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MONTHLONG CELEBRATION. Mochitsuki, the annual Japanese-American New Year celebration, is being celebrated virtually throughout the month of January this year. The 25th edition of the event features yearly favorites, including Takohachi (pictured), Oregon Koto-Kai, Portland Taiko, and others. (AR Photo/Jan Landis, File)
From The Asian Reporter, V31, #1 (January 4, 2021), page 13.
Virtual Mochitsuki is ringing in 2021 throughout the month of January
Mochitsuki, the annual Japanese-American New Year celebration, is being celebrated throughout the month of January this year. The event, which each year highlights Japanese culture through performances, traditional food, and arts for the whole family, is also a virtual experience. Participants may view the 25th-anniversary festivities daily for free online at <https://2021.mochipdx.org>.
Yearly favorites returning to the celebration include Oregon Koto-Kai, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Portland Taiko, Takohachi, and others. Activities feature videos, photos, cultural performances, demonstrations, New Year trivia segments (with prizes), and more.
Mochitsuki’s month of virtual events began on Friday, January 1, and festivities conclude on Sunday, January 31, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. The closing livestream provides a historical recap of Mochitsuki’s 25-year history and includes a tribute to Valeri Otani, a question-and-answer session with Asian-American artists, and a special New Year performance by Elena Moon Park, a musician, educator, and producer who specializes in contemporary classical and family music.
Fresh mochi is available for purchase at the Beaverton Uwajimaya store every Saturday in January and participants may also order crafts from vendors and food from participating Japanese restaurants using links on the Mochitsuki website.
To view the 2021 Mochitsuki Portland Virtual Festival, visit <https://2021.mochipdx.org>. To make a donation, go to <www.donorbox.org/portland-mochitsuki-2021>.
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Mochitsuki 2021 Schedule:
Programs are available online at <https://2021.mochipdx.org>.
Videos are usually posted at 8:00am or noon.
Please visit the website for details.
Hatsumode Prayers (Henjyoji Temple), New Year’s Prayer (Nichiren
Koto performance (Oregon Koto-Kai)
New Year’s Card Making (Japanese Women Portland)
January 31, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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