Tony and Chizuko Miller's Japan

Almost 50 years ago, a young American Air Force Lieutenant named Anthony Miller, while on a tour of duty in Japan, met and fell in love with a tiny little Japanese girl named Chizuko Okazawa.  They married on September 10, 1956 and Chizuko promptly proceeded to follow her fellow all over the world while he continued his career in the US Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force, they settled in Calabasas, California where Tony continued his career as an engineer. Finally, 22 years after moving to Calabasas, Tony decided to take Chizuko home to Japan for their 50th anniversary.  Now many couples take a trip for their 50th wedding anniversary, but not many men would pack up and move everything and settle in Japan as a special gift!  They have purchased a beautiful home on the side of a mountain overlooking one of the most beautiful bays in the world!


The view from their new bedroom window in Japan


Tony has been my mentor and friend for several years; helping with my genealogy research and sending me computer parts and teaching me through the magic of email how to build them!  We have only met in person one time but he has become the best friend anyone could have.  I also want to thank Chizuko for sharing him by putting up with my many questions and demands on his time! They are both a treasure.  It is with grateful heart that I build this site for them, and wish them many more happy years together!


With Love,



Tony with his children Phil and Martha in 2003


Izu Peninsula

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.





Landsat image with high-resolution data from Space Shuttle.

Landsat image with high-resolution data from Space Shuttle.

The Izu Peninsula (Jp. 伊豆半島 Izu-hantō) is a peninsula to the west of Tokyo on the Japanese island of Honshu. Formerly the eponymous Izu Province, the Izu peninsula is now a part of Shizuoka prefecture.


A popular recreational area for people in the Tokyo region, the Izu peninsula is above all known for its onsen hot springs, including Atami and Mishima. The peninsula abuts Mt. Fuji and is a part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

It is also a popular destination for scuba diving. The top three diving destinations (historically at least) are Izu Ocean Park (IOP) (word-for-word translation of 伊豆海洋公園 Izu Kaiyō Kōen), Yawatano (八幡野), and Ōsezaki (大瀬崎).


The Izu peninsula is easily accessible from Tokyo and points west via the Tokaido Shinkansen, which has stations in both Atami (east side) and Mishima (west).

By car, it's 103.3 km from the Tokyo end of the Tōmei Expressway, the end informally known as the Yōga IC (用賀インター), to Numazu, on the west side of the peninsula. Accessing the east side requires branching off at Atsugi and traveling along the tetrapod shoreline: Odawara, Yugawara, Atami, etc.




The famous Suspension Bridge at Jogasaki Coast

A hot spring resort, Ito is known as the place where Anjin-san, or William Adams, the hero of James Clavell's Shogun, had built a ship for the Tokugawa Shogunate. From Ito, it is possible to move on to Atagawa for a visit to the Atagawa Banana & Crocodile Park. The latter is a theme park, which seems eccentric even by Japanese standards. It opens daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Go here to visit some other great places on Izu Peninsula!

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