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Yoichi Akimoto, president of the Japanese Welfare Association, gives opening remarks during the JWA New Year Fest, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Yoichi Akimoto, president of the Japanese Welfare Association, gives opening remarks during the JWA New Year Fest, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The JWA is a non-profit group made up of Japanese employees at Yokota. For more than 70 years the JWA has provided morale, welfare and recreational activities for Yokota’s Japanese employees and the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, provides opening remarks for the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, provides opening remarks for the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. In his remarks, Jones thanked the Japanese employees for taking the time to share their culture with base personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Yokota leadership breaks open a sake barrel along with the Japanese Welfare Association, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Yokota Defense Office’s leaders during the JWA New Year Fest, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Yokota leadership breaks open a sake barrel along with the Japanese Welfare Association, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Yokota Defense Office’s leaders during the JWA New Year Fest, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The festival offered a variety of entertainment such as: Japanese tea ceremonies, Kimoto try-on, Yosakoi dance performance, Taiko performance, photo sessions with armored samurai and food booths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Members of Sokukai, Yosakoi dance performance group, perform during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Members of Sokukai, Yosakoi dance performance group, perform during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The Sokukai is a group made up of members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force at Yokota AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Members of Sokukai, Yosakoi dance performance group, perform during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Members of Sokukai, Yosakoi dance performance group, perform during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The event offered Yokota’s members an opportunity to experience a variety of traditional Japanese culture and foods, deepening the friendship between the U.S. community and Japanese employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Children learn how to play the Koto, a traditional Japanese harp, from a Japanese employee during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Children learn how to play the Koto, a traditional Japanese harp, from a Japanese employee during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The event offered Yokota’s members an opportunity to experience a variety of traditional Japanese culture and foods, deepening the friendship between the U.S. community and Japanese employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A Japanese employee prepares Matcha green tea for festival attendees during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

A Japanese employee prepares Matcha green tea for festival attendees during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The festival offered a variety of entertainment such as: Japanese tea ceremonies, Kimoto try-on, Yosakoi dance performance, Taiko performance, photo sessions with armored samurai and food booths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Members of Team Yokota experience Sado, the Japanese traditional tea ceremony, during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan

Members of Team Yokota experience Sado, the Japanese traditional tea ceremony, during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Sado is the ceremony of serving and having tea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Members of the Samurai Taiko Drum Team perform during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Members of the Samurai Taiko Drum Team perform during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The Samurai Taiko Drum Team is made up of members of the Yokota community, including both American and Japanese performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A member of the Samurai Taiko Drum Team performs during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
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A member of the Samurai Taiko Drum Team performs during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The festival offered a variety of entertainment such as: Japanese tea ceremonies, Kimoto try-on, Yosakoi dance performance, Taiko performance, photo sessions with armored samurai and food booths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A member of Team Yokota gets dressed in a Kimono during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan
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A member of Team Yokota gets dressed in a Kimono during the New Year Fest hosted by the Japanese Welfare Association, Jan.10, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. 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 Machiko Arita)

Japanese employees serve complimentary Ozoni, a Japanese traditional New Year soup containing rice cakes, and Oshiruko, a red bean soup with rice cakes, to members of Team Yokota.
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Japanese employees serve complimentary Ozoni, a Japanese traditional New Year soup containing rice cakes, and Oshiruko, a red bean soup with rice cakes, to members of Team Yokota. Ozoni is a dish made in Japanese homes in the New Year, calling on wishes for good health in the upcoming year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

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