Activity Report


 Mochi-tsuki* and New Year Party (Richmond) 

January 10, 2016




   This exciting annual event at Kabuto South Japanese restaurant has been a JVS tradition for many years. We had 344 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 again, 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 a careful meeting preparing for the event.


As you can see, the room was crowded beyond capacity.  Almost all the seats are taken.



Very powerful Mochistuki demonstration by men.


Two volunteers who serve Zoni (Mochi soup).

Volunteers who are in charge of cooking serve four flovors of Mochi; Soybean flower, Azuki bean, Daikon, and Natto.


Ms. Yamaguchi,  a wife of  Kabuto's owner enjoys Mochi.


Scene of lottery section. A Variety of items are donated such as a round trip ticket to Japan, Japanese rice, a single -lens re-flex camera, and Sake.



We had fine weather. "Wadaiko" group made a spectacular performance outside.





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 America Insurance Services LLC

Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Wako Chemicals USA, Inc.

Yupo Corporation America




 Fifty-four (54) volunteers helped with this event.

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