2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
Japan has a special place in my family’s heart My mom and dad were stationed in Tokyo from 1949-1951, during the American occupation My sister Meredith was born there in 1950. My dear friend Maria’s mother was from Okinawa. I must make a pilgrimage to Japan before I die.
Sunday, January 14, I attended the Japan-America Sociery Mochitsuki New Year´s Celebration in Richardson, TX. The program included
Mochitsuki – pounding Japanese sweet rice
Kakizome – first calligraphy of the New Year
New Year’s children’s games
Ikebana – flower arranging by Ikebana International, Dallas Chapter 13
Nengajo Contest Winners – New Year’s cards
Plus singing, dancing, drumming. Such International celebrations are common in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Fifty years ago, this area was something of a cultural wilderness Today it is one of the most culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the United States.