On January 24, 2017, nearly 200 JASH members and guests celebrated the Year of the Rooster at its shinnenkai held at the historic Washington Place, the home of Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano Ige.
JASH Board Vice Chairman Steve Sombrero served as the evening’s emcee. Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko opened the celebration and delighted guests with a lively Okinawa-style lion dance and taiko performance.
Governor Ige, JASH Board Chairman Sal Miwa, and Board Director Howard Hamamoto — who represented the Reception’s sponsor Stanford Carr — offered welcome remarks.
Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet including traditional Japanese foods prepared by Mariposa.
The Japanese traditional sake cask-breaking ceremony (kagamiwari) by Governor Ige, Consul General Yasushi Misawa, Chair Miwa, Director Hamamoto, and Ms. Bruni Bradley, wife of Admiral Harry Harris, brought blessings of health, happiness and prosperity to all. Consul General Misawa offered a rousing kanpai.
JASH extends its sincere appreciation to the event’s sponsor, Stanford Carr Development LLC., who has generously supported the New Year Reception for more than 10 years. Thank you also to Board Director Duane Kawamoto and his Mariposa team, Kokusai Sake Kai, and The Cherry Company.