Yamamoto's Bunker by bobfoto

Yamamoto's Bunker

Isoroku Yamamoto hung out in Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea for a while, back in 1942 and 1943. He wasn't really appreciated so he placed his office and map room in a big concrete bunker under the ground.

The bunker did not save him as he died a short time later in the Solomons.

But if you grab the key from the Rabaul Hotel, then you can jump inside his old bunker and take a look around.. Sometimes it is full of water and mosquitos, but sometimes it is dry. On the ceiling there are maps that proved that the Japanese Forces believed the world centred around Rabaul at the time.

Now I have altered this shot. Can you guess?

In modern news, I have crappy internet, but I am close to the most Northern point of mainland Australia. Shortly I will make a move into the islands further to the north and will soon be able to stand on one island and spy Papua New Guinea from here, Australia. We are very close neighbours indeed.

Sunset was crappy tonight, but beer is cold and the Restaurant is closed. You can't win them all.

Photo taken 22 August 2007 underground in Rabaul. August is coming to a close. Watch out for a Massive September!
Is it sideways. Those look like steps rather than a wall
August 23rd, 2012  
@peterdegraaff - You are not only a Gentleman, but also a scholar. Kudos to you my learned friend.
August 23rd, 2012  
You desaturated it
Cool shot
August 23rd, 2012  
Nice twist turning it round. Cool shot.
August 23rd, 2012  
I can see where you see coming from (as they say)!I'm not going to guess anything! It's hard in this particular era..Japanese v the rest! Now, my family are 1/2 Japanese/ NZ! This is a unique photo and I thank you for this !
August 23rd, 2012  
Now if there is one thing I love and that is beer.... Oh I mean bunkers.......

Who do I have to kill to go exploring in these.... Nice twist on the photo and nice story as always.
August 23rd, 2012  
tricky tricky jason! ;) sorry for being so quite the last few days, was busy but will take some time now to look at your wonderful photos and read your amazing stories! :)
August 23rd, 2012  
Very neat.... you had me confused with the lovely curved wall leading somewhere past the jagged scraggy wall........... Your trip sounds cool hope it's fun too
August 23rd, 2012  
Took me a couple of secs, but very cool twist. I have inverted a couple, now there is something else to try!!
August 23rd, 2012  
I think this has a more abstract and artsy look to it tilted on its side the way you've done it. I'm not sure it would be that interesting from a regular perspective.
August 23rd, 2012  
Very cool, and different.
August 23rd, 2012  
beautifully composed
August 23rd, 2012  
fantastic shot and really interesting narrative.
August 23rd, 2012  
wow
August 23rd, 2012  
Great story and amazing capture. When we visited the lights were not working and there was only one torch for 12 of us.
August 23rd, 2012  
@johnnyfrs - I did too.

@dalboy - Thanks Graeme.

@maggiemae - Oh I think thing smay have been tougher for the Japanese people 70 years ago compared with today. Although I have met many people who their memories still remain strong to this day. :(

@agima - I could say but then I'd have to kill you... you know how it goes. ;)

@agentzuckerguss - No need for apologies, I understand we all live pretty busy lives!

@filsie65 - Trip is going very well... hope the wind dies down though, off on a boat tomorrow.

@onie - funny it looks better this way then curving around the left.

@webfoot - just dusty steps the right way up.

@tigerdreamer @sludgster @catsmeowb @houdiniem - Why thank you ladies :)

@tonydebont - That would have been tricky in the narrow little stairwells...
August 24th, 2012  
Mmmm! You've turned it abstract.
August 24th, 2012  
@bobfoto Not the highlight of our visit 8-(
August 24th, 2012  
@swilde - clever eh?

@tonydebont - so no flaming torches to light the way?
August 24th, 2012  
@bobfoto - it was all rather sad, as was most of Rabaul. Lovely people but a sad situation.
August 24th, 2012  
Another delightful story and a very different and interesting shot
August 24th, 2012  
I was really liking that textured wall to the left until I realised they were steps - very clever.
August 25th, 2012  
@tonydebont - I was there after the 2006 eruption when the local authorities were told to abandoned and close down the town. Boy o' boy that was a depressing visit.

@michelleyoung - Cheers Michelle, thanks!

@kjarn - :D
August 25th, 2012  
I think those are the walls you push people into when they're being smart asses. ;) Viva la cerveza !
September 20th, 2012  
@hellcat - Em nau, yu tok stret!
September 20th, 2012  
Serves me right. Will attempt to translate when I get home.
September 20th, 2012  
Ummm...
I would never lie... ?
September 21st, 2012  
@hellcat - I never said you would!
September 21st, 2012  
My translation is really bad... Next guess is, "you speak the truth"
September 22nd, 2012  
@hellcat - yup, you talk straight. When you said Viva la cerveza, I wholeheartedly agreed wit chu.
September 22nd, 2012  
:)
Cheers
September 22nd, 2012  
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