Yokota joins in theTanabata Festival

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Military members from Yokota Air Base, Japan, sing and carry a Mikoshi (shrine) during the Fussa Tanabata Festival Aug. 6. The festival itself featured a number of different groups carrying Mikoshi shrines and mobile stages featuring performances of traditional Japanese characters such as a fox and an Oni, or a demon. At many points during the march the carrying groups would raise the shrines and cheer in front of the stages. The festival included performances of traditional Japanese dancing and the carrying of Mikoshi from Shinmeisya Shrine to Fussa City Hall. (U.S. Air force photos by Staff Sgt. Stacy Moless)