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Experience Japanese New Year Traditions

Join us as we celebrate New Year's the Japanese way, with mochitsuki, mochibana, and kadomatsu demonstrations in the Garden. All included with Admission!

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Experience Japanese New Year Traditions
Experience Japanese New Year Traditions

Time & Location

Dec 16, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Phoenix, 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA

About the Event

Mochi Tsuki Demonstration: 10 am – 10:30 am

Watch and learn as we demonstrate the art of Mochi Tsuki, the pounding of glutinous rice to create delicious mochi. This traditional Japanese treat holds a special place in New Year celebrations and has been practiced for hundreds of years.

Mochi Bana Creation: 10:30 am -11:30 am

Dive into the hands-on process of shaping and decorating mochi to craft beautiful New Year’s decorations known as "Mochi Bana." This creative process allows you to craft ikebana with colorful mochi that embodies the spirit of the New Year.

Kadomatsu Demonstration: 12: 00 pm – 1: 30 pm

Our Garden Curator, Ben Schrepf, will take guests through the construction and symbolism of Kadomatsu, the "gate pines." These stunning decorations grace the entrances of homes, businesses, temples, and shops across Japan during the New Year season. Kadomatsu always come in pairs and feature the "three friends of winter": pine, bamboo, and plum.

This trio, known as Sho Chiku Bai, is a cherished symbol of winter, and its significance can be found throughout Japanese art and decorative arrangements, as well as in other parts of Asia.

Our Garden Curator will guide you step by step in arranging your very own Kadomatsu, allowing you to experience this rich cultural tradition firsthand.

Come celebrate the New Year with us and learn about these wonderful Japanese traditions. We look forward to sharing this experience with you.

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