JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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The JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) Kure Museum is mainly a submarine museum whose main attraction is the decommissioned Japanese sub called Akishio. The museum is conveniently right across the street from the Yamato Museum.
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The former Akishio submarine just stands out and can be seen from boats approaching Kure Port. Very impressive to be seen on land amid small cars passing by. The museum is a short walk from JR Kure Station.
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The museum has one normal building and this decommissioned submarine accessible from the main museum building. The submarine is largely intact on the inside.
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The Akishio submarine was commissioned in March 1986 and decommissioned in March 2004. It was brought here in 2006. The sub is 76.2 meters long. Top speed was 20 knots underwater.
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The JMSDF Kure Museum is JMSDF's submarine and minesweeping museum. It also has a surface ship museum in Sasebo, Nagasaki and an aircraft museum in Kanoya, Kagoshima.
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JMSDF Kure Museum is open 9 am to 5 pm (enter by 4:30 pm). Closed Tue. (open if a national holiday and closed on the Wed. instead). Free admission. Rudder and propeller of the Akishio submarine.
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Looks sturdy enough so the sub won't roll away in a large earthquake.
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The museum's main building has exhibits explaining about Japanese submarines.
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Flag of the Japanese navy.
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Japanese submarine classes.
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Model of the SS Kuroshio sub.
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Replica of submarine sleeping quarters.
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Periscope replica.
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From the main building, we can cross over to the Akishio submarine.
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Toilet on the Akishio submarine.
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Shower and toilet sink on the Akishio.
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Sleeping quarters on the Akishio submarine.
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Conference room.
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Conference room.
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Bunk beds are short and narrow. Two men share one bunk bed as they sleep in turns.
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Captain's quarters. Still pretty cramped.
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Captain's quarters. Outfitted with some communications gear at his bedside.
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The bridge.
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Pilot seats.
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Two periscopes.
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We could look through the periscopes.
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Periscopes made by Nikon?
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Looks very complicated.
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How the Akishio was brought here in 2006. Museum Web site
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Chiba Marine Stadium is next to the ocean behind the Makuhari Messe convention center. Near JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station on the Keiyo Line, about 40 min. from Tokyo Station.
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Outside JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station is a monument for the Chiba Lotte Marines pro baseball team. The stadium might be a little too far to walk if you're carrying heavy camera equipment. Take a taxi.
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Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field. Food trucks are outside on game days. Since it's next to the ocean, it can get chilly in cooler months.
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Dining area for food trucks.
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Table top
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We went to see a game between Chiba Lotte Marines and Nippon Ham Fighters on Oct. 5, 2015.
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Food stalls are not too popular since most fans seem to prefer to buy food inside the stadium and eat at their seats while gazing at the baseball field.
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Entrance to Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field.
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Chiba Lotte Marines is not one of the super popular baseball teams so it was easy to get tickets.
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Chiba Lotte Marines cheerleaders and mascot greet you as you enter the QVC Marine Field.
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They really make you feel welcome while shaking their pom-poms.
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Gauntlet of Chiba Lotte Marines cheerleaders at Chiba Marine Stadium for a baseball game.
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Ticket office still had tickets.
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Baseball field at Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field from first base. Holds about 30,000.
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Baseball field at Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field.
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Plastic seats were comfortable enough.
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Corridor
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Lotteria is related to the baseball team.
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The stadium has a number of fast food eateries.
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Official merchandise shop for the Marines.
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Fans cheer for the Marines playing against Nippon Ham Fighters.
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Beer girl at Chiba Marines baseball game at Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field. One thing the U.S. major league games do not have.
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The beer girls wear a backpack of beer and dart up and down the spectator seats to sell beer that they dispense into a cup.
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They come by very often.
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Japanese beer girls at baseball games are very friendly.
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At halftime, cheerleaders perform.
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs. Nippon Ham Fighters at Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Field.
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A Marines fan.
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Chiba Lotte Marines official uniform.
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Fireworks at halftime.
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Submarines of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
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