DELRAY BEACH, FL. – The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will celebrate the Year of the Snake with the 36th annual Oshogatsu New Year’s Celebration on Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Truly a family festival, Oshogatsu is loved by local residents and visitors of all ages as they take part in fun and unique Japanese pastimes, games and customs. This year, Oshogatsu will include:
- Mochitsuki, the pounding of the rice and making of mochi, large, round Japanese cakes
- Shishimai, performances by the lion dancer and taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko • Musical performances by Friends of Koto • Omikuji, Japanese fortune telling (additional $1 charge)
- Tea ceremony demonstrations, where participants observe the serenity of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
- Hands-on craft and kids’ activities
- Second annual Social Scavenger Hunt Oshogatsu is also pleased to introduce new events to the annual festival, including: • All About Oshogatsu exhibition
- New Year’s storytelling
- Craft, plant, orchid and tea vendors
- Open air koto musical performances
In the galleries, visitors can view the exhibition Entertaining the Gods and Man: Japanese Dolls and the Theater.
Guests are also invited to stop by the Kirin Beer Garden and Sake Station. Cornell Café will be open, and a variety of American and Japanese food will also be available from vendors throughout the festival grounds. For additional information, please call 561-495-0233 or visit www.morikami.org/newyear.
TICKETS: $15 for adults; $10 for children 4-10; free for museum members and children 3 and under.
Oshogatsu is Japan’s most important yearly observance and a time of renewal. The Japanese make special effort in the final days of December to clear away debts and obligations so as to start the New Year afresh. Before Oshogatsu arrives, typically on January 1, many Japanese gather at local shrines and temples to greet the stroke of midnight with exclamations of “Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu!” or “Happy New Year!”
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit www.morikami.org or call 561- 495-0233.
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