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Yokota's Students Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

Students perform the Chinese dragon dance as part of the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019

Students perform the Chinese dragon dance as part of the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. In following this year’s theme of “Uniting our Mission by Engaging Each Other”, students were able to experience firsthand the customs and traditions of cultures from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

Students perform the Tinikling, a traditional Philippine folk dance, during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.

Students perform the Tinikling, a traditional Philippine folk dance, during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. The event, while focusing on educating individuals on different aspects of Asian Pacific Islander heritage, was a celebration of diversity and emphasized the importance of understanding one another’s culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A variety of Japanese culturally significant traditions stand as one before the student body during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.

A variety of Japanese culturally significant traditions stand as one before the student body during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. The event allowed students to experience Ikebana floral arrangement, origami, samurai customs, a tea ceremony, ink wash painting, Kimono or Yukata dress, Kendo, and Tanabata dance from their host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A collection of origami made by the students of Yokota High School hang from a rack during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.

A collection of origami made by the students of Yokota High School hang from a rack during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. In following this year’s theme of “Uniting our Mission by Engaging Each Other”, students were able to experience firsthand the customs and traditions of cultures from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A volunteer fastens the helmet of a Yokota High School student wearing traditional samurai armor at the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.

A volunteer fastens the helmet of a Yokota High School student wearing traditional samurai armor at the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. In following this year’s theme of “Uniting our Mission by Engaging Each Other”, students were able to experience firsthand the customs and traditions of cultures from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A Yokota High School student in traditional samurai armor leads a victory cheer during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.

A Yokota High School student in traditional samurai armor leads a victory cheer during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. The event, while focusing on educating individuals on different aspects of Asian Pacific Islander heritage, was a celebration of diversity and emphasized the importance of understanding one another’s culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

Tanabata dancers teach Yokota High School students the choreography for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.

Tanabata dancers teach Yokota High School students the choreography for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. In following this year’s theme of “Uniting our Mission by Engaging Each Other”, students were able to experience firsthand the customs and traditions of cultures from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A volunteer secures their mask prior to a Kendo demonstration during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.

A volunteer secures their mask prior to a Kendo demonstration during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. With Kendo’s roots dating back to the Shotoku Era of Japan, the celebration gave students an opportunity to learn about a variety customs and traditions from all over the Asian Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

A pair of volunteers showcase the martial art of Kendo for the Students of Yokota High School during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.

A pair of volunteers showcase the martial art of Kendo for the Students of Yokota High School during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. In following this year’s theme of “Uniting our Mission by Engaging Each Other”, students were able to experience firsthand the customs and traditions of cultures from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

Students from Ome Sogo High School show students from Yokota High School how to properly arrange an Ikebana Floral arrangement during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.
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Students from Ome Sogo High School show students from Yokota High School how to properly arrange an Ikebana Floral arrangement during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. The event, while focusing on educating individuals on different aspects of Asian Pacific Islander heritage, was a celebration of diversity and emphasized the importance of understanding one another’s culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

Students from Yokota High School prepare an Ikebana Floral arrangement during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019.
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Students from Yokota High School prepare an Ikebana Floral arrangement during the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. With Ikebana dating back to the Ashikaga period of Japan, the celebration gave students an opportunity to learn about a variety customs and traditions from all over the Asian Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Students perform the Chinese dragon dance as part of the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. In following this year’s theme of “Uniting our Mission by Engaging Each Other”, students were able to experience firsthand the customs and traditions of cultures from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)