In general, the Japanese people loved Americans. Most Japanese tried to do everything western style, including dressing, listening to western music and buying American products. They loved baseball, it was as popular or possible more popular than it was in the United States. The Japanese people would be thrilled to meet an American and most of them treated us with the utmost respect and admiration.
However, there were a few radicals who didn't want Americans in their country. After arriving in Sagamahara, a group of radicals began demonstrating outside of the base, yelling: "Go Home Yankee"! I could hear them from our home, and I couldn't understand why some people wouldn't want us there. They wanted an end to the occupation.
The Military was afraid of a bomb threat, and so we were told that leaving the base was "Off Limits". The demonstrators were loud and we heard them often. They were apparently quite angry and Marines were called in to protect us. There was daily talk of the possibilities of being bombed by a radical.
Finally, the siege ended and military restrictions were lifted. My Mother kept us on restriction until she was sure leaving the base was safe, and life returned to normal again.