Lounge 30th Anniversary Celebration
New Year Gathering 

2020 002Date: 12 January 2020 (Sun), 13:30~15:30
Aoba Cross-Cultural and Community Center, Rooms 2, and 3
Guest Performers: Mr. Masaru Yamakage (Tsugaru shamisen)
Ha Panhe, Lee Sangchul (Traditional Korean percussion instruments)

The 2020 New Year Gathering celebrated the 30th anniversary of the lounge, which happened in November 2019. Following the opening greetings given by chairperson Ms. Koike, the first half was filled with wonderful performances from our guest performers.
The first performance was by Mr. Masaru Yamakage, who put on beautiful performances of a variety of genres from folk to pop on the Tsugaru shamisen. Next was the team Hwarangdae, whose two members explained Pungmul (traditional Korean folk music), and then performed and danced to traditional Korean percussion instruments called janggu. The performances were a great way to welcome the New Year, and the audience loudly applauded the performers.

After that, we viewed a slideshow for “30 Years of the Lounge”, and there was a chance for visitors, guest performers, and staff to interact with each other. Some of the international participants wore their own traditional clothing, which made for a great event.



2019 New Year Party

2019 003Annual new year party was held.
Date: January 13 Sun) from 10:30am to noon
Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center
Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

The first annual event in 2019, New Year Party of Yokohama Aoba International Lounge was held on January 13 (Sun). Though it was the middle day of three consecutive holidays, about 70 residents including foreign residents gathered.
The party room was decorated with new year decorations such as flower arrangements and brush writings of the word “boar”, which created bright new year celebration atmosphere. In the mini event, we enjoyed Gamelan by traditional Indonesian percussion instrument ensemble “Bali suka campur”. We felt really comforted by bamboo sound and children were very much interested in the unique instruments having chance to touch them.
After the mini event, we chatted over Sushi, cakes, and drinks. Pleasant conversation continued endlessly. At the end, Japanese cakes were presented and many people left words of appreciation.
Thank you very much for attending the party.