Volunteering at Yokosuka Navy Base and Being Photographed for a Japanese Newspaper

I’m no good at writing headlines, so this is what you get. Every once in a while I volunteer at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka to participate in an event they call Navy Cafe. This time a major Japanese newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, covered the event and wrote a small piece about the event. It’s nice to know newspapers cost just as much as they do in the states. I understand that print media is dying which now makes me wonder if there’s any papers still cost only a quarter.

I can’t emphasize enough how important these community events are.

And the fact that a major Japanese newspaper reported on it is a big deal. In this crazy world, a group of strangers coming together and connecting with one another only helps to strengthen the community. These headlines help to negate the negative press brought on by the few bad apples existing among us foreigners.

Most of all, it’s a great opportunity to make new friends.

U.S. Service Members, and spouses enjoy conversation with Japanese citizens at Navy Café event.

Yomiuri Shimbun (Local Page) January 14, 2020

A community relations event called Navy Café, held at Yokosuka Naval Base, Jan. 13, where nine people from the base and seven Japanese people enjoyed a gesture game and conversation over coffee, tea or water.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Trevon Jackson from the USS Ronald Reagan, who has been a fan of Japanese anime since he was six years old, so that last November he was transferred to Japan where he had long hope to come.

Japanese participants and Jackson really enjoyed talking about basketball and Japanese food, he added.

“I talked about beaches and an aquarium in Okinawa when I was asked about Okinawa,” said Makoto Chihen, 24, from Naha City, Okinawa.

[Translated by CFAY public affairs office]

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