JSGH Newsletter December 2020

December 2020 Issue: December 2, 2020

Message from the President

Dear JGSH Members and Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Despite some recent good news about vaccine development, COVID-19 is still going to be a significant part of our daily life for the foreseeable future, and could make this coming winter one of the longest and coldest in memory. Even though many of our holiday traditions and family gatherings may be disrupted this year, I hope that you all nevertheless find the community and warmth that is such an important part of this holiday season.  

To this end, I’m pleased to say that JSGH is redoubling its efforts to adapt to this new normal, and offer our members more events and chances to socialize over this winter.  We have several exciting events that we’re collaborating to present in the next few months (see below), and are planning to offer more regular virtual events for our members to enjoy in 2021. We hope to see you there!    

Seasons Greetings, 

Peter Watson, JSGH President

Inside This Issue

  1. Message from the President
  2. JSGH News
  3. Upcoming Events and Important Dates
  4. Memberships


A couple of weeks after we planted cherry trees, we met with several members and families for hiking around the Gillette Castle State Park ground. It was great to see many faces. We really enjoyed nice weather and beautiful foriages. 

Due to COVID-19, we decided not to have our annual New Year Party this upcoming January. However, we are planning some fun online activities and networking events during the winter months. Please read the information about some of the events we have for December – January. Please register and join us for some fun activities. 

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

RAKUGO Hour with Tozabro Yanagiya

JSGH is happy to inform you that we are hosting a rakugo hour with a professional Rakugo-ka, Tozabro Yanagiya on January 9, 2021 (4pm ET). This will be an online event via zoom. The detailed information is on our website. You need to pre-register for this event to receive a zoom log-in information. This one hour event will be in English. 

1,000 Paper Cranes: One Wish

On December 10th (6pm), JSGH is co-hosting “1,000 Folded Paper Cranes: One Wish” with the Cragin Library in Colchester. It will be held online via zoom. You can register from their online form or website.

Wadsworth Atheneum December Second Saturday

JSGH is presenting “Winter in Japan” at Wadsworth Atheneum’s December family virtual event on December 12th. Please visit Wadsworth’s website for details. We will post the similar information on our website as soon as it is available. 

2021 Memberships

Please join or renew your membership! Our 2021 Membership information is available on our website https://www.jsofgh.org/membership/ with lowered Individual and Student membership fees. We will mail out the registration form to all current members, too. 

Our Sponsors

  • Kooma Massage Therapy
  • Sotaiho

Japan Society of Greater Hartford Contact Information

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