Join the Kunming Committee to celebrate the Year of the Rat with friends, food, and festivities!
There will be a 10 course banquet, lion dance, silent auction, and prizes! Please register!Find out more »
Celebrate the beginning of spring in Japan with the Takayama Committee! Setsubun is the day preceding risshun, the first day of spring, according to the old Japanese calendar, also known as the lunar calendar. On the day of Setsubun, there is the custom of throwing roasted soybeans while chanting "In with Fortune! Out with Evil!" in order to prevent evil ogres from entering one's house. It is believed that the ogres are warded off by throwing beans, and that good fortune will then come to one's home. On this day, events with entertainers and athletes are held at shrines all over the country. According to Japanese tradition, if you eat the same number of beans as your age, you will enjoy a year of good health.Find out more »