Mochitsuki, New Year’s Celebration
Presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
to 5 PM
2801 Telecom Parkway , Richardson, TX
Free - $10
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (JASDFW) will hold its 14th Annual Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration on Sunday, January 19, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., 2801 Telecom Parkway, Richardson, TX 75082. Admission is $10 for the general public, $2 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 years and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the event (cash or check only).
The New Year, called Oshogatsu, is the most important holiday in Japan. More than just a day, the celebration lasts for a week at the end of December and early January. This time of year, typically spent with family, is filled with rich traditions, special foods and “first” activities of the year.
This family-friendly event brings Japanese New Year traditions to the Dallas/Fort Worth community – including a rare opportunity to observe mochitsuki, literally “mochi-making.” Mochitsuki is the pounding of sweet rice with a mallet and mortar to make rice cakes called mochi – a special New Year treat. Guests will be able to sample mochi served with various toppings.
Other cultural highlights include Japanese music and dance, a kimono demonstration, ikebana (flower arrangements), nengajo (New Year cards) and hands-on activities. For example, guests can create their own kakizome – the first calligraphy of the year, and children can play traditional New Year games.
Performers and participating organizations include the Daffron Kids, Dallas Kiyari Daiko, Cherry Blossom Chorus, Kotomi-kai, students from Creekview and Newman Smith High Schools, and Ikebana International Dallas Chapter 13.
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