Japan Society of Fairfield County
Sakura 2010

Cherry blossoms Dancer-->(Preliminary) We enjoyed a delightful Sakura at the Greenwich Japanese School again. A few cherry blossoms and better weather than expected graced our day.  Because it was a bit chilly, we held our activities in the GJS Auditorium with Yumi McDonald serving as Master of Ceremonies. President Harry Sakamaki opened our event.  Gregory Boyko, Honorary Consul General for Japan in Connecticut greeted us as did Toshiya Ito, Deputy Director, Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan in New York.  Tomoyuki Mitsui, Principal of the Greenwich Japanese School gave a welcoming speech.  We then enjoyed our extraordinary lunch Bentos, prepared by Kujaku Restaurant in Stamford.
Yasakoi Dance Fencing      We had a full entertainment program which began with four Yosakoi Dance performances by Tomas Trinidad and the 10Tecomai Group. Swordsmanship was demonstrated in a Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu Performance by Meik Skoss and Yagyukai USA.  Edmond Papantonio demonstrated a Japanese Tea Ceremony, Junko Uezumi conducted a Kimono dressing and Naomi Manning taught origami.      
Kimono Dressing    Director Marilyn Moore and Michael Giampaoli conducted our raffle.  This year we had many gift certificates from local Japanese restaurants: Sonobana-Hamden, Plum Tree-New Canaan,  Hajime-Harrison, Shiki-Stamford, Saito-Greenwich, Kazu-Greenwich, Edo-Port Chester, and Oishinbo Market-Harrison.  IACE Travel donated three travel vouchers; SONY donated a DSC-TX1 CyberShot Camera; Nikon donated a CoolPix L22 Camera; Sukura Shoji donated 6 designer items including women's bags, brooches, and plates; Dr. Michael Nishi, DDS, donated bleaching treatment; Unilever donated a basket of toiletries; Sam Bridge Nursery and Tulips of Greenwich donated plants. Our members and friends contributed additional prizes.  The JSFC raffle helps cover the expense of our Bon Odori, which is a free event for the public, as well as our prethanksgiving banquet for the homeless.  JSFC vice president Vernon Beck closed Sakura 2010 and announced upcoming events.
     We thank our many members who helped us celebrate Sakura this year, setting up, cleaning up, and handling the logistics.  We thank the Greenwich Japanese School representatives, namely Mr. & Mrs. Mitsui (principal) and Mr. Shimura (manager of the school administration) for their support.
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