2020 / Los Angeles’ culture center opens 2020 New Year with annual program “Kotohajime” Jan. 5

2020 Kotohajime: The second tape performance outside after ritual tape performance in the Aratani Theatre. (Cultural News Photo. January 05, 2020)

2020 Kotohajime: Gagaku and Bugaku by Kinnara. (Cultural News Photo. January 05, 2020)

2020 Kotohajime: Turkey’s Sufi Dervish whirling dance performed by Aziz with Oud (Middle Eastern Lute) by Yuval Ron and One Hand Drum by Jamie Papish. (Cultural News Photo. January 05, 2020)

Forwarded for the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center present its 37th Annual Kokohajime: “Hatsu-Ori” (First Weaving) at the Aratani Theatre on Sunday, January 5, 2020, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.


$18 JACCC Member
$20 General Admission

For its 37th Anniversary, JACCC’s signature New Year celebration, Kotohajime, will welcome 2020 and the Year of the Rat. Curated by Master Artist in Residence, Hirokazu Kosaka.

Enjoy calligraphy by Shodo for Little Tokyo participants in the Aratani Theatre lobby, and immediately following, please join us for the Community Open House of the Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center.

Every January, Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern California.

JACCC heads up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination.

Literally meaning “the beginning of things,” Kotohajime will celebrate the Year of the Rat with the theme titled Hatsu-Ori or “First Weaving.”

The original Kotohajime performance is a visual delight and artistic achievement, with dazzling performances and live music, accompanied by an award-winning set design.

Join the JACCC on this fascination New Year Celebration featuring performances by the Kinnara Gagaku/Bugaku, Yuval Ron, Aziz, Ryukyoku Matsuri Daiko, Tetsuya Nakamura, and Los Angeles
Kyudo kai.

The ritual shooting of the arrow, a purification ceremony will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo-Kai (Archery Group).

244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90012