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The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/1/2021 9:25:20 PM   
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https://ussastoria.org/The_Saito_Cruise_1939.html

Until today, I had never heard of the Saito Cruise; a ceremonial visit of USS Astoria to Yokohama, Japan in May of 1939 bearing the remains of the late Japanese Ambassador to the US. Astoria, captained by Richmond Turner (a full Admiral later in WW2 with distinguished career)

Interesting photos attached; I particularly like the "Sushi" stand at the sake party! I wonder what the crew thought of Sushi in 1939.

Anyway, am I the only one who hadn't heard of this?

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/1/2021 11:08:58 PM   
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Good find, I didn't know about it either, so you are NOT alone!!!

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/2/2021 12:00:55 AM   
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Really cool find. Yet 3 months later the US notifies the end of the 1911 commercial treaty with Japan.


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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/2/2021 1:44:52 AM   
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I had no idea. Great find....GP

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/2/2021 7:50:16 AM   
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Neither did I.

Always nice to see such events where different cultures meet and both parties can just enjoy themselves, without an agenda.
At least the sailors and normal Japanese people that is.

I wonder how the crew of the Astoria felt after the War broke out...

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/2/2021 1:06:52 PM   
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That is some neat stuff, Thanks!

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/2/2021 2:08:16 PM   
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Interesting that the Astoria's salute on arrival at Yokohama was returned by the Kiso, which was a sister-ship to the Tama that fourteen years earlier had made a similar voyage to the US carrying the remains of Edgar Bancroft, the then US Ambassador to Japan who had died while in office.

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/2/2021 10:32:39 PM   
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That was interesting, thank you for posting it.

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/3/2021 3:23:03 AM   
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Who knew? Good stuff!

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/26/2021 5:05:07 AM   
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I know this thread is a little old but I had to post about the Astoria. My father was on the Astoria during the cruise and I've got some of the items the Japanese gave to the sailors. Including a pass to a high quality bordello!

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/26/2021 9:08:20 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jersmith

I know this thread is a little old but I had to post about the Astoria. My father was on the Astoria during the cruise and I've got some of the items the Japanese gave to the sailors. Including a pass to a high quality bordello!


Wow, really cool! Can you post some pictures?

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RE: The Saito Cruise of USS Astoria - 11/26/2021 9:53:31 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Q-Ball


quote:

ORIGINAL: jersmith

I know this thread is a little old but I had to post about the Astoria. My father was on the Astoria during the cruise and I've got some of the items the Japanese gave to the sailors. Including a pass to a high quality bordello!


Wow, really cool! Can you post some pictures?


This is a family site. I do not think that pictures of his father being taken care of by a employee of a bordello would be appreciated by the staff.

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