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OSHOGATSU FAMILY FESTIVAL -- Sunday, January 6, 2013. FREE admission all day. 11am - 5pm. YEAR OF THE SNAKE


Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Snake with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, exciting cultural activities, and performances!

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12PM – 5PM Snake Sculpture Candy
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)
1PM – 3PM Onigiri Design Contest
Learn how to make onigiri rice balls in our Onigiri Contest. Sponsored by Common Grains
2:30PM & 4PM Mochitsuki
Mochitsuki (traditional rice cake pounding ceremony) performance and demonstration by Kodama Taiko
3:30PM Onigiri Contest Winners
Announcement of Onigiri Contest winners



11AM – 5PM Snake Jumper
Jump around in our fun snake jumper!
11AM – 5PM Toddler Room
Come enjoy our fun Toddler Room
11AM – 5PM Fukubukuro Sale
Special fukubukuro (lucky bag) sale at the Museum Store
11:30AM – 1PM Taste and purchase different varieties of rice
Sponsored by Common Grains and JRE (Japan Rice and Rice Product Export Promotion Association)
12PM – 3PM Omikuji
Omikuji (sacred lottery) will let you know what kind of year to expect!
1PM – 3PM Reptile Petting Zoo
Reptacular Animals presents a Reptile petting zoo! Come meet real snakes and other cool reptiles!
1PM – 4PM Face Painting
Party Faces will paint your face like your favorite zodiac animal!
1PM – 5PM Zaru Soba noodles
Begin the New Year with lucky zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) with Kidding Around the Kitchen
2PM & 3:30PM Learn to Play Taiko Drums
Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums with Bombu Taiko!



  • Celebrate the Year of the Snake by making some slithering snakes of your own!
  • Make a decorative wreath including all the Asian zodiac animals
  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold your own origami snake




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