Hatsu-zora (First sky)
Sunday, January 7, 2018
1 pm. Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo
Every January, Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern California, with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center heading up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination.
For its 35th anniversary, Kotohajime, JACCC’s signature New Year celebration, will welcome 2018 and celebrate the Year of the Dog.
Curated by Master Artist in Residence, Hirokazu Kosaka, Kotohajime features stunning performances and live music, including ritual shooting of the arrow, breaking the sake barrel, and traditional and contemporary dance and performances.
2018 Kotohajime stage will show Okinawan dance by the Majikina Honryu dance truope, Biwa (lute) music by Kyokkaku Kawamoto, and Buddhist-theme performance.
The ritual shooting of the arrow—a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.
TICKETS: $20 General Admission, $18 JACCC Members