United Japanese Society of Hawaii members and supporters welcomed the “Year of the Rooster” with a lively New Year’s celebration at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom on Jan. 14.

After opening koto music by Darin Miyashiro, the program commenced with the observance of a moment of silence for deceased UJSH members. The celebratory dance “Sambaso” was then performed by Onoe Kikunobukazu (Howard Asao), Onoe Kikunobutomi (Brandon Goda) and Jordan Ragasa of the Onoe Kikunobu Kai.

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