A Tiger We Can Get Behind

It’s time to say “sayonara” to the Year of the Ox and make way for the Year of the Tiger. (Surely, this lithe predator is better-suited to end our wars and our recession, yes?) Oshogatsu, the Japanese new year, was once based on the same lunar calendar that spawned the Chinese zodiac calendar, and it will be celebrated Sunday at our resident Japanese culture center, the Morakami Museum (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach). From 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., there will be colorful lion dancers, hypnotic taiko drumming, Japanese fortunetelling, beautiful calligraphy demonstrations, and serene tea ceremonies. Partake in the traditional New Year’s food— mochi, large, round, and tasty Japanese cakes. For the kiddies, there will be Go, Hanetsuki (a badmintonesque game) Jan Ken Pon (a hand game similar to paper-rock-scissors), and Fukuwarai (AKA the Goddess of Happiness game). Start practicing now to greet others with “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!,” which — you guessed it — means “Happy New Year!” Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids, but you can score slightly discounted tickets if you buy them in advance at morikami.org. Call 561-495-0233.
Sun., Jan. 10, 10 a.m., 2010
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Amanda McCorquodale