SHIMODA, Japan (May 15, 2004) Japanese Maratime Self Defense force Navy personnel march through the streets of Shimoda on May 15, in honor of the 65th Black Ship Festival. USS Coronado (AGF 11) and USS Cowpens (CG 63) participated in the festival. The festival promotes the theme of peaceful relations between the Japanese and American people, and commemorates the 1854 landing of Commodore Matthew Perry and the signing of the Japanese-American treaty of trade and amity at Shimoda. This year's festival commemorates the 150th anniversary of that landing.
by Winston C. Pitman