A Successful Shinnenkai event kicks off 2019 for JAS-STL
Despite the snowstorm over the weekend, nearly 70 attendees
braved the weather to celebrate the New Year with JAS at Wasabi-St. Charles.
Chip Meyer acted as the emcee and Vice President Toshio Kitamura gave a short
speech. Rev. Daigaku Rummé
of Confluence Zen Center in STL gave an uplifting New Year’s speech about new
The kagami biraki
was performed by Rev. Daigaku Rummé,
Dr. Chikako Usui, and Mr. Koichiro Tago of Novus International. They opened the
sake barrel to ring in the Year of the Boar, then everyone raised their full cups
for a kanpai toast. The Wasabi-staff
brought out bento with osechi ryōri
and everyone enjoyed the traditional Japanese New Year’s meal.
raffle for “lucky bags” was fun for all. Three beautiful kadomatsu, pine and bamboo traditional new year arrangements,
created by Dr. Usui, were auctioned.
This year we even had a table of guests celebrating a