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OFF-BASE HOUSING AND LOCAL SCENES

First Home Leased
in the city at 10 Kumi Yumigahama at 20,000 ($55.55) / mo. was inexpensive

Owner
Yoshino Hideto signed page 2 of the lease agreement which was prepared in his native language

Second Home
in suburban Beppu  10 Kumi Soen-cho cost $10 more but had many esthetic advantages

Hisao Gato
was the  Blum's new landlord


Suburban Home
had decorative stone wall in the front

Blum Home
was a 38-minute ride from the commissary on the off-post bus

Kumi Soen-cho
was a simple dirt street

Either Mount Chira or Mount Tsunumi
dominated the landscape

Hibachi Pot
not needed for heat until winter  was moved outside

Back Yard
with landscaping, pool and mountain view

Back Yard
featured fishpond and mountain view

Kid Magnet
the fish pond had frog's eggs

Built-in Playground
boulder across the street was an attraction as well

Looking Left
the street was rather barren

Looking Right
more houses can be seen, note tiled roofs

Down The Street
a lady under a parasol walks with her husband

Sometimes ...
it snowed, a little

Sometimes ...
a little more

Firewood Gatherers
note momma-san is doing the hauling

Springtime
Cherry blossoms

Torii Gate
Jimmy Blum poses before a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.

 

 
(photos courtesy Fitz Blum)

 

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