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“Two cultures, One community”
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Mayor Taneichi’s speech
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Friendship in Friendship Park
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The farewell speech
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The Wa-wa-wa Club performs with koto strings during the 32nd Annual Japan Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2019. The Wa-wa-wa Club plays a variety of classical Japanese music with symphonic Japanese instruments across the Aomori prefecture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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A collection of Noh masks line the entrance to the 32nd Annual Japan Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2019. Noh masks were traditionally used in Japanese theatre for hundreds of years and have numerous types with different meanings in Japanese culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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A Japan Day attendee writes his name in “katakana” during an art class during the 32nd Annual Japan Day festival at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2019. Japanese calligraphy is the ancient Japanese practice of artistic hand writing. “Katakana” characters are commonly used for words from foreign languages. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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A Makibano Kids drummer plays a taiko drum during the 32nd Annual Japan Day festival at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2019. This was one of 16 performance groups that traveled across the Aomori prefecture to attend the Japan Day event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, gets a bite for good luck from a Japanese lion at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2019. The dance of the lion is fabled to dispel evil and calls in good luck. This traditional lion dance performance was one of many Misawa service members had an opportunity take part in during Japan Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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Kazumasa Taneichi, center left, the Misawa City mayor, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jason J. Cockrum, center right, the 35th Operations Group commander, cut the ribbon marking the beginning of the 32nd Annual Japan Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2019. The Misawa International Club and Misawa AB leadership held their first Japan Day in 1988 to strengthen the community and share Japanese heritage. Conducting annual bilateral events reinforces the more than 60-year relationship that helps preserve peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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A Japanese storyteller stands in character during a traditional Japanese play at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2019. The Japanese storytelling was a performance consisting of traditional dances, songs played with traditional instruments and acting for the 32nd Annual Japan Day, which shared Japanese culture with the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force security forces members pose for a group photo after a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019.  Both teams played roughly six short games over the span of an hour.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force security forces members play in a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019.  This soccer game helped bolster teamwork and relations between Japanese and American forces, allowing them to communicate in spite of the language barrier(U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bruce Rick, right, the 35th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, and Staff Sgt. Shouta Hasegawa, left, a 3rd Air Wing security guard, high five during a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019.  The soccer game is one of many events hosted by Misawa AB to increase camaraderie and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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American and Japanese security forces members run for a ball in a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019.  This sporting event provided a way for both squadrons to connect and team build, which is crucial for the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force security guard makes a quick pass to a teammate at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019. American and Japanese security forces members held a bilateral soccer game to build camaraderie and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
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