Happy New Year! Shogatsu Games and Traditional Dance Performance

Oshogatsu - Japanese New Year - is a big celebration in which friends and family get together to share wishes for a healthy and happy year and to participate in a variety of activities and celebrations. The New Year break starts from around December 30 to January 3.  

For its first Japanese cultural program of 2016, JASGA invites the people from the community, especially kids, to play several New Year's traditional games. These include hanetsuki (a type of badminton played with wooden paddles and shuttlecocks), takoage (kite flying), koma (spinning top), fukuwarai (a contest where blindfolded players take turns arranging parts of a face), karuta (a traditional Japanese card game), and mikan tsuri (picking up pieces of a small Japanese orange).  Until about a few decades ago, kids spent New Year's engaged in such traditional pastimes.


Before the game,  we will enjoy the traditional Okinawan dance performance for celebrating the new year 2016 by a certified teacher, Setsuko Kuniyoshi, Miyagi-ryu Nosho-kai Ryukyu Dance School in Austin.  We will also have opportunity to share new year's sweets with some participants.

About Ryukyu Buyo dance and Setsuko Kuniyoshi:

Okinawa is known throughout Japan and abroad as having a distinct flavor in the performing arts, due to once being an independent sovereignty known as the Ryukyu kingdom (from the 15th to 19th century.)   The Miyagi Ryu Nosho-kai Ryukyu Dance School is an Okinawan dance school operated under the Master Nosho Miyagi.  The school has 10 branch schools across the nation making it the largest Ryukyu dance school in the USA.  Sensei Setsuko Kuniyoshi operates the Austin Branch in Texas.

Come join us a family day at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum on Sunday, January 10th.

12:30 Children’s Yoga                                                             
1:00  Story time
1:30  Music with Armstrong Community Music School
2:00  New Year's Games & Dance Performance with Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
3:00  Clay creations
This event is free and open to the public.


January 10th, 2016 2:00 PM   through   3:30 PM
605 Azie Morton Rd.(formerly Robert E. Lee Rd)
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 
Austin, TX 78704
United States
Phone: 512-656-4731

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