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Sushi and samurai: Yokota airmen celebrate host nation’s culture in western Tokyo

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.

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By THERON GODBOLD | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 11, 2019

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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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.
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