Every New Year JASO members enjoy wishing “akemashite omedetou gozaimasu” to friends and colleagues at our traditional New Year’s gathering. We provide a variety of specially-prepared New Year’s foods from renowned local Japanese chefs, a great selection of beers and sake to toast with friends, traditional music, kimono display, Japanese games to play, even fukubukuro – “lucky bags” – with gifts inside. JASO’s shinnenkai is where the whole Japanese community gets together to wish each other well for the New Year. Shinnenkai is a great place to build personal and professional networks, make new friends and see old acquaintances. Tickets go on sale each year in late November or early December.

This year’s event tickets are now on sale here. This year’s date – Thursday January 19.

Here are a few pics from 2016. In 2017, we’re moving to a larger venue!