Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
Spc. Nicholas Demetropoulos of the Utah National Guard examines an arrow on display at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America’s First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and other units joined the Northern Japan Army in a social event that included cultural activities and a display of traditional Japanese clothing and artifacts before the kickoff of the joint training exercise Yama Sakura. Yama Sakura, which means mountain cherry blossom, is a bilateral command post exercise with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in which U.S. and Japanese forces exchange ideas, techniques, military experience and exercise capabilities in defense of Japan. The exercise underscores the strength of the close, long-standing relationship the United States has with Japan and the JGSDF.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Erica Earl)
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