New Year's Theme Park

Jan.1,2 holiday Mon.,3,2017 ●Times:11:00-18:00 ●Site:Hall E

An event for experiencing Japan's traditional oshogatsu (New Year's)
including an ozouni tasting event, celebratory mochi-making,
displays of artifacts and famous products, traditional games, and
even a temporary shrine for a lesson on making the first visit of the year.
Join us and wholly enjoy New Year's in Japan.

New Year's Food ZoneSavor the Celebration

  • photo:Iwai mochitsuki performance

    Iwai Mochitsuki performance

    Iwai Mochitsuki

    A mochi-making performance that recalls the festive atmosphere
    of the Edo period with a modern arrangement. Following a light-hearted
    talk show, freshly made mochi will be given away for savoring New Year's.

    (approx. 20 min.)
    ➡ Free mochi samples for approx. 100 persons/Four times daily
  • Ozouni Broths from Nationwide

    Isecho, a restaurant specializing in Kyoto cuisine since its opening in the 5th year of the
    Shotoku period (1715), will serve five kinds of traditional ozouni broths served around the nation.

    \1,080 each (incl. tax)
    Represented areas
    Fukushima (bonito and chicken broth, soy sauce flavored), Tokyo (bonito and
    kelp broth, soy sauce flavored), Kyoto (bonito and kelp broth, white miso
    flavored), Tottori (red bean zouni), Kagoshima (bonito and shrimp broth,
    soy sauce flavored)
  • Imperial Hotel's Special New Year's Menu

    The venerable hotel produced original, western-style ozouni broths and a special
    osechi box lunch for this event.
    ● Western-style ozouni broths (consommé flavored and omar lobster and miso flavored)
    ● Osechi box lunch: Limited quantities daily

    Ozouni: \1,080 each (incl. tax), Osechi: \1,620 (incl. tax)

Japanese Culture Experience Zone
Experience the Celebration New Year's Shrine-Visit Etiquette

Kimono dresses and kakizome (year's first calligraphy) are synonymous with New Year's in Japan.
We readied such typical activities for visitors to experience and enjoy such examples of essential Japanese culture.

  • photo:Tokyo Kimono Queen

    Tokyo Kimono Queen

    Kimono Experience Corner

    An exhibit corner of Chichibu Meisen handicrafts and kimono dresses.
    There will be demonstrations of kimono-wearing including the 12-layered
    juni-hitoe kimono and sash tying. Families can even try on kimonos together.
    Tokyo Kimono Queen will also be on hand for snapshots.

    International KIMONO Culture Academic Society
     Juni-hitoe dress provided
    Izutsu, Inc.
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    Shodo Calligraphy Experience Corner

    The perfect opportunity for the year's first writing. There will also
    be Japanese-style smartphone covers featuring traditional fabric
    patterns and crests for sale. ※ Prices vary.

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    New Year's Play Square

    Traditional New Year's games can be experienced such as karuta
    cards and fukuwarai blindfolded face puzzle on tatami mats.
    In the square, New Year's favorites can be enjoyed while viewing
    demonstrations of kendama ball-flicking, nankin tamasudare stickwork,
    and kotobukijishi lion dancing.

    Recreation Association of Tokyo
  • Sanpai Experience Corner.

    Make your first shrine visit in 2017 at Tokyo International Forum. At our specially built shrine,
    visitors can learn the proper etiquette for visiting a Shinto shrine.

Famous Makers and Shops Zone
Re-Discover Japanese Culture Through Exquisite Flavors

Famous makers and shops gather from throughout Japan bringing the best of local fare.
Samples will be available—even sake.

  • photo:Sake Rice Wine

    Enjoy the New Year's spirit.

    Sake Rice Wine

    Demonstrations will cover sake topics like how it should be served.
    There will also be tastings and quizzes involving premium brands.

    Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association
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    Marukome's fermentation technology

    The Flavors of Japan

    Japan's tradition of fermented food items and its evolution are
    profiled. Fermentation-based food items including miso are
    displayed with tastings and product sales.

    Marukome Co., Ltd.
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    Original wagashi made just for
    this event will also appear.

    Wagashi Confectionery

    A look at the deep world of wagashi confectionery that are treats
    for the palates and eyes. There is also a workshop for visitors to
    prepare their own sweets.

    Kamakura Sosaku Wagashi Temari

Traditional Arts & Crafts Zone
Take in the Craft of Artisans
Japanese Aesthetics in a Condensed Form

A selection of local crafts steeped in tradition and continually perfected.

  • photo:Atsushi Tomita・Osamu Komori・Junichiro Yamashita

    Tokyo Somekomon, Washi and Tsugigami,  and Tegaki Yuzen

    Artisans will demonstrate their mastery of traditional crafts and
    conduct workshops with visitors. They include Tokyo somekomon,
    a kimono fabric-dyeing technique that uses metallic dyes and stencil
    overlays; washi and tsugigami collage-making using papers of different
    colors and textures; and tegaki yuzen, a meticulous, hand-painting
    process of kimono dyeing. It is a rare chance to see the masters up
    close. Samples of their works and traditional sundries will be sold.

    Atsushi Tomita (Tokyo somekomon 5th generation traditional craftsman)
    Junichiro Yamashita (washi and tsugigami artist)
    Osamu Komori (tegaki yuzen artist)
  • pohoto:Takeshi Nishimura・Keihiro Kurosaki・Kunitaka Kojima・Takehiko Sagawa・Hiromu Moulinette

    On a daily basis, other traditional artisans taking to
    the world stage will join us. Through their work,
    visitors can touch and see the precision and
    dexterity that goes into traditional crafting.

    Nihon Furusato Teshigotokyokai
    Takeshi Nishimura
    (Kyoto, yuzen sculptor)
    Keihiro Kurosaki
    (Utsunomiya, jointed woodcrafter)
    Kunitaka Kojima
    (Asakusa, leather crafter of watch straps)
    Takehiko Sagawa
    (Otawara, bamboo crafter)
    Hiromu Moulinette
    (Yame, Fukuoka, miniature arts crafter)
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    Omiya Bonsai Corner

    Bonsai miniature trees are earning international accolades
    as artistic representations of the natural world.
    Omiya bonsai—said to be at the pinnacle of the art—
    will be showcased. Descriptive panels will explain the
    features and charms of the tiny trees. Mini
    bonsai trees will also be sold.

    Omiya Bonsai Museum,
    Omiya Bonsai Cooperative (Saitama)

Stage EventsJoyous Celebrations of Sound

Navigator: Fuku Suzuki
photo:Oedo Sukeroku Daiko
photo:Wadaiko Daigen-gumi・Koto harp:  Fuyuki Enokido

Performances of traditional music and theater will convey the pure spirituality and
festiveness of New Year's Japan. Don't miss exciting showings of traditional music
including taiko drumming by the new standard-bearers.
Child actor Fuku Suzuki will take part as a navigator.

  • Jan.2(holiday Mon.) : Next-Generation Japanese Music Power

    • 12:00:
      Tsugaru shamisen
    • 13:00:
      Japanese music ensemble
    • 14:00:
      Tsugaru shamisen
    • 15:00:
      Japanese music ensemble
    • 16:00:
      Juni-hitoe kimono show
    Tsugaru shamisen: Sawada Nobuteru Renchu
    (Tsugaru shamisen strings and 5-piece band of wadaiko drumming)
    Japanese music ensemble: Relish (Koto harp)
  • Jan.3(Tue.): New Year's Taiko Drumming Fest

    • 12:00:
      Wadaiko Daigen-gumi,
      Ebara Nagare Daiko Hibiki Kai
    • 13:00:
      Musashikokufu Daiko “Kokufu Mutsumi Kai”,
      Shakujii Taiko Hozonkai Semba Daiko
    • 14:00:
      Katsushika Suwa Daiko, Kanto Yamato Daiko
    • 15:00:
      Oedo Sukeroku Daiko
    • 16:00:
      Fuyuki Enokido (Koto harp)
    Please be aware that program contents may be subject to change.
  • [Host]

    Tokyo International Forum

  • [Co-hosts]

    Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo
    (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) ARTS COUNCIL TOKYO

  • [Sponsors]

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Foundation, the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chiyoda City,
    Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, J-WAVE

  • [Cooperation]

    Rhizomatiks, Imperial Hotel, JEF/Edojo Tensyu wo Saikensurukai, Recreation Association of Tokyo (RAT),
    Omiya Bonsai Cooperative/Omiya Bonsai Museum of Saitama, International KIMONO Culture Academic Society,
    Japan Sake & Shochu Makers Association, Nihon Furusato Teshigotokyokai, Izutsu,
    Tokyo Kimono Promotion Association, Marunouchi Hotel

  • [Equipment/technical assistance]

    Sony PCL

  • [Planning & organization]

    Tokyo International Forum, NHK Enterprises, Nippon Columbia, Shimizu Group