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Oshogatsu Family Festival

Sunday, January 6, 2013
11:00 AM — 5:00 PM

Start the New Year and the Year of the Snake with fun arts and crafts, games, and exciting cultural activities and performances.

• Slither into the celebrating the Year of the Snake by making some of your own!
• Make a decorative wreath of all the zodiac animals
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold your own origami snake
• Toddler Room
• Jump around in our fun snake jumper!
• Special fukubukuro (lucky bag) sale at gift shop

11:30AM-1PM: Taste and purchase different varieties of rice. Sponsored by Common Grains.

12-3PM: Omikuji (sacred lottery) will let you know what kind of year you’ll be having!

12-5PM: Watch world-renowned candy artist Shaun Ichiyanagi make snake sculpture candy! (For children only. Candy snakes will be raffled off at the start of every hour.)

1-3PM: Reptacular Animals presents a Reptile Petting Zoo! Come meet real snakes and other cool reptiles!

1-3PM: Learn how to make onigiri rice balls in our Onigiri Contest. Sponsored by Common Grains.

1-4PM: Party Faces will paint your face like your favorite zodiac animal!

1-5PM: Start a lucky new year by making and eating zaru soba (buckwheat) noodles with Kidding Around the Kitchen.

2&3:30PM: Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums with Bombu Taiko!

2:30&4PM: Mochitsuki (traditional rice cake pound ceremony) performance and demonstration by Kodama Taiko.

3:30PM: Winners for the Onigiri Contest will be announced.

Onigiri Contest
Each contestant is given one cup of cooked rice to make onigiri. We will show you how to make onigiri and provide you with ingredients to decorate the onigiri. No other ingredients and tools other than what we provide you with can be used in the contest.

If you are participating in the contest as a family, only one adult and one child can participate in each section.

Time: 10 minutes is allowed for each contestant.

How to enter: Sign up and enter on the day of the festival.

The Jury will consist of Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food, Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times food writer, Naoko Moore, Japanese cooking instructor of Toiro Kitchen, Josh Lurie, Food GPS blogger, and Roxana Jullapat and Daniel Mattern of Cooks County.

Six winners!

Children's section: (must be 13 and under)
1 Kawaii onigiri prize
1 Artistic onigiri prize
1 Original onigiri prize

Adult Section:
1 Humorous onigiri prize
1 Original onigiri prize
1 Cool onigiri prize

About: Common Grains is a Japanese food and culture project to promote and celebrate Japanese grains, featuring rice and soba (buckwheat) produced by Shinmei, leading Japanese rice miller with local food writer/cooking teacher Sonoko Sakai.

Shaun Ichiyanagi
Candy Sculpting is an ancient Oriental folk art that originated in China and has been known in Japan for over 1000 years. A dying art, only a few performers exist in the world today.

Utilizing old Japanese scissors, this World Renown artist can magically transform a block of molten corn syrup into a beautiful sculpture of almost any shape and size, in 4-5 minutes.

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Kidding Around The Kitchen
Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. The result of their cutting, measuring, cooking, and then eating their creations is more than simply a lesson in health. They get to see, touch, smell, and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats, and other ingredients that they may never have previously seen in their raw form.

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Kodama Taiko
Kodama is a group of percussionists from the greater Los Angeles area who are dedicated to performing both traditional and contemporary pieces through the sounds of taiko. The group is primarily composed of working professionals who enjoy spending their "off" time learning and creating entertaining performance pieces.

Kodama is well known for their unique Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) performance which combines the age-old tradition of hand-pounding mochi (sweet rice) with the sounds of taiko. This energetic custom is typically performed during the Japanese New Year's, but has lately been expanded to include any celebratory occasion. Makoto Fujii of the Japan based group Medetaya instructed Kodama in combining the art of taiko and Mochitsuki.

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Party Faces
Party Faces brings an exciting, and colorful contribution to any event. For more information, visit: For more information, visit:

Reptacular Animals
Reptacular Animals was started by two friends, Lauren and Jennifer, whose lifelong passion for animals brought them together. Home to 230+ animals, Reptacular Animals travels across Southern California and provides animal shows and Animal Encounters classes. Together, Lauren and Jennifer have introduced tens of thousands of children to their wide variety of animals.

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