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Taiko drummers perform for an audience at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

Taiko drummers perform for an audience at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. The event allowed members of Team Yokota to experience a variety of traditional Japanese foods, performances and ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander and members of the Japanese Welfare Association (JWA) perform a Kagami-biraki, or sake barrel opening ceremony, at Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander and members of the Japanese Welfare Association (JWA) perform a Kagami-biraki, or sake barrel opening ceremony, at Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. For seventy years, the JWA has provided morale, welfare and recreation activities for Yokota’s Japanese employees and local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Matthew Gilmore)

A pair of men in traditional samurai armor have a chat with a set of young girls at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

A pair of men in traditional samurai armor have a chat with a set of young girls at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. The event allowed members of Team Yokota to experience a variety of traditional Japanese foods, performances, and ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

Children smile for the camera while wearing kimonos at Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

Children smile for the camera while wearing kimonos at Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. The event allowed for both men and women from Yokota to wear kimonos and experience a variety of traditions from Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A woman performs a traditional Japanese dance at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

A woman performs a traditional Japanese dance at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. The event allowed members of Team Yokota to experience a variety of traditional Japanese foods, performances and ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A musician plays the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

A musician plays the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. Made from kiri wood, the koto is the national instrument of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

Fingers strum the strings of a koto, a traditional Japanese instrument at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

Fingers strum the strings of a koto, a traditional Japanese instrument at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. Made from kiri wood, the Koto is the national instrument of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A member of the Japanese Welfare Association prepares food for the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

A member of the Japanese Welfare Association prepares food for the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. For seventy years the JWA has provided morale, welfare and recreation activities for Yokota’s Japanese employees and local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Matthew Gilmore)

A member of the Japanese Welfare Association provides food to a member of Team Yokota at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.

A member of the Japanese Welfare Association provides food to a member of Team Yokota at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. For seventy years the JWA has provided morale, welfare and recreation activities for Yokota’s Japanese employees and local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Matthew Gilmore)

Members of Team Yokota enjoy yakitori, a traditional Japanese meal cooked over a charcoal fire, at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019.
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Members of Team Yokota enjoy yakitori, a traditional Japanese meal cooked over a charcoal fire, at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. The event allowed members of Team Yokota to experience a variety of traditional Japanese foods, performances, and ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Taiko drummers perform for an audience at the annual Japanese Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 11, 2019. The event allowed members of Team Yokota to experience a variety of traditional Japanese foods, performances and ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)