Last updated on 7/13/14

9th Annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival)

Matsuri image Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm (rain or shine)
      Check in starts at 4pm
Place: NC Japan Center at 705 Barbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
Admission: Free to public, please pre-register
Register by August 2
      triangle_nippon_club@yahoo.com
      Phone: (919) 787-6233 (Iwashima)
      (Name, email, # adults, # children, phone number)
English Flyer         Japanese Flyer

      You can enjoy Japanese food by purchase, a music show, Martial Arts, Karaoke, kid's games, and taiko performances. Come out with your family, friends, and neighbors to experience Japanese culture!
      Food available: Yakisoba, Kushi-yaki, Tako-yaki, Curry & Rice, Grilled Corn, Hiyashi-Chuka, Snow Cone, drinks, and more
      Attendance at the festival is around 1000 people so please register your family prior to the event. Volunteers are also welcome, please indicate your interest with your registration.
      The annual Summer Festival is a combination of both Tanabata and Obon. Tanabata is the Star Festival and people write their wishes on strips of fancy paper and display on bamboo trees signaling that summer has finally arrived and that summer vacation is just around the corner. For many Japanese, it would not be summer without Bon-odori (local folk dance) around a drum set.

Nippon Club on AmazonSmile

The Nippon Club of the Triangle is now registered with AmazonSmile. When you designate the Nippon Club as your favorite organization and make a purchase through AmazonSmile, then 0.5% of the purchase will be donated to the club. There is no additional cost to you.

Nippon Club

2014 Members Day Picnic & Special Meeting

      The second annual Members Day was hosted by the Nippon Club of the Triangle on Sunday, May 4th, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC. The weather was perfect for a picnic and fun club activities. The event brought together members and their families with a total of 123 participants.
      The Members Day started with a special meeting which included the introduction of current Nippon Club Directors (Rocky Iwashima, Yoko Iwashima, Mamoru Uyama, Caroline Uyama, Joe Roth, and Bill Leadbitter) and introduction of new candidates (Hide Asada, Foster Thorbjornsen, and Kimberly Sergent) that were voted upon by the membership at large.
      Next, each of the six fun clubs, part of the larger Nippon Club, were introduced and current members gave a brief description of their activities and welcomed others to join. The clubs represented included the Mochitsuki, Japanese Sweets, Bon Odori, Taiko, and Japanese Tea Ceremony groups with a statement by the Takoyaki club.
      Activities then proceeded to the Sertoma Amphitheatre with an energizing drumming presentation by Triangle Taiko and Special Taiko followed by a Bon Ondori led by their fun club members. The attendees then returned to the Kiwanis picnic shelter to enjoy a Mochi pounding (mochitsuki) demonstration, fresh Japanese sweets, and a barbeque prepared by the directors. A music performance by Junko Fujiyama concluded a wonderful time together.

2013 Financial Report

 

The 2013 financial report has been added to Club Reports page.

Progress reported by ASHINAGA Rainbow House Project

In 2011, Nippon Club donated a total of $4,900 to the Tsunami Relief Fund, gathered from generous donors to Rainbow House project of Ashinaga (a non-profit organization). It was an effort to give psychological and social support to the children who lost parents in the March 11 national disaster. We have recently received a progress report from the project. Here is the summary from the report:
“Ashinaga has already purchased a building for child services in the city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, and will open the facility by the end of June 2013. We also purchased another building in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, which is now under renovation to be reborn as the Ishinomaki Satelite Rainbow House by the end of 2013. We have signed a lease contract for a piece of land for Rikuzentakata Satelite Rainbow House and are planning to construct another Satelite Rainbow House in Otsuchi or Yamada, Iwate Prefecture. The total amount of estimated expenditure for the Rainbow House project for Tsunami relief is $41.5 million and we have raised $36 million as of March 31, 2013.”
We are glad to take a part in this contribution.

Monthly Director's Meeting (the first Wednesday)

Observers are welcome. For the location and time, please contact us at triangle_nippon_club@yahoo.com.