Activity Report


Mochitsuki New Year Party

January 7, 2018



  This exciting annual event at Kabuto South Japanese restaurant has been a JVS tradition for many years. We had 277 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. Since our event has canceled last year, we had so many prizes including donations we had last year which means we had an unusual winning late!



Mr. Smith, Chairman of our society. 


Very powerful Mochistuki demonstration by men.



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


Volunteers who serve side dishes.

We had fine weather on this day. Very powerful "Wadaiko" performance was held outside 


Scene of lottery section. A variety of items are donated such as a round trip ticket to Japan, Japanese rice, camera, and Japanese Sake.


 Congratulations on winning the prize!


Mr. Smith, Chairman of our society and Mr. Fukasawa, Chairman of  Japanese committee made their speeches and concluded our 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

Emergency Assistance Japan (USA) Inc.

Far Eastern Foods

Henrico County

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

Wako Chemicals USA, Inc.

Yamato Transport U.S.A., Inc.

Yupo Corporation America


Fifty-nine (59) volunteers helped with this event.

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