I hope the holiday season has treated you & your family well so far! For me, the holidays can sometimes feel a little bit busy at times with lots of lights, food, gifts and gatherings. I try my best during this time to take a few moments to really slow down and take a breath to reflect on the meaningful experiences from the past year and send appreciation to the people who have supported me along the way.
For me, this is the time of year where I am reminded how lucky I am to live life in the Bay area, in this unique moment in history with such a caring Bay Area “kazoku” (Family in Japanese) around me – my friends, my family, and the SFOKK community. Knowing this motivates me to focus my attention and energy on the New Year ahead!
In 2018, I am looking forward to our annual Shinnen Kai, Cherry Blossom Festival, Keiro Kai, World Uchinanchu Day and various local community events! With these celebratory gatherings come a lot of generous voluntary commitments from SFOKK board members and active SFOKK members This can include volunteer time away from careers and other commitments, generous donations of storage space, food, gas, money as well as the planning, logistics, and administration of the kenjinkai. I want to take this moment to acknowledge and recognize all those that have come before me and have been a part of these efforts today and over the past years from the founding days of SFOKK. I am humbled and honored by your contributions. I share my deepest gratitude and appreciation for your dedication and generous heart. If it was not for you, we would not have the foundation on which SFOKK exists and grows on today. Thank you very much.
To me, 2018 offers an opportunity for renewed spirits, clarified focus and new beginnings! I look forward to what life has to offer and the Bay Area “kazoku” we get to experience and celebrate together in the New Year. Enjoy this Year of the Dog! I wish you all the happiest New Year!