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🌸Sakura House 9th Anniversary🌸

March 16th 2018…

 

 

 

Sakura House celebrated the 9th Anniversary with our special event!!

   

 

The first program was Game activity. It’s the game to throw balls to put in cups.

Participants had 9 balls for our 9th anniversary and competed how many scores they got.

It was very difficult to put the balls in cups, but they really enjoyed. 

 

     

     

 

For the participants who got the highest score in the game, we congratulated them with Lei. 

     

 

After the participants played, our staff also joined the game!!

It was difficult to put the balls in cups as well, but one of staff got the highest score in all…

     

 

Then, we had a slide show to see how we spent a year together.

When the participants find their pictures on the screen, they looked very embarrassing , but happy to see everyone’s smiles.

     

 

After the slide show, we made “Shiratama Dango” together.

Everyone loves Dango. Look at their pleasant faces!!

     

       

 

And….

 

The staff boiled and “Shiratama Dango” was ready .

We added Kinako(roasted soybean flour) and Azuki (red bean) on top.

Everyone looked so happy!!

 

When the family members came to pick up, we gave a photo album to the participants.

The photo album contains a lot of pictures at Sakura House so the family members get known how their loved one spend the time here.

 

Yoshiko Sensei who is a Ikebana teacher at Sakura House dropped by and brought a big cake with the message!!

 

We sincerely appreciate that we always have many support.

Thank you very much for all the people who are involved in Sakura House.

 

We’re going to have a 10th anniversary next year.

We keep doing our best to be able to see much more their smiles!!

 

 

“Bringing Smiles to Everyone”

Floor is Shiny!

We had a cleaning company for the floor.

 

The floor was like this before cleaning.

 

 

Then, after the cleaning, the floor is so shiny!!!!

 

 

Now we can have a wonderful new year with this shiny floor.

Happy New Year, everyone!!

Christmas Party at Sakura House

We had a Christmas Party at Sakura House.

 

First of all, we played the game piling up cups to make a Christmas tree.

Everyone was so exciting to be a winner!!

     

Sakura House staff also joined the game…

     

 

After that, we had a cooking time! Everyone really loves cooking.

 

They made a cake batter and mixed them up, and then poured into a greased cake tin.

They told they don’t have a chance to cook at home so they really enjoyed making the cup cakes.

     

     

 

and then while we were singing Christmas songs…

     

 

The cup cakes got ready!!!!

We added whipped cream and some strawberry to the top of the cakes.

     

 

Everyone enjoyed eating their own cup cakes.

      

 

Merry Christmas!!

Matsuri at Sakura House

We had the annual festival (Matsuri)  this week.

We decorated the facility with some Matsuri items and the atmosphere was really nice for Matsuri.

     

 

For the education time, we had a flower arrangement(Ikebana) program.

Everyone concentrated to arrange the flowers and made their own beautiful arrangements.

     

After the lunch time,  we carried a portable shrine(Omikoshi) on our shoulders saying, “Wasshoi, Wasshoi”

We also danced Tanko Bushi together. 

      

 

The last part of Matsuri was a Shave Ice!!!

Everyone had been looking  forward to having this shave ice for a year!

There were 3 flavors(Strawberry, Banana and Green Tea) and the strawberry was the most popular flavor.

Many people told that they didn’t have any chance to eat a shave ice at home so they all looked so happy and the staff also enjoyed eating the shave ice.

     

 

There were so many smiles we could see through the Matsuri!!!

We’re planning to hold some more seasonal events!!

Laughter Yoga!!

Has anyone heard of ‘Laughter Yoga’??

Sakura House was filled with lots of laughs yesterday!!

 

We had a special guest from Japan. Mr. Okubo who is a master trainer of Laughter Yoga came to Sakura House for our seniors.

 

Laughter yoga is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter and it does promote the use of breathing activities in-between laughter exercises as a way to relax the body and mind.

It is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter.

We really experienced that effect through this wonderful activity!!

 

It started from voluntary laugh at the beginning,

but once Mr. Okubo practiced laughter yoga with some techniques, everyone changed to real laughter!! 

Some of our seniors had been laughing all the time during the activity and everyone was able to relax through Laughter Yoga.

They really had fun and spent the rest of the day with relaxing mood.

 

In Japan, many care workers take a lecture for Laughter Yoga and they practice it in their own facilities.

 

 

Through Laughter Yoga, we realized again how laughing is important for our mind and body. 

We keep our motto ‘Bringing smiles to everyone ‘ in mind, and we always try to make more laughs at Sakura House.

   

   

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