Activity Report


 Mochi-tsuki* and New Year Party (Richmond) 

January 12, 2014




   This exciting annual event at Kabuto South Japanese restaurant has been a JVS tradition for many years. We had 297 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).


  We invited River Taiko group, and they performed Wadaiko (Japanese drum) outside.


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





People who volunteer are having detailed meeting  before this event,




Very powerful "Wadaiko" performance by River City Taiko Group.




From left: Mr. Matsukawa, chairman of Japanese committee, Mr. Giles, chairman of our society, and Mr. Nakamura, vice chairman,



A mother and a daughter who got prizes look so joyful.






People who worked at lottery section. Thank you so much.




Mr.  Matsukawa made his speech, and concluded this event.





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


ANA - All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Canon Virginia, Inc.

Chesterfield County

Delta Air Lines

DuPont Teijin Film Co., Ltd.

Emergency Assistance Japan (USA) Inc.

Far Eastern Foods

IACE Travel


Japan Airlines International Co., Ltd.

Kabuto Japanese House of Steaks (South)

Kinyo Virginia, Inc.

"K" Line America, Inc.

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






Sixty-four (64) volunteers helped with this event.

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