Almost one hundred and fifty thousand tourists fly in each year to the Pacific island of Guam, and two thirds of them come from Japan.
Almost one hundred and fifty thousand tourists fly in each year to the Pacific island of Guam, and two thirds of them come from Japan. This idyllic island in the sun is progressive and committed to Western concepts, yet steeped int he culture of the Pacific. The island is small, only thirty-five miles (56 KMS) by ten miles (16 KMS) with a hilly terrain, tropical trees and flowers, thick jungle growth and a coastline of inlets and sparkling white beaches. The territory acquired by the Americans during the Spanish-American War of 1898 was not always such a haven. During World War Two it became a strategic island occupied by the Japanese and after it's liberation by the U.S. forces in 1944 it began to develop an economy and administration along the lines of the United States.
SYNOPSIS: Guam's climate is warm all year round, with a mean annual temperature of eighty-one degrees. Practically all of Guam's hotels are ultra-modern, having been built in the past five years to accommodate the great influx of tourists from Japan. Restaurants and hotel dining rooms offer a wide range of cuisine. All of them except the Hilton are owned by the Japanese. Most are located at Tumon Bay, close to the airport.
Tourists find plenty to do on the island. They can visit the remains of ancient villages, Spanish forts, bridges and palaces .... all dotting the landscape along with old tanks and artillery pieces, remainders of a more recent past.
The sea gives the tourists not only beaches on which to stroll and sun, but excellent deep-sea fishing. Marlin, tuna, wahoo and other sporting fish are there to be hooked by the serious fisherman.
A safari jeep is a quick way to get to the hiking-off point to visit a waterfall, or magnificent view.
But to venture into the bush without defence against hungry insects would be a mistake.
The military wreckage of the war in the Pacific abounds, like this Japanese dive bomber shot down during a dogfight. The pilot's bones were not removed until 1977, when a Shinto priest took charge of them.
The hole in the ground is the cave of Yakoi Soichi, the Japanese soldier who hid for twenty-eight years, not realizing the war had ended. Local stories say that he claimed to have killed two young residents, in his ignorance.
Guam is a duty-free port and also offers its visitors the usual types of evening entertainments, including numerous sprip-tease emporiums. For the more blood-thirsty, cock-fighting is legal, ... the only American territory with that right.