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  • Bell-Ringing Ceremony

    Workshops & Activities, For Members

    Dec 31


    9:30—11:30 AM

    Samsung Hall

    Ring in the New Year by taking a swing at a giant 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell at the Asian Art Museum. Led by Rev. Gengo Akiba, with opening remarks about the Japanese New Year by 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 take turns ringing the museum’s bronze bell to leave behind any unfortunate experiences, regrettable deeds and ill luck of 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), which, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind. 

    This time slot is exclusive to members. Bell-ringing opens to general admission at 11:30 AM. First come, first served. Pick up tickets to ring the bell at the admission desk.


Major support is provided by Douglas A. Tilden, The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, and Freeman Foundation. 

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