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Taxi fares from Shin-Iwakuni Station793 views
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Iwakuni Station 岩国駅782 views
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Kintai-kyo Bridge, Yamaguchi749 views
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Close-up of Kintai-kyo Bridge633 views
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Iwakuni Castle587 views
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Panoramic shot of the Kintaikyo Bridge area.459 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Kintaikyo Bridge from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.408 views
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Shin-Iwakuni Station404 views
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View from Iwakuni Castle375 viewsKintai-kyo Bridge is visible.
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Modern museum inside Iwakuni Castle350 viewsIt is a museum.
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In the background, you can see the stone foundation of the main tower where it was originally located. The current castle tower is a reconstruction and slightly south of the original location, making it more visible on the mountain.340 views
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Suo-Oshima is the third largest island in the Seto Inland Sea and slightly smaller than the Hawaiian island of Lanai. Population is almost 20,000. The island looks like a goldfish and easily accessible by bus/taxi from the mainland via Ohashi Bridge.339 viewsClosest train station is Obatake Station not far from Iwakuni.
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Entrance to Kintai-kyo Bridge. Admission charged.325 views
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Inside Iwakuni Castle293 viewsPictures of famous bridges in Japan.
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Castle observation deck292 views
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The original castle was built by Lord Kikkawa Hiroie in 1608, after 8 years of construction. However, the castle had to be dismantled in 1615.287 views
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Shin-Iwakuni Station 新岩国駅283 views
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Replica of kaiten's pilot cockpit.279 views
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Replica of kaiten's pilot cockpit seat.277 views
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Replica of kaiten's pilot cockpit.270 views
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Gondola on left, castle on right.268 viewsThe castle is a short hike from the gondola station.
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Shin-Iwakuni Station257 views
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Approaching Obatake Station. Suo-Oshima island is in sight from the train.235 views
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The Kintaikyo Bridge originally led to the castle's front entrance.225 views
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Model of the Mutsu.219 views
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Photos of when Battleship Mutsu was salvaged during 1970-1978. About 75% of the ship was recovered.218 views
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Bow from Battleship Mutsu.216 views
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Large pieces of the Battleship Mutsu were also displayed outside.213 views
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Propeller on the right.209 views
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Sketch of what the Battleship Mutsu looked like on the sea bottom.207 views
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Binoculars from Battleship Mutsu.205 views
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There is bus transportation from Obatake Station, but they run once an hour or so. If you want to visit the museum, you can take a nori-ai taxi (a small van) at Obatake Station costing 400 yen to the museum. The ride is maybe 10-15 min. or so.198 views
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Replica of bunk beds on the Battleship Mutsu.195 views
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Gun from the Battleship Mutsu.191 views
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Kintai-kyo Bridge and Iwakuni Castle183 views
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Porthole from Battleship Mutsu.180 views
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Personal articles of the crew are included.179 views
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JR Obatake Station platform.177 views
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Many exhibits inside Mutsu Memorial Museum. When the Battleship Mutsu sank, 1,121 sailors died out of 1,474 crew. They hold a memorial service annually on June 8.174 views
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Crossing Oshima Ohashi Bridge.170 views
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The museum is a large, two-story, Japanese-style house donated in 1997 by the family of Fukumoto Choemon (1881-1970) who emigrated to California and became successful and rich enough to build this house after returning to Japan. The museum opened in 1999.170 views
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Swords and pistols from Battleship Mutsu.166 views
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Suo-Oshima island, Yamaguchi manhole163 views
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Crossing Oshima Ohashi Bridge.161 views
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The Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii.156 views
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Piece of the bow that is displayed. Other gun turrets and parts from the Mutsu are displayed at the Etajima Naval Academy in Hiroshima, Yamato Museum in Kure, and Yasukuni Museum in Tokyo.155 views
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Museum Web site148 views
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Monument for Battleship Mutsu.144 views
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Suo-Oshima Town Hall was one of the stops of the nori-ai taxi.141 views
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To me, the most significant thing about Suo-Oshima is that about 3,900 island residents emigrated to Hawai'i during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.141 views
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Replica of a kaiten at Tokuyama Port. Also see my Google Map for major sights.141 views
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Crossing Oshima Ohashi Bridge.140 views
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Bus schedule. Very few runs.139 views
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He knew immediately that I was from Hawai'i. That made me feel good actually, to know that I still haven't lost my Hawaiian traits even after living in Japan for many years.139 views
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People from Suo-Oshima were among the first boatload of Kan'yaku Imin immigrants to Hawai'i in 1885. They emigrated due to dire economic conditions on the island.137 views
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Mutsu Memorial Museum first opened in 1972 in a previous location. The museum reopened here in 1994.137 views
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Go right for the front entrance.136 views
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The scrapbooks and other delicate materials should be digitized though, something which they haven't done yet.136 views
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Mutsu Memorial Museum exhibits articles recovered by Battleship Mutsu that mysteriously exploded on June 8, 1943 and sank 3 km off the coast of Suo-Oshima. 陸奥記念館134 views
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The museum is a spacious Japanese-style house.132 views
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Manhole at Ube-Shinkawa, Yamaguchi.132 views
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Bus stop closest to the Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii.131 views
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Old directory of all Japanese and Japanese-Americans living in Hawai'i. Never knew about this book.130 views
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About Battleship Mutsu130 views
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Area where Battleship Mutsu sank.130 views
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I enjoyed my day trip to Suo-Oshima. I want visit again and see their Hawaiian festival in summer and the southern coast. Suo-Oshima tourist Web site130 views
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Goldfish manhole at Yanai, Yamaguchi.128 views
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Ryushintei Garden at Sorinji temple, Ube, Yamaguchi. It is designated as a National Scenic Garden. In fall, there are maple leaves, and in spring, azalea.128 views
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Ryushintei Garden at Sorinji temple, Ube, Yamaguchi. Late Nov. is the best time to see the fall leaves.128 views
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View from Oshima Ohashi Bridge.127 views
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Oar from the Hokule'a signed by Nainoa Thompson when they visited Suo-Oshima in May 2007. That was a big event for the island and the Hawaiian community in Japan. I saw the Hokule'a only when they arrived at Yokohama.127 viewsThe Hokule'a is a traditional canoe where they use only the stars, wave motions, and bird observations for navigation like they did in ancient times. Nainoa was a pioneer in resurrecting and mastering this ancient form of navigation. You can read about their adventures on Suo-Oshima here, from May 20:
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The museum staff person there could immediately tell that I was from Hawai'i even though I had said little more than "Hello" in fluent Japanese.126 views
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Goldfish manhole at Yanai, Yamaguchi.126 views
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Ube-Shinkawa, Yamaguchi126 views
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Cross the bridge over the river.125 views
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Inside the Kunimori-ke merchant's home.125 views
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About the kaiten.125 views
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All the books in the museum are in open stacks where you can pull it out and read freely. Great for AJA researchers. 124 views
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The museum also has two rooms full of Japanese school stuff. One room is full of books, scrapbooks, etc., donated by Ichisaburo Nakamura. He was a member of the Hawaii Kyoiku-kai (education council) which developed and published Japanese school textbooks.124 viewsOne of his scrapbooks had group photos of the Hawaii Kyoiku-kai who met every summer. I could recognize some of the faces. They were mainly Japanese school principals/teachers in Hawai'i. I spent a good amount of time in that room alone. Another room displayed old Japanese school textbooks including those published in Japan. I remember some of them from Japanese school and UH Manoa. Amazing to see all of them in one room.
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Bus schedule. Buses don't run that often.124 views
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Anchor from Battleship Mutsu which was world's most powerful battleship when it was built in 1921. The museum is open 9 am to 4:30 pm. Admission 420 yen.124 views
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It also has this Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii (日本ハワイ移民資料館) which was the main reason for my visit. 123 views
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The museum is full of panel exhibits, mementos, artifacts, old books, and scrapbooks. It had a lot more than I had expected. 123 views
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Manhole in Yanai, Yamaguchi based on the white-walled townscape.123 views
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Shunan, Yamaguchi manhole.123 views
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Goldfish manhole at Yanai, Yamaguchi.122 views
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Tourist map of Ozushima. Go right to see the Kaiten Memorial Museum or go left to see the offshore kaiten training facility.122 views
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From the bus stop, cross this bridge over a river.121 views
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Manhole at Ube-Shinkawa, Yamaguchi.121 views
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Museum up ahead.120 views
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View of Suo-Oshima from the 2nd floor of the museum. The island is quite well populated with houses and fishing ports in many locations.120 views
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Oshima Ohashi Bridge119 views
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Kaiten mounted on a sub for launching.119 views
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Sclupture along the main drag of Ube-Shinkawa, Yamaguchi119 views
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Dinosaur leg, Ube-Shinkawa, Yamaguchi119 views
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Sclupture along the main drag of Ube-Shinkawa, Yamaguchi.118 views
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Manhole at Ube, Yamaguchi.118 views
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Kaiten training routes around Ozushima. The pilots trained by driving the kaiten around the upper or lower half of the island or navigating in a straight line for 3 km. The launch site is on the lower left.118 views
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The sign points the way.117 views
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Bus fares.117 views
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Ozushima island is a short boat ride from Tokuyama Port (photo) near JR Tokuyama Station. The island is known for the training ground for kaiten manned torpedoes during World War II.117 views
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Kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility. This is where they launched practice runs around the island in manned torpedoes.117 views
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Replica of a kaiten at Tokuyama Port. Note that Ozushima is not pronounced "Otsushima." Some might spell it as Ohzushima to indicate a long vowel O.116 views
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Shutter art in Ube, Yamaguchi.116 views
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I saw a few small whirlpools.115 views
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The goldfish is the symbol of Yanai, Yamaguchi. Here's on atop a mailbox.115 views
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On the island, I also visited the town of Kuka where there is a Hawaiian restaurant called Aloha Orange (unfortunately closed when I was there).114 views
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Area where Battleship Mutsu sank.114 views
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Map of Ozushima. We are on the lower left of the island.114 views
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Kaiten pilot seat inside the kaiten.114 views
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Ube-Shinkawa, Yamaguchi114 views
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Mutsu Memorial Museum dedicated to Battleship Mutsu. Museum Web site here113 views
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I took the bus back to Obatake Station in Yanai. It was about 25 miles.113 views
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A few scupltures along the road to the white-walled street. Yanai, Yamaguchi113 views
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Shutter art in Ube, Yamaguchi113 views
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Intersection at the end of Ohashi Bridge.112 views
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Also see my list of other Japanese-American and nikkei museums in Japan here..111 views
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We couldn't enter the plane, probably because it was off-season.111 views
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Private home blending in with the white-walled street in Yanai, Yamaguchi.111 views
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Yanai, Yamaguchi111 views
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Kaiten hatch.111 views
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After seeing the nikkei museum, I tried to catch the taxi van to the bus terminal, but missed it. The museum staff kindly asked his friend to drive me to the bus terminal. Souvenir shop near Ohashi Bridge.110 views
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Kuka Folk History Museum 110 views
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Yanai, Yamaguchi110 views
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I went to see the kaiten training facility first. The path is along the shore.110 views
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Offshore kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility used to train kaiten pilots still remains.110 views
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This World War II-era tunnel was used to take kaiten torpedoes to the training facility. It now provides access to the training facility.110 views
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Read the caption.110 views
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The Kaiten Memorial Museum has a full-scale replica kaiten torpedo on display right outside.110 views
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Bus terminal in central Oshima near Ohashi Bridge. Kind of run-down, former souvenir shop on the 2nd floor.109 views
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This is the Kunimori family home, open to the public. Important Cultural Property. Admission 200 yen. Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture.109 views
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Yanai, Yamaguchi109 views
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Yanai, Yamaguchi109 views
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Kintaikyo Bridge manhole in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi109 views
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Yanai, Yamaguchi108 views
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Yanai, Yamaguchi108 views
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Because of this, the island has a sister-city relationship with Kauai and holds an annual Hawaiian festival in the summer.107 views
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Didn't have time to see the Nagisa Aquarium adjacent to the Mutsu Memorial Museum.107 views
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Crossing Oshima Ohashi Bridge.106 views
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Then turn left as the sign says.106 views
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Periscope of kaiten.106 views
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Another place I got off the bus was here at Mutsu Park and beach. This is at the top tip of the gold fish tail if you look at a map of the island.105 views
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Tunnel ahead.105 views
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Inside the tunnel leading to the kaiten training facility.105 views
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They used a trolley to transport the kaiten from the base to the offshore training facility. The trolley tracks in the tunnel have been filled in.104 views
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Scale model of wartime Ozushima island.104 views
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The tunnel also has photos of kaiten and their suicide pilots. Very poignant and sad captions for each photo.103 views
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Kaiten were launched by a submarine.103 views
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Kaiten engine remnants.103 views
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Bus stop102 views
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Remains of the kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility on Ozushima island, Yamaguchi Prefecture. 回天発射訓練基地跡102 views
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Kaiten manned torpedo replica outside the Kaiten Memorial Museum on Ozushima island, Yamaguchi Prefecture. 102 views
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Remains of the kaiten crane's foundation.101 views
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Yamaguchi Station100 views
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From the bus terminal, I took a bus running along Suo-Oshima's northern coast. Turned out to be quite scenic.100 views
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Kaiten engine remnants.100 views
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And a few white-sand beaches.99 views
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Nagisa Park had this retired sea plane from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.99 views
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Nagisa Park is also a camping ground.99 views
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Final testaments by kaiten pilots on suicide missions. They were only 18-20 years old.99 views
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Oshima Ohashi Bridge. Across the bridge is Yanai.98 views
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This facility was originally built in 1939 for testing Type 93 torpedoes. This is a launching bay for a torpedo, not kaiten which is too big for this.98 views
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A torpedo launching dock. This is too small for a kaiten.98 views
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Kuka also has this history museum called the Kuka Folk History Museum (久賀歴史民俗資料館). Open 9 am to 4:30 pm (enter by 4 pm). Closed Mon. Admission 400 yen.97 views
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Welcome sign on Ozushima.97 views
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Kaiten manned torpedo launch-training facility.97 views
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About the kaiten training site.97 views
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Painting of Kintaikyo Bridge and cherry blossoms on the platform of Shin-Iwakuni Station.97 views
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An opening part way in the tunnel.96 views
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Monument for kaiten pilots who died.96 views
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Painting of Kintaikyo Bridge inside Shin-Iwakuni Station.96 views
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The main road runs along the northern coast for the most part. Just wanted to see what the island looked like.95 views
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Kuka Folk History Museum is part of the learning village.95 views
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Nishi Ihota bus stop95 views
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Museum's founder, Katsuro Mori who collected many kaiten-related artifacts for the museum.95 views
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Kintaikyo is a popular destination for school trips. Kids snake over the arch bridges.95 views
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Hachiman Continuing Education Village has a folk history museum, meeting rooms, hall, cultural facilities, and a small cafe. 八幡生涯学習のむら94 views
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Tokuyama Port and boat for Ozushima island. Boat fare is 690 yen (ticket office is opposite of this dock).94 views
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Memorial for kaiten pilots.94 views
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Kintaikyo in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi94 views
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The Kuka Folk History Museum included this small exhibit on the island's emigrants to Hawai'i. It shows some of the stuff the emigrants brought back with them when they returned to Japan.93 views
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A flag on a flag pole on this hill marks the location of the Kaiten Memorial Museum.93 views
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Way to the Kaiten Memorial Museum amid camp cabins.93 views
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Kaiten engine remnants.93 views
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Centipede92 views
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Got off here at Suo-Hachiman stop in Kuka.91 views
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