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2021 - 23rd Annual Japanese New Year's Oshogatsu Festival-Little Tokyo (2 Locations) Entertainment, Food Booths, Taiko, Mochi Making, Beer (Updates!)Newly Listed

Date: Friday, 1 January, 2021       Time: 10:50 am - 3:00 pm
Weller Court (Downtown LA, Little Tokyo)
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 617-3696

Kick off the Japanese New Year's Oshogatsu Festival in downtown Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The Annual Japanese New Year's Oshogatsu Festival held at downtown Weller Court Shopping Center and Japanese Village Plaza. Japanese art and entertainment will be center stage. The Japanese New Years or "Oshogatsu" is one of the most important celebration for the Japanese.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California is hosting Oshogatsu (New Year) Event at Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

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2020 Schedule Updates are here - See below
(Latest updates: Dec 24, 2019)

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Volunteers Wanted, Please Help: Fill out Form

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Japanese New Years Date (See Below for Time Schedule) 
January 1, 2021 - New Years Day in Little Tokyo

Japanese New Years Time
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

NOTE:  the schedule is subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

Map of Locations, Parking - Little Tokyo Location & Parking Information
Free Parking & Shuttle Service Provided by Metro.

Two Different Stages Downtown Los Angeles Locations
1) Weller Court Shopping Center Schedule, Little Tokyo

Opening Ceremonies - Weller Court (Stage Performance: Japanese Taiko Drumming, Japanese Traditional Dance, Kendo, Food booths, Mochi Making, Beer Booth, etc.)

2) Japanese Village Schedule, Little Tokyo
Japanese Village Plaza Program (Stage performance (Japanese Taiko Drumming, Japanese Traditional Dance, Kendo, Mochi Making, etc.)

New Years Performances
Taiko Drums
Martial Arts performance
Sake Breaking ceremony
Lion Dances
Folk Music and Dance
Japanese Calligraphy
Mochi pounding
Booths: Kite making & Origami teaching
Japanese Food booths

Schedule for 2 Locations in Little Tokyo

1) Weller Court
(Second Street & San Pedro Street)

(This is the 2020 schedule)

Food and Beverage: Amazake, Beer, Popcorn, Mochitsuki, Yakisoba, Taiyaki, Okonomiyaki, Yakiimo, Takoyaki, Oshiruko, Karaage..

10:50 am Kick-off Taiko Drums Taiko - Los Angeles Talks Center
11:00 pm Opening Ceremony with Greetings and Sake Barrel Breaking, LAPD Helicopter Flyover
11:15 pm Taiko Drum Performance Los Angeles Taiko Center
11:25 pm Lion Dance "Shishimai", Los Angeles Taiko Center
11:35 pm Mochi-maki #1, Nisei Week Queen & Court
11:40 pm Calligraphy Demonstration, Berkoku Shodo Kenkyu-kai
12:00 pm Aikido, Sanbukan
12:25 pm Minyo & Odori, Japanese folk music and dance / Matsuloyo-ka
01:40 pm PHOEBE, Singer
01:20 pm Shorinji Kempo, Shorinji Kempo, South Bay Dojo
01:40 pm Stephanie Yanez, Singer
02:00 pm Kendo Dojo, LA Kendo Dojo
02:25 pm Japanese Music & Ondo Dancing, Kansai Club
02:45 pm Mochi-maki #2, JCCSC Officers/Directors
02:55 pm Kimono Fashion Show, LA Kimono Club
03:10 pm Kendama Performance, Team Jungle
03:20 pm Awa Odori Dance, Awa Tokushima Ren
04:10 pm Closing MC

2) Japanese Village Plaza 
(Between First & Second Street near Central Avenue)

(This is the 2020 schedule)

11:00 pm Kimono Contest, LA Kimono Club
12:40 pm Kick-off Taiko Drums, Los Angeles Taiko Center
12:40 pm Opening Ceremony with Greetings
12:55 pm Mochi-maki #1, Nisei Week Queen
01:00 pm Taiko Drum Performance & Lion Dance "Shishimai", Los Angeles Taiko Center
01:30 pm Kendama Performance, Team Jungle
01:40 pm PHOEBE, singer
02:00 pm Minyo & Odori, Japanese folk musK and dance Matsutoyo-kai
02:30 pm Stephanie Yanez, singer
02:S0 pm Aikido, Sanbukan
03:30 pm Japanese Music & Ondo Dancing, Kansai Club
04:10 pm Closing MC

*All programs listed may be subject to change without notice. 

Free Parking 
There will be all day free parking at the Mangrove Parking (located on Temple Street, just East of Alameda Street by the Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station). 

Shuttle service from the Mangrove Parking to Little Tokyo (stops at California Florist on 1st Street for Weller Court and the Oomasa Restaurant at the Japanese Village Plaza) will be available from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

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Friday, 1 January, 2021

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Japanese New Year's Oshogatsu Festival

Phone: (213) 626-3070

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