Shinnenkai 2016 Volunteering

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Shinnenkai 2016 Volunteering

Want to visit Japan? Here is your chance to do it without having to buy a plane ticket! The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) is bringing the sights, tastes, and sounds of a Japanese New Year to Minnesota through our Shinnenkai celebration.

About Shinnenkai 2016:

Shinnenkai is annual New Year Celebration in which we hope to bring the traditions of a Japanese New Year celebration to Minnesota. We will be promoting cultural exchange and new experiences in a fun environment. There will be cultural performances, delicious Japanese food, a silent auction, mini-workshops, and children’s activities. We hope to create a fun family atmosphere that allows people of all ages to come together and experience a Japanese New Year!

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please click HERE to sign up!

If you would like to donate Japan related items for the JASM Market, please contact our office by phone 612.627.9357, or through email,

osyougatubana-li1Time & Date:
•Sunday, January 17th, 2016
•4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

•Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center
1001 Minnesota 7, Hopkins, MN 55305

Click HERE for Map

Ticket Price:
***Prices will increase by $2 at the door on January 17th

Free admission with new membership at the door on January 17th!

Free Children (5 and under)
$5 Children (6 – 18 years old)
$10 JASM Member
$8 College Student (Please bring your I.D. at the door)
$8 Senior (65+)
$13 Non-JASM Member

Family Package:
(Up to 2 adults and 2 children in the same household)
$20 JASM Member
$25 Non-JASM Member


You may pay at the door (Prices increase by $2 at the door), through Paypal, with credit card by calling our office at 612.627.9357, or with a check. Please make the check payable to Japan America Society of Minnesota and mail it to our office:
Japan America Society of Minnesota

Riverplace EH-131
43 Main Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

***Upon Payment through Paypal, please enter your name and the names of your guests in the provided section below (in the Paypal box) to RSVP for Shinnenkai 2016.


Shinnenkai Poster 2
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Shinnenkai Entertainment Performance Area
• 4:10pm   Music by Sakura Kai
• 4:40pm   Traditional Dances by Mikaharukai
• 5:10pm    Popular Songs by JKPM
• 5:40pm    Flamenco by Sachiko Nishiuchi “La Chayí” and Friends
• 6:10pm    Kendama Performance by Sweets Kendamas
• 6:20pm     Ballet & Music by Shohei, Yuki, Momoko, Miyuki & Asako
• 7:10pm    Taiko Drum Performance by Mu Performing Arts
• 7:50pm   Closing Remarks and Tejime

Exhibitor Area Demonstration
• 4:45pm   Let’s try Koto Instrument by Sakurakai
• 5:30pm    Secret of Tying Beautiful Obi by Kimono Studio by Rin
• 6:15pm   Creating a Look: Finding your Voice in Subculture Fashion by Samantha Rei
• 7:00pm   Let’s Make Your Boy Look Like a Samurai by Kimono Studio by Rin

•Bloomington Sister City Organization
• Concordia Language Villages
• Japanese Speaking Club
• Kimono Studio by Rin
• Nagomi Ya
• Nihonjinkai
• Samantha Rei
• Seiryuukan Dojo of Seizankai Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu
• Sogetsu Ikebana
• Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee
• Sweets Kendamas
• Zen Healing Center

Activities & Demonstrations
• Calligraphy
• Kendama
• Mochi Pounding
• Ikebana Flower Arranging
• Japanese Language Game
• Massage and Acupuncture
• Obi Tying
• Koto

 Food Donated by
• Asian Foods
• Tomodachi

Food Prepared by
• Tomoko Drake and Friends
• Minnesota Oyaji Club
• Suishin Restaurant
• JK’s Table
• Moko Cake’s

Silent Auction item(s) Donations by:
• Breadsmith
• Susan Doffing
• Dale Studios
• Great Harvest
• Takehito & Richiko Kamata
• Ron Leonhardt
• Sweets Kendamas
• Jennifer & Brian Erickson

All our volunteer positions are filled at this time.
If you would like to donate Japan related items for the JASM Market, please contact our office by phone 612.627.9357, or through email,