Heart of America

Japan-America Society
The mission of the Heart of America Japan-America Society is to further understanding 
between the peoples of Japan and the Greater Kansas City area by promoting
social, cultural and educational exchanges.

To: Heart of America Japan-America Society members

Greeting from HAJAS President

Ready for the New Year

Are you ready for the New Year? People in Japan are especially busy at this time of year, because the New Year celebration is the most important holiday of the year. It is a time when many pray that their hopes and dreams will come true. Next year is the Year of the Tiger (寅年)according to the ancient calendar. My wish is that the strength and courage of the tiger will help us overcome the terrible effects of COVID 19. At the same time, New Year’s is a time for family togetherness and greetings to all friends, coworkers and relatives. And some wonderful Japanese foods specifically for the holiday. Many of these foods involve mochi, a very sticky rice cake. It is something that reminds everyone of the new year festivities. However, there is a note of caution—mochi can be dangerous! Every year there are stories of old people (and sometimes babies/toddlers) biting off more of the sticky mass than they can chew, causing them to choke. It can be fatal! I recommend you try some if you have a chance, but take small bites and chew thoroughly!

Have a great Year of the Tiger


John Lytton

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