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Happy Lunar New Year from Some Kind of Asian!

Happy Year of the Dragon (Lunar Year 4710), everybody! Be sure to check back on Some Kind of Asian for upcoming events dedicated to celebrating the start of the lunar new year!

A Sneak Peek:
1/27/12-1/29/12 – Tet Festival in Garden Grove
1/28/12 – Golden Dragon Parade in LA Chinatown
1/28/12-1/29/12 – Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park
1/29/12 – Lunar New Year Celebration at the San Francisco Zoo
2/11/12 – Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco
2/11/12 – San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year Community concert and Celebration 2012
2/11/12-2/12/12 – Chinatown Community Street Fair in San Francisco

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM


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!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/2012/01/#08

Kotohajime: The First Performance of the New Year – 1/8/12, LA


“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
  • MORE INFO: http://jaccc.org/kotohajime.php

Mochitsuki Workshops – 12/29/11-12/30/11, SF

Mochitsuki Workshops


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)

Location: JCCCNC
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/

VAALA’s Holiday Concert & Fundraiser – OC, 12/11/11

VAALA Holiday Concert and Fundraiser

“2:00 – 4:00 PM
ARTS & CRAFTS BOUTIQUE (free admission)

Shop for unique holiday gifts including cards, jewelry, ceramics & more!

* * * * * * * * *

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
M.C.: T-Huy

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)”

DVAN Annual Holiday Fundraiser – SF, 12/10/11

DVAN Annual Fundraiser

“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
Silent Auction

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.”

Japantown Merchants Association Obon Odori – SF, 8/7/11

Japantown Merchants association Obon Odori

“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.”

San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival 2011 – San Jose, 7/9/11-7/10/11

San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival

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
  • MORE INFO: http://www.sjbetsuin.com/Events/Obon2011

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival – LA, 7/9/11 – 7/10/11

Hompa Hongwanji Obon Festival

“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)”

13th annual Shikishi Exhibition opens tomorrow until 2/27/11, in LA’s Little Tokyo

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.