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Date(s) - 01/10/2016
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

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Join the Japanese American Society of Greater Austin for this special event!


Oshogatsu – Japanese New Year – is a big celebration in which friends and family get together to share wishes for a healthy and happy year and to participate in a variety of activities and celebrations. The New Year break starts from around December 30 to January 3.

For its first Japanese cultural program of 2016, JASGA invites the people from the community, especially kids, to play several New Year’s traditional games. These include hanetsuki (a type of badminton played with wooden paddles and shuttlecocks), takoage (kite flying), koma (spinning top), fukuwarai (a contest where blindfolded players take turns arranging parts of a face), karuta (a traditional Japanese card game), and mikan tsuri (picking up pieces of a small Japanese orange).  Until about a few decades ago, kids spent New Year’s engaged in such traditional pastime.

Before the game,  we will enjoy the traditional Okinawan dance performance for celebrating the new year 2016 by a certified teacher, Setsuko Kuniyoshi, Miyagi-ryu Nosho-kai Ryukyu Dance School in Austin.  We will also have opportunity to share new year’s sweets with some participants.

Please join us a family day at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum on Sunday, January 10th.

12:30 Children’s Yoga
1:00  Story time
1:30  Music with Armstrong Community Music School
2:00  New Year’s Games & Dance Performance with Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
3:00  Clay creations
This event is free and open to the public.