America's First Corps Band plays alongside Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Service Members, performing Christmas numbers at Clis Road at the Shotengai Shopping District in Sendai, Japan during exercise Yama Sakura 73. Yama Sakura is an annual bilateral command post exercise involving the U.S. Military and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).The purpose of the exercise is to enhance U.S. and Japanese combat readiness and interoperability while strengthening bilateral relationships and demonstrating U.S. resolve to support the security interests of allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. During the exercise, U.S. military members and JGSDF members exchange ideas, tactics, techniques, military experiences, and culture. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marquis Whitehead/released)