Kotohajime to Kick Off New Year at the Aratani



Kotohajime will be held on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.

Every January, Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern California, with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center heading up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination. Literally meaning “the beginning of things,” Kotohajime will celebrate the Year of the Monkey with “Hatsu-Yama” or “First Mountain” as the theme.

Curated by JACCC Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka, Kotohajime is a visual delight and artistic achievement, with dazzling performances and live music, accompanied by an award-winning set design.

Admission is $20 general, $18 for JACCC members. For more information, call (213) 628-2725 or visit www.jaccc.org.



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