Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
1 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Maj. Woody Carter, America's First Corps, views traditional Japanese art on display at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Exped... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
2 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Maj. Woody Carter, America's First Corps, talks with a Japanese Soldier at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sus... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
3 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Soldiers learn the art of Japanese calligraphy at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and othe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
4 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Nicholas Demetropoulos of the Utah National Guard examines an arrow on display at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expedition... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
5 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Maj. Woody Carter, America's First Corps, talks with a Japanese Soldier at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sus... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
6 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sergeant Major of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Warrant Officer Susumu Takahashi, greets a Soldier with America's First Corps at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. In Japan... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
7 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sergeant Major of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Warrant Officer Susumu Takahashi, greets a Soldier with America's First Corps at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. In Japan... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
8 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the U.S. Army and the Northern Japan Army learn a traditional Japanese game at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Exp... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
9 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the U.S. Army and the Northern Japan Army learn a traditional Japanese game at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Exp... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
10 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier with America's First Corps talks with Japanese Soldiers at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment C... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
11 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier with America's First Corps talks with Japanese Soldiers at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment C... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
12 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier with America's First Corps shares a laugh with Japanese Soldiers at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sust... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
13 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier with America's First Corps talks with Japanese Soldiers at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment C... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
14 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with America's First Corps learn the Japanese art of origami at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainme... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
15 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force noncommissioned officers discuss similarities and differences between the two Armies in a cultural exchange before the kickoff of Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Yama Sakura is... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
16 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Women of the U.S. Army and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force talk about the role of women in both Armies, as well as the balance of work and family life, in a group discussion before the kickoff of Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 7, ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Yama Sakura 75 Cultural Exchange
17 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Women of the U.S. Army and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force talk about the role of women in both Armies, as well as the balance of work and family life, in a group discussion before the kickoff of Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 7, ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Prior to the kickoff of exercise Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose in Hokkaido, Japan, Soldiers from America's First Corps, U.S. Army Japan and Japan Northern Army, gathered to share cultural traditions and discuss professional development topics related to both Armies.

The exercise highlights the strength of the close, long-standing relationship the United States has with the country of Japan and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force .