Oshogatsu Celebrations on Jan. 1

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Kimono fashion show in Japanese Village Plaza. (Rafu Shimpo photo)

Kimono fashion show in Japanese Village Plaza. (Rafu Shimpo photo)

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California will hold a traditional Oshogatsu (New Year’s) celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Weller Court and Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo.

The schedule (subject to change) is as follows.

• Weller Court (bounded by First, San Pedro, Second and Los Angeles streets):

10:50 a.m. Kick-off with taiko drumming

11 a.m. Opening ceremony with greetings and kagami-wari (sake barrel breaking)

11:15 a.m. Taiko performance

11:25 a.m. Shishimai (lion dance)

11:35 a.m. Mochi-maki (throwing of rice cakes)

11:40 a.m. Japanese dance

11:56 a.m. Calligraphy demonstration

12:10 p.m. Minyo (Japanese folk songs) and dance

12:40 p.m. Tsugaru shamisen

12:55 p.m. Samurai action show

1:15 p.m. Shorinji kempo

1:40 p.m. Kendo dojo

2:05 p.m. Kimono fashion show

2:20 p.m. Mochi-maki

2:25 p.m. Awa Odori (dance)

3 p.m. Closing

• Japanese Village Plaza (between First and Second streets, east of San Pedro, west of Central):

11 a.m. Kimono Club’s Miss Kimono Contest, koto performance

12 p.m. Kick-off with taiko drumming

12:10 p.m. Opening ceremony with greetings

12:25 p.m. Mochi-maki

12:30 p.m. Shishimai and taiko performance

1:15 p.m. Kimono fashion show

1:35 p.m. Minyo and dance

1:55 p.m. Samurai action show

2:20 p.m. Mochi-maki

2:25 p.m. Nebuta Odori

3 p.m. Closing

There will also be games, crafts and other activities for kids in Frances Hashimoto Plaza, across Second Street from JVP.

 

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