31st Annual Japanese Bell-Ringing Ceremony for Public
Ring in the New Year by taking a
swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell. Led by Rev. Gengo
Akiba, with opening remarks about the Japanese New Year by community leader
Yoshie Akiba, this inspiring ceremony will include a purification ritual and
chanting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra. Rev. Akiba will begin the bell-ringing,
and participants may then take turns ringing the bell to leave behind any
unfortunate experiences, regrettable deeds or ill luck from the previous year.
The bell will be struck 108 times on New Year’s Eve to usher in the New Year
and curb the 108 mortal desires (bonno)
that, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind. While you wait your
turn, add to our 1,000 origami cranes and make a wish for the New Year. Or pick an omikuji (fortune)!
First come, first served. Pick up tickets to
ring the bell at the entrance of Samsung Hall. Members can enjoy earlier admission to this event.
9:30 AM (members only) and 11:30 AM (open to the
We make every effort to allow all our
visitors an opportunity to participate in this ceremony. However, to ensure you
have a chance to ring the bell, it is recommended that you arrive at Samsung
Hall no later than 12 PM.