Activity Report


 Mochi-tsuki* and New Year Party (Richmond) 

January 16, 2011




   This exciting annual event at Kabuto South Japanese restaurant has been a JVS tradition for many years. We had 262 participants. Many people came from Richmond and the neighboring districts. In addition to them, some people came from Hampton Roads and other areas. Both American and Japanese people had a great time.


  The traditional mochi-tsuki demonstration calls for a pair of real wooden mortar and a mallet

(see the link Mochi-tsuki). These days many urban Japanese people rarely have an opportunity to experience mochitsuki. However, young and old experienced Mochitsuki with the help of volunteers.

After that, they enjoyed tasty fresh mochi and zoni(mochi soup).


   Thanks to the fun raffle that was held, more than 70 lucky people went home full of smiles with the prizes.




This is outside of Kabuto South restaurant.



Who could luckily get the prizes donated by lots of companies or organizations?


Beautiful exhibition of Japanese Kimono and other stuffs.



Powerful Mochitsuki pounding by men.




Speeches are made by Mr. Giles and other sponsors. The line on the left  shows people who wait for drawing lottery.



We had many people at this event as in other years.





We were able to hold this event with the generous support of the sponsors listed below; 


3rd Tee, Inc.


ANA - All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.


Canon Virginia, Inc.


Chesterfield County


Continental Airlines


Delta Air Lines


Teijin Film Co., Ltd.


Far Eastern Foods


Harukawa Sushi Restaurant


IACE Travel


International Golf Discount -Hampton Road Golf, Inc.




Kabuto Japanese House of Steaks (South)


Kinyo Virginia, Inc.


"K" Line America, Inc.


Kyushu Japanese Restaurant


Maruchan Virginia, Inc.


MGC Advanced Polymers, Inc.


Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group


NGK-Locke Polymer Insulators, Inc.


Nippon Express USA, Inc.


San-J International, Inc.


Sompo Japan Insurance Company of America


Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America


Virginia Economic Development Partnership


Wako Chemicals USA, Inc.


Yupo Corporation America


Fifty-one (51) volunteers helped with this event.

The Japan-Virginia Society deeply appreciates your sponsorship and continued support for this event.