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O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year

Kadomatsu by designer Toru Tanaka / Photo by Jonathan Ley

On January 14, we invite you to celebrate O-Shogatsu at the Garden. Festivities will include an authentic tea ceremony, calligraphy demonstration, and koto harp performance. Take a stroll around the Garden where you will see kadomatsu affixed to the pillars. This small decorative display of pine branches and bamboo is where the toshigami (the god of incoming year) is said to manifest himself, serving as the intermediary through which good health and prosperity for the coming year will flow.