[Family Event] Jan 27, 1—4pm (festival hours)
Taiko Drumming Sessions: 1:30 & 2:30pm
Celebrate the New Year Japanese-style with our Oshogatsu event filled with the traditional activities of rice pounding, calligraphy, lion dancing and more! After trying your hand at the different crafts and activities, grab a seat and watch a taiko drumming performance, then join the brief post-performance audience practice session. With activities for the whole family, you are sure to ring in the New Year with great joy!
Next event1/27/2019 1:30 PM
Creative Play February 10
[Creative Play] February 10, 1 PM
Join in one of the favorite traditions of Japanese kids--welcome spring by scaring away ogres by throwing soybeans at them! Dress your parents up like ogres, then practice some ogre moves and dances before the bean-throwing begins.
Next event2/10/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshops February 10
[Family Workshop] February 10, 2:30 PM
Create (and take home) your own bonsai tree!
Next event2/10/2019 2:30 PM
Creative Play March 3
[Creative Play] March 3, 1 PM
Enjoy an authentic display of intricately decorated hina dolls, experience Hinamatsuri traditions, sing songs and make your own dolls to take home! Families wish for the health and happiness of young girls on Hinamatsuri, and decorate their houses with special hina doll displays.
Next event3/3/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshops March 3
[Family Workshop] March 3, 2:30 PM
Learn the basic movements of Japanese classical dance and how to use dance fans for expressive movements. Perform a short dance piece that expresses the beauty of flowers!
Next event3/3/2019 2:30 PM
Creative Play April 14
[Creative Play] April 14, 1 PM
Enjoy a playtime picnic and under a fantastical indoor cherry blossom tree. Make your own magic growing sakura tree to take home! In Japan, the tradition of hanami, the viewing of cherry blossoms, and picnicking beneath them, is one of the best ways to welcome spring.
Next event4/14/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshops April 14
[Family Workshop] April 14, 2:30 PM
A Wagashi confectioner will lead families in making their own artistic Japanese sweets inspired by spring. Delicate, artisanal confections, wagashi are traditionally served as an accompaniment to the tea ceremony.
Next event4/14/2019 2:30 PM
Creative Play May 12
[Creative Play] May 12, 1 PM
Experience the Japanese legend of carp fish who used their bravery to swim to the top of a waterfall to eventually become dragons. Play with carp and dragon puppets and an imaginary waterfall, and make your own carp to take home! Koinobori (carp streamers) are commonly flown above the roofs of kids’ houses for Children’s Day in May.
Next event5/12/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshops May 12
[Family Workshop] May 12, 2:30 PM
Learn about The Way of Tea as you participate in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony.
Next event5/12/2019 2:30 PM
Creative Play June 9
[Creative Play] June 9, 1 PM
Listen to a story about Sports Day and play some unique Japanese sports day games like tamaire, and the silly pan-kui kyoso to win prizes! Communities and schools across Japan celebrate Sports Day with a sports festival which is similar to a mini Olympics.
Next event6/9/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshops June 9
[Family Workshop] June 9, 2:30 PM
Learn how to fold your own origami creations and watch a giant origami folding demo!
Next event6/9/2019 2:30 PM