Tickets On Sale for Morikami’s Oshogatsu New Year’s Festival

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will celebrate the Year of the Monkey with its 38th  annual Oshogatsu New Year’s festival presented by JM Family Enterprises on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will experience the tastes, sights and sounds that define the Japanese New Year.

Providing fun for the entire family, Oshogatsu will feature exciting and unique Japanese games and customs such as:

Mochitsuki, or rice-pounding to make mochi cakesShishimai, performances by the lion dancer and taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko

Musical performances by Friends of Koto

Sado tea ceremony demonstrations, where participants observe the serenity of the Japanese tea ceremony

Omikuji, Japanese fortune telling ($1 with paid admission)

· Hands-on crafts and kids’ activities

· Plant, tea and artisan craft vendors

A variety of games including Go, Hanetsuki (similar to badminton), Daruma Otoshi (wood block game) and Fukuwarai (the Goddess of Happiness game)· DIY Daruma Wall: Visit the DIY Daruma Wall to write your wish and color in one eye of your daruma. If visitors participated at last year’s celebration, they can find their wish and color in the other eye to show it came true!

· “Japanese Gardens 101:” an introduction to one of Roji-en’s six distinct, historic Japanese gardens

Bonsai demonstrations, where attendees can watch our experts trim a tree and learn how to take care of their very own· On Yamato Island, visitors can explore the bonsai collection and the exhibitions Japan Through the Eyes of a Child and The Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida.

· Exclusive Oshogatsu 2016 t-shirts, courtesy of The Fine Print Shoppe. Visitors can bring their own t-shirt for a free screen print, or purchase a printed t-shirt for $10.

After a successful debut at last year’s event, Morikami will again offer special access to the limited-entry Oshogatsu Tasting Room. There, guests will enjoy samples of rare, high-end sake, Japanese beer and sake cocktails, as well as an introduction and Q&A session with certified sake specialist Midori Roth and Japanese snacks from the Museum Store. Tasting Room tickets include general admission and ticketholders will be entered to win a one-year Morikami membership and a pair of tickets to Sushi & Stroll.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Dec. 11:

Adults Ages 11 and Up: $12 online and $15 at the gateChildren Ages 4-10: $6 online and $10 at the gate

Museum Members and Children 3 and Under: Free

Tasting Room Ages 21 and Up: $30 for Morikami Members and $35 for Non-Members (Tasting Room ticket includes general festival admission.)

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, world-class bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store.

 

Palm Beach Happening will be covering a number of local and out of town yuletide events this season. Be sure to check out our Holiday Guide for information on our favorite holiday happenings!