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American, Japanese Sailors Exchange Culture
191216-N-EN275-005.JPG Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur

YOKOSUKA, Japan - Chief petty officers from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) exchange a Christmas wreath and kodomatsu, or pine gate, at Naval Air Facility Atsugi. Kodomatsu are traditional Japanese decorations placed in front of homes and offices in pairs around the New Year to welcome kami (spirits) that will bring bountiful harvests and ancestral blessings in the New Year.


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