On April 13, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is celebrating “Purple Up” Day, a worldwide recognition of the strength and sacrifice of military children, by offering free treats to any child wearing purple at participating Yokota Exchange restaurants.
April is Month of the Military Child and Stars and Stripes is publishing stories from our talented military brats. It’s only March, but we already have lots of submissions. Here’s one from Jane Dick, a 5th-grader at Mendel Elementary School on Yokota Air Base, Japan.
Even in Japan, Chinese food is a popular choice for eating out. And for those stationed at Camp Zama, Shinryu Hanten, a 10-minute drive away, has been satisfying those Chinese food cravings for 22 years.
Look down the main alleyways of most major Japanese towns and you will probably find one or two small shops with red lanterns, or “akachochin,” at their entrances. The scene is likely to be accompanied by the aroma of skewered “yakitori” chicken over hot coals and the sounds of merrymaking.