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1954 Airman's Club Lighter
1954 Airman's Club Lighter
Again, the winged "M" over the "919".
Ronson Kanji Lighter 1960
1960 Ronson Butane Lighter
Inscribed with old Japanese proverb (kotowaza) that says:

"Yoi-ni nana tabi, hi-ni san do,
Ona gokoro to aki-no sora."

Who knows their proverbs? The Alley josans really gave me takusan grief when they'd read this saying!
Owner ~ Dutch Wiest
USAFSS Zippo Lighter 1964
1964
Zippo lighter with USAFSS emblem

Owner ~ Tom Ryan
Misawa NCO Open Mess Lighter 1964
1964 Misawa NCO Open Mess Lighter
Owner ~ Bill Wood
Rocker Club Lighter
Misawa AB Rocker Club Lighter
Unknown vintage
Owner ~ "Doc" Dunn
Op Eye Sight Lighter
Operation Eye Sight lighter
Owner ~ Sandy Sanderson
1964 Operation Eyesight Lapel Pin
1964 Operation Eyesignt Lapel Pin
This is the initial offerring of this memento. The design was based on a photo of a bandaged child who had benefitted from this charitable fund.
Owner ~ Dick O'Donnell
1975 Operation Eyesight Lighter
1975 Operation Eyesignt Lighter
This is from 1975-1976 time frame and was acquired with a donation to Operation Eyesight.
Owner ~ Randy Graves
MAC Penguin Lighter
Old Penguin Lighter
Misawa Airmen's Club

Vintage unknown.
MAC Penguin Lighter
Old Penguin Lighter
Misawa Airmen's Club

The winged logo shows an "M" over a stylized "919", Misawa's APO number.
Misawa Rocker Club Lighter
Misawa Rocker Club Lighter
Vintage unknown.
Rocker Club Lighter
Misawa AB Rocker Club Lighter
Unknown vintage
Owner ~ "Doc" Dunn
Bracelet, 2 Sapporo openers, 1965
1965 Bracelet/Openers
Side A
Link bracelet and 2 Sapporo Beer/Ribbon Citron Juice openers
Owner ~ Granny Welch
Bracelet, 2 Sapporo openers, 1965
1965 Bracelet/Openers
Side B
Link bracelet (says "George") and two Sapporo Beer/Ribbon Citron Juice openers
Owner ~ Granny Welch
Two Sapporo Beer openers, 1966
1966 Openers
2 Sapporo Beer/Ribbon Citron Juice openers
Owner ~ Dan Tholen
Asahi Beer Bottle Opener, 1968
1968 Asahi Beer
Bottle Opener

"Asahi" = morning sun; note rising sun logo Owner ~ Mike Turner
Mitsuya Cider Bottle Opener, 1968
1968 Mitsuya Cider
Bottle Opener

"Mitsuya" = 3 arrows; note 3-arrowhead logo
Owner ~ Mike Turner
Sapporo Church Key 71-74
Sapporo Beer Church Key, side 1
From 1971-1974 era
Owner ~ Jodie Cotten
Sapporo Church Key 71-74
Sapporo Beer Church Key, side 2
From 1971-1974 era
Owner ~ Jodie Cotten
Sapporo Church Key 1973
1973 Sapporo Beer Church Key
Owner ~ Tom "GRIZZ" Ochsner
Church Key
Church Key
Owner ~ Frank Bergin
1972 Pocket Opener
1972 Pocket Opener
Fashioned from a Hyaku Man Ryo (100,000 ryo - obsolete Japanese currency) coin
Owner ~ Rob Price
Church Key 72
1972 Church Key
Repatriated from
AP Alley
Owner ~ Doc Dunn
Church Key 73
1973 Vintage
Church Key

Owner ~ Margaret Daberko Ganter
Church Key 74
Church Key from 1974
Owner ~ Helen Henderson
Sapporo Bottle Opener, c. 1976
Sapporo Bottle Opener
c. 1976
Owner ~ Marv Borgman
Kirin Bottle Opener, c. 1976
Kirin Bottle Opener
c. 1976
Owner ~ Marv Borgman
MPC Nickel
MPC 5¢ (paper nickel) from 1952 (front/back)
Owner ~ Larry Johnson
Military-issue ¥1 Note
Military-issue ¥1 Note from 1952 (front/back)
Owner ~ Larry Johnson
MPC Nickel
MPC 5¢ (paper nickel) from 1962 (front/back)
Two of these would sometimes buy you a well drink at the Static Club!
Owner ~ Dutch Wiest
MPC $1
MPC One-dollar Bill
Early 1950's
MPC dollar bill
Owner ~ Skosh Wynn
MPC $1
MPC One-dollar Bill
Previous versions (early 60's) were blue in color ~
hence, they were sometimes referred
to as "Blue Blades".
1960's MPC
Vintage MPC
from the 50's/60's
You can tell these MPC "coins" have spent some time in GI pockets - but not for very long. Promptly turned into yen, no doubt.
Owner ~ George Hennis
MPC Bills
MPC
More examples of MPC used in Japan.
Owner ~ Gino Giannandrea
50 sen note
1944
Rare 50 Sen Note
Much like the US has 10 mills to the penny, the Japanese have 100 sen to the yen. Thus, this 50 Sen Note was worth ½ yen! While 50 sen might have been worth something in 1944, it wouldn't buy much beer by 1960!
Owner ~ JN Young
Old Japanese Coin
Antique Japanese Coin
Vintage unknown, but this was a collector's item in the early 60's when purchased. Like many other coins, the hole in the center was used to string coins on a leather string, so as not to lose them.
Owner ~ Dutch Wiest
¥1 Note
¥1 Note
The rate of exchange for many years was ¥360/$1 US, so you probably didn't have much to do with these.
¥100 Note
¥100 Note
These were far more common, and many could be seen trading hands on any given day (or night) in any bar in AP Alley.
1970 ¥100
1970
¥100 Note

Owner ~ "C.Q." Dudkiewicz
1970 ¥1000
1970
¥1000 Note

Owner ~ "C.Q." Dudkiewicz
¥1,000 & ¥500 Notes
¥1,000 & ¥500 Notes
(face)
liberated in 1972

Owner ~ Gary Schenauer
¥1,000 & ¥500 Notes
¥1,000 & ¥500 Notes
(back)
liberated in 1972

Owner ~ Gary Schenauer
¥1,000 Note
¥1,000 Note from 1974
This note carried considerable buying power for many years in Misawa.
¥1 Note
Face: ¥20 Note (top) and ¥1 Note (bottom)
¥20 note probably issued by US Occupation Forces at the end of the war. The ¥1 note was standard Japanese currency.
Owner ~ E. George Hennis
¥100 Note
Reverse: ¥20 Note (top) and ¥1 Note (bottom)
¥20 note probably issued by US Occupation Forces at the end of the war. The ¥1 note was standard Japanese currency.
Owner ~ E. George Hennis
¥100 Note
1974 Yen Notes
¥1000, ¥500 and ¥100 notes from 1974.
Owner ~ Jodie Cotten
1970's Japanese Coins
1970's Japanese Coins
Top L-R: 50¥, 10¥, 5¥, 1¥
Bottom L-R: 500¥, 100¥

Owner ~ Ed Benningfield
Heritage Hall Coin
Heritage Hall Coin [face]
Issued 2002 in Misawa commemorating the opening of the MCOC Heritage Hall Museum on Security Hill.
Heritage Hall Coin
Heritage Hall Coin [reverse]
Issued 2002 in Misawa commemorating the opening of the MCOC Heritage Hall Museum on Security Hill.
2002 Challenge Coin
Misawa
Challenge Coin

Designed and minted in 2002, this Misawa Challenge Coin was the project of BJ Cook with some creative design effort by Wayne Babb. The coin commemorates Misawa and Johnson AB's and denotes the various designations of the USAF Security Service in Misawa.
Owner ~ BJ Cook
1974 FIGMO (Short Timer) Ribbon
1974 FIGMO (Short Timer) Ribbon
Owner ~ Margaret Daberko (Ganter)
59 Wake Island Money Clip
1959
Wake Island
Money Clip
Purchased at the terminal on Wake Island during the refueling stop from Hawaii to Japan in 1959.
Owner ~
Dutch Wiest
Misawa Challenge Coin face
Misawa Challenge Coin (face)
Misawa Challenge Coin reverse
Misawa Challenge Coin (reverse)
Misawa Commanders Coin
Misawa Commanders Coin
- date unknown -
T13 Medallion
72-73 Thirsty 13 Medallion
Owner ~ Len Turnbull
Static Club Nickel
Static Club Nickel
Always good for a bottomless cup of fresh, hot coffee with enough free refills to float your kidneys.
T1 Nickel
Static Club Nickel [reverse]
Trick 1
T2 Nickel
Static Club Nickel [reverse]
Trick 2
T3 Nickel
Static Club Nickel [reverse]
Trick 3
T4 Nickel
Static Club Nickel [reverse]
Trick 4
Abacus
1961 Japanese Soroban (aka Abacus)
Batteries not included ... none needed! I'm sure you all remember these things ... the soroban (or abacus), or what GI's sometimes called baka boards. Purchase a few items in the grocery and mamasan whipped this thing out to calculate your total in seconds. Precursor to the calculator, the soroban was a required subject for Japanese school kids.
Owner ~ Dutch Wiest
Sumitsubo
1961 Japanese Sumitsubo
Called a sumitsubo, this is the equivalent of the American carpenter's chalk line - used to mark a straight line between two points. This one was purchased in Misawa for ¥210 in 1961. The wheel at the back contained the string that ran through a hole, into the bowl which contained a black inky liquid, then on through a hole in the front. Two guys would stretch it out from point A to point B, then lower it and snap it to scribe a line.
Owner ~ Dutch Wiest
1959 Ornamental Pipe
1959 Ornamental Pipe
"I realized years later what I might have here is an opium pipe! Am I right?"
Owner ~ Marvin Schroeder
1985 Misawa Coffee Cup
Misawa Coffee Mug
"During my last TDY to Misawa in 1985, I stopped by the Oriental Concession across from the BX. They had plates and cups with this image. I couldn't resist, so bought several of each."
Owner ~ Ed Benningfield
Goniometer Cup
Electronic Goniometer Coffee Cup
Is it really safe to drink from these things?
71 Sayonara Cup
1971 Sayonara Cup
Owner ~ Buster Donahue
Cups from Sumo Match
1973 Cups
from Sumo Match
These complementary cups were given to each ticket holder to sumo matches in Tokyo. On the left is Yokozuna Wajima - on the right is Yokozuna Takanohana.
Owner ~
Tom "Grizz" Ochsner
Souvenir Ferry Keychain 1977
1977 Souvenir
Ferry Keychain

Owner ~
"C.Q." Dudkiewicz
Hachinohe Horse
1982 Hachinohe Horse
The Hachinohe Horse was well known to troops around Misawa, and it was a custom to present one to those who were shipping out, signed by comrades. This lil' horsie is of the rarer "anatomically correct" variety.
Owner ~ Steve Kelly
65-85 Trinkets
1965-1985 Japanese Trinkets
"Does anyone remember all the little trinklets you could purchase in Japan? All national parks and larger cities had them. I have a collection of 150+ pens/badges from Japan which are framed and in the attic gathering insulation dust."
Owner ~ Ed Benningfield
65-85 Trinkets
Tokyo Tower Key Chain, 1974
1974
Tokyo Tower
Key Chain

Note: 333 meters high
Owner ~ Tom "Grizz" Ochsner
Vase from Glass Factory, 1972
1972 Vase
From Glass Factory

Owner ~ Tom "Grizz" Ochsner
Ginger Jar from BX, 1972
1972 Ginger Jar
From Misawa BX

Owner ~ Tom "Grizz" Ochsner
1976 Nikka Bears
1976 Nikka Bears
Owner ~ George Binkley
1970's Nikka Bears
1970's Nikka Bears
Note one bear is missing a vital organ!
Owner ~ Buster Donahue
Kokeshi Dolls
197x Kokeshi Dolls
Having outgrown the status of being a toy for children, Kokeshi is now recognized as one of the traditional folk arts in Japan.
Owner ~
Helen Henderson
Kokeshi Doll
Kokeshi Doll
Owner ~
RC Cooper
Fat Man Bank
Fat Man Bank
Owner ~
RC Cooper
Kokeshi Dolls
1960 Hokkaido Bear Carving
These bears were carved mostly by the Japanese Ainu and were a very popular souvenir amongst GI's.
Owner ~
Dutch Wiest
Japanese noren from Towada-ko
Japanese noren
from Towada-ko

Owner ~
Danny Russell
1975 USAFSS EI Team Equip. Tag
1975 USAFSS
EI Team Equipment Tag
USAFSS Engineering and Installation (E&I) Team placed one of these tags on all equipment they installed at all USAFSS sites.
Owner ~
Ed Benningfield
1974 Santana Tokyo Concert Ticket
1974 Santana Tokyo Concert Ticket
Ticket for a Santana Concert that took place in Tokyo on 9 Dec 1974.
Owner ~
Lydia Crooks
1970's Miyaki's chopstick paper
1970's
Old Miyaki's Restaurant
Chopstick Paper

Owner ~
Ed Benningfield
1970's Royal Restaurant chopsticks
1970's Royal Restaurant Chopsticks
Owner ~
Ed Benningfield
Kabuki Doll
1960 Kabuki Doll
Owner ~ Ed White
Japanese Doll with Warrior Helmet, 1970
1970 Japanese Doll
with Warrior Helmet

Owner ~ George T. Logan, Jr.
Cherry Blossom Princess, 1970
1970 Japanese Doll
Cherry Blossom Princess

Owner ~ George T. Logan, Jr.
1973 Festival Doll
1973 Festival Doll
Owner ~ Tom "Grizz" Ochsner
Wisteria & Samurai Dolls
197x Wisteria & Samurai Dolls
Owner ~
Helen Henderson
Japanese Figurines
Doolittle Figurines Owner ~
Bill & Jane Doolittle
Japanese Figurines
Doolittle Figurines Owner ~
Bill & Jane Doolittle
Japanese Figurines
Doolittle Figurines Owner ~
Bill & Jane Doolittle
6921st RGM Ashtray
Rare 6921st RGM Ashtray
Glued a time or two, but still intact.
6989th RSM Ashtray, 1960
1960
6989th RSM Ashtray
In near perfect shape with no breaks or chips; somehow preserved all these years by Bob Mason before making it a gift to me. Thanks, Bob!
Owner ~ Dutch Wiest
6989th RSM Ashtray, 1961-64
1961-64
6989th RSM Ashtray

In really great shape for the shape it's in!
Owner ~ Steve Kelly
Porcelain Pieces
1958 Japanese Porcelain Pieces
Large papasan & mamasan; small papasan & mamasan; jade floral arrangement, rice cup, condiment bowl
Owner ~
Ben Hendrix
1953 Japanese Album
1953 Japanese
Picture Album

Owner ~
Royce Lloyd
1958 Japanese Album
1958 Japanese
Picture Album
The pheasants and flowers are of some kind of shell.
Owner ~
Ben Hendrix
Glassware Collection
Glassware Collection
From bars around base, including the alley, and one from Hard Rock Cafe, Tokyo.
Owner ~ Chip Yates
Large Fishing Float
Large Fishnet Float from Misawa Beach
Highly prized by GI's.
Owner ~ Chip Yates
Small Fishing Floats
Smaller Fishnet Floats
Owner ~ Chip Yates
Porcelain Fishnet Weights, 1974
Porcelain Fishnet Weights, 1974
Owner ~ Ed Benningfield
Lake Towada Letter Holder, 1975
Lake Towada Souvenir Letter Holder, 1975
Owner ~ Ed Benningfield
Receipt from Tijuana Pizza
1970's Receipt
from Tijuana Pizza
Receipt from Tijuana Pizza
1970's Receipt
from Tijuana Pizza
Receipt from Tijuana Pizza
1970's Receipt
from Tijuana Pizza
Bar Souvenirs c1956
c1956
Bar Souvenirs

Owner ~ Andy Anderson
Akadama Wine
1956
Akadama Wine Label

(Remember the hangovers??)
Owner ~ John Ferguson
Misawa ShortTimer Patch
1963 Kirin Beer Label
"Funny about the things you save when you are young."
Owner ~ Tom Ryan
Sapporo Beer
1965
Sapporo Beer Label

Owner ~ Dan Tholen
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Sapporo Beer Coaster
Sapporo Beer Coaster
Owner - Chip Yates
1979 Sapporo Label
1979
Sapporo Label

Owner ~ "C.Q." Dudkiewicz

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