With a round of golf, a custom cap and a hamburger of American beef, President Donald Trump's first trip to Asia began with a taste of home.
"For nearly 60 years, the military alliance we see on this base has endured a cornerstone of sovereignty, security and prosperity for our nations, this region and indeed, the entire world", Trump told the audience.
And while there is worry in the region about Trump's unpredictable response to the threat posed by Kim Jong Un, Trump made clear he did not intend to tone down his bellicose rhetoric - including dubbing Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" - even while in an Asian capital within reach of the North Korea dictator's missiles.
Aerial drills conducted over South Korea by two USA strategic bombers have raised tensions in recent days.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Trump to Japan Sunday with an effusive display of friendship that, in the days ahead, will give way to high-stakes diplomacy. They played nine holes together on Sunday at Kasumigaseki Country Club, where they were joined by Japanese pro golfer Hideki Matsuyama.
Trump will play golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later in the day and will also have a working dinner with government officials.
He urged Trump to pursue a peaceful solution by supporting those within North Korea to oppose Kim Jong Un.
In South Korea, Trump will address the National Assembly, where he's expected to urge all countries to do more to combat the nuclear threat from North Korea.
His trip got off to a colorful start in Hawaii.
The Trumps tossed white flower petals into the waters at the memorial in honor of those who died at Pearl Harbor.
Trump will seek a united front with the leaders of Japan and South Korea against North Korea before visiting Beijing to make the case to Chinese President Xi Jinping that he should do more to rein in Pyongyang.
"We'll be talking about trade", Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. "And, again - Putin is very important because they can help us with North Korea". We'll be enlisting the help of a lot of people and countries and we'll see what happens.
"I think they're great people".
Trump said in a Fox News interview on Thursday that a meeting with Putin was possible on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vietnam.
During the campaign, Trump criticized Japan for not spending enough on its own defense and forcing US taxpayers to make up the difference. "We have to talk about Ukraine"'.
"Trumpian rhetoric to "totally destroy" North Korea is not helpful at a time when, alarmingly, the likelihood of all-out war on the Korean Peninsula has moved from remotely possible to nearly palpable", William Choong and Alexander Neill, senior fellows at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote in a report.
Also, some 500 protesters took to the streets in Seoul Saturday, chanting slogans and waving banners as they accused Mr. Trump of bringing the Korean peninsula to the brink of war.
Nearby, a rival group of some 100 Trump supporters, including many military veterans, chanted: "Welcome to Korea, We believe in Trump".