janm-sheepScenes from the Japanese American National Museum’s annual Oshogatsu Family Festival, held Jan. 4 in Little Tokyo. Above: A petting zoo provided by Jessie’s Party Animals allowed kids to meet this year’s animals, sheep and goats.

janm-craftsCrafts for kids had a Year of the Sheep theme. Kids were also treated to balloons in the shape of sheep by Balloon Monsoon and a reading of “How the Years Were Named,” a story about the animals of the Asian zodiac.

amezaiku-kittyLeft: Takafumi Ichiyanagi (pictured) and his uncle Shan demonstrated their skill at amezaiku or candy sculpting. Right: Hello Kitty, who has an exhibition at the museum, posed for photos with kids well as adults.

janm-taikozaYuki Yasuda and Marco Lienhard of Taikoza played contemporary music on traditional Japanese instruments, the koto and shakuhachi.

janm-sobaKidding Around the Kitchen gave out samples of zaru soba, with attendees choosing their own ingredients. Osechi ryori (traditional New Year’s dishes) was also served to museum members.

janm-hiphopUniverSoul Hip Hop, a community-based group dedicated to educating and enriching youth by bringing hip-hop dance and culture to K-12 classrooms, performed and invited kids to show their moves.

janm-mochitsukiMochi was pounded to the rhythm of drumming by Kodama taiko. After the professionals gave a demonstration, kids were given a chance to pound the mochi.

janm-tejimeThe audience joined in tejime (rhythmic, ceremonial clapping) to conclude the event.

Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo


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