JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Haneda to Tokushima
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Hi Philbert! Welcome aboard!
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JAL's first cabin attendant uniform appeared in Aug. 1951.
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TDA's (Toa Domestic Airways) cabin attendant uniform (left) and JAS (Japan Air System) cabin attendant uniform. Bot TDA and JAS merged with JAL.
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JAL's cabin attendant uniform worn in the 1970s (left) and 1980s (right).
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History of JAL planes.
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Historical model planes in JAL's Sky Museum. The museum is quite big, and we didn't have time to see everything.
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Model of JAL Boeing 747.
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The same type of happi coat the Beatles wore when they got off the JAL DC-8 ("Matsushima") at Haneda for their Budokan concerts in 1966.The back has the kanji for kotobuki (寿) meaning "celebration." Famous story behind how a JAL stewardess got John to wear the happi coat. "Wearing a happi coat when you land in Japan would make the fans really happy!" "Good idea!," said John who then wore it. The other Beatles followed and wore one too. A major, historic PR coup for JAL.
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Vintage JAL luggage tags.
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JAL's tour also started with a 30-min. talk and slide show in Japanese.
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Wore hard hats and toured JAL's maintenance hangar for about 40 min. JAL's airplane maintenance hangar at Haneda Airport. Huge facility.
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JAL Boeing 787.
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Photography was permitted, but no videos. You can post photos online, but cannot show personnel (I assume faces) and the other tour participants. Also cannot show any plane from another airline which might be taxiing or flying outside in the background.
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The lucky treat of the JAL tour was seeing Japan's Air Force One (actually, Air Force Two). The Japanese government plane that carries the prime minister or emperor.They are normally parked at Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. Flown by the Air Defense Force, but maintained by JAL. Japan's Air Force One/Two will be retired in 2019, to be replaced by Boeing 777. The new Boeing 777 will be maintained by ANA. Photos were allowed, but not allowed to be posted online.
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One corner of the hangar preserved the cockpit/lounge section of the JAL "Fuji" DC-8. This was Japan's first passenger jet put into service in 1960, replacing prop planes. This plane had 104 seats, 36 first class and 68 tourist class.
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About the JAL "Fuji" DC-8.
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First class section of JAL's "Fuji" DC-8.
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Tail of the JAL "Fuji" DC-8. Looks like they are restoring the plane.
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JAL plane parked outside the maintenance hangar.JAL sent out an online questionaire afterward for feedback about the tour. I told them that many foreigners were also interested in the tours so they should provide foreign language info too. I'm told that there are no tours like this in the States.
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Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Otaru Branch. It's on the fringe of central Otaru. Admission 300 yen.
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The first room you see inside.
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The first floor was the main office.
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Reconstructed office desk and chairs of the period. You can even sit in the chair.
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1st floor
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Vault entrance
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Inside the vault
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Lamp with bare bulb
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Hallway of rear building
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Staircase to the 2nd floor.
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Staircase to the 2nd floor.
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2nd floor corridor
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Ceiling lamp
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Conference room on 2nd floor
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Conference room
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Wallpaper
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Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha cargo storage warehouse is next to the Otaru Branch. 旧日本郵船(株)小樽支店残荷倉庫旧日本郵船(株)小樽支店残荷倉庫
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Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha cargo storage warehouse, built in 1906. 旧日本郵船(株)小樽支店残荷倉庫
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Across from the former Nippon Yusen Kaisha is this Unga Park which has former warehouses of Nippon Oil, built in 1920. 運河公園
   
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