US Base Attacked

14 Sep

The U.S. Navy Base in 神奈川県横須賀市 (Yokosuka, Kanagawa-prefecture) south of Tokyo was attacked by two rocket bombs last Friday evening.

Noone was hurt. But police suspect it was an attack by activists who are against the American nuclear-powered aircraft-carrier, U.S.S. George Washington, being stationed there starting later this month.

(I wrote a post about this ship coming to Japan here
(I also mentioned it in a few other posts. If you want to see them, you can use the Search function on this blog. A search for posts on my blog “USS George Washington” can be accessed here )).

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Speaking of 神奈川県横須賀市 (Yokosuka, Kanagawa-prefecture)…if you visit that town, the US Navy base is in 神奈川県横須賀市本町 (Honcho, Yokosuka-ward, Kanagawa-prefecture).
The closest train stations are JR 横須賀駅 (Yokosuka JR Station), 京浜急行汐入駅 (Keihin-kyuukou Shioiri Station), or 京浜急行横須賀中央駅 (Keihin-kyuukou Yokosuka-chuo Station).
You probably wouldn’t be allowed inside the American base (unless it’s a day of one of their “Friendship Festivals“), but the street across from the base (that many American sailors mistakenly call “The Honch” (because the town’s name is 本町 (Honcho)) is ドブイタ・ストリート (Dobuita Street) with many shops and restaurants that are unique to the area.

神奈川県横須賀市 (Yokosuka, Kanagawa-prefecture) is famous for 海軍カレー (Navy Curry) because the Japanese Navy (which also has a base there) brought curry from India to Yokosuka.

Another thing that 神奈川県横須賀市 (Yokosuka, Kanagawa-prefecture) is famous for are the popular スカジャン (‘Suka-jyan). Which are souvenir 神奈川県横須賀市 (Yokosuka, Kanagawa-prefecture) jackets that were popular with the U.S. Military but it’s now mostly Japanese people who buy them.

There’s also 猿島 (Saru-shima (which translates to Monkey Island…but there are no monkeys there anymore)), which can be accessed by ferry.
And 三笠公園 (Mikasa Park) with the Japanese battleship Mikasa that you can take a tour of.

4 Responses to “US Base Attacked”

  1. tokyo5 September 17, 2008 at 11:44 pm #

    Chris…

    Here’s an American news outlet’s (MSNBC) online article about the event:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26684168/

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  2. Chris September 17, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    Amazing how the American media hasn’t said word-one about this rocket incident. Imagine if it had happened to a ship in the Persian Gulf… oh, well, I guess they’re too busy covering Lipstickgate. *eye roll*

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  3. tokyo5 September 14, 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    Dad…
    Japan doesn’t usually have violent protests. But there are people who protest the US bases, new high-rises or skyscrapers being built, airports being expanded…that kind of stuff.

    Japanese protests are usually extremely civil and peaceful.

    And thanks for the kind words about my site. As my father, your opinion is a bit biased…but I still appreciate the compliments.

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  4. Dad September 14, 2008 at 7:10 am #

    I never thought Japan would be protesting something about America,but I guess it is understandable because of the nuclear aspect of the ship.
    You have so much information on this site it’s amazing, keeps getting better and better, you should have been a reporter! Keep up the great work.

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