There’s lots to see and do at Oshogatsu! See below for the day’s activities (subject to change).
Experience the roar of taiko by Fushu Daiko, the playful shishimai lion dance, our signature mochitsuki, or rice-pounding ceremony, and open air koto performances.
Fushu Daiko welcomes the New Year with Shishimai, the Lion Dance, to the beat of taiko drums!
11:00 | 1:30 | 4:00
Enjoy musical performances by Friends of Koto!
12:00 | 2:00 | 3:30
Experience our signature rice-pounding ceremony to make mochi, traditional and auspicious New Year’s rice cakes on Festival Grounds.
12:30 | 2:30
Observe the peace and quietude that accompanies sado, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Yamato-kan.
1:00 | 3:00
Japanese Gardens 101
Get an introduction and an inside look into one of the six historic gardens of Roji-en. Meets in the lobby.
11:15 | 12:15 | 1:15 | 2:15
Bonsai Demonstrations on festival grounds
Watch our experts trim a tree and learn how to take care of your very own.
12:45 | 3:15
All Day Activities
Enjoy games and crafts for kids and adults alike – try your hand at hanetsuki, Japanese badminton and much more!
Pick up your exclusive Oshogatsu t-shirt!
Have our official 2018 designs screen-printed on a t-shirt at the Fine Print Shoppe booth. Bring your own t-shirt (we recommend a light colored shirt) and screen-printing is FREE for the first shirt ($5 per shirt per each additional shirt brought from home).
Don’t have a shirt to bring? No problem! You can purchase a shirt with our design for $10.