Home Leased in the city near Beppu Bay at 10 Kumi Yumigahama. At ¥20,000
($55.55) / mo. it was inexpensive
Owner Yoshino Hideto signed page 2 of the lease agreement which was
prepared in his native language
conversion rate for the Yen was fixed at 360 per U.S. Dollar in
1949 and remained as such until 1972. Today a single dollar
converts to less than one hundred yen while the national
CPI inflation rate has driven prices up by as much as 21% in
1974. The lease at left, assuming it was still only ¥20,000,
would translate to over $2300/mo. today!
Overlook on top of a mountain with a view of Beppu Bay
Sitting On The Dock of The Bay ... was a cool hangout for young boys
Safe Anchorage in Beppu's excellent harbor
U.S. Army Tug? with the number LI-792
The Tug probably maneuvered U.S. military cargo ships
Floating Crane unloads cargo to smaller vessels
included a bridge in the foreground and a mountain backdrop
and sometimes ... laundry
Fumarole a volcanic vent spewing steam are common in Japan's volcanic
Onsen an onsen (温泉) is a term for hot springs that are near these
vents and typically guarded by these hellish figures
Kamado Jigoku literally a "hellish cauldron" or "cooking
pot hell". A clever name for an onsen near Beppu. Just
makes you want to jump right in!
Garden of Trolls?
a group of statuary at an onsen gate
Countryside Shrine these small commemorative shrines are placed at or near the
place of a person's death
"Mitch and Mel" at the Beppu Daibutsu (Great Buddha)
Maurice 'Mitch" Mitchell and Mel Echelberger [on the right]
in downtown Beppu riding on a motorcycle he "inherited" when
friend Mel Echelberger went back to the U.S.
Mitch and Monkey Mountain
Mount Takasakiyama (3,000 ft) lies on the coast between Beppu
and Oita City. It has an indigenous group of Macaque
monkeys that beg food from visitors.
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