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Oshogatsu Festival - Free event

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.

Date
Sunday, January 6, 2013

Time
11am - 5pm

SCHEDULE
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.

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  • Mimi

    Is anyone going to post photos?

    January 7, 2013

    • Mimi

      You can go to the top of this page and click on the upload button and start uploading your photos. jpegs are preferred choice for uploading onto the meetup site versus raw.

      January 7, 2013

    • Alexandru K.

      got it! it created the album when i added photos from here! thanks!

      January 7, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Usually takes a few days to process photos Mimi,,, some of us shoot RAW files

    January 7, 2013

  • Chris F.

    I will try to make sure a number is posted on meets . When I lead an event my number is always out there for info and late arrivals.. ..

    January 7, 2013

    • Sun

      My number was posted above and a few people managed to contact me using it, when they got late to the event.

      January 7, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank you Sun and Chris... ~Michelle~

      January 7, 2013

  • Michelle

    I enjoyed it very much. However, I got there late, but didn't connect with the others in the group. I had no cell phone numbers or I would have called someone to find out where they were.

    January 6, 2013

    • Sun

      Sorry we couldn't connect Michelle. My number was listed on the top. Hope you still had fun.

      1 · January 7, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank you Sun. Next time I will have to look closer. I went around the Festival, but it would have been nice to meet all of you. And bad me - I don't think I posted my cell phone number.
      Michelle

      January 7, 2013

  • Alexandru K.

    I enjoyed it and got a few good shots. i wish it had been outdoors, as the indoor shots were a bit sparse with the settings... but that's the way things work and the fun of the challenge in any environment! so overall... for THIS particular event, i wish it had stayed outside. it would have had more dynamism with the settings and environments.....

    January 7, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Also please rate the events after,, its how we know if its worth doing again or if there were any glitchs that need to be corrected ,, ..please keep in mind that none of the members or group leaders are paid to do this,

    January 7, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Be sure to check in the photo section,, after every event there will be a place to post your best shots.

    January 7, 2013

  • Michelle

    Question - I hear it's supposed to rain on Sunday. Will we still have the meet if it's raining? Then again, knowing how it rains in LA, it might just be a light drizzle. ~Michelle~

    January 4, 2013

    • Mimi

      They have activities inside to shoot as well

      January 4, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank you Chris and Mimi. I had that in mind - I like to shoot after a rain. Yes, I will bring a plastic bag to protect my camera(s). I am so looking forward to this event.

      January 4, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm excited that I will be at this event, since it's the first event I'm attending with this group. However, I will be leaving early, since I have another event - a poetry reading - out by the Natural History Museum (yay! more photos!) - that I've been trying to make for awhile. Sadly, it's the last one of its kind.

    January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the parking like down here? Thanks!

    January 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks Chris

      January 3, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thanks Chris. That's what I was going to suggest.

      January 3, 2013

  • Atumn

    Oops. Never mind. I didn't see the instructions above.

    January 3, 2013

  • Atumn

    Where will people be meeting?

    January 3, 2013

  • Sun

    Mimi, I notice you are not attending due to work. I can volunteer to 'host' this, more as a point-of-contact so we can meet as a group in the beginning. Won't be able to offer much by way of photography tips though!

    January 2, 2013

    • Mimi

      Hi Sun, that would be great if you could be a point of contact. Don't worry too much about tips. I am sure someone else in the group will be able to share knowledge. I am still somewhat new to photography as well. Do you want to chose a time to show up other than what's listed? According to Chris, there are interesting stuff to shoot along the way. It's up to you. Thanks for stepping in to host. Just add yourself as the event host when you can.

      January 2, 2013

    • Mimi

      Ezekiel is a veteran with years of experience. He is also a great teacher and photographer. Ezekiel, if someone has a photography question, would you be able to help?

      January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is there an entry fee to this event?

    January 2, 2013

    • Mimi

      Hi Julia. It's free as listed above however parking is your choice or finding. Free at the meters if you find one available. :)

      January 2, 2013

  • Chris F.

    This is a really fun event with a lot of opportunities for good shots..
    Dont just snap images , take your time and compose your shots,, work different angles .. the biggest advice I can give is ,,, DONT SHOOT EVERYTHING AT EYE LEVEL.... there is a lot in the area to shoot..

    1 · January 2, 2013

  • Mimi

    Hi Rebecca, I am not sure. I have never been to the event. It's downtown LA so I am assuming parking will be heavy around there due to the festival. There is a parking lot across the street and it looks like you might be able to find street parking.

    January 2, 2013

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