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21 Things Sailors Who’ve Served in Yokosuka Will Understand

BY ORVELIN VALLE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

The sailors assigned to the commands around Yokosuka, Japan know about high optempo. The units assigned to Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan are either on deployment or working up for deployment.

But with limited liberty time, the sailors of Yokosuka (and Atsugi) also learn how to play hard.

Here are 21 things every sailor who’s ever been stationed there knows all too well:

1. Your weekend begins with a Liberty plan and a designated buddy

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson

(The liberty plan may not apply to those before 2002 or after 2014. Lucky you.)

2. But in reality, you have alternate plans

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3. Instead, you pregame with a Chu-Hi or three

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Image: Kirin

4. And head for the Honch

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Off to the Honch, Yokosuka, Japan. Image: Shissem

5. But you only stay for a while because you don’t get along with the regulars: a.k.a. ‘shore patrol’

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Instagram, zacharyattackery

6. And, trust us on this one, you won’t stand a chance if you start your Captain’s Mast like this:

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YouTube, Paul Coleman

7. Dinner options always brings out the toughest debates

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Image: Rocket News 24

(By the way, Sukiya is way better.)

8. You opt for taco, rice, and cheese because there’s no way to come to an agreement

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Photo Credit: Okinawa Hai!

(How did this Okinawa dish make it to Yokosuka?)

9. Or maybe you settle on ramen (because it’s crazy delicious)

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Pinterest, Honest Cooking

10. After dinner, it’s off to Roppongi

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11. You learn to stay away from “buy me drink” bars

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12. You learn that trains stop running at midnight . . .

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YouTube, kennooo93

… the hard way.

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12. But if you happen to miss the last train the real debauchery begins

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13. Really, what’s a sailor to do without transportation? 

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Instagram, AgehaTokyo

15. Somehow you always manage to save just enough cash to get you back to base

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Flickr, BriYYZ

16. You know you missed your stop when signs are no longer in English at all

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Flickr, François Rejeté

17. Luckily, the Japanese people are very friendly

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18. MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) trips are great for holding on to your money, exploring Japan and staying out of trouble. You could visit Kyoto …

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Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺), Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan. Image: Wikimedia

19. … climb Mount Fuji …

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Image: US Navy

20. … or take an epic snowboarding trip to Nagano

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Image: Orvelin Valle, We Are The Mighty

21. And you know how to make the best of a liberty incident

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VAW-115 barracks party. (Photo: Orvelin Valle, We Are The Mighty)

7cc2d58a75f63dd62c48af721ef7b5af  Orvellin Valle -Social Media Editor at We Are The Mighty

Orvelin Valle is a U.S. Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk with VAW-115 Liberty Bells.


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