JOHNSON AB AND FAMILY HOUSING AREA
JOHNSON AB/FHA WAS IN THE TOWN OF IRUMA (E ROO MAH) IN SAITAMA (SEYE TAH MAH) KEN
RUSSIAN AIRLINER ARMED FORCES DAY JOHNSON FHA/AB 1967
PHOTO BY BOB PROCTOR
F4 FIGHTER ARMED FORCES DAY JOHNSON FHA/AB 1967
PHOTO BY BOB PROCTOR
FRENCH FIGTERS ARMED FORCES DAY JOHNSON FHA/AB 1967
PHOTO BY BOB PROCTOR
JAPANESE SELF DEFENCE AIR FORCE (JASDF) BOMBER ARMED FORCES DAY JOHNSON FHA/AB 1967
PHOTO BY BOB PROCTOR
JASDF F-86 FIGHTER ARMED FORCES DAY JOHNSON FHA/AB 1967
PHOTO BY BOB PROCTOR
UNITED STATES FIGHTER ARMED FORCES DAY JOHNSON FHA/AB 1967 
PHOTO BY BOB PROCTOR
RUSSIAN HELICOPTER ARMED FORCES DAY JOHNSON FHA/AB 1967
PHOTO BY BOB PROCTOR
AFTER THE USAF STOPPED USING JOHNSON AIR BASE AS A OPERATIONAL AIR BASE THEY TURNED IT OVER TO THE JAPANESE SELF DEFENCE AIR FORCE.  THEY CONTINUED TO USE JOHNSON AS  FAMILY HOUSING FOR YOKOTA AB AND IT WAS SHARED WITH JASDF. THEY FLEW F-86 SABER JEST OUT OF THERE.
MAP OF JOHNSON AIR BASE IN THE 1950'S  THAKS TO ALLAN MURPHY
JOHNSON AIR BASE ANNEX 1955 AERIAL PHOTO THANKS TO ALLAN MURPHY
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT HOUSING WHEN THE BASE WAS STILL IN OPERATION. THE EXAMPLE ON THE LEFT IS BASE HOUSING AND THE ONE ON THE RIGHT IS OFFBASE HOUSING.
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It seems that in pre-war days there was a small park called
Inariyama-koen (Fox Mountain Park). I imagine in those days the area was mostly rice fields and the park was the most significant landmark. So when a railway station was built, it took the Inariyama-koen name, but the park was more than a kilometer from the station.
After the war, the Japanese Air Force Base at Iruma became Johnson AB. There was a need for additional housing and vacant land adjacent to Inariyama-koen was developed. This area was known as Hyde Park. The land was owned by the city of Saiyama and several individual landlords. Hyde Park was constructed by about 1951 and at that time cherry blossom and pine trees were planted, as these trees represented Japan to the American residents. There are 300 cherry trees in the park.

In about 1970, Johnson AB was turned over to the JASDF (Japan Air Self Defense Force). However, Hyde Park was not officially part of Johnson AB and at least by 1976 it became a public park - the 30 or so homes and buildings were vacant.

Hyde Park was known as Hyde Park in the region, but because it was literally opposite Inariyama-koen station, it was generally known as Inariyama-koen - and this is how I knew the park.

In April, 2002 the ownership of the land in Hyde Park was transferred to Saitama Prefecture. To mark this transfer, the park was given a new name, Saiyama - Inariyama Koen, and it was decided to tear down the old buildings because the cost of up-keep was too high.
Fortunately, I had visited the park several times prior to this and had taken some photos of the homes and the fire station with the Johnson AB sign. (I'm searching for these photos!)

There's a modern and not very attractive building in the park and I always thought that it was just a coffee shop. It turns out that the building includes a regional museum. They have a book of then and now photographs and there are about a dozen relating to the base or Hyde Park as well as many from the surrounding area. Lots of photos from
the 50s/60s contrasted with the way things look today. I'll gladly send you a copy of the book, if you'd like - my Xmas present!

Lastly, I haven't been there yet, but it seems that near the park there's a place called Nick's Steak House and this was the place to go in Johnson's heyday. There are said to be many old photos on the walls. I'll go there soon to check it out. And I'll soon visit the Pacific Star and Stripes archives.
No part of this may be used with out the permission of Allan Murphy
To contact Allan e-mail him at murf@tokyo.email.ne.jp for permission.

Thank you Allan for this information on Johnson Air Base, Japan


THE MAIN GATE ON THE TOYOOKA SIDE OF THE BASE 1958 OR 1959 PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN SUBMITTTED BY VOY MITCHELL
BASEBALL FIELD JOHNSON AB 1958 OR 1959 PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN SUBMITTED BY VOY MITCHELL
MAIN STREET IN TOYOOKA AS SEEN FROM ROAD TO JOHNSON AB MAIN GATE PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN SUBMITTED BY VOY MITCHELL
THE GATE BY HYDE PARK ALSO KNOWN AS THE BACK GATE AND GATE C.  THE CHINDONY BAND IS HELPING CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE AIRMEN'S CLUB 1958 OR 1959 PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN SUBMITTED BY VOY MITCHELL
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WALKER SHADE STADIUM JOHNSON AB 1963 PHOTO BY MARK J. KUCKELMAN

ROAD FROM JOHNSON AB TO THE RICE PADDIES 1963 PHOTO BY MARK J. KUCKELMAN
SOME FRIENDS OF MARK'S IN FRONT OF THE NCO OPEN MESS JHONSON AB 1964 PHOTO BY MARK J. KUCKELMAN
MARK'S QUARTERS T-1219 YUKAI VILLAGE JOHNSON AB 1964 PHOTO BY MARK J. KUCKELMAN
CAR IN FRONT OF A HOUSE IN AN AMERICAN VILLAGE CALL HOLLYWOOD RIVIERA 1963
PHOTO LYNN KUCKELMAN
PICTURE TAKEN IN YUKAI LEFT IS KRISTIN KUCKELMAN AND ON THE RIGHT IS CAROL JABER 1964 PHOTO LYNN KUCKELMAN
THREE WHEELED TRUCK TAKEN NEAR THE FRONT GATE OF JOHNSON AB 1964
PHOTO LYNN KUCKELMAN
JUST INSIDE THE FENCE NEAR THE FRONT GATE JOHNSON AB 1964
PHOTO LYNN KUCKELMAN
TYRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOHNSON AB 1965 PHOTO LYNN KUCKELMAN
V BOMBER IN FRONT OF 41ST DIVISION HEADQUARTERS
JOHNSON AB 1948
PHOTO JAMES GATES
SAITAMA KEN FLAG