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Mon, Jan 20 Brooklyn Japanese New Year Festival 2020

Image by Futaba Hayashi

Year 2020! The Year of the Rat is here!!!
Come celebrate with us Japanese style!

The sound of Samurai Swords and Taiko Drums will shake your body & soul awake and our delicious selection of Japanese food by BentOn will nourish you inside out!

Family crafts including Japanese Kabuki Masks making and Origami, Shogi (Japanese Chess) and other New Year’s games will be available for all. The Roulette bar will be open for those 21+ looking to add a little buzz to their afternoon.

Taiko Drumming by Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center
Giant Live Calligraphy by Tanaka Taisan
Yosakoi Dance by 10tecomai
Samurai Sword fight show by Samurai Sword Soul

One entry ticket gets you all the shows, mochi-pounding, arts&crafts activities. Come celebrate with us!

Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center

Taiko has roots both as a living folk art and in classical traditions; and the music and associated choreography has evolved to be used in many forms ranging from grassroots community celebrations to sophisticated jazz compositions. In Japan, there are many local festivals which for generation after generation have featured taiko. These can serve as a profound means for building energy, unifying groups of people, and inspiring individuals to push their own limits in creating something greater for a community.
Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn based composer and musician who was a performer and artistic director for the iconic Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo for close to a decade.

Giant Calligraphy Performance

A big brush calligraphy performance by Taisan TANAKA, NYC based Japanese calligrapher. Traditionally, calligraphy is written in a quiet room while calming the mind. However recently, calligraphy performances are gaining popularity to observe this fascinating art.

The power of his performance is breathtaking not only for children but also for adults. After the performance, please stop by his table for the first 30 people to present his unique calligraphy character.

10TECOMAI

The body goes beyond words.

It is neither a full-length novel nor a two-hour theatrical play.
All are dedicated to a song that does not even last a mere five minutes.
There, lies an almost tragic, yet passionate expression of emotion.

Japanese culture and hundreds of other cultures
Our project’s foundation is created when these meet.
It is based on a traditional yet contemporary dance form called Yosakoi.
While holding a prop called “Naruko” in both hands,
The dancers intensely and dramatically dance as the chanter’s cryinstigates the piece.
The various expression is created when all of the above is combined.

“10tecomai”, a Yosakoi Dance Project.
This dance won’t stop.
This dance can’t be stopped.

Samurai Sword Soul

Samurai Sword Soul (SSS) was founded by Yoshi Amao in 2003 to expand the Bushido, the samurai spirit. Since then, SSS’s numerous performances, an engaging mix of comedy routines, humanistic- theme drama, and thrilling sword fighting, have been attracting a wide range of audiences in New York. Their sword technique is based on centuries-old traditional sword fighting from Japan, Waki ryu style, and the essence of kendo, iaido, karate and kabuki dance. Now imbuing traditional Japanese sword fighting arts with more contemporary essence and their own artistry, they have established unique “Samurai Sword Soul Style.”
Performers: Koji Nishiyama, Masaya Okubo, Shunsaku Yana

Taro's Origami Studio

Taro’s Origami Studio is a space dedicated to the art and expression of origami folding. By folding origami one at a time with focus and care, one can enjoy the beauty of the process itself while your creativity is expressed from a sheet of paper to something completely new. Taro’s Origami Studio offers Hands-on corners, classes, and workshops for all levels of children and adults. Taro’s Origami Studio expands upon the traditional art of Japanese culture by creating new platforms utilizing touch-screen based origami software. We also offer party packages so that origami can be enjoyed as a group, allowing this art to be shared in a special moment & time. Our vision is to make origami accessible for new and experienced folders alike.

Come and join us folding origami at Brooklyn New Year’s Festival!

Mochi Pounding

Try your hand at mochi-tsuki, a New Year tradition that has been around for over 800 years. Pound freshly steamed mochi rice (Japanese sweet rice) with our gigantic wooden mallet and traditional stone mortar and watch the rice turn into sweet mochi cake. * smash! smash! * We have enough time for everyone to try pounding the mochi, so experience your own pounding here!

Family Arts & Crafts

This year, we are happy to introduce a new exciting activity at the Arts & Crafts booth:
O-Men painting, or Japanese Mask painting. You will choose between a Kabuki style, or a Kitsune (Fox) style and the staff will be there to guide you through the different designs.

Shogi corner by NY Shogi Club

Shogi is a Japanese board game played by two players. The object of the game is to capture the opponent’s King. Shogi is played on a nine-by-nine board and each player has twenty pieces. Shogi is much like ‘western’ chess but has some very interesting differences. One is that almost all pieces can promote stronger pieces once they reach the opposite side of the board. The second very important difference is that when a piece is captured, it becomes a piece for the capturing side, and can be dropped back onto the board! Please enjoy playing Shogi at New Year’s event.

  • Date: Monday, January 20th, 2020
  • Time: 12pm – 4pm
  • Venue: Roulette (http://www.roulette.org)
  • Address: 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • Ticket Price: Free for children 2 and under
  • Advance: Adults (21+) $15/Kids $8
  • Door (limited): $18/$10

Notes:
– Admission will be limited to avoid any large crowds. Make sure to get advance tickets.

– Limited Stroller and Coat Check available (self-check). The venue is not responsible for lost items. No parking lot but street parking or parking garages are around the venue.

Advance Tickets

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Activity booths by BJAFA.

Japanese New Year Arts & Crafts.

Alcoholic Beverage by

rouletteEnjoy the alcoholic beverage of your choice to celebrate Japanese New Year!