Oshogatsu 2020

Performances

Youth & Families

2020 Oshogatsu Family Festival—Year of the Rat

About the Event

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FREE ALL DAY!

Welcome the Year of the Rat with crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances!

  • Performance by TAIKOPROJECT
  • Fun Oshogatsu and Year of the Rat-inspired crafts, origami, and scavenger hunt
  • Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko
  • Candy sculptures by Shan the Candyman
  • Lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) and osechi ryori (traditional Japanese New Year foods) tasting
  • Souvenir photos by Nerdbot Photo Booth
  • Face painting with Party Face Magic
  • Fukubukuro (lucky grab bags) at the JANM Store
  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines!

…and so much more!

This event is free, but RSVPs are requested using the link below. Those who RSVP and scan their ticket at the JANM membership table at the Oshogatsu Family Festival will be entered into a drawing for a one-year JANM family/dual level membership.

RSVP NOW

See the complete schedule below!

Sunday, Jan 05, 2020

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

About this Exhibition

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FREE ALL DAY!

Welcome the Year of the Rat with crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances!

  • Performance by TAIKOPROJECT
  • Fun Oshogatsu and Year of the Rat-inspired crafts, origami, and scavenger hunt
  • Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko
  • Candy sculptures by Shan the Candyman
  • Lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) and osechi ryori (traditional Japanese New Year foods) tasting
  • Souvenir photos by Nerdbot Photo Booth
  • Face painting with Party Face Magic
  • Fukubukuro (lucky grab bags) at the JANM Store
  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines!

…and so much more!

This event is free, but RSVPs are requested using the link below. Those who RSVP and scan their ticket at the JANM membership table at the Oshogatsu Family Festival will be entered into a drawing for a one-year JANM family/dual level membership.

RSVP NOW

See the complete schedule below!

Union Bank

 LA DCA

Los Angeles County Arts and CultureNissan Foundation

Media Sponsor: Rafu Shimpo

 

Activities

Year of the Rat finger puppets

Year of the Rat Crafts

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with adorable rat and cheese finger puppets! Plus, ring in the new year and set some resolutions with our 2020 vision magnets.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2020 Ruthie's origami corner

Wearable Year of the Rat Origami

Learn how to make a cute rat origami figure that you can wear as a pin at Ruthie’s Origami Corner!

Oshogatsu 2020 Year of the Rat coloring station

Mouse House and Coloring Station

Who says rats can’t be cuddly? Surround yourself with plush rat and mice toys and color our musubi mouse coloring sheets!

Oshogatsu Family Festival face painting

Face Painting

Party Face Magic will transform your kids into their favorite zodiac animal, or anything of their choosing, at our face painting booth! For children only. Express Line for members.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2020 photo booth

Photo Booth

Grab some fun props and pose for a souvenir photo with friends and family at the Nerdbot Photo Booth. Express Line for members.

Oshogatsu Family Festival museum scavenger hunt

Museum Scavenger Hunt and Raffle

Explore our exhibitions with a Year of the Rat themed scavenger hunt and win a special prize! Children who complete the scavenger hunt will also receive a chance to win a candy sculpture by Shan Ichiyanagi through a Kids’ Raffle. While supplies last. Limit one (1) raffle ticket per child. Members receive two chances to win!

Oshogatsu Family Festival toddler room

Toddler Room

Here’s a quieter place for toddlers to relax or play with other toddlers. We will have activities for your children and will be screening the Disney Pixar film Ratatouille all day. There will also be a private nursing space. NOTE: All children must be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2020 fukubukuro sale

Fukubukuro Sale

Our always popular fukubukuro (lucky grab bags) will be back and available for purchase at the JANM Store.

Schedule

Lucky soba noodles

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lucky Soba Noodles

Kidding Around the Kitchen will give out sample bowls of lucky zaru soba(cold buckwheat noodles) to bring good health in the New Year. Kids can top the soba with their choice of tofu, vegetables, and nori (seaweed). While supplies last. Express Line for members.

Candy Sculptures

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Candy Sculptures

Shan Ichiyanagi (Shan the Candyman) will demonstrate the ancient, and now rarely practiced, Asian folk art of candy sculpting. Watch as he makes candy in the shape of rats, mice, and other animals of the Asian zodiac. The finished pieces will be offered as prizes in the Kids’ Raffle; see All Day Activities above.

Osechi-ryori Tasting

11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Osechi-Ryori Tasting

Sample a selection of traditional Japanese New Year foods, including various sweets and vegetables, and learn about what each food means. While supplies last. Express Line for members.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2020: Kamishibai Storytime

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kamishibai Storytime—How the Years Got Their Names

Join the JANM volunteers for a traditional Japanese visual and interactive storytelling of how the zodiac calendar came to be. Learn how the rat outsmarted everyone and won the race to be first in the cycle. Reserved seating for members.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2020 TAIKOPROJECT performance

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Performance by TAIKOPROJECT

The award-winning group TAIKOPROJECT will perform a lively demonstration of their unique and contemporary style of taiko with audience participation encouraged.

Thank you Very Mochi

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Thank You Very Mochi—Storytime with the Authors

The authors of the children’s book Thank You Very Mochi will read the story of Kimi and her family’s traditional mochi-making party for the new year. Reserved seating for members.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2020 mochitsuki demonstration with Kodama Taiko

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Mochitsuki Demonstration

Making fresh mochi is a beloved Japanese New Year tradition. Join Kodama Taiko for their unique mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration, which incorporates taiko drumming, and enjoy delicious mochi samples while supplies last.

2:45 pm and 4:15 pm

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