U.S., Japan kids connect at Misawa hockey exhibition

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids compete in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Ice Hockey Arena, Japan, Jan. 27, 2018.

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base leadership gather with the competing teams before the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Ice Hockey Arena in Misawa City, Japan, Jan. 27, 2018. Mr. Fukusawa, Tohoku Defense Bureau Chief, Misawa City Mayor Taneichi, and U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, offered opening remarks for the event, expressing hopes of another year of strong friendship between the city and the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Linscott)

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids competed in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Hockey Arena Jan 27, 2018.

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids stretch before competing in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Ice Hockey Arena in Misawa City, Japan, Jan. 27, 2018. The annual event matched Japanese and American kids of similar ages together in competition, one of the many ways the city and the base connect during the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Linscott)

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids competed in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Hockey Arena Jan 27, 2018.

One of the Misawa City teams dons their helmets before competition at the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Ice Hockey Arena in Misawa City, Japan, Jan. 27, 2018. As a symbol of the city’s wishes for a prosperous New Year, the participants used equipment shaped like Misawa’s local produce. The garlic clove-shaped helmets, yam-like hockey sticks and clam-my pucks showcased the local economy and reinforced the community’s commitment to “co-prosperity and co-existence” among both Japanese and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Linscott)

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids competed in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Hockey Arena Jan 27, 2018.

The Misawa Air Base “Ice Breakers” team puts on their protective gear before competition at the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Ice Hockey Arena, in Misawa City, Japan, Jan. 27, 2018. Japanese and American kids battled it out on the rink by age group, playing in several matches against their international counterparts throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Linscott)

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids competed in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Hockey Arena Jan 27, 2018.

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids shake hands before competing in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Ice Hockey Arena in Misawa City, Japan, Jan. 27, 2018. The annual event matched Japanese and American kids of similar ages together in competition, one of the many ways the city and the base connect during the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Linscott)

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids compete in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition.

Misawa City kids swipe away the puck during the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition at the Misawa International Center Ice Hockey Arena in Misawa City, Japan, Jan. 27, 2018. Japanese and American kids battled it out on the rink by age group, playing in several matches against their international counterparts throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Linscott)

MISAWA CITY, Japan --

Misawa City and Misawa Air Base kids competed in the 6th Misawa Ice Hockey Exhibition Jan. 27, bringing together six- to eleven-year-olds to celebrate the U.S.-Japan partnership in friendly competition.

To kick off the event, Mr. Fukusawa, the Tohoku Defense Bureau chief, Misawa City Mayor Taneichi, and U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, offered opening remarks, noting the strong relationship between the city and the base and their hopes for a prosperous New Year.

Following opening remarks, the kids geared up with equipment shaped like Misawa’s local produce. The garlic clove-shaped helmets, yam-like hockey sticks and clam-my pucks showcased the local economy and reinforced the community’s commitment to “co-prosperity and co-existence” among both Japanese and Americans.

The kids then battled it out on the rink by age group, playing in several matches against their international counterparts throughout the day.