During Sunday's restoration of the Japanese Jail in Garapan, Sam McPhertres showed us an old photo of a Japanese Buddhist Temple:
The temple is very close to the jail, about 50 meters South, right along the road.
This is what the temple looks like today:
Talk about a fixer upper! Wouldn't it be great if we could afford to fix up all the old historical spots on Saipan? This old slab of concrete was once a place of worship. We owe it to ourselves to take better care of our past.
As for the jail, there are three different stories about Amelia Earhart being held there before World War II. Um, hello tourism?
Who cares if it's not true, we should be promoting the hell out of that story. Here, I'll start it. When Amelia Earhart was being held at the Japanese Jail in Saipan, she etched this self portrait onto the wall of her cell:
Here's another great story for the tourists:
Several years ago, a small spider bit a young Carolinian boy visiting the Marshall Islands atoll of Bikini . That boy came to live on Saipan and now the Japanese Jail is the home of Refaluwasch Spiderman:
Click HERE for more on the Old Japanese Jail.