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Saturday, August 13, 2005
1:00 PM

7th Annual Courtyard Kids Family Festival -- Ribbits & Rhythms: Kaeru's House of Hop


The National Museum celebrates the long-awaited return of our favorite kaeru at the Ribbits & Rhythms: Kaeru's House of Hop. All Courtyard Kids and their family and friends are invited to a day of whimsical workshops, dynamic storytelling, and lively music and dance.

This year's festival's concert begins with a ceremony welcoming new Courtyard Kids at 4:00 p.m., followed by a concert showcasing youth performing arts ensembles. The event is free to the general public.

Sunday, January 2, 2005
11:00 AM

Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival


  • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Learn about New Year's symbols and traditions with arts and crafts classes for children of all ages.
  • 11:00 AM - Let's Read! Story Time: How the Years Were Named, retold by Chizuko Kamichi
  • 12:00 PM - Let's Read! Story Time: A Hawai`i Japanese New Year with Yuki-Chan by Tokie Ching
  • 2:00 PM - The Pasadena Cultural Institute Kendo Dojo will showcase principles and techniques of kendo or "the way of the sword." The dojo is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
  • 3:00 PM - Let's Read! Story Time: A Hawai`i Japanese New Year with Yuki-Chan by Tokie Ching
Saturday, August 7, 2004
4:00 PM

Courtyard Kids Family Concert


This year's family celebration features an afternoon of music, movement, and workshops on the National Museum's courtyard. The concert will begin with a ceremony welcoming new Courtyard Kids. HULA HALAU O KEALI`I O NALANI will delight kids and adults with ancient and modern-style hula. Also performing are ASHA'S BABA, who combine West African and African American storytelling, poetry, music, and song, and ZENSHUJI ZENDEKO, a taiko ensemble consisting of second, third, and fourth generation Japanese Americans. Co-produced by Community Arts Resources, Inc. (CARS).

Courtyard Kids Family Concert coincides with Nisei Week. For more information about Nisei Week in Little Tokyo, visit For information about Courtyard Kids, visit

Sunday, January 4, 2004
1:00 PM

Oshogatsu: New Year Family Day Festival

  • 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Arts and Crafts Classes for Children of All Ages—Learn about New Year’s symbols and traditions

  • 1 p.m. Oshogatsu Storytelling with the improv troupe Cold Tofu.

  • 1 p.m. New Year’s Craft Class with Ryosen Shibata

  • 2 p.m. Mochitsuki, traditional rice cake pounding performance with Kodama Taiko

  • 3 p.m. 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.
Thursday, January 1, 2004
11:00 AM

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 Program is subject to change without notice.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

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.




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