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 Kotohajime 2018, photos by Wakana Kimura

Kotohajime 2018, photos by Wakana Kimura

KOTOHAJIME

Hatsu-GASUMI (First HAZE)
SUNDAY, January 6, 2019
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 36th anniversary, Kotohajime, JACCC’s signature New Year celebration, will welcome 2019 and celebrate the Year of the Boar. 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.

2019 artists include special guests Arugakki (Taiko group), Tetsuya Nakamura (Harmonica player), Ken Aiso (Violinist), and Matsumae Kai (Traditional Folk musicians). The ritual shooting of the arrow—a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group. 

Kotohajime is supported in part by The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation. 

TICKETS
$20 General Admission
$18 JACCC Members

Also on January 6, join our friends at the Japanese American National Museum for their 2019 Oshogatsu Family Festival. Click here for more information.

 Kotohajime 2017, photo by Nobuyuki Okada

Kotohajime 2017, photo by Nobuyuki Okada

 Kotohajime 2016, photo by Mallury Patrick Pollard

Kotohajime 2016, photo by Mallury Patrick Pollard