Team Misawa lights Japanese community with holiday spirit

Team Misawa lights Japanese community’s world

Christmas lights glow in a base housing window during the 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 16, 2017. Team Misawa members displayed many kinds of lights decorations during the holiday season for passersby to see. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Team Misawa lights Japanese community’s world

Kano Satou, left, Rimu Satou, center, and Hazuki Satou, event attendees, pause for a photo with Santa during the 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 16, 2017. Participants played games, took pictures with Santa, jumped on an inflatable bounce house and enjoyed the holiday cheer with young American children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Team Misawa lights Japanese community’s world

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Ortiz, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician, places an ornament on a Christmas tree during the 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 16, 2017. Many Team Misawa members volunteered to deliver holiday cheer to the local community by bringing cookies, fun activities and Santa to show participants an American-style Christmas event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Team Misawa lights Japanese community’s world

Leadership from the 35th Fighter Wing greets local Japanese Holiday Lights Tour participants at Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 16, 2017. These Airmen met with participants at an off-base location to kick off the 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour, which offered the 35 FW’s Japanese neighbors a chance to see American festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Team Misawa lights Japanese community’s world

The 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour attendees exit a bus at Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 16, 2017. Guests viewed lights around base housing and ended their time at Sollars Elementary School where they bonded with their American counterparts while playing games and enjoying festive food. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Team Misawa lights Japanese community’s world

Riku Sasaki, left, and Shunya Sasaki, 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour attendees, pause for a photo at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 16, 2017. During the event, Team Misawa bussed local community members around the base to view lights displayed by base housing residents and ended with refreshments and games. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Team Misawa lights Japanese community’s world

Aiyuki Kawahata, an 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour attendee, receives a cookie at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 16, 2017. After viewing the base lighting displays, the 35th Fighter Wing offered cookies, warm chocolate and apple cider to the children while they played games and took photos with Santa, fostering closer community relations between the base and its neighbors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Team Misawa lights Japanese community’s world

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Ortiz, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician, strings an ornament during the 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 16, 2017. The tour offered approximately 350 Japanese nationals an opportunity to enjoy base housing lights followed by a festive event for families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

The 35th Fighter Wing hosted the 18th Annual Holiday Lights Tour Dec. 16.

Approximately 350 local Japanese toured Misawa’s housing areas to witness base residents' lights displays then experienced a festive ending at Sollars Elementary School.

“My family enjoyed the event,” said Hazuki Satou, an 18th Annual Holidays Lights Tour attendee. “It was such a pleasant and happy feeling with all the activities and festivities provided to the children.”

Japanese nationals and their children shared cookies, warm apple cider and hot chocolate with their American counterparts, growing and bonding with each other despite language barriers.

Sharing traditions and breaking barriers through boughs of holly, Misawa AB continues to bring the community closer together with the help of host-nation friends.