YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors and their families had an opportunity to sample a fresh variety of Japanese seasonal fruits and vegetables July 10 as Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, teamed up with the Yokosuka-Hayama Agricultural Association to sponsor a farmer's market.
Mayor of Yokosuka, Yuto Yoshida, was in attendance and said he would like to support more events that give Japanese citizens of Yokosuka and base residents more time to get to know one another.
"I think is a great opportunity for the local farmers to come to the base to share with the Sailors the wonderful fruits and vegetables grown right here in Yokosuka," said Yoshida. "This event helps to strengthen the cultural exchange and communication that we already have together. This day is also special to me because, not only is this the first time I have come to the farmer's market, but today marks one year since I took office as mayor."
The semi-annual market brought to the table more than 30 different kinds of Yokosuka-grown fruits and vegetables. From melons and basil to edamame, a Japanese green soybean, these local favorites were a hit with the CFAY community as well.
"I had a really good time here today," said Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Gregory Holder, a native of Shreveport, La. "The fruits and vegetables look so fresh and the samples that they offered us were delicious."
Sampling and purchasing local produce was more than a way to support the local farming industry; it was an opportunity to reinforce an already strong bond between Yokosuka residents and local Sailors.
"It's great to interact with the Japanese population and to ask them about what they do and be able to tell them a little more about what we do," said Holder. "We learn about each other's relationships and once you make that friendship, you've got that for life and you can't ask for anything better than that."
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