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  • On Sunday, January 29, 2017, join over 2,000 attendees at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union for a New Year celebration of Japanese American traditions. Mochitsuki, literally translated, is the pounding of rice into mochi, a tasty, sticky rice cake, symbolizing the start of a New Year full of hopes for abundance ahead. The 21st annual Mochitsuki event is a family-friendly festival offering a feast for the senses, with food, art, performances, and many exceptional hands-on cultural experiences for all ages.
    Advance sale tickets for Mochitsuki 2017 will be available through Saturday, January 28th. Tickets are $10 (adult), $7 (senior/student) and $4 (child). Advance sale tickets can also be purchased through our numerous Community Partner organizations. Admission will be available at the door on the day of the event, but will be priced slightly higher at $12 (adult), $9 (senior/student) and $5 (child). Seniors are ages 62 years and older. Seniors 88 years and older are free. Child prices are for ages 4 to 12 years old. Children 3 years and younger are free. Check out the Mochitsuki website www.mochipdx.org for ticket outlet locations and other details about this annual event.
    New this year to Mochitsuki is a kimono dressing area, where families can dress in traditional Japanese attire for photos. Experience hands-on cultural demonstrations including calligraphy with Sekko-Kai Calligraphy School, kabuto origami, ikebana (traditional flower arranging) demonstrations with WILD Chiharu's Flowers, fukuwarai (Japanese New Year's game) with The International School of Portland, tea ceremony with Nikkei Fujinkai, New Year's card making with the Portland Japan Girls, and learning to play go (Japanese chess) with the Portland Go Club.
    Special guest Alton Chung will be back to emcee the entertainment. Witness nationally renowned performer, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, as he mixes theater, movement and music. New to the celebration this year, Mochitsuki will host performances by The Slants, the world's first all-Asian American dance rock band, founded right here in Portland. Experience traditional Japanese drumming and musical guests: Portland Taiko, Utsuki-Kai, Takohachi Taiko, Oregon Koto Kai, Dance Leo and the International School Chorus.
    Enjoy food with rich cultural significance. There will be mochi pounding demonstrations with Utsuki-Kai throughout the day, free mochi samples by Konko Church, and children's bento cooking classes with Daizu Kitchen. Indulge in appetizing Japanese fare. Plus, take advantage of the opportunity to purchase these foods to enjoy at home!
    Go to www.mochipdx.org for more detailed information about Mochitsuki 2017.
    Presented by Portland JACL, and co-produced by Konko Church of Portland, Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Portland Taiko. Sponsored by the Consular Office of Japan and gold level sponsor Hamada Wealth Management.

    Run Time

    5 hours