Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
To celebrate the new year, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles presents its annual Oshogatsu festivities with its signature New Year program “Kotohajime” or The First Performance of the New Year on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at The Aratani Theatre at the JACCC campus, along with 17th Annual Shikishi Exhibition from January 4 to February 15, 2015 in the Doizaki Gallery at the JACCC building.
The New Year Celebration will feature the traditional dance by the Mai No Kai, the Cambodian dance by Khmer Art Academy, flute musician Riria Niimura, and with special guest performance by Japanese students from the Tohoku region in ongoing support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake as part of the TOMODACHI-Honda Cultural Exchange Program.
The ritual shooting of the arrow, a purification ceremony, will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.
To attend “Kotohajime” program, tickets are $20 for general, and $18 for JACCC members.
JACCC’s popular New Year exhibit “17th Annual Shikishi Exhibition” is an Open Call for community participation creates this rich display of the collective voice of our diverse community. The exhibit will run from Sunday, January 4 – Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Oshogatsu Family Festival
2015 Year of the Sheep
Sunday, January 4 , 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
FREE* ALL DAY
Oshogatsu is one of JANM’s biggest events of the year. Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with fun crafts, food, exciting cultural activities, and performances:
- Sheep balloons by Balloon Monsoon
- Candy art demonstration and raffle with Shan Ichiyanagi
- Exciting performances by Taikoza and UniverSoul Hip Hop
- Petting zoo with live sheep and goats, brought to you by Jessie’s Party Animals
- Free sample bowls of lucky zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the new year
- Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding), taiko drumming, and mochi sampling with Kodama Taiko
Visit janm.org/oshogatsufest2015 for the complete schedule.
*Free admission does not include Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.