Japanese New Year celebration

Celebrate the (Japanese) new year in Little Tokyo at the 2010 Japanese New Year Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Jan. 1.

Japanese New Year, also known as Oshogatsu, festivities will take place at two locations – Weller Court and Japanese Village Plaza.

Weller Court, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will host Koto and Taiko drum performances,  a calligraphy demonstration on Japanese kites. It will also have a Japanese swordmanship show, folk singing and dancing, and more.

At Japanese Village Plaza, from noon to 4 p.m., there will be Taiko drumming, Japanese folk singing and dancing, and more.

There will also be food and gift booths, Mochitsuki, origami demos, kite making and Mochi giveaways (yum!).

Happy New Year! Best wishes to you and yours.

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