The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation welcomed 2017 — “the Year of the Rooster” — with its annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) at Natsunoya Tea House on Jan. 29. A bake sale, “Lucky Me” bidding and fukubukuro (surprise grab bag) sales preceded lunch and a short business meeting.

Board member Deborah Huebler emceed the event, introducing special guests, Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and his wife, Yoko.

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