Gather to welcome 2019 Japanese Oshogatsu style! Dance with Taiko drumming beats, pound Mochi sticky rice, parade with Shishi the lion, and relax with Chado the tea ceremony! Try hands-on activities such as Koma spinning tops, Fuku-warai lucky laugh game, Origami (giant & wearable origami), Omikuji fortune telling and more!
This year’s Oshogatsu kicks off the year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Kyoto/Boston Sister Cities Friendship! Boston Children’s Museum is home to the Japanese House (Kyo-no-Machiya), an authentic silk merchant’s house from Kyoto, Japan. The house will be decorated in New Year’s fashion for the event with many symbols of good luck.
Performances and activities include:
- Mochi-tsuki Rice Pounding Ceremony & New Year’s Greeting! お餅つきと新年のごあいさつ
- Saori WEAVING by SAORI Worcester さをり織り
- Koto Music Performance by Cathleen Ayakano Read sensei & Annette Mizuguchi 琴
- Kamishibai Story Time By Antonio Mendez 紙芝居
- Taiko Drumming Performance By Odaiko New England 和太鼓
- Shishi Lion Dance/Parade By Steve Long & Ako Hiratsuka 獅子舞
- Chado the Way of Tea by Urasenke Boston 茶道
- O-shogatsu Concert by Chorus Boston コーラス・ボストン
- Giant Origami With Haruo Shiga & his students ジャイアント折り
- Try Ukioe Printing, with Consulate General of Japan in Boston ボストン日本総領事館
- Hachimaki Headband はちまき
- Omikuji New Year’s Fortunes おみくじ
- Fukuwarai Lucky Laugh Game 福笑い
- And more!
Also, don’t forget to visit the Japanese House exhibit & the Japanese House gallery art exhibition “HOME” by students of Tohoku University of Art and Design!