Shichigosan: The Japanese Festival for 7, 5, and 3 Year Olds

The Japaneses Shichigosan festival celebrates children who are 7,5, and 3.  The word, Shichigosan is literally a combination of three numbers in Japanese; shichi is seven, go is five and san is three. This makes it pretty easy to remember what this festival is about! The Shichigosan festival, thought to be over 400 years old, is …

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Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle 40th Anniversary

This year marks the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association’s 40th Anniversary.  Chado, also called Chanoyu or Sado is Japanese Tea Ceremony or Way of Tea. Chado in Seattle began in the 1930’s when Madam Kiyomi Otani began teaching in her home.  Then during WWII, the Japanese were sent to internment camps.  But that didn’t stop Madame Otani …

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Preserving Japanese Culture in Seattle – 100 Year Old Club

Yesterday we celebrated the Japanese Hyakudokai New Year’s  Celebration.  The name Hyakudokai is taken from the motto “‘keep active until 100 years old’.  According to Mrs. Horikawa, the President of the association, the club began in Hiroshima in 1957, encouraging the elderly to live long with good health and to help one another to preserve …

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