Family Festivals Past Events
Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival
- 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Arts and Crafts Classes for Children of All Ages - Learn about New Year's symbols and traditions
- 1:00 PM Oshogatsu Storytelling with the improv troupe Cold Tofu.
- 1:00 PM New Year's Craft Class with Ryosen Shibata
- 2:00 PM Mochitsuki, traditional rice cake pounding performance with Kodama Taiko
- 3:00 PM Aikido & Iaido Martial Arts demonstration by the Aikido Center of Los Angeles. Aikido is the traditional martial art of harmony emphasizing the principles of non-resistance, balance, and the cultivation of 'ki' energy. Iaido is the art of Japanese swordsmanship.
Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo
To celebrate the New Year, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California will host a day of fun family activities including a lion dance, sake barrel breaking, and a samurai action show following the opening ceremony at 11:00 AM. Traditional New Year's food booths and select restaurants will be open. The first 300 children to arrive will receive a gift. For more information visit www.nylt.org. Program is subject to change without notice.
Family Day: Activities, Films, and Family Fun!
This may be your last chance to explore new lands and oceans as Nakahama Manjiro did in the nineteenth century. Bring your family for special gallery activities related to Drifting: Nakahama Manjiro's Tale of Discovery (including a time to put your own collection together) and Object Lessons: Exploring the Permanent Collection.
finding family stories Festival
Self-Help Graphics & Art and the National Museum celebrates La Familia with a day of cultural activities for the entire family
12:00-2:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival begins at the Japanese American National Museum. Share family stories through art. Hands-on art workshops with artists Dominique Moody and Patrick "Pato" Hebert. Special tours of the finding family stories exhibition, storytelling, and much more!
2:00-4:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival continues at Self-Help Graphics. Learn about the art of printmaking during hands-on workshops where participants will make family scrapbooks and other keepsake treasures. A special print demonstration by artist Jose B. Ramirez at 2:30 pm. Meet and support Los Angeles' most recognized Latino craft artists while savoring an array of ethnic delicacies from East L.A. A traditional Mexican pinata-breaking ceremony will be one of the highlights of the afternoon. In addition, a special selection of Self-Help Graphics' most recognized print artwork will be for sale during the festival. For more information, please call 323.881.6444.
A round-trip bus shuttle will be in operation between the Japanese American National Museum and Self-Help Graphics between 2:00-4:30 pm.
Finding Family Stories Festival
Join us for a day full of music, art workshops, and fun! A bus shuttle will be in operation from the El Pueblo Gallery to the California African American Museum.
12:00-2:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival begins at the El Pueblo Gallery, hosted by the Chinese American Museum with a hands-on art workshop led by artist Steven Yao-Chee Wong. For more information, please call 213.626.5240.
2:00-4:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival continues at the California African American Museum. Special art workshops led by Betty Lee and Michael Massenburg. Children from Fresh Start Performing Arts Academy will sing favorites from their repertoire and storyteller Barbara H. Clark will delight audiences with family stories. Special tour of the finding family stories exhibition (limited to 20 people). Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 213.744.2077 or visit www.caam.ca.gov on the web.
New Year Family Celebration
Join us to welcome the New Year with family and friends
Mochitsuki (Rice Cake Pounding) Performance and Demonstration
Kodama Taiko will combine this age-old tradition of pounding mochi (sweet rice) with the sounds of taiko. Bring your friends and family to enjoy this uniquely energetic performance and taste the freshly pounded mochi.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Crafting History: Arts and Crafts from America's Concentration Camps, artist Mineko Grimmer will teach kids how to make a koma (a Japanese top).
Participants will have a chance to taste ozoni, a Japanese New Year's traditional food dish, provided by Suehiro, a neighborhood restaurant.
New Year Greetings
Make traditional Japanese New Year's postcards with craft master Ryoko Shibata.