32nd Annual Japanese New Year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Free with museum admission
9:30 AM2 PM
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, paint a Year of the Dog charm (netsuke) and make a wish for the New
First come, first served. Pick up tickets to
ring the bell at the admissions desk.
Members only: 9:30 - 11:30 AM·
General admission: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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.
Lead funding for the
Asian Art Museum’s Cultural Celebrations is generously provided by Kaiser
Permanente. Major funding is provided by Bank of America.