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  • Troops are in Japan for this year's Yama Sakura 57 exercise.

  • The Japanese treated their U.S. counterparts to a series of events to share aspects of their culture.

  • Producer Sergeant 1st Class Jeffrey Hilton takes us along on a home visit.

  • [shouting in Japanese] Pull up. Pull up.

  • We're preparing to go meet with a Japanese family and enjoy some of the culture and lifestyles of the Japanese.

  • So my expectations are that we're going to actually have the opportunity to meet, sit down, perhaps eat dinner with, and exchange gifts with a Japanese family and learn a little bit about their culture and lifestyle.

  • I got to take part in a Japanese family home visit.

  • It was a really neat experience.

  • We went to a family in Chitose.

  • They had prepared a big meal for us.

  • It was absolutely incredible.

  • It was a farm owner and his wife.

  • We went out to their garage, and there was a barbecue pit in the middle of the garage.

  • We cooked all the food on there and ate.

  • When we went to the Japanese family's home, we were escorted by an interpreter.

  • It was a great experience having him there because it helped with that language barrier.

  • The U.S. military enjoyed pounding the steamed rice cake.

  • It looked very fun.

  • [Knight] One of the neater things that we got to do was take steamed rice and put it in this big bowl and then start pounding on it with a hammer to turn it into kind of a gooey paste.

  • The wife of the guy came back with soup, and that pounded rice was now in the soup, and it was delicious.

  • It was kind of a marshmallowy texture.

  • Both our military and the U.S. military made a good connection.

  • I hope the U.S. and Japan make good connections in the future.

  • I'm very happy. Very happy.

  • One, two, three. [shouting in Japanese]

Troops are in Japan for this year's Yama Sakura 57 exercise.

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    Shinichiro posted on 2019/10/22
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