Festival of Trees at Yokosuka
December 10, 2003
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Commands will be decorating Christmas trees this week for the Festival of Trees holiday party Saturday and Sunday.
The festival, an open house amid 46 twinkling trees in the C-2 auditorium, runs both weekend days from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free.
There will be candy, soft drinks and other refreshments, and small gifts for children.
And Santa Claus will be hearing gift requests.
Two children’s choirs will perform Saturday. The first, a Seika Kindergarten group, will sing from about 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Then an Ikego Elementary School choir will sing carols until about 12:30 p.m.
Pianist Fumiko Matsuno, who often performs in the Officers Club and gives piano lessons on base, will perform holiday tunes throughout both days.
On Monday, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office staff began hauling the trees — most between 6 and 7 feet — up the stairs to the auditorium.
On Tuesday, commands — Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, the Ship Repair Facility, the base hospital, the dental center and all 11 ships among them — were set to send their most visually creative staffers to the auditorium to decorate their trees.
The sparkling auditorium also will be the scene Friday night of an evening-dress reception the base is hosting for local Japanese officials, such as the Yokosuka mayor and the head of the Chamber of Commerce.