On January 21, 2015, JASH members hit off the new year at the New Year’s Reception, held at the governor of Hawaii’s official residence, Washington Place. A maximum capacity crowd had the benefits of enjoying newly-elected Governor David Ige’s welcoming remarks and opportunity to meet the Governor and First Lady on a one-to-one basis.
Entertainment included festive performances of Okinawa-style lion dance by Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts and taiko by Ryukyukoku Hawaii Matsuri Daiko. Thank you for the fun-filled performances! The Japanese traditional cask-breaking ceremony, kagamiwari, was performed by Governor Ige, Mayor Kirk Caldwell representative, Managing Director Mr. Roy Amemiya, Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda, JASH Chair Daniel Dinell, Mayor of Chigasaki, Mayor Nobuaki Hattori.
JASH extends its sincere appreciation to the event sponsor Stanford Carr Development LLC. Thank you for supporting this event year after year. Thanks also to Neiman Marcus’s Mariposa for catering, Kokusai Sake Kai for providing sake tasting, and The Cherry Company for kagamiwari donation. Thank you to Washington Place for hosting us again this year.