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It has been our tradition to have shishimai on the first day of class in January. As usual, we invited Vancouver Mikoshi no Kai Rakuichi and they performed shishimai. Listening to fue, taiko and kane built our excitement and two shishimai danced to bring us a fortune. Our students were bitten by shishimai and that means that symbolizes staying healthy and happy throughout the year.

Another tradition at VJLS is to decorate school with kadomatsu and kagami mochi. In addition, we do kakizome on the stage at the hall, play sugorokku, karuta and fukuwarai at the class. We believe both cultural and academic education will help students improve their Japanese. For lunch, kitchen mamas prepared ozouni and we enjoyed learning about traditional Japanese New Year.