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Misawa's Cultural Day Celebration

Two women hug in front of an African American booth.

African American Heritage Association (AAHA) members participate in a Cultural Day Celebration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. AAHA members manned booths giving out food and information about African American history to prompt and enhance the unity and morale of the Misawa community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

The information card shows a picture of an empanada with a description of what it is and its origin.

Information cards highlight the Hispanic foods being offered during the Cultural Day Celebration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. The Hispanic American Heritage Committee provided food dishes originating from countries in Central and South America to show the variety of Hispanic foods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Volunteers interact with guests during a cultural day celebration.

Misawa Asian and Pacific Islanders (MAPI) members talk about their heritage with attendees of the Cultural Day Celebration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. MAPI participated in the celebration by giving out food that represented their cultures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Two ladies pour  horchata and agua fresca into cups with ladles.

Members of the Hispanic American Heritage Committee pour drinks at the Cultural Day Celebration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. The committee served horchata and agua fresca along with a variety of Hispanic dishes from countries across Central and South America.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Three members pose with desserts in their hands behind a booth.

Members of the Misawa Gay/Straight Alliance showcase their desserts at their booth during the Cultural Day Celebration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. The goal for the GSA is to create a positive environment for LGBTQ+ members and allies where they can express their individuality and feel recognized in a positive way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Misawa Asian and Pacific Islanders members pose for a picture in front of their booths during a Cultural Day Celebration.

Misawa Asian and Pacific Islanders (MAPI) members celebrate their heritage with a booth during the Cultural Day Celebration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. MAPI decorated their booth with cultural items to spark interest and inform people about Asian and Pacific Islanders’ communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

African American Heritage Association members pose for a picture standing behind their booth.

African American Heritage Association members celebrate their heritage during the Cultural Day Celebration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. AAHA served food to celebrate Misawa’s diverse culture and showcase the rich history of African Americans and their impact on America and the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

A group of people gather in a line for food inside a hanger.

Team Misawa members line up to get food at the Cultural Day Celebration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. The event was coordinated by the Misawa First Four and The Basement, to continue and reignite the conversations about diversity and integration on Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

People salsa dance in a hanger for the  Cultural Day Celebration

Attendants of the Cultural Day Celebration salsa on the dance floor at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. Most of the dancers participate in a salsa class that is provided here at Misawa.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Organizations such as the Misawa's Gay Straight Alliance, Hispanic American Heritage Committee, African American Heritage Association and Misawa Asian and Pacific Islanders had the opportunity to educate others on their cultures through food, conversations and decorated booths.