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OSHOGATSU FAMILY FESTIVAL -- Sunday, January 6, 2014. FREE admission all day. 11am - 5pm. YEAR OF THE SNAKE

2014 Oshogatsu Family Festival

Sunday, January 5, 2014
11AM – 5PM


Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Horse with exciting cultural performances, special foods, and fun crafts!



12PM – 2PM Onigiri Design Contest
Learn how to make onigiri rice balls in our Onigiri Contest. Sponsored by Common Grains
12PM – 5PM Horse Candy Sculptures
Watch world-renowned candy artist Shan Ichiyanagi make his specialty horse candy sculptures! (For children only. Candy horses will be raffled off at the start of every hour)
2:30PM & 4PM Mochitsuki
Join Kodama Taiko as they perform a demonstration of mochitsuki, a traditional rice cake pounding ceremony. Mochi samples to be passed out at the end of the performance.
3:30PM Onigiri Contest Winners
Announcement of Onigiri Contest winners



11AM – 5PM Horse Jumper
Giddy-up in our horse bounce house!
11AM – 5PM Toddler Room
A fun place for our youngest guests to hang out!
11AM – 5PM Fukubukuro Sale
Special fukubukuro (lucky bag) sale at the Museum Store
12PM – 1PM Osechi-Ryori Tasting
Sample some tasty osechi-ryori, or traditional Japanese New Year foods. (While supplies last. First come, first served!)
1PM – 2PM Members Gourmet Osechi-ryori Tasting
Special gourmet osechi-ryori tasting for JANM members only! (While supplies last. First come, first served!)
1PM – 5PM Meet & Ride Live Ponies
Come meet and ride some real live ponies in celebration of the Year of the Horse! Member Express Lane available for JANM members. (Rides for children only. Line ends at 4:30PM)
1PM – 5PM Zaru Soba noodles
Begin the New Year with lucky zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) with Kidding Around the Kitchen.
2PM – 5PM Zodiac Animals Coloring Pages
Color in your Asian zodiac animal with our fun coloring pages.



  • Gallop into the new year by making a stick horse!
  • Construct a horse wall-hanging to enjoy all year round.
  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to fold a prancing horse!




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