The hole where Shoichi Yokoi hid for 28 years on the island of Guam

Posted: October 12, 2008    Categories: Daily Photo

Yokois Cave, Guam

Yokoi's Cave, Guam

This is the “cave” of Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese soldier from WWII, who hid on the island of Guam for 28 years after the end of the war, unaware of the Japanese surrender. His cave was really more of a hole. His story was like that of the Japanese soldier on Gilligan’s Island, but it was true and he was discovered years after the episode aired. Today it is a popular tourist attraction for Japanese, and there is a small amusement park on the site. When he returned to Japan, he uttered a phrase which became famous in Japanese culture: “It is with much embarrassment that I have returned alive”.

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