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  • Mochi Pounding (Omochitsuki)!

    Workshops & Activities, For Families

    Jan 11

    Free with museum admission

    11 AM—2 PM

    Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai, an acclaimed mochi group, as it presents the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi pounding to make delectably sweet rice cakes, with lively music, energetic dance and traditional attire.  
    As part of the day, paint a Year of the Rat netsuke (charm) and fold paper cranes for luck and prosperity in the new year. 
    We invite our blind and vision-impaired community members to engage in a tactile experience as part of this annual celebration. Join us for a touch tour of the equipment Kagami Kai uses to pound mochi and receive priority seating for the celebration. A descriptive tactile and storytelling tour of the newly renovated Japanese galleries follows. Pre-registration required. Email to reserve a spot.  
    The Asian Art Museum is committed to making its events accessible to all. This event is wheelchair accessible and assistive listening devices (ALDs) will be provided. ASL interpretation or open captioning are available upon request; please email two weeks prior to the event to request an interpreter. 

    11 AM–2 PM Netsuke painting 
    12–1 PM Mochi pounding celebration 
    11:30 AM Touch tour (preregistration required) 
    1 PM Descriptive and tactile tour (preregistration required) 

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