BROOKINGS COOS BAY Culture/History News

Coastal Film Recounts Bombing, Reconciliation

Less than 20 years after World War II, members of the Brookings Junior Chamber of Commerce invited the Japanese pilot who had bombed the forest a few miles from the city.  Nobuo Fujita accepted the invitation in 1962 and brought with him a gift of reconciliation: a Samurai sword that had been in the pilot’s family for 400 years.

To read more about Nobuo Fujita and the Brookings bombing, click on the story, Peace After Bombs, which appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Oregon Coast magazine.

The incredible story of the 1942 attack  — the only bombs dropped on US mainland — and the friendship between Brookings citizens and Fujita’s family, is the basis of the documentary film, Samurai in the Oregon Sky.

September 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of Mr. Fujita’s WWII flight over Oregon and the 30th anniversary of his planting of the redwood peace tree at the site of his former attack. To celebrate, filmmakers have organized screenings around Oregon and SW Washington to commemorate these events and remember this story of post-war reconciliation:

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022
Salem Cinema (Salem, Oregon)
Screening at 6:00pm
(Samurai in the Oregon Sky will screen at 6:00pm, following by our first film, On Paper Wings.)
Filmmaker in attendance

Documentary filmmaker Ilana Sol also welcomes the chance to show the film at other public venues, including schools, libraries and theaters. For more information or to book a screening, visit the website