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Nippon Club SHIN-NEN-KAI Japanese New Year's Celebration

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Invitation to Japanese Shin-Nen-Kai New Year's Celebration

From: Rocky Iwashima, President of the Nippon Club of the Triangle
To: Japan/Japanese-Related Organizations in the Triangle Area of North Carolina

New Year's is an especially spiritual time of year for Japanese, when individuals, families, relatives, and friends get together to part with the previous year and welcome the fortunes of the New Year.

In order to celebrate and share in the spirit of the event, we will hold a traditional Japanese New Year's Celebration, called a "Shin-Nen-Kai" among the members of the Japan-related Organizations of the Triangle Area.

We plan to include elements of traditional customs and rituals that signify Japanese New Year. Food will be served in a buffet-style.

Traditional Japanese cuisine is served including Chirashi-sushi, Nikujaga, Kamaboko, etc.
Kagamiwari (ceremonial opening of casks of Sake, often held as a symbol for new beginnings) and Taru-style tasting.
Mochitsuki (pounding Mochi, rice cake)
Koto, Shinobue (traditional Japanese music), and piano performance
Kiyari-Uta (traditional Japanese work song)

We would be pleased if you could join in our Japanese New Year's Celebration. Spouses and guests are more than welcome. Please see the bottom of the page for details of the event. We look forward to hearing from you.

Warmest regards,
Rocky Iwashima
President, Nippon Club of the Triangle

1. Venue: Doris Duke Center at Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Address: 426 Anderson Street; Durham, NC
Free parking will be provided.

2. Date/Time: Sunday, January 24,[masked]:00-4:00pm
Check-In starts at 12:15pm. We encourage you to visit the newly built Japanese Tea House while waiting for the event to begin.

3. RSVP: Pre-Registration requested. Email [masked] or call Rocky Iwashima at (919)[masked]. Send name and affiliation of each participant, contact email, and phone number. There is a limit of 120 seats. Tickets will be available until all seats are filled or until January 15, whichever comes first.

4. Tickets: $20.00/person
We will send instructions on how to mail your check after registration is confirmed.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nippon Club of the Triangle
Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 12:53 AM
Subject: Shinnenkai 2010 ticket

Dear 2008 Shin-nen-kai participants,

Thank you for your registration.

Please write a check out to (Nippon Club of the Triangle) and send to (c/o Iwashima, 4013 George V. Strong Wynd Raleigh, NC 27612).

If you have already sent in your check, please discard this e-mail.

Best Regards,
Nippon Club of the Triangle