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Oshogatsu Virtual Family Festival 2021

January 3, 2021 January 8, 2021

Join the Japanese American National Museum for a week of virtual, kid-friendly activities to celebrate the New Year!

From interactive, offline festivities for all ages to multi-lingual story times and play performances, welcome the Year of the Ox with JANM.

For complete details, visit JANM’s official site.

Sunday, January 312 p.m.— Oshogatsu Kick-Off
Join JANM’s YouTube channel to kick off a week of Oshogatsu festivities with highlights of New Year-themed activities and an interactive overview of the week of celebration!
Monday, January 410 a.m.—Education Craft Corner
Create a cute ox to celebrate the New Year using only supplies found around your house! Link.

At Home Activity: Check out interactive activities, like this origami frog (kaeru) (recommended ages 13+) or an origami kori basket (recommended for all ages)!
Tuesday, January 510 a.m.—Oshogatsu, Unboxed
Take a peek into the Japanese American National Museum’s permanent collection to see artifacts related to celebrating the New Year with this special behind the scenes video! Link.

At Home Activity: “Tell Your Story: Create a (mini) Collection”
Take inspiration from the storytelling in JANM’s exhibition, Common Ground: The Heart of Community, to choose and display objects, images, and documents that hold meaning to you and your family’s story.
Wednesday, January 62 p.m.—Storytime with JANM
Join JANM for a multilingual storytime in English, Spanish, and Japanese of a traditional Japanese folk tale! In this traditional Japanese folktale, although Issun-boshi is only one-inch tall, his bravery and wit take him on adventures both big and small! Program will be available on their YouTube channel.

At Home Activity: Read your favorite story out loud to your family, pets, stuffed animals, or plants and, with an adult, explore more Japanese folk tales and Japanese American stories from the JANM Store or your local library.
Thursday, January 72 p.m.—Question 27, Question 28
Part of JANM’s mission is to share the Japanese American experience in all of its complicated details. Join Artists at Play LA for a virtual performance of Question 27, Question 28, a play by Chay Yew and directed by Jully Lee about struggle, courage, and resilience during World War II. They will be presenting an abridged version which has been shortened and edited for families. RSVPs are recommended using this link.
Friday, January 82 p.m.—Friday Food!
Join JANM for a conversation around traditional Oshogatsu foods, like osechi-ryori and ozoni, and a space to share about your food-related traditions! Then, join special guests from local businesses and restaurants in Little Tokyo to chat about how they share Oshogatsu recipes and traditions today! Program will be available on the JANM YouTube channel

1 p.m.–2 p.m. Member Exclusive: Behind the Scenes at Azay!
Current JANM Members are invited for an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of a restaurant during the busiest holiday of the year! Azay Little Tokyo, with Chef Akira Hirose, will show the process of developing and preparing their special Oshogatsu menu. RSVPs are required using this link.

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