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.
Iwai Mochitsuki performance
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.
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.
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
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.
Tokyo Kimono Queen
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.
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.
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.
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 gather from throughout Japan bringing the best of local fare.
Samples will be available—even sake.
Enjoy the New Year's spirit.
Demonstrations will cover sake topics like how it should be served.
There will also be tastings and quizzes involving premium brands.
Marukome's fermentation technology
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.
Original wagashi made just for
this event will also appear.
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.
A selection of local crafts steeped in tradition and continually perfected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tokyo International Forum
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo
(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Foundation, the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chiyoda City,
Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, J-WAVE
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
Tokyo International Forum, NHK Enterprises, Nippon Columbia, Shimizu Group