New Year’s, Japanese Style

Usher in the Year of the Sheep (one of the most feminine, creative, and inspiring signs of the Japanese zodiac) with a proper Oshogatsu New Year’s Celebration at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach) on Sunday. Yes, you may have already rung in the new year on your couch with Anderson Cooper and his mean-spirited best friend on January 1, but Dick Clark and his cronies were not the first to institute a solid New Year’s tradition. Come out and celebrate in a storied New Year’s practice with a day of festivities for everyone that includes sake tastings and a Q&A with sake specialists, a traditional rice-pounding ceremony to make mochi, DIY Daruma Wall, open-air koto and taiko performances, a kirin beer garden, tea ceremonies, bonsai demonstrations, dances, and blissful times among the gardens. This year marks the 37th New Year’s celebration on the Morikami grounds, so grab a mature sheep friend (those born in 1931, 1943, 1955, or 1979) or a wee baby sheep (born in 1991, 2003, or 2015) and take the day for a massive celebration. Admission costs $15 for adults, $9 for children ages 6 to 17, and is free for children under 6 years old. Food, sake, and beer are available for purchase but not included in admission price. Call 561-495-0233, or visit
Sun., Jan. 11, 2015
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Terra Sullivan