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Harunaoka Senior Home receives visit from Airmen, families

A Japanese elder, left, and Eiko Koiwa, center, a caretaker, smiles at Matthew Joiner, right, son of Master Sgt. James Joiner, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosives ordnance disposal technician, at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Approximately 20 Airmen and their families spent time with members to get them to be active and combat loneliness. As an easy activity, the children brought balloons to bounce back and forth with the Japanese nationals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

A Japanese elder, left, and Eiko Koiwa, center, a caretaker, smiles at Matthew Joiner, right, son of Master Sgt. James Joiner, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosives ordnance disposal technician, at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Approximately 20 Airmen and their families spent time with members to get them to be active and combat loneliness. As an easy activity, the children brought balloons to bounce back and forth with the Japanese nationals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Leah Skaggs, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Erik Skaggs, the 35th Medical Group executive officer, plays the violin for Japanese elders at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. During their visit, Airmen and their families sang Christmas songs, gave gifts and played with the members. The Chapel and their groups visit the facility bi-monthly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Leah Skaggs, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Erik Skaggs, the 35th Medical Group executive officer, plays the violin for Japanese elders at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. During their visit, Airmen and their families sang Christmas songs, gave gifts and played with the members. The Chapel and their groups visit the facility bi-monthly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

James Joiner III, left, son of Master Sgt. James Joiner, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosives ordnance disposal technician, holds hand of Tanae, right, a Japanese elder at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Many children walked around to meet members and talk with them. In 1984, the facility workers started to reach out to Misawa’s chapel to hold organized events every other month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

James Joiner III, left, son of Master Sgt. James Joiner, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosives ordnance disposal technician, holds hand of Tanae, right, a Japanese elder at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Many children walked around to meet members and talk with them. In 1984, the facility workers started to reach out to Misawa’s chapel to hold organized events every other month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Rachel Skaggs, left, wife of Tech. Sgt. Erik Skaggs, the 35th Medical Group executive officer, shakes hands with Hiromu Ijiri, center, a Japanese elder, and Eiko Koiwa, a caretaker, at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Misawa Air Base’s Chapel and its groups visit the facility bi-monthly to spend time with them, ensuring the members are not lonely. The facility provides help for elderly Japanese nationals who have no one to care for them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Rachel Skaggs, left, wife of Tech. Sgt. Erik Skaggs, the 35th Medical Group executive officer, shakes hands with Hiromu Ijiri, center, a Japanese elder, and Eiko Koiwa, a caretaker, at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Misawa Air Base’s Chapel and its groups visit the facility bi-monthly to spend time with them, ensuring the members are not lonely. The facility provides help for elderly Japanese nationals who have no one to care for them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Chiyo, a Japanese elder, holds a gift from Misawa Airmen and families at the Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Chiyo celebrated her birthday for turning 84-years-old in December. The facility helps care for elderly in need by providing food and shelter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Chiyo, a Japanese elder, holds a gift from Misawa Airmen and families at the Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Chiyo celebrated her birthday for turning 84-years-old in December. The facility helps care for elderly in need by providing food and shelter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Akira, left, a Japanese elder, receives a birthday celebration from Miyako Fukuda, right, a Harunaoka Old Age Home event organizer and caretaker, at Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Akira, who turned 72-years-old, celebrated his birthday along with others in the month of December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Akira, left, a Japanese elder, receives a birthday celebration from Miyako Fukuda, right, a Harunaoka Old Age Home event organizer and caretaker, at Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Akira, who turned 72-years-old, celebrated his birthday along with others in the month of December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- A Japanese elder, left, and Eiko Koiwa, center, a caretaker, smiles at Matthew Joiner, right, son of Master Sgt. James Joiner, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosives ordnance disposal technician, at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Approximately 20 Airmen and their families spent time with members to get them to be active and combat loneliness. As an easy activity, the children brought balloons to bounce back and forth with the Japanese nationals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)