2018 New Year’s Cocktail Reception

On Wednesday, January 17, Consul General Jun Yamada hosted a New Year’s celebration at his official residence. About 330 guests attended the event.
 
On the residence’s terrace, mochi-tsuki (ceremonial rice-pounding) was performed by Kagami Kai, a volunteer organization which teaches traditional Japanese culture. Bamboo and pine decorations for the New Year were placed around the entrance, and ikebana flower arrangements by Ikenobo Ikebana were displayed in the residence. Guests were also able to enjoy osechi ryori (Japanese New Year’s food) throughout the evening.

Consul General Yamada plays the Japanese national antherm

Greeting by Consul General Yamada

Toast by Mr. Hiroshi Tomita, President of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

Kagami biraki (ceremonial sake cask opening)

Toast by Mr. Hiroshi Tomita, President of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

Consul General Yamada making mochi

Guests enjoying the reception

An Ikenobo Ikebana arrangement incorporating the lucky trio of pine, bamboo, and plum blossom

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