The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles starts the 2014 programs with the following events as parts of their New Year’s celebration:
Kotohajime: The First Performance of the New Year
Hatsu Kagami “First Mirror”
Sunday, January 05, 1 pm
The Aratani Japan America Theatre at the JACCC campus
$20 General Admission?
$18 JACCC Member
JACCC’s signature New Year celebration. Welcome in 2014, the year of the Horse with mesmerizing performance titled Hatsu-Kagami (First Mirror) featuring the traditional Japanese dance by Mme. Hisami Wakayagi, the Japanese court music and dance by Kinnara Gagaku/Bugaku, harmonica by Tetsuya Nakamura, and Zen archery by IKKYU.
The ritual shooting of the arrow, purification ceremony, kagami biraki (breaking of the sake barrel) and other Japanese cultural traditions are performed in celebration of the New Year.
16th Annual Shikishi Exhibition
Sunday, January 05 – Sunday, February 02
George J. Doizaki Gallery at the grand floor of the JACCC building
Every January Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern California, with the JACCC heading up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination.
In celebration of the New Year, the JACCC distributes shikishi cardboards to members of the community to participate in a very unique exhibition, expressing hope for the New Year or a variation on the theme of Hatsu-Kagami (First Mirror).
Shikishi cardboards have been used in Japan since the 12th century for painting and writing poetry. Today inscribed shikishi are given as a gift to mark a memorable occasion.
The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is located at 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (213) 628 – 2938. www.jaccc.org