2024/01/01: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center to virtually present “41st Annual Kotohajime” on Monday, January 1, 2024

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center presents the 41st Annual Kotohajime virtually on January 1, 2024. The JACCC invites the public to join this free online event as JACCC celebrates new beginnings.

In 1983, Hirokazu Kosaka, JACCC Master Artist Residence, shot the first arrow of Kotohajime. The event has grown to become JACCC’s signature New Year’s celebration. Literally meaning “the beginning of things”, the memorable 41st Kotohajime will celebrate 2024, the Year of the Dragon, with the theme Hatsu-Akebono (First Dawn). In Japan, dragons represent fortune and are also messengers of the gods. The Dragon symbolizes power, nobleness, and honor.

This year, the JACCC will present a tea ceremony in fields full of poppy flowers at dawn, Nadeshiko Kai Kimono Organization, and the Los Angeles Kyudo Kai who are celebrating their 108th anniversary in Little Tokyo.