banner with drawing of a shiba inu on the left. On the right side, text in red reads, "OSHOGATSU FAMILY FESTIVAL 2018 YEAR OF THE DOG SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018 11a.m. - 5p.m. FREE ALL DAY"

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2018 Oshogatsu Family Festival—Year of the Dog

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FREE ALL DAY!

Ring in the new year and celebrate the Year of the Dog with fun arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and exciting performances!

  • Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko
  • Drawing demonstration and book signing by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai
  • Dog candy sculptures by Shan the Candyman
  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines
  • Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection special display (continuing through April 8, 2018, check link for hours)

See below for complete schedule!

 

NOTE: Though we will be celebrating the Year of the Dog, we ask that you leave your pets at home. Only service animals are permitted inside the museum.

2018年01月07日(日)

11:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM PST

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FREE ALL DAY!

Ring in the new year and celebrate the Year of the Dog with fun arts and crafts, food, cultural activities, and exciting performances!

  • Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko
  • Drawing demonstration and book signing by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai
  • Dog candy sculptures by Shan the Candyman
  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines
  • Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection special display (continuing through April 8, 2018, check link for hours)

See below for complete schedule!

 

NOTE: Though we will be celebrating the Year of the Dog, we ask that you leave your pets at home. Only service animals are permitted inside the museum.

Sponsored by: Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo

Our friends at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center will be presenting their signature New Year celebration, Kotohajime, also on January 7. Click here for details.

For more New Year events, check the Go Little Tokyo calendar.

Activities

Daruma Magic

The Japanese daruma doll helps you set and meet goals. Draw in one eye to set your goal, then draw in the other eye after the goal has been met. Make a decorative daruma to hang on your wall and get started on those New Year’s resolutions!

Ruthie's Origami Corner

Learn how to fold a barking paper dog.

Celebratory Hats

Get into the spirit of the year by making your own hat that looks like a dog.

Coloring Station

Get to know the qualities of people born in the Year of the Dog, as well as the 11 other signs of the Asian zodiac.

Nerdbot Photo Booth

Pose for a souvenir photo to take home with Nerdbot Photo Booth. Express Line for members!

Kids' Raffle

Win your choice of a candy sculpture by Shan Ichiyanagi or a children’s plate set. While supplies last. Limit one (1) raffle ticket per child. Members receive two chances to win a prize!

Toddler Room

Bring your toddlers here to relax, play with other toddlers, or watch the animated Disney film The Secret Life of Pets, which will be playing continuously all day. NOTE: All children must be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.

Fukubukuro Sale

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

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Foster/Adopt a Dog

Come meet dogs that need a permanent home and learn about a fostering program. Presented in partnership with Dogs Without Borders.

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. While supplies last.

11:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Story Time and Book Signing with Joel Nakamura

Artist and author Joel Nakamura will be here in person to read his new children’s book, I Dreamed I Was a Dog. In a young boy’s dream, a variety of animals frolic in fantastical scenes, evoking the interconnectedness of all creatures. The book will be available in the JANM Store, and Nakamura will sign copies after the reading.

11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Candy Sculptures

Shan Ichiyanagi will demonstrate the ancient, and now rarely practiced, Asian folk art of candy sculpting, as he makes candy in the shape of dogs and other animals of the Asian zodiac. Finished pieces will be offered as prizes in the Kids’ Raffle; see All Day Activities above.

12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Osechi-Ryori Tasting

Our popular osechi-ryori tasting is back! Sample a selection of traditional Japanese New Year foods, including various sweets and vegetables, and learn about what each dish means. While supplies last. Express Line for members!

12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

Storytime: My Dog Teny

A JANM volunteer will read Yoshito Wayne Osaki’s critically acclaimed children’s book My Dog Teny, an autobiographical tale about the author’s own dog, whom he had to leave behind when he was incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration camp as a child.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Stan Sakai Drawing Demonstration and Book Signing

Stan Sakai, the talented artist behind the graphic novel hero Usagi Yojimbo, will hold a drawing demonstration followed by a book signing. Copies of his latest two books, Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 31: The Hell Screen and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo, will be available for purchase in the JANM Store. Please note that seating is limited. ALL ATTENDEES: Please sign up at the information table. Reserved seating for members!

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Koto Performance

Los Angeles-based musician Yuki Yasuda will play the traditional Japanese stringed instrument.

2:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Mochitsuki Demonstration by Kodama Taiko

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.

4:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Mochitsuki Demonstration by Kodama Taiko

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.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Japanese-Style Lion Dance

Take in a lively shishimai (Japanese-style lion dance) for good luck, accompanied by Kinnara Taiko. Reserved seating for members!

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