Toasting in the New Year

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The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center welcomed in 2011 with its annual Kotohajime performance on Sunday at the Japan America Theatre. Performing the kagami biraki ritual were, from left, Kohki Kanno, director of the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles; Chris Aihara, JACCC executive director; Councilmember Jan Perry; Sandy Sakamoto, chair of the JACCC Board of Trustees; Consul General Junichi Ihara; Frances Hashimoto, president of Mikawaya USA; and Tammie Kanda of Toyota Motor Sales,

U.S.A. At the final JACCC-sponsored event at the theater prior to its closure for renovations, patrons enjoyed a colorful day of music and performances by Koji Nakamura, the Majikina Honryu Ryubu Dojo, and shamisen artist Mike Penny. The Korean Classical Music Institute of America performed “Chwi-Ta,” a powerful variation on royal military processional music.

At the finale, the rite of purification was performed by Hirokazu Kosaka, Terry Vuong and Wei-tarn Wilton Jap of Ikkyu.

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