For those interested in meeting up, let's meet in front of Toshi Sushi @ 11 am. Address is 359 East 1st Street, and it is right on the corner of E 1st and S. Central and is literally around the corner from the museum. Will wait for 10 mins or so and then move towards the festival area. My cell is: [masked]-5093.
You can bring your cameras. Plenty of street photography opportunities. Please post your photos so that we can enjoy them. Performances will be outside with indoor activities as well. Free event.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
11am - 5pm
11:30am - 1pm: Taste and purchase different varieties of rice
Sponsored by Common Grains and JRE (Japan Rice and Rice Product Export Promotion Association)
12pm – 5pm: Watch world-renowned candy artist Shaun Ichiyanagi make snake sculpture candy! (For children only. Candy snakes will be raffled off at the start of every hour)
12pm – 3pm: Omikuji (sacred lottery) will let you know what kind of year to expect!
1pm - 3pm: Learn how to make onigiri rice balls and enter the Onigiri Design Contest. Sponsored by Common Grains
1pm – 3pm: Reptacular Animals presents a reptile petting zoo! Come meet real snakes and other cool reptiles!
1pm - 4pm: Party Faces will paint your face like your favorite zodiac animal!
1pm – 5pm: Begin the New Year with lucky zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) with Kidding Around the Kitchen.
2pm & 3:30pm: Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums with Bombu Taiko!
2:30pm & 4pm: Mochitsuki (traditional rice cake pounding ceremony) performance & demonstration by Kodama Taiko
3:30pm: Announcement of Onigiri Contest winners
Craft & other fun activities for the entire family (11am - 5pm)
• Celebrate the Year of the Snake by making some slithering snakes of your own!
• Make a decorative wreath including all the Asian zodiac animals
• Ruthie's Origami Corner: Fold your own origami snake
• Toddler Room
• Jump around in our fun snake jumper!
• Special fukubukuro (lucky bag) sale at the Museum Store
There is a parking lot across the street. Not sure how much parking will be and since this festival falls on a Sunday, you can find metered spots as well.