Mochitsuki Portland 2021
January 1-31, 2021
Portland’s annual Japanese-American New Year celebration, Mochitsuki celebrates its 25th Anniversary by kicking off a newly re-formatted, month-long, free, virtual festival on January 1, 2021.
Watch engaging and entertaining Mochitsuki 2021 festival videos posted every day, January 1-31, on the Festival’s website (www.mochipdx.org), YouTube, and Instagram channels.
Festival videos, by local Japanese cultural groups, businesses and institutions, will showcase Japanese and Japanese-American New Year activities, customs and traditions.
- Learn about the Japanese tradition of visiting a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine on New Year’s called Hatsumode.
- Watch local Chef Naoko demonstrate how to make Ozoni Japanese New Year soup.
- The Japanese Women Portland group teaches how to make Japanese New Year’s cards.
- Learn the basics of ‘Go’ — a Japanese chess game – from Portland’s Go Club.
- Enjoy Koto music performed by Oregon Koto Kai.
- And more!
Mochitsuki Portland’s Special 25th Anniversary LIVE Program, January 31, 1:00-2:30 PM (PST) will feature the Portland Japanese Consul General, a 25th Anniversary video, a tribute to past founding member Valerie Otani, music performances by Elena Moon Park, and a live Q & A panel with Asian-American artists.
Watch all video and learn more at January 1st – 10th – 2021 Mochitsuki Portland (mochipdx.org)
About Mochitsuki Portland
An annual event since 1996, Mochitsuki Portland, is Portland, Oregon’s largest Japanese/Japanese-American New Year celebration and community gathering; collectively organized by numerous Japanese and Japanese-American cultural organizations from across the greater-Portland area.
Mochitsuki Portland’s annual January event brings the community together to celebrate the New Year, family and community bonds, and Japanese and Japanese-American culture and traditions. Past year festival attendance brought crowds of nearly 3000 to this 1-day event held on the Portland State University campus.
The January 2021 Mochitsuki Portland Festival is a free, virtual event, taking place January 1-31. For more info, visit www.mochipdx.org.
Mochitsuki Portland is a volunteer-run, non-profit, annual, community festival event; founded in 1996 by a collaboration of Japanese and Japanese-America community groups, spearheaded by the Portland chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and Portland Taiko. The Mochitsuki Portland festival is coordinated by an all-volunteer committee under the financial supervision and management of the Portland chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), a 501c3 charitable organization.
Mochitsuki Portland 2021 is financially sponsored by the Japanese America Citizens League—Portland Chapter, Uwajimaya, Japanese Ancestral Society, Japan America Society of Oregon (JASO), the Japanese America Museum of Oregon, JETTA: Portland, and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland. And is made possible through the generous in-kind support of numerous individuals, organizations, and businesses.
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