Today is Saturday and it was our first day out and about on the beautiful Yokosuka Naval Base. We started off the day by splitting up into two groups, my group of cheerleaders going to the bowling alley to meet the troops and sign some posters. We met so many people there, both troops stationed here on base as well as some Japanese locals. Everyone was so appreciative to see us come support the troops, but we were excited to see THEM! The men and women in the service have no reason to thank us for our travels out to Japan to see them. We are here to support them and show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make for us every day.
After the bowling alley, we had a 3.5 hour break and headed into town to do some exploring and shopping. The town of Yokosuka is small but bustling and energetic. We walked through the downtown area and a few street markets to the six story mall. This shopping center was so massive! We could've spent all day there considering there were six floors of shops and a grocery store and fresh market in the basement. I met the sweetest Japanese lady at the juice bar in the market here. She is 82 years old and we exchanged a few words in each other's language. She said that the cheerleaders were all so beautiful and she let me take a picture with her. I wish I could remember her name!
The last part of our day was spent in the Officer's Club for the Pre-Super bowl party. Here, we met some officers who live on base as well as civilians and local Japanese. I met two civilians that live aboard the USS George Washington, the enormous aircraft carrier. These two men are professors on the ship who teach the sailors enrolled in college on board. Their job as a professor sounds like such an awesome opportunity to see the world and support the troops.
I feel so blessed to have this experience in Japan. I can't wait to see what the remaining days have in store. Everyone here is so warm and welcoming. Thank you, Yokosuka and the U.S. troops, for your hospitality and service to our country. We love you!
Good night from Japan,