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Oshogatsu Family Festival

January 6 @ 11:00 am


Ring in the Year of the Boar with the Japanese American National Museum’s annual Oshogatsu Family Festival on Sunday, January 6, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, and visitors will enjoy Japanese American performances, crafts, live art, candy sculptures, kids activities, and two mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstrations.

The schedule for the day includess the following:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Lucky Soba Noodles
Kidding Around the Kitchen will hand out sample bowls of lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the new year. Kids can top the soba with their choice of tofu, vegetables, and nori (seaweed). While supplies last.

11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Live Art Performance
Ruki: Power of Flow is a collaboration between taiko and Japanese calligraphy. Combining contemporary elements and traditional art forms, Ruki pairs the calligrapher’s dance performance with strong taiko beats to celebrate the new year. Performed by Japanese calligrapher and hip hop dancer Kuniharu Yoshida and taiko player Walter Nishinaka. (Reserved seating for members.)

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Candy Sculptures
Shan Ichiyanagi (Shan the Candyman) will demonstrate the ancient, and now rarely practiced, Asian folk art of candy sculpting, as he makes candy in the shape of boars and other animals of the Asian zodiac. Finished pieces will be offered as prizes for the Kids’ Raffle noted above.

Noon to 4:30 p.m.: Osechi-Ryori Tasting
Sample a selection of traditional Japanese new year foods, including various sweets and vegetables, and learn about what each dish means. While supplies last. (Express Line for members.)

12:30 to 1 p.m. Artist Conversation
To mark the release of Kaiju vs Heroes artist Mark Nagata’s latest special edition sofubi toy figure—an homage to the character played by Gerald Okamura in the movie Big Trouble in Little China—Nagata will discuss how this project came to fruition. (Reserved seating for members.)

1 to 2 p.m.: Toy and Print Signing
Mark Nagata and Gerald “Man of Many Weapons” Okamura will sign figures and a special print of the header art created for the toy following the artist conversation. The figure is hand-painted by Nagata and limited to 45 pieces. (Express line for members.)

2 p.m. and 4 p.m.: Mochitsuki Demonstration by Kodama Taiko
Making fresh mochi is a beloved Japanese new year tradition. Join Kodama Taiko for their unique mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration, which incorporates taiko drumming, and enjoy delicious mochi samples while supplies last.


January 6
11:00 am
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Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
(213) 625-0414