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Japanese Chamber of Commerce to Showcase 18th Annual New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo
Community gets together to promote Japanese New Year’s Day
Second Street and San Pedro
10:50 am: Kick-off Taiko Drums by the Taiko Center of Los Angeles
11:00 am: Opening Ceremony with Greetings and Sake Barrel Breaking, LAPD Helicopter Flyover
11:15 am: Taiko Drum Performance: Satori Daiko, Claremont Taiko and koto artist Yukiko Matsuyama
11:25 am: Lion Dance “Shishimai”
11:35 am: Mochi-maki #1, Rice cake give away by Nisei Week Queen and Court
11:40 am: Calligraphy Demonstration by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu-kai
11:55 am: Aikido by Sanbukan
12:25 pm: Minyo & Odori (Folk music and dance) by Matsutoyo-kai
1:10 pm: Koto Performance by Awaya Kai
1:30 pm: Shorinji Kempo by Shorinji Kempo
1:50 pm: Kendo Dojo by LA Kendo Dojo
2:15 pm: Tsugaru Shamisen (three-string) by Naoki Atkins
2:30 pm: Mochi-maki #2, Rice cake give away by Japanese Chamber of Commerce officers and directors, and LA Kimono Club
2:35 pm: Kimono Fashion Show by LA Kimono Club
3:05 pm: Closing
Japanese Village Plaza
Between First and Second Streets near Central Avenue
12:01 pm: Kick-off Taiko Drums by the Taiko Center of Los Angeles
12:10 pm: Opening Ceremony with Greeting by Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s president and Consul General of Japan
12:25 pm: Mochi-maki #1, Rice cake give away by Nisei Week Queen and Court
12:30 pm: Taiko Drums & Lion Dance “Shishimai” by Satori Daiko, Claremont Taiko and koto artist Yukiko Matsuyama
12:55 pm: Tsugaru Shamisen (three-string) by Naoki Atkins
1:45 pm: Minyo & Odori (Folk Song & Dance) by Matsutoyo-kai
2:30 pm: Aikido by Sanbukan
3:25 pm: Closing
Frances Hashimoto Plaza
Across the street from Japanese Village Plaza, south entrance on Second Street
11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Experience the Japanese Oshogatsu (New Year’s Day) culture with children through interactive and hands-on demonstrations of traditional Japanese activities.
Experience the Japanese way of celebrating the New Year of 2016 in the heart of Southern California on January 1st.
From entertainment, food, children’s cultural activities and a sake fest, it is one of the most exciting events to take place in the Japanese community.
“Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo” will take place in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, Japanese Village Plaza and the Francis Hashimoto Plaza from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The event will feature traditional Japanese food, entertainment and cultural activities such as mochi making demonstration, a kimono fashion show, sumo wrestling and the list goes on.
The New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo is organized by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
With the support from the Consul General of Japan, the Nisei Week court and various community members, the organizers want to introduce the Japanese New Year and its traditions to the people of Southern California.
“New Year’s day in Japan is a very important day; it is the first day of the year and we can all start fresh and celebrate the new year,” says Kitty Sankey, President of JCCSC. “We are very excited to showcase how Japanese celebrate the New Year.”
For more information, contact the Japanese Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 244 South San Pedro St. Suite 410, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 626-3067, www.jccfsc.org