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JR Fussa Station on the Ome Line. 福生駅
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JR Fussa Station connects to Seiyu
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JR Fussa Station, North side
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JR Fussa Station, North side
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JR Fussa Station, South side
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JR Fussa Station, South side
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JR Fussa Station
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JR Fussa Station platform
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Kami Josui Park near Tamagawa Josui canal. 加美上水公園
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Kami Josui Park
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Kanizaka Park near Tamagawa River かに坂公園
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Map along the Tamagawa River
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Tamagawa River
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Jogging route along Tamagawa River
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Tamagawa Josui canal in Fussa
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Park to meet someone special and to "create happiness" as the name "Fussa" implies.
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Fussa manhole cover with Tanabata design
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Another manhole with the city's flower, bird, and tree, and Tanabata.
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Sign in English
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JR Haijima Station being renovated in early 2007. 拝島駅
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Walking guide to Fussa at Haijima Station.
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Haijima Station platform 拝島駅
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JR Fussa Station on the JR Ome Line is decorated with tanabata streamers during Aug. 6-9.
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JR Fussa Station
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JR Fussa Station. Go out the West (Nishiguchi) exit for the Tanabata Matsuri.
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Right outside the west exit of Fussa Station was this helpful information booth, offering free maps and info about the festival.
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Area in front of Fussa Station's west exit.
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Tanabata decorations on the west side of Fussa Station.1 comments
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Fussa's biggest event is the Fussa Tanabata Matsuri. The 59th festival was held during Aug. 6-9, 2009. I visited on Aug. 9, 2009.
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Ekimae-dori road had outdoor tanabata decorations. In fact, there are no indoor arcade areas for tanabata in Fussa.
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Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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MJ who died in June 2009.
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The festival is said to have originated from a Star Festival in China. According to Chinese legend, east of the Milky Way there was a Heavenly King whose daughter worked as a weaver. However, when she married a herdsman, she quit weaving.
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This angered her father who banished the herdsman to the other side of the Milky Way. He allowed the two to meet only once a year on the evening of the seventh day of the seventh month (according to the lunar calendar).
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The weaver is represented by the Vega star and the herdsman by the Altair star. As a prayer to produce better arts and crafts, the Imperial Court and the warrior class paid homage to these two stars from ancient times. This practice spread to the masses.
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Japan's largest Tanabata Matsuri is in Sendai. Tanabata in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa and Asagaya in Tokyo are also well known.
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Quite a few people wore yukata.
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A band parade by local school children.
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Making their way through Ekimae-dori.
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Fussa manhole depicting tanabata festival in Tokyo.
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Another road with tanabata decorations in Fussa was this Ginza-dori road, also outdoors.
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The decorations on Ginza-dori were more creative.
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Michael Jackson tribute in Aug. 2009, Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. Very good likeness.1 comments
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On the reverse side of MJ, was Barack Obama, Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Barack Obama at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. A very good likeness.1 comments
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Chinese-style tanabata decoration.
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Anpan Man of course. What would a tanabata festival be without this character?
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We also saw a mini samba parade promoting a college wrestling event.
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Mini samba parade at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancers at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Entrance to the Daiichi Elementary School.
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Daiichi Elementary School had a stage for performances, etc. There were numerous performers every day of the festival.
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Brass band parafe by Self-Defense Force.
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Tanabata Galaxy Street had food stalls.
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Tanabata Galaxy Street. Also see the Sendai Tanabata and Asagaya Tanabata.
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During Aug. 22-23, 2009, Yokota Air Base held its annual Japanese-American Friendship Festival. I went on the 23rd, arriving at about 11 am. The base was open through Supply Gate No. 5 which is near Ushihama Station on the JR Ome Line.
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Ushihama Station is small, and certainly not used to handling the huge crowd of people trying to get out of the station. The train platform was jammed with people. It took maybe 10 min. to get out.
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From the train station, just follow the crowd. I don't know why they didn't close the road to traffic and let us (a much larger number of people than those in cars on the road) walk to the base. The sidewalks are very narrow.
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Here's Supply Gate No. 5 at Yokota Air Base. It looked like a long wait here too, but it went smoothly.
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Massive crowd going through the gate at Yokota Air Base. We were advised not to bring large bags. I only had a waist pouch. They inspected large bags and rucksacks. Foreigners had to show a photo ID. Of course, I look Japanese, so no ID check for me.
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Poster for the Yokota Air Base Japanese-American Friendship Festival 2009. Free admission. You had to be either a Japanese or American citizen. (I happen to be a US citizen.)
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Lotta local people also came by bicycle.
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Here we are in Yokota Air Base passing by numerous hangars.
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The Japanese loved to take pictures with the Americans.
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Basketball court
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A long line to take pictures with a dog.
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K-9 Unit posing for photos with a German Shepherd. That's a big doggie.
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The festival's main area was lined with food booths and PEOPLE!! This is a lot more people than I had ever seen at this festival, and this was my third time. About 100,000 people came this day. Looked more like 500,000.
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Layout of the place. Lots of food booths and souvenir stalls.
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Entertainment schedule. There was an indoor stage inside Hangar No. 15 and an outdoor stage. Plus airborne demos.
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Hangar 15
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Hangar 15
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Hangar 15 had an indoor stage and food booths. A good place to sit and rest. It wasn't so hot, like I remembered before. I was told that this hangar is normally used for the C-130.
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Huge US and Japanese flags hung above the stage. Also see my YouTube video here.
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The entertainment when I was there was the "Tanabata Dancers." Good to see these military wives embracing Japanese culture. Tanabata is the star festival for which host city Fussa is also famous.
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One food booth was "Sons of Hawaii," run by people from Hawaii. Maybe they should change their name to "Sons and Daughters of Hawaii" cuz I saw mostly daughters. BBQ pork sticks and cupcakes. How come neva have Haw'n food??Kalua pig, poi, lomi-lomi salmon, and haupia. C'mon guys, bring out da real Hawaiian food. (If you guys really from HI.)
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Many food booths had long lines. Sasebo Burgers here.
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T-shirts
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Cub Scout T-shirts, better design.
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Mrs. Yokota?? Hmm, maybe she's married to a Mr. Yokota. Actually, she's Heather Fife, wife of Maj. Kurt Fife, 36th Airlift Squadron,like an ambassador for Yokota. Read about her here.
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An American icon, SPAM.
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They even had a race car display. They must've been happy that it didn't rain. There was some cloud cover, so it wasn't an unbearably hot day.
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Hot rods
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The black Camaro was on sale.
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Dunking contest. Hey, where's the bikini girl?
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Inflatable rides for kids, a long line as well. Very important to have something for kids. Lotta families came to the festival.
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A giant food court on the tarmac. Good idea to bring something to sit on. Lucky that it wasn't a bright sunny day. Otherwise, the tarmac would be like a frying pan.
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Would you believe an ambulance made its way through the food court?? People had to get up and make room.
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Outdoor stage had more entertainment.
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Hummer
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Hokusai ukiyoe on the tail of a Cessna.
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Nebuta motif even. But no tanabata?? How come?? (See Fussa's Tanabata Festival here.)
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When you walk further down, you see the static displays of miltary aircraft.
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On the left side were mostly helicopters and cargo aircraft.
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On the right side, were mostly fighter planes.
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Besides Yokota, these planes came from various places such as Kadena (Okinawa) and Misawa (Aomori) Air Bases.
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I'm not an expert at military aircraft. I can only tell you the names of the most famous ones.
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
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The pilots or staff were on hand selling patches, T-shirts, etc.
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This one stood out, like a swank sports car. Looks like a fast critter.
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Fightin' Samurai T-shirt
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Pilot's name
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F-15 Eagle fighter
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Fighter pilots always look quite intelligent. A college degree is required.
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This plane, they allowed people to look inside the cockpit. A long line for this.
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Climb up to see the cockpit. "Wow, awesome!"
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F-22 Raptor, the stealth fighter. They had two of them on display. They came from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Next time, I'll ask them what it takes to become a stealth fighter pilot.
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F-22 Raptor, the plane that Japan wants, but US bans its export. As a US and Japanese taxpayer, I paid a part of the cost of all the planes on display. Doesn't that make me a part owner?
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F-22 Raptor, the stealth fighter. I thought the plane was black, but they are dull gray.
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Planes with the familiar red dot belong to Japan's Self-Defense Forces. Japan Air Self Defense Force Mitsubishi F-2 fighter.
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Japan Air Self Defense Force F-4 Phantom
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Most of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force planes took off later in the day. Most of the US planes from outside Yokota left the next day.
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Japan Air Self Defense Force Kawasaki C-1
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P-3 Orion
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AWACS plane
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C-130 on the runway to take off for an airborne demo.
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Three C-130 Hercules cargo planes start to take off one after another for an airborne demo.
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C-130 taking off.
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Some time later, the three C-130 planes dropped several men in parachutes.
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Men in parachutes heading toward Yokota Air Base. They landed on the runway area.
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Parachutes in the air.
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After a job well done, the three C-130s return to Yokota Air Base.
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C-130 landing at Yokota Air Base. Also see my YouTube video here.
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C-130 landing at Yokota Air Base. These planes drew large crowds as they took off and landed. There are many aircraft fans in Japan, photographers crazy about military aircraft.
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On the farthest end of the festival site were the two biggest planes on display. The C-17 Globemaster III (left) and C-5 Galaxy (right).
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C-5 Galaxy transport plane, one of the largest aircraft in the world. One of my favorites.
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C-5 Galaxy transport plane was fully open for public viewing. We could just walk through the plane's cargo hold. No lines of people.
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This C-5 Galaxy came from Travis Air Base in California. Its gaping mouth open for visitors. I like the design of this plane. It's nice.
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This baby can carry a lotta stuff. It can swallow a helicopter whole. Can you believe the C-5 has been in service since 1969? That's 40 years ago! Happy birthday!
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Inside the cargo hold of the C-5 Galaxy cargo plane. Also see my YouTube video here.
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People could also sit and rest inside the C-5 Galaxy.
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Floor of the C-5 Galaxy, dotted with eyelets for hooks or ropes to secure the cargo.
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Exit of the C-5 Galaxy. The plane's openings on both the front and back enables unloading and loading to be done at the same time.
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Inside the C-5 Galaxy, selling T-shirts, "Size does matter."
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The C-5 Galaxy has 28 wheels.
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C-5 Galaxy engine
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Side view of the C-5 Galaxy's front end. The closest thing we have to Thunderbird 2.
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These people are lining up to see the C-5 Galaxy's cockpit on the upper deck.
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Lining up to see the C-5 Galaxy's cockpit on the upper deck. There are some passenger seats as well.
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At the mouth of the plane is this ladder going up the cockpit of the C-5 Galaxy.
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C-5 Galaxy crew
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Next to the C-5 Galaxy was the second largest plane on display: The C-17 Globemaster III. This plane came from Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Front and nose of C-17 Globemaster III
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C-17 Globemaster III
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C-17 Globemaster III
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C-17 Globemaster III and C-5 Galaxy cargo planes
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People also lined up to sit in the cockpit of the C-17 Globemaster III. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to line up and see the cockpit of any of the planes.
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C-17 Globemaster III has only one opening (in the rear) for loading/unloading cargo.
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We could also enter the C-17 Globemaster III from the rear.
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Entering the C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane.
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Inside the C-17 Globemaster III. I could almost smell the Hawaiian air. A few people from Hawaii were inside the plane selling souvenirs, greeting people with "Aloha!"
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Engines of the C-17 Globemaster III.
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Next to the C-17 Globemaster III was this refueling plane called the KC-135 Stratotanker made by Boeing.
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The KC-135 Stratotanker has been in service since 1957.
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People could also enter the KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Young Tigers on the tail of this KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Below the tail is the refueling pipe (with fins) of the KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Entering the KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Sky-colored C-130 of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force.
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We could only peek inside Japan's C-130.
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A long line to enter the C-130 Hercules plane.
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C-130 Hercules.
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C-130 nose
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Girl in yukata kimono posing with military persons in uniform in front of the C-130.
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I wish they had signs in front of each plane so we can identify the plane and know where it came from.
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Torii at Yokota Air Base. I remember that there was a control tower back here. Not there anymore. In fact, I couldn't find the control tower anywhere.
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Torii at Yokota Air Base.
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They should understand that the samurai was a land-based fighter. They never flew in the air.
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Japan Air Self Defense Force, U-125A
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Long lines almost everywhere.
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Now for the helicopters. A bunch of them were on display, including this Huey.
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People lined up to sit in the cockpit of the Huey helicopter.
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Chinook helicopter
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Interesting shape of the rotor blades.
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So what's the difference between a green helo and a blue one (next photo)?
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The green (camoflauge) one is for flying over land, the blue for ocean.
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Trying on pilot's helmets.
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In the afternoon at the outdoor stage, they had a Strongman's Competition.
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This strongman pulled a bus loaded with kids.
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Our fly boys on a lunch break.
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On a garbage truck.
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At around 2 pm, they started to clear people away from part of the aircraft display area. Some of the aircraft were to depart. This happens only on the second day of the festival.
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The aircraft started departing at around 3 pm.
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Fighter on the runway.
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Helicopter taking off at Yokota Air Base.
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We were then treated to a series of flybys by planes leaving Yokota Air Base. After each plane took off, they flew by us and did a few airborne tricks.
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Deafening noise, but very dramatic and a great ending to a great friendship festival. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Beechcraft
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U-125A
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Most of the planes leaving Yokota were from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. a nice festival climax, but the festival wouldn't end until night time when fireworks were held.
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The Chinook helicopter going to the runway to take off.
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Chinook helicopter up and away.
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The Yokota Air Base Japanese-American Friendship Festival in 2009 was great. I really enjoyed it. So much to see. The variety of aircraft was excellent. Obviously, a lot of preparation went into this festival with aircraft coming from many bases.
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Thanks to all who made it possible. Make no doubt, I am a proud American (from Hawaii), and always happy to see activities and events promoting better friendship and relations between the US and Japan.
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Train for kids plied between the gate to the main festival site.
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Toilets, both American and Japanese style. They had many portable toilets on hand. And they were busy all day long.
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Crowd going home. This was around 4:30 pm. There were still people entering the base, probably for the fireworks later in the evening. But I went on to Mitaka to see the Awa Odori.
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Exit at Supply Gate No. 5, was terribly crowded. The gate wasn't the problem. The problem was the street traffic signal beyond. We had to wait for it to turn green several times. They should've just closed the road to traffic.
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Interesting sign at the gate.
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JR Ushihama Station platform. Fewer people than I expected, to my relief.
 
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