Mitsuwa New Year Festival 2015
Thursday, January 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Mitsuwa Marketplace – 595 River Road, Edgewater, New Jersey
Celebrate the New Year in traditional Japanese style at Mitsuwa Marketplace. Festivities begin with the always exciting Shishimai Lion Dance and Taiko Drumming at 10:00 a.m.
Mochitsuki, or Mochi (glutinous rice cake) Pounding, is a time-honored custom in Japanese society. One person uses a kine (wooden hammer) to pound the rice in a large wooden bowl called usu. Another person deftly and quickly flips the mochi, keeping rhythm with the kine wielder. Afterward, customers can enjoy tasting the mochi.
Another special treat is the fukubukuro, or “Lucky Bag.” Grab bags filled with mystery items are sold at discounted prices; customers won’t know what they’ve bought until after they’ve made their purchases. They’ll go on sale on New Year’s Day, but supplies are limited, so get there early!