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A member of the Samurai Taiko drum team performs during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
A member of the Samurai Taiko drum team performs during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
A member of the Samurai Taiko drum team performs during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
A member of the Samurai Taiko drum team performs during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
A woman giggles while helping an airman dress up like a samurai during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
A woman giggles while helping an airman dress up like a samurai during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
The Samurai Taiko drum team, which includes both American and Japanese members, performs during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
The Samurai Taiko drum team, which includes both American and Japanese members, performs during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
A local man dons samurai garb for the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
A local man dons samurai garb for the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
A local man wearing samurai garb blows a conch shell to kick off the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
A local man wearing samurai garb blows a conch shell to kick off the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)
Samurai re-enactors fire confetti into the air at the start of the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
Samurai re-enactors fire confetti into the air at the start of the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The pounding drums of the Samurai Taiko drum team Friday signaled the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.

The two-hour festival, sponsored by the Japanese Welfare Association, put traditional food, music, kimonos and samurai clothing on display for Yokota personnel and their families.

About 450 people turned out for the event. The drum team, composed of American and Japanese members, performed a 20-minute set.

godbold.theron@stripes.com

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