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March 13, 2006



Now tell us why you left Japan.

Neil Shakespeare

A Fucked Up Tatooed Yakuza Dude? Heck, FLS, you shoulda asked him his story!


I thought for a moment you were going to show him your tatoo - and ask him to show you his.....

Wayne Mount

I found you while I was looking up anything I could find out about Akiya. I lived there in 1964 from Feb to August. My wife and two young daughters were with me. We lived in a semi western house, had western toliet, eveything else was Japanese, tatami mats, rice paper sliding doors.

It was a very good experience. I remember the first time I saw Mt. Fuji from Akiya, it was like I could reach out and touch it.

We lived on the bay side of the road that was right along the coast. There were rice paddies across the road and the frogs would keep you awake at night.

The exchage rate was 360 yen to $1.

Valerie Jordan

I lived in Akiya in 1967. I was 14 at the time. My step-father was in the Navy, stationed at the Yokosuka Naval Station. We spent a little over a year there and I am so glad today that I was old enough to appreciate being somewhere that I would probably not get to see again. Those were the times before McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken! I loved Akiya!! Practically lived at the beach and would often spend time out on the rocks that jutted out from the overlook that was just down the road. I found the Japanese people so polite and respectful-something that we could learn a lesson from. I'm sure though that today's generation are just the same as they are here-arrogant, disrespectful, rude, uncaring, self-centered and disinterested. Well not "all" of them, but a great number. I am grateful to have seen it then and not now. I will always have those memories. Thank you for sharing that story-thankfully I never had an experience like that!

John Whitmore

We lived in Akiya, 473 Akiya, Hayama in Aug-Oct.1955. We parked our car in a "wide spot" off the road then walked up a path apprx. 100 yards. houses spread out on both side of the path. Ours was on the right over looking rice padies.
I was a 2nd Lt at Marine Barracks,
Yokosuka Navel Base from Mar '55-August '57. My wife and 8 week old son were able to join me. We moved on Base about Oct'55.Our daughter was born on base in Dec '56. We've returned to Japan 3x. My wife died Nov'08. I'm taking my Daughter to Japan in Sep-Oct(Left at 8 mos)Her 1st trip back.
Any any body have a good map from Yokosuka to Akiya on to Kamakura??

Douglas Richie

I spent some time (during 1954-1955) with the U.S.Arny stationed at a camp near Akiya, another camp near Chigasaki, and then back to Akiya.Then my wife and I lived in the midst of Akiya for a month and then on to the outskirts with an address known as 555_ (4th digit not remembered) Akiya, Japan until we left for home. There we had a landlord who enjoyed a personal get-together each month when we arrived to pay a monthly rent for his house. He was not fluent with American English, but his wife was very much so as their three college educated sons taught mother!

We have not been back to Japan, but our youngest son has spent enough years nearby with the U.S. Air Force to find and later marry a fine Japanese woman (whom we labeled as Daughter, Number3). They have been located both in the U.S.A.and in Japan. We have been able to exchange visits back and forth while they were here. Her family members have shown much joy with our family and love our son. Akiya was visited by our son and wife just to see what we had enjoyed so much! The sight of Mt fuji was quite impressive year-round! Life on the edge of Sagami Bay is well remembered by all of us with the slides of pictures to show for it!

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