Past Meetup

Oshogatsu Family Festival...The 'PHOTO Essay' ...your pics will tell the story!

Hosted by Clara and henry n.
From L.A. Street Photography


Sunday, January 8,[masked]:00 AM—5:00 PM Family Festivals ( Oshogatsu Family Festival


Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Craft and other fun activities for the entire family:

It’s the Year of the Dragon! Celebrate 2012 in style by constructing a dragon hat to wear. Color and decorate a festive dragon streamer to wave in the New Year. We need a hand! Help us build a dragon by adding a cutout of your hand to our wall. Throughout the day our dragon will grow and by the end we’ll have a fun and colorful creature made by all our JANM friends who came to help us celebrate Oshogatsu! Toddler Room Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Learn how to fold an origami dragon.

11 AM - 3 PM: Learn how to make onigiri rice balls and enter the Onigiri contest. Sponsored by Common Grains

11 AM – 5 PM: Special fukubukuro (lucky bag) store sale

11 – 5 PM: Calling all kids, slay the dragon and jump in our dragon jumper!

12 – 5 PM: Watch world-renowned candy artist Shaun Ichiyanagi make a dragon sculpture candy! (For children only. Candy Dragons will be raffled off at 4 PM)

1 – 2 PM: Try osechi-ryori (Traditional Japanese New Year foods) (While supplies last. 1st come, 1st serve)

1 – 4 PM: Have a balloon artist make a special pet dragon or dragon hat for you!

1 – 5 PM: Zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) with Kidding Around the Kitchen.

2 - 4 PM: Bring your camera and meet a real (costumed) dragon!

4 PM: Three onigiri design winners will be announced. 100 of the top best entries will be on display after the selection is made.

2:30 & 4 PM: Mochitsuki (traditional rice cake pounding ceremony) demonstration and performance by Kodama Taiko

4:30 PM: Shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance by Kinnara Taiko

This program is generously sponsored by Mitsubishi International Corporation, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, LA Country Arts Commission.

Onigiri Contest
Each contestant is given one cup of cooked rice to make onigiri. We will show you how to make onigiri and provide you with ingredients to decorate the onigiri. No other ingredients and tools other than what we provide you with can be used in the contest.

If you are participating in the contest as a family, only one adult and one child can participate in each section.

Time: 10 minutes is allowed for each contestant.


  • Mia

    Uploading photos to my computer, should have them up soon. So great to meet you all!

    6 years ago
  • Shelly N.

    Nice to meet you all today, thanks to everyone for their advice about photography and cameras. I will probably be posting some photos next week sometime. On the way home, I thought of a possible way to get freeway shots, like maybe go to 2 or 3 busy metro rail stations that are located over or next to the freeway. There is one off the 110 fwy I think that might be good for that. But that's just an idea.

    6 years ago
  • Former member

    Former member

    I am so glad to have participated with everyone yesterday the participation and eagerness to capture those moments were so cool. Watching all of you mingle and capture those moments just made my day. You all have my number if you ever want to get out and CLICK away...give a holler!

    6 years ago