What better way to welcome
you to my Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands, Ogasawara web site that
a picture of WELCOME ROCK seen above. It sits just at the
entrance of Futami Ko, the harbor at Chichi Jima. The mouth
of the harbor is to the immediate right of this picture. As
of March, 2012, this web site, in some form, has been in existence
for 15 years, and has been a source of considerable pleasure by allowing
me to establish contact with many individuals who have some type of
Chichi Jima connection, and others who are just interested individuals.
I was indeed fortunate to be able to spend two
years on Chichi Jima while serving as a Medical Officer at U.S.
Naval Facility, Chichi Jima from 1964 to 1966. I continue
to consider these to be the best two years of my life. I am now
a retired eye surgeon and live in Butler, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh,
with my wife Elsie (Mayumi) who was born on Chichi Jima and is the daughter
of Willie and Nobuko Savory. She of course is a direct descendent
of Nathaniel Savory, one of the islands original settlers.
The primary value of this page is in the LINKS
that I have provided below. Some are authored by
me, but most are links to other web sites with some relevance to
Chichi Jima. In this LINKS section you can check the current weather
on Chichi, track the typhoons during the typhoon season, see some pictures
of modern day Chichi, and read some of the history of the island and
its interesting people. Remember that when you travel to one
of these links, you can return to this page by clicking the "Back"
button of your browser. I would also suggest that if there is
any particular photograph or article that has special interest for you,
that you save it to your hard drive, because many of the links belong to
other people, and you can not depend on them being there at a later date.
In February 2012, I have deleted some of the previous links that
no longer worked, and added some others that I have found since last editing
this page. As of March 2012, all the links are working. In addition,
you can find quite a few videos of Chichi Jima on youTube.com. Just
type Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands, Ogasawara into their seach box.
In the links section below, you will find a link to photographs supplied to me by Carol Pobst. Her father was Chief Petty Officer Pobst, the first Officer in Charge of NAVFAC CHICHI JIMA. Carol and her mother Rose accompanied Chief Pobst to his assignment at Chichi Jima. She was about 9 or 10 years old at that time which would have been about 1949 or 1950. I never had the opportunity to meet Carol personally, but we did have several phone conversations during which she authorized me to publish her pictures on this website. Carol and her mother Rose have both passed on and I regret that it took me so long to make her pictures available.