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New Year’s Day – Open to Members

Photo by Julia Taylor

In observance of New Year’s Day, the Garden will be open from 10:00am – 2:00pm to members only. Last admission is at 1:45pm.

O-Shogatsu is one of the most important holidays in Japan, and in appreciation of our members for their ongoing support, we invite our members to celebrate the New Year with us.

Bring family and friends for a contemplative stroll through the Garden to start a new year in peace and tranquility. Enjoy a complimentary cup of tea at the Umami Café and discover the traditional Japanese New Year’s decorations on display.

Kadomatsu are traditionally made of pine, bamboo, and Japanese Plum springs representing longevity, prosperity and dedication. Shimenawa are twisted rice straw ropes used for ritual purification. Kagami mochi range from simple to elaborate displays of pounded rice cake and bitter orange.

On January 2nd we will resume regular Garden hours of 8-10am for members and 10am-4pm for the public.

On January 5th, the O-Shogatsu celebrations continue in a more traditional festival way, including a Lion Dance, a New-Year’s style tea ceremony, a Koto harp concert, and sharing Mochitsuki (pounded rice cake). Additional an ink-wash brush drawing session and Hyakunin Issyu (poetry game) will be held in the Yanai Classroom.