Valley JCC Celebrates New Year

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Ballet dancers perform at the Valley Japanese Community Center’s 62nd annual Shinnenkai or New Year’s party on Jan. 26.

Ballet dancers perform at the Valley Japanese Community Center’s 62nd annual Shinnenkai.

Valley Japanese Community Center, located in Sun Valley, celebrated its 62nd annual Shinnenkai or New Year’s party on Jan. 26.

It’s believed that a record number of guests and members attended this year’s party. VJCC’s celebration is unique due to the fact it does not have paid entertainment; rather, it highlights each organization’s accomplishments.

Masao Imanishi

Masao Imanishi

The evening opened with the newest affiliate organization, Akaoni Daiko, led by Michael Naishtut. Little girls in tutus, Hawaiian dance, Japanese folk dance, popular songs sung by guests, and various skits made for a fun evening for all attendees.

Flora Teramura and Fusako Wadamoto were both honored for their longtime support of VJCC. Masao Imanishi was also recognized at a subsequent meeting.

The most anticipated act at the end of the evening was magic performed by VJCC’s own president, Ken Kageyama. He was joined on stage by his two grandchildren, who are students of Valley Gakuen.

A raffle with many gifts and goodie bags for all culminated the evening.

From left, Flora Teramura and Fusako Wadamoto were honored for their longtime support of Valley Japanese Community Center.

From left, Flora Teramura and Fusako Wadamoto were honored for their longtime support of Valley Japanese Community Center.

VJCC has a Buddhist temple that meets monthly. Valley Gakuen offers Japanese language classes under the Kyodo System. The center also has classes in martial arts (judo, kendo, karate), tea ceremony, calligraphy, minyo/odori, ballet, and taiko. New members are always welcome.

VJCC wishes everyone a happy, healthy and successful new year.

For further information, contact Christine Inouye at (818) 825-9583.

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