Last updated on 11/2/14

Save the Date: 12/20/2014 for Mochi Pounding! Mochi-tsuki!

Our next club event will be in mid-December! Our Mochi-Tsuki club will demonstrate rice pounding while our Japanese sweets club will be serving the finished treats!

Mochi tsuki image Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 12pm - 3pm (rain or shine)
Location: NC Japan Center at 705 Barbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
Suggested donation of $2 per adult. Children are free.
To volunteer, contact us at

2014 International Festival of Raleigh, 9/19 - 9/21

Please come to the 2014 International Festival of Raleigh to discover the world and support the Nippon Club of the Triangle! Festival info and tickets available online
Festival Hours:
Fri, 9/19, 4:30pm - 10pm
Sat, 9/20, 10am - 10pm
Sun, 9/21, 11am - 7pm

    Japanese events:
  • Bon-Odori dance demonstration on Saturday at 4:30pm and Sunday at 5:30pm.
  • Triangle Taiko Drumming performances on Saturday at 5:25pm and 9:25pm on the main stage.
  • Japanese Cultural Exhibit open throughout the festival.
  • Japanese cafe open throughout the festival serving fried noodles (yakisoba), teriyaki meatballs (kushiyaki), green tea ice cream, and barley tea (mugicha).
  • Japanese coffeehouse with limited hours serving crepes, green tea ice cream, and barley tea (mugicha).

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
      Phone: (919) 787-6233 (Iwashima)
      (Name, email, # adults, # children, phone number)
English Flyer         Japanese Flyer
Program         Food Menu
Parking Guide         Layout

      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, Kushiyaki, Takoyaki, Beef 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.

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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