The year of the Monkey was welcomed in on January 28, 2016 by JASH members at its annual Shinnenkai. The New Year’s Reception was held at the Governor of Hawaii’s official residence, Washington Place. JASH President Lenny Yajima led the evening’s program by serving as emcee. A maximum-capacity crowd enjoyed hearing from Governor David Ige, our new JASH Chairman Sal Miwa, and New Year’s Reception sponsor Mr. Stanford Carr. The evening started with a performance of an Okinawa-style lion dance and taiko by Ryukyukoku Hawaii Matsuri Daiko. Thank you for the engaging performances! The Japanese traditional cask-breaking ceremony, kagamiwari, was performed by Governor David Ige, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Consul General Yasushi Misawa, JASH Chair Sal Miwa, and Mr. Stanford Carr. Mahalo to Consul General Misawa for giving an insightful description of “setsubun” followed by a lively kanpai. In addition, guests were given a complimentary omamori (amulet) and blessing from Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii to wish them a healthy and prosperous new year.
JASH extends its sincere appreciation to the event’s sponsor, Stanford Carr Development LLC. Thank you for supporting this event year after year. Thanks also to Neiman Marcus’s Mariposa restaurant for catering, Kokusai Sake Kai for providing sake tasting, The Cherry Company for the kagamiwari donation, and Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii Thank you to Washington Place for hosting us again this year.