Col. Reilly welcomes the Mayor of Shimoda City

by CATC Camp Fuji
U.S. Marine Corps

On August 8th, Camp Fuji Commanding Officer Colonel Reilly welcomed the Mayor of Shimoda City, Mr. Yusuke Fukui for an office call and base tour.

Mayor Fukui was a former Colonel and the Commanding Officer at the JGSDF Takigahara Garrison. The purpose of his visit was to discuss a possible schedule change of the city’s Black Ship Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Japan that celebrates the opening of the nation led by the arrival of Commodore Perry in 1854.

The very first Black Ship Festival was celebrated from April 20th to May 3rd, 1934 for two weeks. Since then the event dates had been set in May.
In 2020, the festival is tentatively scheduled from November 20th to 22nd with an intention of promote tourism during slow season.

During the meeting, Mayor Fukui expressed his appreciation for all the support the city receives from the USFJ, especially the US Navy, the 7th Fleet Band, and the USMC Camp Fuji Color Guards.

Colonel Reilly mentioned that he is going to miss the opportunity to attend the Black Ship Festival in 2020, and he has to pass the honor to his successor. He also confirmed that Camp Fuji is ready to support the city and its festival.

After the brief meeting, Col. Reilly took Mayor Fukui a quick tour around the base that included air tower, fire house, DST, EOD, and Fire Department.

Mayor Fukui thoroughly enjoyed the view from the top of the air tower where he was able to have a grasp of the surroundings of Camp Fuji.

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