Celebrate the Year of the Ox (牛, ushi) with our first-ever virtual Mochitsuki. Learn about Japan’s rich New Year’s traditions through music performances, a mochi-pounding demonstration, kakizome – the first calligraphy of the year, origami demonstration and a unique video from Japan!
We will also hear special greetings from Consul-General Hideo Fukushima, Honorary Consul Sam Shichijo, and JASDFW board member Mark Berry, who helped begin JASDFW’s Mochitsuki and continues to be involved in the event to this day. Since we are unable to gather in-person, there will be special mochi and activity sets available for purchase.
We are very excited to announce that we have invited a NYC based Rakugo performer, Ken Saito for this special occasion. He will be joining us LIVE during the event and give us a short story in English. We hope you enjoy and have a good New Year laugh with us!
Ken is an actor/English *Rakugo performer who has a lot of experience of stage performance in Japan and came to NYC 2015 to learn more about acting techniques and started leaning them at HB Studio (An acting school in NY) after he finished 2 year program at the school in 2017, he started establishing his career in NY, Mainly performing English *Rakugo stories.
Purchase our Fukubukuro (Lucky Bag) and enhance your virtual Mochitsuki experience!
They will be ready for pickup at Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth between January 13 – 15 from 10 am – 7 pm, and January 16 from 11 am – 3 pm. There are only 50 bags for each set and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss out!
Mochi Set for 2 ($25):
– Kagamimochi (traditional New Year’s mochi)
– Dashi (Japanese stock made from fish and kelp)
– Soybean Powder
– Red Bean Paste
– 2021 Japanese Zodiac (Ox) chopsticks
– Mochi recipe
Activity Set ($15):
– Omikuji (traditional fortune-telling)
– Japanese toys
– Origami + Origami Book
– Calligraphy Pen
– Japanese New Year Game
Date and Time
Saturday, January 16
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm CST
Watch this video from the 2020 Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration!