Mochitsuki New Year's Celebration

Dallas Kiyari Daiko group performs during the Mochitsuki New Year's Celebration.

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If you’ve eaten the delicious Japanese snack called mochi — that’s a rice cake with a consistency sort of like marshmallows or gummies that is often served as a sweet dessert — then you’ll recognize the culinary star of this nineteenth annual traditional New Year’s party put on by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth. Festivities include mochitsuki, where participants use mallets to pound rice into cake form, plus other elements of Japanese arts and culture such as kakizome (calligraphy), ikebana (flower arranging) and dressing up in kimonos. There will also be games for children and performances by drum, singing, dance and karate groups.

Celebrate the new year with Japanese music, food and fun. Try your hand at traditional Japanese games and calligraphy. See a traditional mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration and sample fresh homemade mochi. The celebration includes performances by Dallas Kiyari Daiko (Taiko drummers) and the Cherry Blossoms Choir.

Admission is $10, children ages 6-12 $3, free for children 5 and younger.
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