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Community Kicks off New Year’s Parties

Local community representatives gather at Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington last Saturday to celebrate the New Year. Photo by Hiromi Shirahase/ The North American Post

By Fumika Iwasaki The North American Post

Seattle’s Japanese American and Japanese community organizations celebrated the New Year last Saturday at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) hosted by JCCCW and Japanese Community Service in Seattle (JCS).

The annual community New Year’s party began with greetings by JCCCW president Kurt Tokita, JCS copresidents Mas Tahara and Tsuchino Forrester, Bill Tashima of Japanese American Citizens League Seattle Chapter and Consul-General Masahiro Omura.

Attendees toasted with sake to celebrate the New Year and enjoyed a luncheon and mingling at the New Year’s first community gathering in Seattle.

Local community organizations will hold New Year’s parties as is their annual tradition. Weekly event information can be found on the calendar page.

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