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Japanese Traditional New Year Ceremonies

January 1, 2 pm7 pm.
Free

Come out for an enchanting celebration of the New Year steeped in rich Japanese traditions. Immerse yourself in the cultural festivities that promise an unforgettable start to the year ahead.

Mochi Pounding Experience: Feel the rhythmic energy as we invite all attendees, especially kids, to partake in the age-old tradition of Mochi Pounding. Discover the art of crafting this delectable rice cake and relish the joy of making your own! It’s an interactive and delicious experience that promises fun for all ages.

Sake Barrel Breaking Ceremony (Kagami Biraki): Witness the ceremonial breaking of the sake barrel, known as Kagami Biraki, symbolizing joy, good fortune, and the breaking of new ground. Following this captivating ritual, join us in a toast with premium sake as we celebrate the arrival of the New Year together. Let the sake flow and the good times roll!

Japanese Lion Dance (Shishi-Mai): Prepare to be mesmerized by the dynamic and vibrant Japanese Lion Dance, Shishi-Mai. Watch as the lion comes to life, embodying the spirit of courage and good luck. This traditional dance is a visual spectacle that will captivate and entertain, leaving you in awe of the artistry and cultural significance.

Don’t miss this opportunity to welcome the New Year in a truly authentic and festive Japanese style. Whether you’re a fan of cultural traditions, delicious treats, or simply looking for a unique way to kick off the year, this event promises to be a memorable experience for everyone.

 

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