Welcoming 2022 at the New Year’s Virtual Celebration

Above: Representatives welcome in 2022 celebrating kagami-biraki, a traditional Japanese ceremony literally meaning “Opening the Mirror,” referring to the opening of mochi or in this case, sake, to bring good luck.

JANUARY 13-Sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in New York, and co-sponsored by the Nippon Club and Japanese-American Association of New York (JAANY), JCCI welcomed this year’s virtual celebration in good spirits with a little over 120 participants, hearing remarks from Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, Consulate General of Japan in New York; JCCI President Mr. Hidenori Takaoka; Nippon Club President Mr. Sayu Ueno; Japan Day Inc. Representative Mr. Atsushi Ueda; JAANY President-Elect Mr. Koji Sato; JETRO, New York President Mr. Ken-ichi Kawamoto; and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Executive Director Mr. Michiaki Yamada.

The event was followed by a breakout room session, where guests could network with one another and exchange virtual business cards.

For those who were unable to join, you may watch the video as below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already, and we wish everyone the best in 2022!

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