ALERTPlease note: the museum will be closed on Sunday, Feb 2 for a private event. The next Target First Free Sunday will take place on Feb 9.

Thank you

Mochi Pounding (Omochitsuki)!

Saturday, Jan 11 
11 AM–2:45 PM 
Free with general admission
First-come, first-served
Pre-registration required for blind and visually impaired tactile tours only
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.  

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 is required for these special tours. Email to reserve a spot.  
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. 

Netsuke Painting
11 AM–2 PM

Mochi Pounding Celebration
12–1 PM

11:30 AM Touch tour (pre-registration required) 
1 PM Descriptive and tactile tour (pre-registration required)
2 PM Kamishibai Storytelling tour 

Pre-registration is only required for tactile/touch tours for the blind and vision-impaired community. Netsuke painting and mochi pounding are first-come, first-served with no advance reservations. 
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. 

Presenting Sponsor

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