Kotohajime is a Japanese phrase for “the beginning of things.” It is also the name of the annual Japanese cultural performance put on by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) to welcome in the new year.
This year they will be celebrating the zodiac Year of the Horse with traditional Japanese dance, music, and archery. Some of the featured performances include:
- Japanese odori dance by Mme. Hisami Wakayagi
- Japanese music and dance by Kinnara Gagaku/ Bugaku
- Harmonica by Tetsuya Nakamura
- Zen archery by IKKYU
Other New Year’s traditions such as the breaking of the sake barrel (kagami biraki) and the symbolic shooting of the arrow will also take place. These rituals are considered to be purifying, and are both fun and beautiful to watch. It is sure to be a great way to celebrate and open the new year.
Kotohajime will take place at 1:00pm on Sunday, January 5 at the Aratani Japan America Theatre, in the JACCC plaza. For more information and tickets, please visit http://www.jaccc.org.
The Aratani Japan America Theatre and the JACCC are located at 244 S. San Pedro St. in Downtown Los Angeles.