Straw bales, rural Japan

Japan

These photos of Japan, taken between 1983-1987 (except for a few historical photos), were recently removed from display due to sun damage, and scanned in to create digital images. They are presented in no particular order, much as they were displayed on the walls.

Tournament banners outside the Kokugikan
Tournament banners outside the Kokugikan (National Sumo Stadium) in Tokyo, circa 1986. Each wrestler in the upper two division gets his own banner, detailing his  greatness. Scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Great Kanto Earthquake and Yokosuka Naval Base
Imperial Japanese Navy photo of damage to Yokosuka Naval Base after the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1, 1923. You can see one of the stacks of the battleship Mikasa at the center of the photo. Click on image for a (much) larger view.
USS Reeves returning to port
USS Reeves became the fastest ship in the 7th Fleet when it was homeported to Yokosuka. Built in Bremerton, WA, as a Leahy-class destroyer, it was reclassified as a guided missile cruiser in 1975. Photo taken as the Reeves was returning from deployment, using a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Naval Hospital Yokosuka, 1952
US Navy photo of Naval Hospital Yokosuka in 1952. The hospital was originally built as an Imperial Japanese Navy Hospital, but was surrendered to the Allies at the end of World War II. Click on image for a (much) larger view.
Tokyo Disneyland, 1984
A little girl looks with longing at a carousel ride. Tokyo Disneyland opened April 15, 1983; this photo was taken in 1984  with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Foot soldiers in Nikko
Nikko, Japan, is both a beautiful spot and also the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu and his grandson, Iemitsu, two of the most powerful leaders of feudal Japan. It is a popular spot for historical reenactors, such as these in 1986. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Ventilation stacks of HIJMS Mikasa
Ventilation stacks of the battleship HIJMS Mikasa, flagship of the Japanese fleet during the Russo-Japanese War. Mikasa permanently rests in a park next to Yokosuka Naval Base. Taken circa 1986 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Meiji Shrine at the New Year
At the moment this was taken, over a million people were on the grounds of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo to receive a New Year blessing. Taken January 1984 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Itinerant monk in Kyoto
While many think of Buddhist monks as living in monasteries, quite a few spend their time in constant travel, living exclusively off alms. Note the Buddhist rosary dangling from his belt. Taken in Kyoto in 1987 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Sailor and girlfriend aboard USS Kirk
A sailor lets his girlfriend borrow his cap aboard the frigate USS Kirk (FF-1087) in 1986 during a “family cruise.” Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Ancient temple stairway
Stone temple stairway leading to a temple gate, circa 1985. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Path in Kyoto
This hillside path in Kyoto has been trod for at least 1500 years, with footfalls gradually grinding the surrounding rock into a rut. Taken circa 1986 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged and torn print.
Bridge near Kofu, Japan
A bridge crosses a rocky mountain gorge near Kofu, Japan, on a cold Fall day in 1983. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Battleship Mikasa following the Battle of Tsushima
The battleship HIJMS Mikasa returns to Sasebo, Japan, following the Battle of Tsushima (May 27-28, 1905). Note the patches in the ship’s stacks from hits made by the Russian Baltic Fleet during the battle. Official Imperial Japanese Navy print. Click on image for a (much) larger view.
Gardener, Kyoto Imperial Palace
Gardeners all over Japan seemed to dress the same and carry the same equipment. This one was working inside the Imperial Palace garden in Kyoto, in 1986. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Farmhouse near Mt. Fuji
Traditional Japanese farmhouse near Mt. Fuji, taken 1985 with a Yashica TL-Electro. Scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Straw bales, rural Japan
Straw bales in a farm field in rural Japan, circa 1984. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Path in Kenchoji
Kenchoji is a Rinzai Zen temple in Kamakura, and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan, founded in 1253. Photo taken circa 1985 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
More Tanabata decorations
These Tanabata decorations were in Yokohama. Photo taken circa 1986 with a Yashica TL-Electro. Scanned from a sun-damaged print. Photo by Kathleen Charters.
Tanabata festival decorations
Tanabata celebrates the love between the stars Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair), separated by the Milky Way but yearning to return to one another. The festival starts on July 7, when the two lovers are allowed to meet. Photo taken circa 1986 with a Yashica TL-Electro. Scanned from a sun-damaged print. Photo by Kathleen Charters.
Seven-Five-Three
A mother and daughter visit Hachimangu to celebrate Shichi-Go-San. Taken 1986 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Jizo shrine, Hirando, Yokosuka
Jizo is a Buddist incarnation that assists dead children to the other world. Small shrines like this are seen all over Japan, placed after a child dies or after a miscarriage. Note the Micky Mouse figure and toy bucket. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Shichi-Go-San
Shichi-Go-San (Seven, Five, Three) is a festival held on November 15, honoring girls of three and seven years, and boys of five years. This mother and daughter came to Hachimangu, the most important shrine in Kamakura, to celebrate the day. Taken circa 1986 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Temple drum on matsuri cart, Yokosuka
This taiko (drum) is on a matsuri (festival) cart, so it can be hand-drawned through the city. The occasion was Chuo Matsuri (Central Festival), held in Yokosuka in the summer. Taken circa 1986; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Moss covered wall
A moss covered wall contrasts nicely with Japanese maples circa 1986, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Master swordmaker, Kamakura
A master swordmaker carefully polishes a samurai sword by hand at his workshop in Kamakura. A single sword can take months to forge, fold and refold, polish and finish. Taken circa 1987 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Islands in Japan's Inland Sea
Photo of islands taken in Japan’s inland sea, circa 1984, by Kathleen Charters.
Stairs to temple compound, Kamakura
Stairway to temple grounds in Kamakura, circa 1984. Photo taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Terri Gibbs and Kathleen at Nihonji Daibutsu
Nihonji Daibutsu is a massive stone Buddha carved into a mountain in Chiba Prefecture, across Tokyo Bay from Yokosuka. Getting there in 1984 involved taking a ferry ride, a car trip, and climbing a steep montain on a bitter cold day. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
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