As part of its New Year’s tradition, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai`i (JCCH) will celebrate 2016 with its annual New Year’s `Ohana Festival on Sunday, January 10. Nate Gyotoku, JCCH’s Chief Operating Officer/Director of Programs, says, “The New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival is our largest community event of the year! It is the largest festival highlighting Japanese New Year’s traditions and has in itself become a big tradition for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and the community over the years.”
JCCH has offered this event for 23 years. Gyotoku continues, “This will be a fun-filled event that will feature food, crafts, entertainment, cultural demonstrations, games and inflatables for children, and the last day of our Things Japanese Sale. This event is so big, it will take up all of JCCH and most of Moiliili Field.”
Derrick Iwata, JCCH’s Education Specialist, adds, “We are excited to have another festival full of cultural activities and demonstrations including, kumihimo (Japanese braiding), shippoyaki, (Japanese enameling), origami, and a chance to learn how to play the game of go. This is just to name a few. There will also be martial arts demonstrations, a bonsai display, mochitsuki demonstrations, and much more.”
This free event is on Sunday, January 10, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and Moiliili Field. More at jcch.com or (808) 945-7633.