FLEACT Yokosuka Festival of Trees ushers in holiday season
Fleet Activities Yokosuka spread the holiday spirit to service members, their friends and the local Japanese community with the 2012 Festival of Trees at the C2 auditorium, Dec. 8-9.
The Festival was for commands to help the community begin celebrating the holidays. Trees were on display from commands such as FLEACT, Yokosuka, Submarine Group Seven (CSG 7) and U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka.
“This is my second year being a part of the Festival of Trees event,” said Cristina Neumann, Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) special events coordinator. “This is a great community event and we do our best to engage with the local community to share our holiday spirit. There are several local community groups that worked with us and participated in order to help this event become a reality.”
All three choirs from The Sullivan’s Elementary, Yokosuka Middle and Nile C. Kinnick High Schools, a country dance by the ‘Diamond Shoes Group’, Japanese Taiko by the ‘B-Style Group’ and the Seika Kindergarten Band were amongst the performers participating to help boost the crowds’ holiday cheer.
Prior to their performance, the Seika Elementary Band presented Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka Capt. David A. Owen and MWR staff members a Christmas gift consisting of a bouquet of flowers while thanking him for inviting them to the base.
“This festival was an enjoyable experience for me and my family,” said Shigenori Nozaki, a professional gardener from Yokohama. He was invited to the base by his sister-in-law, who is married to a civilian worker.
“What I found interesting was the fact that each tree on display was unique and had its own individuality,” said Nozaki. “To be able to celebrate Christmas holidays on base with Americans has been a memorable experience.”
Santa was also present to hear children’s Christmas wishes as well as take photos. He also had a holiday message for entire community that he felt everyone should abide by.
“It’s that time of year again for Fleet Activities Yokosuka!” he said. “Everyone is busy buying gifts for friends and families and also visiting loved ones. I wish for everyone to be always conscious of being safe and simply have a Merry Christmas!”