Come ring in The Year of the Dog, Japanese style in Downtown Brooklyn!
The sound of Taiko Drum and Samurai Sword Battle will shake your body+soul awake and our mouth-watering selection of Japanese fried chicken, savory soups, rice balls, donburi and gourmet Japanese treats by Cafe Zaiya will nourish you inside out!
Family crafts, Origami, Shogi(Japanese Chess) and 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.
1:30PM Taiko drums by Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center
2:20PM Giant Live Calligraphy by Tanaka Taisan
2:45PM Sword fight show & Samurai boot camp for kids by Samurai Sword Soul
4:15PM Japanese Folk Dance by Minbuza
One entry ticket gets you all the shows, mochi-pounding, arts+crafts activities. Come celebrate with us!
- Date: January 13th, Saturday
- Time: 1pm – 5pm
- 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
– Limited Stroller and Coat Check available (self check). Venue is not responsible for lost items. No parking lot but street parking is available.
– Admission will be limited this year to avoid any large crowds. Make sure to get advance tickets.
Online Tickets are SOLD OUT.
Limited tickets are available at door
Performances & Activities
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.” Performed by Yoshi Amao, Koji Nishiyama, Masaya Okubo.
Giant Calligraphy Performance
Japanese Traditional Dance Performances
Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center
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.
Shishimai (the Lion Dance) brings you good health and happiness!
Shishimai is an expression of Japanese traditional culture. This year, Shishimai (performed by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York – Minbuza) is coming back to the Brooklyn Japanese New Year Festival!
What is the Lion Dance?
The Lion Dance is often seen during New Year’s events, as it is said to bring good fortune for the entire year.
According to tradition, the Shishi (lion protector) “eats” the misfortunes of the people. It pretends to bite their heads, consuming their troubles, thus allowing us to enjoy good health and happiness throughout the year.
Activity booths by BJAFA.
Experience tasty Japanese food from Cafe Zaiya. Japan is not only known for their sushi, but have some of the best bakers creating the exquisite bread. Enjoy fresh the hand-made menu, such as Onigiri (Rice ball), Seafood Miso Soup, Japanese Bento-box, Japanese sweet buns & savories, sweet red-bean soup and more! Mmmmmm good!
Alcoholic Beverage by
Enjoy the alcoholic beverage of your choice to celebrate Japanese New Year!