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 beginnings.

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.

The fukubukuro 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 birthday!

photo credit to Linda Austin

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