MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – Tickets are still available for this weekend’s 18th annual Nango Summer Jazz Festival, the largest open-air jazz concert in Tohoku.

The show kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. in the sleepy village of Nango, less than 30 minutes from Misawa Air Base. The festial brings in top-name American, European and Japanese jazz bands and musicians. The music is scheduled to go until about 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for adults are 4,500 yen in advance (about $37), and 5,500 yen (about $45) at the gate on the day of the festival. Senior and junior high school students, age 13 to 18, pay 2,500 yen (about $20) in advance, or 3,500 yen (about $29) at the gate. Admission is free for elementary school students and children 12 and younger.

Misawa ITT on base is selling advance tickets, and base residents also can reserve seats on an ITT shuttle bus that will leave from the base library at 11 a.m. Saturday. Call DSN 226-3555 for more information.

The gate opens at 1 p.m. The concert will be held rain or shine.

U.S.-based fighters arrive at IwakuniAbout 225 Marines and 12 F/A-18C fighter jets arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on Tuesday for a regular rotation.

The “Black Knights” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, from Miramar, Calif., replace Beaufort, S.C.-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 at Iwakuni.

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