Kotohajime 2016, photo by Mallury Patrick Pollard

Kotohajime 2016, photo by Mallury Patrick Pollard

KOTOHAJIME
Hatsu-zora (First sky)
SUNDAY, January 7, 2018
1 pm • Aratani Theatre

Every January, Little Tokyo becomes the center for celebrating the Japanese New Year in Southern California, with JACCC heading up the festivities with programs that invigorate the spirit and imagination.

For its 35th anniversary, Kotohajime, JACCC’s signature New Year celebration, will welcome 2018 and celebrate the Year of the Dog. Curated by Master Artist in Residence, Hirokazu Kosaka, Kotohajime features stunning performances and live music, including ritual shooting of the arrow, breaking the sake barrel, and traditional and contemporary dance and performances.

2018 artists include special guests Majikina Honryu (Okinawan dance) and Kyokkaku Kawamoto (Biwa musician) as well as LA Daiku and LA Buddhist Temple Federation.  The ritual shooting of the arrow—a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group. 

TICKETS
$20 General Admission
$18 JACCC Members

Also on January 7, join our friends at the Japanese American National Museum for their 2018 Oshogatsu Family Festival. Click here for more information.

 Kotohajime 2016, photo by Mallury Patrick Pollard

Kotohajime 2016, photo by Mallury Patrick Pollard

 Kotohajime 2017, photo by Nobuyuki Okada

Kotohajime 2017, photo by Nobuyuki Okada