaki assigning a Bible teacher. He knew everybody in the Hyakunincho. There were many of seniors. So, he hesitated to receive the offer easily.
 New journey by Pastor Aso was started. Testimony used to handle by member in the Hyakunincho. Therefore, following schedule was planed; Pastor Aso twice a month, Prof. Kida and member once a month each. Some days after soon, Pastor Aso received assignment of Bible teacher of Joshi-Gakuin high school. Some of members raised an objection, but seniors agreed. Then, all became to approve whether we liked or not. Pastor Aso had been working for Ecumenical movement since the time of Hirosaki, and went abroad a lot. Through those trips, he got the seeds of communication with various people at various countries. Along with this line, he visited Korea, Philippine, USA etc, to support several movements at there, such as total abolition of nuclear weapons, securing right of immigrant laborer, helping to JFC children, ensuring human beingfs right in the World etc.
 Some raised voice gWe join to UCCJh. Few young members objected. The youth swayed by fears that UCCJ made us some restriction on the style of a Sunday service or actual activities that is free for only independent church. After long discussion, spring general meeting decided to join UCCJ, in order to carry out responsibility being burdened with UCCJ, after reconfirming mutually not to loose our identity. There was, however, one problem to proceed joining because of regulation, since other church was located the same site of Kyofu-kai already. For clean up the situation, it took 6 years. Other churchfs name was Ookubo missionary. Therefore, new name was requested. There were two names nominated, one was the Hyakunincho based on the location, other was Minsu-church (the Book of Numbers). After discussion, decision was made on the Hyakunincho Church, and number of members was counted by people who came up to present. (Roba 45, 50 and 99)
 gDo we need church building?h  gYes, we do.h  gNo, we donft.h Again long discussion! gIt is to expensive to build in Tokyo area and offering such big money made hardship for us. Was it worthwhile to do so?h gIf so, what meaning building has?h Discussion continued in parallel, and no conclusion. Therefore, members agreed that it was better to rent a room for the time being, and our offering should be used for our activities. Since then, almost 40 years we rented a room in the hall of Kyofu-kai (Note 9).

 God knows the reason why, but, after Pastor Aso was assigned, summer retreat (Note 2) became active. One night was not enough, then, two night program was introduced. Members enjoyed softball-game in program. There was not only discussion time, but also time of calm for members of busy middle age. Schedule was relaxed. Many children of members came together. Program included hiking, grabbing fish, camp fire, ghost game, sketching contest etc for them. Everybody enjoyed everything with children. Until late night, discussion was made with drinking alcohol for adults. More than 50 participants showed up sometimes.
 During these times of period, there was a struggle for democratization in Korea. Members tried to support the struggle and find a way out solidarity with Korean church. One of the Hyakuninchofs members was a secretary-general of Theological Seminary for Rural Mission. In the Seminary, special encounter of he and Pastor Sung Ja Park, who studied there from Korea and develop the Jamsil Central Church in Soul, was occurred. Sister-church relation had been decided for both sides in order to support financially and to provide human resources. Such helps was required in Korea at that time, since free voyage abroad to Japan was prohibited. Since then, sister relation had been continued for 30 years. Coincidentally, Pastor Ka stayed in the Jamsil, who became a principle pastor of the Hyakunincho later.
 In early stage, a New Year meeting was impressive. Members visited every home in turn. After service, members enjoyed New Year drinking. Drinking became the first place somehow. More drinks made more high spirited discussions. On a few occasions, Japanese tanka (a short poem of 31 syllables) or haiku (17 syllables) contest was held. They enjoyed also valuation of those. As passing through such various activities tying up of community would be tightened. They had nothing to maintain community but solidarity. The style of a new yearfs home gathering has been handed down the style of having Passion Week home gathering (Note 7). In general, any meeting such as Bible study (Note 5), a reading home circle (Note 4) or others was planed to have meal together.
 Members discussed about breaking up the Hyakunincho in every general meeting. It was, however, rejected. They decided to go on in the light of everybodyfs belief, as thinking back on the starting point.
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