JETAA Portland will host a booth at the 2010 Mochitsuki and we’re going to need help with our fishing game and sharing information about the JET program. If you are interested in volunteering or purchasing tickets for the event, please contact Amanda Gray or Stephanie Smith at email@example.com.
Tickets are: $12 for adults, $9 for seniors (62 years and up) and students, $5 for children ages 2-12. Children 2 and under are free. Don’t miss out on this unique and fun time to experience Japanese cultural and interact with your local Japanese community partners.
14th Annual Japanese American New Year Celebration
Sunday, January 31
The Japanese American community begins 2010 with a celebration of Japanese New Year traditions. “Mochitsuki,” or the making of mochi, a sticky rice cake, has taken place in Oregon since the first immigrants arrived in the late 19th century. Coming together to pound steamed rice into hearty cakes gathered people from far-flung railroad and lumber camps, farms and towns. Beginning the year with mochi symbolized both the strength of community and starting the year with a full belly.
The Portland area Japanese Americans invite the public to join in its lively annual celebration at a new location this year. In the Scottish Rite Center, Mochitsuki is a program of dynamic taiko drumming, Japanese folk dance, and storytelling that brings Oregon’s Japanese history to life. The concurrent Cultural Fair features a community stage, displays and hands-on activities for all ages.