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Register by 1/11/2015 for New Year's Celebration, Shin-nen-kai, 新年会

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Shinnenkai Program

Shin-nen-kai image     Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Time: 1pm - 4pm (check-in starts at 12:30pm)
Location: Sarah P. Duke Gardens (426 Anderson St., Durham)
Cost: $40/person in advance
Register by January 11th, by email to or phone 919-787-6233 (Rocky Iwashima)
To volunteer, contact us at

    New Years is an especially spiritual time of the year for Japanese. In order to celebrate and share in the spirit of this event, we will hold a traditional Japanese New Year's Celebration, called a "Shin-nen-Kai" among the members of the Japan-related Organizations of the Triangle Area.
    We plan to include elements of traditional customs and rituals that signify the Japanese New Year. Food will be served in a buffet style.

  • Traditional Japanese cuisine is served including Chirashi-sushi, Mochi, and more
  • Kagami-biraki (ceremonial opening of casks of Sake, often held as a symbol for new beginnings) and Taru-sake tasting
  • Mochi pounding demonstration
  • Kaki-zome (Japanese calligraphy for new year)
  • Shamisen and Koto performance
  • Taiko performance
  • Kiyari-uta (traditional Japanese ceremonial song)
  • Music show
    We would be pleased if you could join in our Japanese New Year’s celebration. Spouses and guests are more than welcome. Please see links above for details of the event. We look forward to hearing from you.

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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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)

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