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Sasebonians Newsletter
Tim Huggins' Tour of Sasebo Today

Tim has been having a blast going around Sasebo recently taking strategic photos of areas of Sasebo to peak our curiosity and strain our memories of where these sites are located and how they have changed since we all lived there. Have fun everyone figuring it all out!

Tim Huggins

This is the site that brings back memories of: pink cherry blossom lanes, diamonds dancing on a summer sea, happy voices anticipating summertime around the pool of a fargone era, echos of voices reverberating off our school walls, the controlled hysteria of a high-intensity Kahoks tournament game, cheerleaders jumping in a blur of purple and white, lunch time at the Teen Club with the jukeboke blaring, gut-busting excitment of the proms, a hamburger, fries and chocolate shake at the snackbar, small groups around their own bowling table, and. . . . . . . . .on and on.

Many thanks to Tim Huggins for his input and contributions to the "Sasebonians" in yahoo. You have brought memories back to life and more friends into our fold.

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Walkway to where?

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Look familiar?

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Walkway to where?

I recognize this well, I use to walk home up this way every day. It is the old road from the CP building to the Base Chapel. Our house was just to the left after passing through the wall. Brings back lots of memories. Claude

Claude --I knew these new pix would get a better explanation out of you as noone probably traveled that road as often as you did. Ah! That road brings back the memories. Now it is a bricked walking path beginning at the Sasebo Bridge between the river and what used to be the CP Building. There is a cyclone fence separating the path and the hospital grounds but there are still a very few landmarks in the grounds that betray a previous community. Remember those huge steps up from the tennis courts? There are still about 3 or 4 left. The rest were cut away to make room for the hospital. --Tim

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DRAGON VALE HOUSING

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See the Showboat on the right?

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What is that big brown building in the center?

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Arcade entrance

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What kind of things could have happened here?

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Tim...I HAD to chuckle when I saw THIS one!! Motomachi bus stop is right there...somehow brings back memories of eggs!!!!!!! too funny!
My brother Tim was a great influence on me...hee hee... One night I was DRAGGGGGGGGGGGED kicking and screaming to accompany Tim and his friends, Claude???? and Mitch???!!!! THEY had several eggs. Now you have to go the picture in question-the one looking toward the temple entrance. We were stationed behind the wall. I watched in AWWWWWE as the guys launched eggs at the city buses (all lit up inside). When they got a hit, the passengers ...heee heee heeee...jumped as the egg splattered on the windows. Problem. MY eggs would never reach further than a few feet...such disappointment..hmmmmmmmmm--here COMES a willing victim! walking right below us! PERfect! But willing victim began chasing us!!! I was laughing nearly too hard to make the get away. We did but the guys, of ALL the nerve!! got mad at me! TOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo funny! THAT is the story of a younger sister under the influence of an ungrateful older brother! Christi

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The Catholic Chapel

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The Tamaya

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The Three Towers

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Sakai Bridge

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What was this used for? Ans: The powers that were, gave permission for us to use one of these troop transports (don't know official name) for our Junior Senior Sneak Day. That was in '69. A driver loaded us all on at Fleet Landing and with engines full throttle we headed, with wake behind us, to the Island of Kanashige in the 99 Island group. There, for one full lazy day we enjoyed bleached beaches, aqua surf, and exloring of this uninhabited "Gilligan's" island, under a coppertone sun, bouncing its delight off the sparkling waves. It was heart-thumpin' excitement at its best.

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What used to be here? Ans: As best as I can tell it appears this bowling alley is built directly on the site of the basketball court of the Base Gym. Doesn't it's configuration stir the cobwebs? The proximity of those old walls to athlete left many a wall burn. --They must have just received new equipment because there were boxes all over the place!

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What is this? Ans: This is the "now" snack bar. OOOOOOooooooooo fancy aye! Somehow though I liked ours where the sun peeked through those corrugated roof coverings onto those friendly round wooden tables, some wiped clean, & some with spilled condiments from a previous ketchup fight of underclassmen.

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What did this used to be? Ans: This is the present Snack Bar/Bowling Alley on the site of the old Base Gym on main base.

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Indeed this is Mr. Shimoda. He happened to be attempting to fix a drinking fountain at King when I happened by. Man oh man! Did I have to talk turkey to get him to pose! When I told him all of his star pupils were clamoring to see his mug he succumbed to that line.--

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You can check out some of the guesses and a description by Tim of the photos posted here by going to the message board of Sasebonians in Yahoo. Click on the logo above to travel there!