Members and supporters of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii welcomed the “Year of the Dog” with a festive New Year’s celebration on Jan. 6 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

Students from the Pacific Buddhist Academy’s taiko group opened the program with a “Call to Celebration.” After observing a moment of silence for deceased UJSH members, Hanayagi Mitsusumi (Sheree Tamura) performed the New Year’s celebratory dance, “Shin Kotobuki Sambaso.”

UJSH president Sheree Tamura welcomed everyone to the shinnen enkai, wishing them joy, good health and good experiences during the year.

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