Brookings, Oregon: Samurai Sword of Pilot Who Bombed Oregon

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

Chetco Community Public Library

Address:
405 Alder St., Brookings, OR
Directions:
Chetco Community Public Library. Southeast side of town. From US Hwy 101 turn south onto Alder St. and drive two blocks. You'll see the library on the right.
Hours:
M-Sa 10-5, some later hours. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Free
Save to My Sights

Samurai sword of pilot who bombed Oregon.

Samurai Sword of Pilot Who Bombed Oregon

A forest near Brookings was firebombed by a Japanese pilot in World War II. He later visited and gave it his 400-year-old family Samurai sword. It's now displayed in the town library.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [12/04/2016]

Visitor Tips and News About Samurai Sword of Pilot Who Bombed Oregon

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

September 9th -- an auspicious date.

Nobuo Fujita Visits (1942), Re-Visits (1962) Oregon

On September 9, 1942, Nobuo Fujita became the only Japanese soldier to bomb the American mainland in World War II (He flew from an offshore submarine, and the bombs' only victims were trees). Twenty years later, Fujita returned to the nearest town of his attack, Brookings, Oregon, invited by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He presented his ancestral samurai sword -- which he'd had with him in his attack plane -- as a token of friendship. Fujita's 1997 New York Times obituary claimed that he planned to kill himself with the sword if the townspeople were still mad at him. They weren't, he didn't, and the sword is proudly displayed in the Brookings library.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/09/2022]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Grounded Ship, Former MuseumGrounded Ship, Former Museum, Smith River, CA - 8 mi.
Japanese Bombed HereJapanese Bombed Here, Brookings, OR - 9 mi.
Ocean World AquariumOcean World Aquarium, Crescent City, CA - 21 mi.
In the region:
Salmon Fisherman Statue, Gold Beach, OR - 26 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Oregon Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Military Memorial Museum, Crossville, Tennessee (Dec 5-11, 2022)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights