Chicago Japanese Club Celebrates 2019 New Year
Japan Festival will be in Millennium Park in June
• In his greeting remarks, CJC President Manabu Yoshiike
looked back his tenure of four years and said that CJC had hosted numerous
events that brought CJC many new connections with other groups. For example,
hosting a health seminar brought Dr. Shinichiro Imai, who was also President
of St. Louis Japanese Club, and germinated a new tie between CJC and St.
Louis Japanese Club. Yoshiike said that meeting new people would be a
challenge, but it expanded a circle of people.
• As a special guest of the New Year’s celebration, Mayor
Thomas Hayes of the Village of Arlington Heights attended the party. He
said that the year of 2018 had been a productive year to welcome many
new businesses, so people could see the flourishing business climate and
economy in the Village of Arlington Heights. He also mentioned about a
tax relief, which would help property taxes as low as possible. A significant
village improvement was completion of a new police station that will serve
for the Village residents for many years to come.
• Consul General Naoki Ito applauded the works of President Yoshiike and spoke about 2019 Japan Festival which will be held at Chicago’s Millennium Park on Sunday, June 16. He said, “We really want to have Japan Festival more open to the public people in Chicago and also travelers coming to Chicago so that Japanese culture will be better known to larger audience. That’s the idea why we want to have Japan Festival in Millennium Park this year. So I would like to ask you to understand and also support for this new challenge and new idea to stage Japan Festival in Downtown Chicago.”
• According to CG Ito, the number of Japanese nationals who live within his jurisdiction of 10 states, is 35,000 as of October, 2018. The number of Japanese who live in the Chicagoland area, has increased to 12,300 from 7,100 two decades ago. Japanese population in Arlington Heights is 913; the number exceeded 900 for the first time.
• CG Ito’s main job of the party was to present Consul-General’s Commendation to Stanley Yoshiro Fukai. He had been a traffic-regulations lecturer certified by the Illinois state government. As a volunteer for 22 years, he had helped Japanese and Japanese Americans to obtain or renew their driver’s license. He just retired from it last year due to his age of 93.
• The party’s special event was mocha-pounding ceremony by CG Ito and Mr. and Mrs. Hayes. Mayer Hayes said that he and his wife never did it in their lives, so they were looking forward to challenging it.
• Katsuji Takagi, Vice President of CJC, made a toast wishing good health of the attendees and great success of incoming new CJC leaders.
• Kazume Misuki performed Japanese New Year’s Dance with a layer of gorgeous kimono dresses followed by an osechi luncheon, a new year’s special meal, with zoni, a cup of mochi soup.
• Musicians and performers in the Japanese community
entertained the attendees.
• A raffle prize drawing thrilled the audience, and the
party closed with laughter.
Chicago Japanese Club makes a toast to celebrate 2019 New Year
Arlington Heights Mayor Hayes (R) and his wife Susan challenge mochi pounding with Consul General Naoki Ito (L).
Stanley Fukai (C) receives Consul-General's Commendation.
Kazume Mizuki dances to celebrate a new year.
Yozakura Ohisa & Oniwaban Brothers perform some pieces of Japanese music.
Emi Tanabe and Gabriel Datcu invite the audience to a world tour through music.