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March 24, 2010 > Japanese American Senior Centers gather for New Year celebration

Japanese American Senior Centers gather for New Year celebration

Submitted By Sophie Horiuchi-Forrester

The 30th annual Shinnen Kai (New Year Celebration) will be held on Saturday, March 27 at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church (SACBC) in Union City. Sponsored by the Northern California Japanese American Senior Centers (NCJASC), the Shinnen Kai will bring together more than 200 seniors from 10 senior centers throughout greater Northern California. Shinnen Kai is a traditional gathering for people to renew friendships, honor and celebrate seniors and usher in the New Year; this year is the Year of the Tiger. After 30 years, this is the last with NCJASC as sponsor.

Local dignitaries, Mayor Mark Green of Union City, representatives from the Consul General of Japan's office and others will visit and deliver their new year's greetings at this final Shinnen Kai. Throughout the day, seniors will have an opportunity to visit information tables that focus on services for seniors and shop at the various senior centers' arts and crafts tables. Senior groups create a variety of handicrafts to share at this event, such as quilts, blankets, handmade cards, jewelry, baked goods and manju. The Asian American Curriculum Project will sell an assortment of Asian American books.

The day's highlight for many is the delicious bento box lunches by Yamato Flight Kitchen and the entertainment which includes a variety of singing and dancing, both Japanese and American styles, plus a few other surprise performances.

For more information, contact Sophie Horiuchi-Forrester, call (408) 294-2505 or email

Shinnen Kai
Saturday, March 27
Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church
32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City
510) 471-2581

Northern California Japanese American Senior Centers is a coalition of senior centers, working together to enrich the lives of Japanese American seniors in Northern California.

Seniors Centers participating in this year's Shinnen Kai include the Berkeley Nikkei Senior Center, Extending Connections (Alameda), Eden Senior Center (San Lorenzo), Hamilton Senior Center (San Francisco) Japanese American Seniors of the East Bay, Kimochi (San Francisco), Sakura Kai (El Cerrito), San Mateo Japanese Community, SACBC (Union City), Mt. View Tri-City Seniors, Yu-Wa Kai (Concord) and Yu-Ai Kai (San Jose).

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