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Brooklyn Japanese New Year Festival

Brooklyn Japanese New Year Festival

Monday, January 21 from noon until 4:00 p.m.

ROULETTE – 509 Atlantic Avenue (corner of Atlantic and 3rd Avenues), Brooklyn

Admission: $15/$8 children (in advance), $18/$10 children (at the door)/Free children two and under

Celebrate the Year of the Boar in Brooklyn at this Japanese-style event for the entire family. The Brooklyn Japanese American Family Association presents a special New Year celebration that’s fun for adults and children alike.

Enjoy a delicious selection of Japanese food by BentOn while taking in the entertainment from Ryu-Kaji, Samurai Sword Soul, and the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center. Make Kabuki masks and origami, and play shogi (Japanese chess) and other traditional Japanese New Year games. You won’t want to miss the mochitsuki, or rice pounding ceremony, a Japanese New Year tradition that has an 800-year history. The BJAFA has added a VR corner to introduce everyone to the beautiful and fascinating wonders of Japan.

The Roulette bar will be open for those 21+ looking to add a little buzz to their afternoon.


12:30 p.m. Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center (taiko drums)

1:10 p.m. Mochitsuki (traditional rice pounding ceremony)

2:00 p.m. Ryu-Kaji (Okinawan sanshin)

2:40 p.m. Tanaka Taisan (giant live calligraphy performance)

3:10 p.m. Samurai Sword Soul (sword fight show and boot camp for children)

Celebrate the Year of the Boar with the entire family!

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit BJAFA’s website.