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  • 29th Japanese New Year's Bell-Ringing Ceremony

    Workshops & Activities, For Families

    Dec 31

    Free with museum admission

    11:30 AM—2:30 PM

    Samsung Hall

    In this contemplative and festive ceremony, participants can strike the museum's 2,100-lb., 16th-century Japanese bronze bell to herald the start of a fresh New Year. Led by Rev. Gengo Akiba with opening remarks about the Japanese New Year by Yoshie Akiba (founder and namesake of Yoshi's jazz club), the ceremony includes a purification ritual and chanting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra. Rev. Akiba begins the bell ringing, and participants take turns ringing the bronze bell to leave behind any negative experiences, wrong deeds and ill luck of the previous year. First come, first served. Pick up tickets to ring the bell at the admission desk.

    Check out our video on Japanese Bell Ringing to get an idea of what to expect and learn something new!


Major support for this program is provided by The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation. Additional support for the Asian Art Museum's education and public programs is provided by William Randolph Hearst Foundation, The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation, Dodge & Cox, and The Morrison & Foerster Foundation.

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