They suspended them after Ibaraki Airport was built on a parallel runway across from the base in 2010. (We flew from there to Hokkaido in August of that year.)
The 7th was to be a sort of dress rehearsal for the full show on Sunday and they were to limit the number of people at the events so as not to interfere with the commercial airport traffic and parking, and perhaps give the base fewer people to deal with while they relearned how to do this. One had to apply by mail to obtain a pass.
It was nice to see the aircraft without the normal crowds. While we missed the usual aerobatics of Blue Impulse, it turned out that the following day which was supposed to include aerobatics was hit with bad weather. The aircraft were grounded! The crowds that came that day only could see static displays and aircraft taxing on the ground!
The following is a totally unsorted slide show - (Photobucket does some things well, others, well, it sucks...) - enjoy the pics anyway.
Until next, sweet sailing.