Oshogatsu - Japanese New Year - is a big celebration for three days 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.  Kakizome, the writing of the first calligraphy of the new year, is traditionally held on January 2nd in Japan when people write positive and encouraging words and phrases with calligraphy brush and ink. 

For our second Cultural and educational Program of 2017, JASGA will invite a certified calligrapher, Aya Koga, to share with us the traditional Japanese New Year's custom of kakizome. Kakizome (in Japanese, "first writing"  書き初め) is the first calligraphy written at the beginning of the year.  You'll also be able to enjoy writing your own Kakizome.

We have also invited to a Tsugaru Shamisen player, Ryuto Koike, who will be visiting Austin from Sapporo, Hokaido during his winter break.  

About the Kakizome demonstration and practice
Aya Koga will talk about the history of kakizome and show us how to write some New Year's wishes, demonstrating the dynamic brush strokes with a large brush.  Some audience members will be invited to participate.  This is not to be missed!

About Aya Koga
Ms. Aya Koga started calligraphy at the age of six.  She was awarded Yomiuri Newspaper Calligraphy Prize when shewas a student.  She holds second level calligraphy license from Official Calligraphy Association of Japan.  She has been teachingShodo (Japanese calligraphy) class at JASGA's Shodo class since Fall 2014.

About the Shamisen Performance and Ryuto Koike
We have invited a shamisen player, 17-year-old Ryuto Koike, who is from city of Sapporo, Hokkaido.  He was inspired by Masahiro Nitta, who is also from Sapporo and who performed at JASGA's Oyama x Nitta Duo Tsugaru Shamisen Japan Benefit Concert in April 2011 for the victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.  Ryuto won second place awards both for solo performance and group performance at the Aomori Tsugaru Shamisen tournament in 2016. He holds the 7th rank in the shamisen unit of the Hokkaido Min'yo (Japanese traditional folk songs) Association.  He will play traditional Tsugaru Shamisen pieces including O-Shogatsu songs. It is a rare opportunity to listen to a live traditional Shamisen music on second Sunday during  the new year's days in Austin.

Family Day Schedule:
12:30 Children's Yoga
1:00  Story time
1:30  Sing-a-long: Armstrong Community Music School
2:00  Tsugaru Shamisen Performance
2:30  Kakizome (first Japanese calligraphy of the new year)

This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public!  

Come and enjoy the program with us on the family day at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum!

(Note) The Kakizome demo and practice is held in the room. The Tsugaru Shamisen concert will also be held in the room if it's cold. 

January 8th, 2017 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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