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33rd Annual Japanese New Year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony

Sunday, Dec 30, 2018 
9:30 AM (members only)
11:30 AM (open to the public)
Samsung Hall
Free with museum admission
Ring in the New Year by taking a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell. Led by Rev. Gengo 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 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, fold paper cranes for luck and prosperity in the new year.
First come, first served. Pick up tickets to ring the bell at the main entrance to Samsung Hall. Members can enjoy earlier admission to this event. 

Please note, this year's Bell Ringing takes place on December 30, not the 31st, as the museum is not open on Mondays. 

Members only: 9:30 - 11:30 AM (doors open at 9 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 p.m.


Support for the Asian Art Museum’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony is provided by The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation. Cultural Celebrations are made possible by Kaiser Permanente and Bank of America.