New Year celebrations continue well beyond January lst. Herald 2013 and the Year of the Snake at the Oshogatsu Family Festival on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Japanese American National Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring the whole gang. Usually, admission can be up to $9 per person; however, it's free on the day of the festival!
Let the kids hop around in the Snake Jumper or play in the Toddler Room. Party Faces will paint your face like your favorite zodiac animal from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Since it's the Year of the Snake, meet some live reptiles at the petting zoo presented by Reptacular Animals from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Watch world-renowned candy artist Shan Ichiyanagi create candy snake sculpture, which will be raffled off to children at the start of every hour from noon through 5 p.m.
Got a taste for more? Common Grains and the Japan Rice and Rice Product Export Promotion Association (JRE) are sponsoring a rice tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to make onigiri rice balls in the Onigiri Design Contest, or watch the traditional rice cake pounding ceremony, mochitsuki, by Kodama Taiko at 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Wonder what 2013 will bring? From noon to 3 p.m., Omikuji, the sacred lottery, will let you know what to expect. Cover your bases by learning how to make lucky zaru soba - better known as buckwheat noodles - with Kidding Around the Kitchen between 1 p.m.and 5 p.m.
At 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Bombu Taiko teaches you how to play the Japanese taiko drums. You can also get crafty by making your own origami snake or a decorative wreath.
Slither over to this fun festival.
Oshogatsu Family Festival - Free
January 6, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
369 East First Street
Between South Central &
Little Tokyo 90012
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