Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!

Here in the States, we’ve got a funny way of approaching the new year: Instead of stopping to digest the good that came our way over the past year, we focus on what we’ve done poorly and resolve to “fix” it. (Note to self: Eat less, exercise more. Make actual progress on goal of becoming Vegas dancer.) The Japanese, however, look at the New Year a bit differently. To them, Oshogatsu is their most cherished holiday – a time to clean house and mind by purifying one’s environment. Last year’s troubles are not naïvely shoved away; they’re reflected and acted upon, so that the New Year can be approached with a clean slate.

But one of the coolest things about America is that we’re total mutts. If you think Japanese New Year comes with a nifty worldview, well, shoot, you can adopt it yourself! Make headway on that score this Sunday when the Morikami Museum and Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach) celebrates Oshogatsu. Aside from the orderly and cheery outlook you might glean, you can also take part in mochitsuki (the traditional making of rice balls), try your hand at Japanese calligraphy, or get your fortune told omikuji-style. Get your inner peace on, and a whole lot more, starting at 10 a.m. Admission costs $5. Call 561-495-0233, or visit www.morikami.org.
Sun., Jan. 6, 2008

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