U.S. and Japan unite in flag raising ceremony at Yama Sakura 75
1 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from America's First Corps prepare for a bilateral flag raising ceremony during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 11, 2018. American and Japanese forces raised their nations' flags in unison to represent the teamwo... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan unite in flag raising ceremony at Yama Sakura 75
2 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from America's First Corps and the Japan Northern Army prepare to raise their respective nations' flags in a ceremony during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Japan, Dec 11, 2018. American and Japanese forces raised the flags in unison... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan unite in flag raising ceremony at Yama Sakura 75
3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from America's First Corps and the Japan Northern Army raise their respective nations' flags in a ceremony during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Japan, Dec 11, 2018. American and Japanese forces raised the flags in unison to represe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan unite in flag raising ceremony at Yama Sakura 75
4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from America's First Corps prepare for a bilateral flag raising ceremony during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 11, 2018. American and Japanese forces raised their nations' flags in unison to represent the teamwo... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan unite in flag raising ceremony at Yama Sakura 75
5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from America's First Corps and the Japan Northern Army raise their respective nations' flags in a ceremony during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Japan, Dec 11, 2018. American and Japanese forces raised the flags in unison to represe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan unite in flag raising ceremony at Yama Sakura 75
6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from America's First Corps and the Japan Northern Army raise their respective nations' flags in a ceremony during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Japan, Dec 11, 2018. American and Japanese forces raised the flags in unison to represe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan unite in flag raising ceremony at Yama Sakura 75
7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from America's First Corps and the Japan Northern Army march together in a bilateral flag raising during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Japan, Dec 11, 2018. American and Japanese forces raised the flags in unison to represent the te... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan unite in flag raising ceremony at Yama Sakura 75
8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from America's First Corps and the Japan Northern Army participate in a bilateral flag raising during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Japan, Dec 11, 2018. American and Japanese forces raised the flags in unison to represent the teamw... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan-- Soldiers from America's First Corps and the Japan Northern Army joined together to raise their nations' flags in unison during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 11, 2018.

The ceremony symbolized the cooperation and joint effort of American and Japanese forces throughout Yama Sakura.

Yama Sakura, which translates to mountain cherry blossom, is a bilateral training exercise that strengthens America's alliance with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and commitment to assisting in keeping the region secure.