Shiraoi House set to celebrate 10th anniversary

For the past 10 years Shiraoi House has showcased Quesnel's twinning project

Canada Day visitors to Shiraoi House learned to write their name in Japanese.

Canada Day visitors to Shiraoi House learned to write their name in Japanese.

We had a successful  Canada Day at Shiraoi House, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with many visitors.

Calligraphy demonstrated by Junko Lacey and Ryoko Hosaka and along with members of Shiraoi Twinning Society we had some of the young people helping out with origami and Japanese  toys.

These young people will be some of our next delegation  going to Japan in  July  2015  to Shiraoi, Hokkaido, Japan.

Lots of young  people tried on Kimonos and several photos taken. Also in the afternoon a lot of sushi was served.

We want to thank  Ami Su for making the trays of sushi. It was so delicious, “Oyshi”

The celebration of Shiraoi House  10th anniversary is Aug. 23. There will be members  assisting in several activities offered throughout the day, including trying on Japanese Yukata (kimono) and if you like,  get your photo taken while dressed in kimono. Try your skill at calligraphy  and  draw your name in Japanese. Learn about  Japanese culture, try some Japanese games, make origami kimonos or other shapes.

Also at Shiraoi House there will be an official ceremony recognizing our 10th anniversary with a celebratory cake-cutting served  after the ceremony with City Hall officials. Time of ceremony to be announced in next article and any other additions. Refreshment of green tea, juice and water will be offered throughout the day.

Also during the celebration, Aug. 23, Elizabeth  Waldorf  city arts coordinator is offering  how to make small wind socks and fans on the Shiraoi House patio, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enter from side walk on the West side of the building.

QSTS, June 5 was  our last dinner meeting for the summer. We had a smaller group at our dinner meeting in June, as vacation has started for some of our members. Our delicious meal was provided by Tomoko Arisue and  Sue and Harry Smith. We continually have new members joining our Twinning Society as we did at our last dinner meeting  in June and new members are always welcome.

Our  next dinner meeting  at Quesnel Shiraoi House will be in September. The dinner meeting has been changed to second Thursday of  the month on  Sept. 11.

If anyone is interested in joining or learning more about our Twinning Society, call Shiraoi House 250-992-6532 and leave us a message.

We also rent out the Shiraoi House for different events. Check our site,  Quesnel- Shiraoi Twinning Society.

– submitted by Diane Graham