“FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY!
Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”
Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!
Posted in Ceremonies, Contests, Crafts, Culture, Dance, Festivals, Food, Free, Live Performances, Museum, Music, Sculpture, Workshops
Tagged arts and crafts, culture, holidays, japanese, los angeles, mochitsuki, oshogatsu, shi shi mai, Taiko
“The JACCC celebrates the Year of the Dragon with Hatsu-Kaze (First Wind), an artistic journey through Western and Eastern performing arts and traditions curated by the creative vision of Hirokazu Kosaka, Artistic Director of the JACCC.
Join the JACCC on this fascinating New Year Celebration featuring performances by the Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy & Performing Arts School, The Professional Training Program students of The Colburn School’s The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, and Nagautaby Katada Kikusa, Jyorokusho Kineya and Yasoyo Kineya II.
The ritual shooting of the arrow – a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.”
- WHERE: JACCC Plaza
244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 1pm
- HOW MUCH: FREE!
- MORE INFO: http://jaccc.org/kotohajime.php
Posted in Ceremonies, Culture, Dance, Free, Live Performances
Tagged archery, culture, holidays, japanese, korean, los angeles, new year celebration, year of the dragon
Join the JCCCNC and Mr. Yamada-san in our annual mochitsuki workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to watch Mr. Yamada transform hot cooked rice into mochi and then have the opportunity to make their own mochi balls to take home just in time for the new year! …
Thursday-Friday, December 29-30, 2011
(Dates and times subject to change)
Shift 1: 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 2: 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 3: 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 4: 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 5: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Thursday only)
Fees: $12 JCCCNC members/$17 non-members,
Children under 5 years of age are FREE.
For more info and to sign up, please call Jennifer Hamamoto at (415) 567-5505.”
- WHERE: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
- WHEN: Thursday and Friday, 12/29/11 and 12/30/11, 3-6:30pm
- HOW MUCH: $12 JCCCNC members/$17 non-members; children under 5 years of age are FREE.
- MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/events/149127401861079/
“2:00 – 4:00 PM
ARTS & CRAFTS BOUTIQUE (free admission)
Shop for unique holiday gifts including cards, jewelry, ceramics & more!
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4:00 – 6:30 PM
HOLIDAY CONCERT (tickets: $30 general, $50 VIP)
Featuring vocalists: Quynh Giao, Pham Ha, Le Hong Quang, Giana Nguyen, and Pham Dang Khoa
With pianist Quoc Vu and guitarists Thang Le & Thinh Nguyen
Concert tickets may be purchased at:
Viet Bao (714) 894-2500
Nguoi Viet (714) 892-9414
Tu Quynh (714) 531-4284
Bolsa Tickets (714) 418-2499
Online via http://www.vaala.org/
Presented by VAALA (Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association)”
“This holiday season, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network invites you to our annual fundraiser and social mixer.
Celebrate with a reading from fiction writer Angie Chau (Quiet As They Come) and exhibits from visual artists Viet Le and Julie Thi Underhill. Meet other emerging and established literary and visual artists and learn about the DVAN Youth Group.
Reading, Art, Pecha Kucha & Dancing
Delicious Appetizers, Street Food Carts and Wine Bar
Suggestion Donation at Door: Sliding Scale $10-20
We accept donations at http://www.dvanonline.com/donate/
DVAN. Support the arts. Support self and community.
Ample Street Parking Available.”
Posted in Art, Dance, Exhibits, Food, Fundraiser, Literature
Tagged angie chau, bay area, book reading, exhibition, holidays, julie thi underhill, pecha kucha, san francisco, viet le, vietnamese
“The San Francisco Japantown Merchants Association’s Obon Odori will be held on Sunday, August 7 at the Japantown Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan Streets. The event will feature popular singer Ayako Hosokawa, an Obon Odori at 1:30 p.m. led by Madame Michiya Hanayagi and yosakoi dancing at 2:30.
The public is invited to join in the festivities, including the Obon Odori dancing. Free dance practices for the Obon will be held on August 1 and 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at May’s Coffee Shop in the West Mall of the Japan Center (formerly Kintetsu Mall).
The entertainment schedule for the Obon is:
1:00 p.m. – Hanayagi Dance Group
1:15 p.m. – Ayako Hosokawa
1:30 p.m. – Obon Odori
2:30 p.m. – Yosakoi Dance
Obon is a Buddhist observance honoring the memory of one’s ancestors and those who have recently passed away. Remembering with those who have departed from our lives with joy and gratitude is a key theme in Obon as it is observed in the United States. Reflecting this spirit, all members of the community, regardless of religious affiliation, are encouraged to attend and join in the communal folk dancing, the Obon Odori.”
Posted in Culture, Dance, Festivals, Free, Live Performances, Music
Tagged bay area, culture, fair, holidays, japanese, obon, obon festival, san francisco
Another Obon festival!
“Obon Food booths: Udon (noodles), Strawberry Shortcake, Sushi, Manju, Chicken Teriyaki, Imagawa Yaki, Gyoza, Tempura, Beef Teriyaki, Chicken Ramen Salad, Nigiri Sushi
Game Booths: Whiffle Toss, Treasure Chest, Grab Bag, Bear Toss, Hoop-la, Ping Pong Toss, Tic Tac Toe, Add ’em Up, Duck Scoop, Color Spot, Ring Toss, Nickel Toss, Milk Can, Basketball Toss, Golf (Putting), Bingo, Pull Tabs”
- WHERE: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 North 5th Street
San Jose, California
- WHEN: Saturday, 7/9/11, 11:30am – 10pm
Sunday, 7/10/11, 11:30am – 8pm
- HOW MUCH: FREE
- MORE INFO: http://www.sjbetsuin.com/Events/Obon2011
Posted in Culture, Festivals, Free, Games, Live Performances, Music
Tagged bay area, fair, holidays, japanese, san jose, Taiko
“A festival with ethnic foods, games, BINGO, cultural exhibits, martial arts demonstrations, folk dancing (public invited to participate).
Stage Entertainment: MC Rodney Kageyama…. Nishi Center Kids, Ha-Aloha Polynesian Dancers, LA Matsuri Daiko, Jerry Kamei Jazz Band, San Fernando Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Choir, Music by Sunset Silhouette, Matsutoyo Kai, Taiko Project, Nippon Minyo Hoshuju Kai, Miyuki Matsunaga (geta dancer)”
Posted in Culture, Dance, Festivals, Food, Free, Games, Live Performances, Martial Arts, Music
Tagged arts and crafts, culture, fair, history, holidays, japanese, los angeles, obon, Taiko
“Shikishi are Japanese congratulatory cards of standard size, which has been used in Japan since the twelfth century for painting and writing poetry. Today, these shikishi are given as gifts to mark a memorable or special occasion.
This year’s colorful exhibition features works by former Prime Ministers of Japan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, up and coming and established artists, students, seniors, and community members. On opening day, Sunday January 2, viewers will enjoy amazake (sweet sake), mochisweets and will be able to pull their New Year’s fortune from the omikujibox.”
- WHERE: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, LA, in the George J. Doizaki Gallery
- WHEN: onoing from Sunday, 1/2/11 through 2/27/11
- HOW MUCH: free!
- MORE INFO: http://www.jaccc.org/shikishi.php
You had me at mochi. The Dalai Lama’s pretty cool too though.