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Misawa's community commons team initiates winter trade market

Miyuki Taneichi, left, the 35th Force Support Squadron community commons program specialist, and Alejandra Santoyo, right, a recreational aid, host the Winter Trade Market at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. Their intent was to create opportunities for individuals around base to take interest in recreational winter sports. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Miyuki Taneichi, left, the 35th Force Support Squadron community commons program specialist, and Alejandra Santoyo, right, a recreational aid, host the Winter Trade Market at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. Their intent was to create opportunities for individuals around base to participate in recreational winter sports. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Vendors sell their lightly-used snow gear to interested Team Misawa members at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. These vendors offer equipment at a lower price to aid individuals in saving money. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Vendors sell their lightly-used snow gear to interested Team Misawa members at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. These vendors offer equipment at a lower price to aid individuals in saving money. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Snowboards are displayed during the Winter Trade Market at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. The market provided an opportunity for Team Misawa members to pick up winter sport equipment at a low cost. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Snowboards are displayed during the Winter Trade Market at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. The market provided an opportunity for Team Misawa members to pick up winter sport equipment at a low cost. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Vendors sell their lightly-used snow equipment to Team Misawa members interested in winter sports at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. Items such as snowboard wax and snow boots are sold at a low cost inspire individuals to get involved in recreational sports during the winter. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Vendors sell their lightly-used snow equipment to Team Misawa members interested in winter sports at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. Items such as snowboard wax and snow boots are sold at a low cost to inspire individuals to get involved in recreational sports during the winter. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Michael and Yoshie McGlothan, Misawa Team members, participate in the Winter Trade Market as vendors at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019.  The retired military couple sell their snow equipment to pique the interest in snowboarding for other Team Misawa members. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

Michael and Yoshie McGlothan, Misawa Team members, participate in the Winter Trade Market as vendors at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. The retired military couple sell their snow equipment to pique the interest in snowboarding for other Team Misawa members. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Garcia)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

The 35th Force Support Squadron community commons team hosted the Winter Trade Market at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26.

 

35th FSS leaders and Miyuki Taneichi, the 35th FSS community commons program specialist, created the market to give Team Misawa an opportunity to either find, sell, or trade-in their own winter equipment without spending a lot of money.

 

“We are providing Airmen the ability to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Taneichi. “With the amount of snow here, we wanted to offer the equipment needed to learn a winter activity such as snowboarding or skiing.”

 

During Saturday’s event, Team Misawa members bargained with vendors to get the best price possible for the winter sports equipment. 

 

“Winter in Misawa can be amazing, and it is a prime location for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world,” stated Matthew Busby, the 35th FSS commercial sponsorship and advertising coordinator. “This region always receives a tremendous amount of snow, and individuals can enjoy it by having the proper equipment.”

 

Busby explained winter sports can be expensive due to the equipment required. However, he mentioned the Winter Trade Market is an opportunity for Team Misawa members to invest in the equipment at a low cost.

 

“We purposely geared our prices below retail cost for those interested in any kind of winter sport, whether it be skiing or snowboarding,” said Busby. “Any time we can get people from the base together to talk about similar interests is a win.”

 

For more information, please visit the 35th FSS website at https://35fsscom/community-commons/.