Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Happy New Year!
While Christmas is one of the biggest annual events in North America & Europe, Japan on the other hand, celebrates Oshogatsu, the start of the new year. The holiday, observed the first three days in January, is a time traditionally spent as a family, when homes are cleansed & purified before the year’s end then decorated with pine, bamboo, sacred straw chains, and oval shaped rice cakes.
Celebrate the year of the Dragon at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens on January 8th. The day’s activities will feature games and entertainment throughout the museum and gardens such as:
- Sado tea ceremony
- Kakizome, experience hands-on the first calligraphy of the new year
- Omikuju, Japanese fortune telling
- Mochitsuki, the pounding of rice and making of mochi, auspicious Japanese cakes
- Shishimai, meet the lion dancer as he brings in the New Year to the beat of the taiko drum!
- Hanetsuki, similar to badminton
- Fukuwarai, the Goddess of Happiness game
- Daruma Otoshi, wood block game
- Hands-on craft activities & bounce-houses
- Japanese & American food favorites & the Kirin Beer Garden
Regular admission is $10 adults, $5 children (ages 4 – 17). Admission is FREE for museum members and children 3 and under.
SAVE by purchasing tickets early online at www.morikami.org/newyear. $8 for adults & $4 for kids. Online ticket sales end Friday, January 6.
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