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Yokota celebrates Tanabata Festival with local community

The 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi shrine sits on the Shinmeisha Shrine at Fussa City, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018, during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival

The 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi shrine sits on the Shinmeisha Shrine at Fussa City, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018, during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival. Yokota Airmen have participated in carrying the mikoshi since 1975. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Members from Yokota Air Base carry the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City

Members from Yokota Air Base carry the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018. More than 70 volunteers from Yokota carried the mikoshi during this year's festival. Yokota Airmen have attended the festival since 1958 and have actively participated in carrying a mikoshi since 1975. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Members from Yokota Air Base carry the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City

Members from Yokota Air Base carry the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018. More than 70 volunteers from Yokota carried the mikoshi during this year's festival. Yokota Airmen have attended the festival since 1958 and have actively participated in carrying a mikoshi since 1975. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Members from Yokota Air Base cheer after carrying the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi

Members from Yokota Air Base cheer after carrying the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018. The festival gives Yokota members an opportunity to meet and build friendships with the local community while experiencing Japanese culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Members from Yokota Air Base carry the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City

Members from Yokota Air Base carry the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018. Even though the temperature rose over 100 Fahrenheit, more than 70 service members form Yokota participated in carrying the mikoshi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Members from Yokota Air Base carry the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City,

Members from Yokota Air Base carry the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018. More than 70 volunteers from Yokota carried the mikoshi during this year's festival. Yokota Airmen have attended the festival since 1958 and have actively participated in carrying a mikoshi since 1975. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

An Airman from Yokota Air Base carries the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival

An Airman from Yokota Air Base carries the 374th Airlift Wing's official mikoshi during the 68th Annual Fussa Tanabata Festival at Fussa City, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018. Each year, members of Yokota join the festival to participate in the Japanese tradition and foster relationships with the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The steady beat of drums welcomed Airmen and residents from Yokota as they attended Fussa City's 68th Annual Tanabata Festival Aug. 3. Approximately 70 Team Yokota Airmen participated in the ceremonial opening parade, taking turns as they carried a "mikoshi," a portable Shinto shrine, on their shoulders through the streets of Fussa.