Oshogatsu: A New Year’s Celebration

About Morikami’s New Year’s Celebration

The New Year is Japan’s most important and celebrated holiday. We ring in our 40th annual New Year’s celebration with the tastes, sights and sounds that define the traditional Japanese New Year as well as our own.

Ticket prices at the door on event day:

  • adults (ages 11+)  $15 at the gate
  • children (ages 4-10) $10 at the gate
FREE for museum members and children 3 & under

Tickets are non-refundable and Oshogatsu is a rain or shine event

The Tasting Room

Enjoy general admission PLUS access to the limited-entry Oshogatsu Tasting Room including samples of rare, high-end sake, Japanese beer, sake cocktails, sake Q&A sessions with a certified sake specialist, and more. Check out the Tasting Room tab to the left for details. 

To do at Oshogatsu
  • DIY Daruma Wall
  • Open-air Koto and Taiko Performances
  • Mochi Pounding
  • Oshogatsu t-shirts courtesy of the Fine Print Shoppe, and more!

About the Japanese Zodiac

The zodiac was introduced to Japan from China and there are several tales of how the animals were selected and in what order. One of the most popular stories finds Buddha calling all the animals of the world to come to him on New Year’s Day. As a reward, he promises each one a gift. Only twelve animals came and each one was given the honor of having a year named for them. Their arrival time marks their esteemed position in the twelve-year cycle with the rat always first and the boar forever last.

This year, we’ll celebrate the Year of the Dog for those born in 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 2006, and 2018!

What is Oshogatsu?

The New Year is Japan’s most important and celebrated holiday. We’ll ring in our 40th annual New Year’s celebration with the tastes, sights and sounds that define the traditional Japanese New Year as well as our own.

Admission Prices

At the door:

  • Adults: $15  (ages 11+)
  • Children: $10  (ages 4-10)

We accept cash and credit at admissions – but remember, cash lines move faster!

Museum members and children 3 and under are admitted to the festival for FREE!

Are you a Morikami member?

Morikami members get in FREE and do not need to reserve tickets to the festival. However, members must reserve tickets to the Tasting Room online, in advance. Please bring your membership card and ID to festival admissions and you will be granted entry to the festival. Not sure if your membership covers your Oshogatsu guests? We’re here to help! Email morikamimembers@pbcgov.org.

About your ticket purchase:

  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Group, student and senior discounts are not available for this event.
  • Tasting Room purchasers must be 21 or over, we I.D.
  • Oshogatsu is a rain or shine event.

The Tasting Room

Morikami and Stacole Fine Wines are bringing you an Oshogatsu experience to remember! Tasting Room guests will enjoy general admission PLUS access to our limited-entry Oshogatsu Tasting Room. Tasting room packages include:

  • Samples of rare, high-end sake, Japanese beer and a sake cocktail – each tasting room guest will receive 10 drink tickets (One ticket = One 2oz sample)
  • Japanese snacks from the Museum Store
  • Sake Q&A sessions with a certified sake specialist
  • A pair of tickets to one of our five Sushi & Stroll evenings (May – September 2018)
  • Automatic raffle entry to win a one-year Morikami membership
  • $30/person for Morikami members and $35/person for non-members.

Please note: purchasers must be 21 or over – we I.D.

About the Sake Specialist

Carrie Becker, sake expert, will hold a few informal Sake 101 talks at the times below, but she is available throughout the day to answer any questions you might have about the sake selections here in The Tasting Room and at the regular sake station.

Carrie Becker Cert. Adv. Sake Professional & Sake Advisor SE Regional Sales Manager, Niigata Sake Selections

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.

Shishimai Stage
Fushu Daiko welcomes the New Year with Shishimai, the Lion Dance, to the beat of taiko drums!
11:00 | 1:30 | 4:00

Koto Stage
Enjoy musical performances by Friends of Koto!
12:00 | 2:00 | 3:30

Scheduled Activities

Experience our signature rice-pounding ceremony to make mochi, traditional and auspicious New Year’s rice cakes on Festival Grounds.
12:30 | 2:30

Tea Ceremony
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, discover what lies ahead at our Japanese fortune-telling, or Omikuji, booth ($1), and much more!

Pick up your exclusive Oshogatsu t-shirt!

Have our official 2018 design 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.

Exhibits @ Oshogatsu

On Yamato Island
Explore Morikami’s bonsai collection and the exhibitions Japan Through the Eyes of a Child and The Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida

Food and Beverage Tickets

In order to accommodate the large amount of guests at the festival, festival food vendors, the beer garden and sake station accept only food and beverage tickets as payment. Food and beverage tickets are available for purchase on festival grounds. Each ticket is equal to $1 and may be purchased by cash or credit card. ATMs are also available on site. The Cornell Café accepts food and beverage tickets in addition to cash.

Kirin Beer Garden

Stop by our Kirin Beer Garden, located on festival grounds, featuring one of Japan’s most prominent and respected breweries. Dating back to 1888, the name Kirin has become synonymous, in Japan and around the world, with beer of the highest quality. Choose from a selection of Kirin Light or Kirin Ichiban available in bottles and on draft.

Cornell Café

The open-air café serves Pan-Asian classics on a terrace overlooking the gardens.

The Cornell Café will offer an abridged a-la-carte menu during the festival, but on regular days you can try any of the full menu’s delectable offerings.

Sake Station

Our Sake Station, courtesy of Stacole Fine Wines, offers a variety of premium Japanese sake as well as tasting notes.

Can’t choose just one?

Our Sake Flight lets you try three!

Festival Food Vendors

On the festival grounds enjoy a variety of Pan-Asian and all-American favorites cooked on site by our festival food vendors.

Check back soon for the full festival menu.

The Basics

  1. When do the gates open and close?
    The event gates open at 10am and close at 5pm.
  2. Where are you located?
    We are located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, just off of Jog Road between Linton Blvd. and Clint Moore Rd.
  3. What happens if it rains?
    We are here rain or shine!
  4. Do you have activities for kids?
    Yes, we have plenty! Kids can enjoy games, craft activities, and our interactive exhibit Japan Through the Eyes of a Child at the Yamato-kan building.
  5. Do you have first-aid available?
    Yes, first-aid will be available on site and indicated in the event program map.
  6. Do you provide wheelchairs for guests?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide wheelchairs for guests at Oshogatsu. We encourage guests in need of wheelchairs to bring their own on festival days.
  7. Do you accept credit cards at Oshogatsu?
    Credit cards are accepted at admissions, the food & beverage ticket station, and the Museum Store. However, the cash only lines move more quickly than the credit lines as our credit card machines rely on remote satellite signal. We suggest bringing plenty of cash or using one of the on-site ATM machines. There are three located on site and indicated in the event program map.

Tickets And Parking

  1. Do members get in free?
    Yes! Members get in FREE to the festival – all you have to do is bring your membership card. The same membership guest benefits that apply to you on a regular day apply on festival day, however, ALL visitors who wish to attend the Tasting Room must purchase a Tasting Room package online, in advance – including members.
  2. If I’m a member, do my guests get in free?
    It depends on your level of membership. The same membership guest benefits that apply to you on a regular day apply on festival day. Please contact our membership department if you have questions about how many guests your membership level covers.
  3. Can I become a member at the festival?
    Yes, if you join at the festival you get an extra month of membership (for a total of 13 months) and get in FREE to the festival.
  4. Do kids get in free?
    Children 3 and under are admitted free.
  5. Do you have student, senior citizen or military discounts for tickets?
    Sorry, no discounts are offered for festival admission.
  6. Can I get a refund for my online ticket if I can’t attend?
    Unfortunately, ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
  7. How does parking work and how much does it cost?
    Parking is FREE and our on-site staff will direct you to an available space.
  8. Is there handicap parking?
    Yes, handicap parking is available. Please bring your handicap decal and display it visibly on your rearview mirror.

Food And Drink

  1. Can I bring my own food and beverages?
    We do not allow any coolers on the festival grounds. However, we have plenty of food and beverage vendors on festival grounds.
  2. Do you sell alcohol?
    Yes, we have beer, wine, plum wine and sake available on-site.
  3. Will the Cornell Café be open?
    Yes, the Cornell Café is open and serving a special festival menu.
  4. What kind of food is available on the grounds?
    Puffs and Stuff, our festival food vendor offers both Pan-Asian and American classics.