• Mitsuo Onozaki demonstrates an ancient technique of Japanese martial arts at the U.S. Army Pacific booth during the Association of U.S. Army 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 26 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  During the performance, Onozaki cut two pieces of thick tatami mats with a Japanese sword, and broke a baseball bat with his leg.  His performance represented U.S. Army Japan.

    Japanese martial arts demonstration

    Mitsuo Onozaki demonstrates an ancient technique of Japanese martial arts at the U.S. Army Pacific booth during the Association of U.S. Army 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 26 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C...

  • Alaska Army National Guard Soldier Spc. David Smart fields questions about life in a remote Alaska village Oct. 26 during the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.  Smart demonstrated several traditional Alaska Native sporting events and described the subsistence hunting that is a way of life in many remote parts of Alaska. Smart hails from the village of Hooper Bay, on the Bering Sea coast, about 2,000 miles from Anchorage.

    Life in remote Alaska

    Alaska Army National Guard Soldier Spc. David Smart fields questions about life in a remote Alaska village Oct. 26 during the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Smart demonstrated several traditional Alaska...

  • Spc. David Smart demonstrates the one-foot high kick, a traditional Alaska Native sporting event. Smart spoke about life his native village of Hooper Bay, Alaska, and his service as an Alaska Army National Guard Soldier with B Co., 1st Battalion, 134th Infantry (Airborne), based in Bethel, on Alaska's Bering Sea coast.  U.S. Army Alaska is one of U.S. Army Pacific's major units.

    Alaskan sports demonstration

    Spc. David Smart demonstrates the one-foot high kick, a traditional Alaska Native sporting event. Smart spoke about life his native village of Hooper Bay, Alaska, and his service as an Alaska Army National Guard Soldier with B Co., 1st Battalion, 134th...

  • Spc. Christopher Mozee, a military policeman from Fort Bragg, N.C., learns a Hawaiian version of the limbo during a performance by Hawaiian dancers Oct. 26 at the U.S. Army Pacific booth during the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. Performances at the USARPAC booth throughout the week illustrated the command's area of responsibility that includes Japan, Hawaii and Alaska.

    Limbo - Hawaiian style

    Spc. Christopher Mozee, a military policeman from Fort Bragg, N.C., learns a Hawaiian version of the limbo during a performance by Hawaiian dancers Oct. 26 at the U.S. Army Pacific booth during the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - While trinkets, snacks and myriad freebies draw crowds to many of the displays at the Association of the U.S. Army Meeting and Exposition, a full schedule of floor shows attracted curious revelers at the U.S. Army Pacific booth.

USARPACAca,!a,,cs area of responsibility includes points wide-ranging as Hawaii, Alaska and Japan. A full schedule of cultural events and demonstrations at the commandAca,!a,,cs booth illustrated that diversity for AUSA attendees.

Hula dancers and musicians evoked HawaiiAca,!a,,cs blend of native, European and Asian cultures.

Spc. David Smart, representing U.S. Army Alaska, told of his life in Hooper Bay, a remote village on the Bering Sea, prompting many questions from the audience on the subsistence lifestyle he leads and Alaska Native culture in general.

The U.S. Army Japan contingent brought one of its own local civilian employees, Mitsuo Onozaki, who has studied Japanese martial arts since the age of 6. Now 61, he wowed crowds with his deft sword technique and the ability to break a baseball bat with his bare feet.

Onozaki comes by his skills honestly, having descended from a long line of Samurai warriors. His family established the Musojikiden-Mitsuhiroryu martial arts school about 1,000 years ago and it continues to this day.

The cultural events will run every day at the AUSA gathering until its close on Oct. 27.

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