What a fun New Year’s Party!

I’ve got to say, this party was a success.

invitation
People started drifting in the door at around 4 pm. Most of the kids played downstairs in the dojo for a while, then joined the adults upstairs for sushi rolling.

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sushi-rolling
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sushi
Before we ate, we had a short aikido class. A few rolls, a bit of knee walking, and last but not least, a hundred sword cuts.

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Sushi, dessert, then origami! I showed everyone how to make paper cranes, most of which went on to become mobiles to decorate the dojo.

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And after that, everyone went back downstairs to watch a movie – Kiki’s Delivery Service!

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And meanwhile, the adults sat outside ’round the campfire.

campfire
And here are a few more pictures, which I thought should be in this post because they’re so sweet:

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samara
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tal-and-a-ball
I hope you all had a wonderful new year!