New Year's in Japan
From nengajo to daruma and shishimai, New Year's - or Oshogatsu - is one of Japan's most celebrated Holidays. Help us celebrate the Year of the Horse and welcome 2014 at our annual festival - Oshogatsu: A New Year's Celebration! www.morikami.org/newyear
Hagoita are rectangular wooden paddles used to play a type of traditional shuttle cock game called hanetsuki during the New Year's period in Japan. You can try your hand at Hanetsuki this weekend at our New Year's Celebration: morikami.org/newyear
#Omikuji literally means "sacred lot" and is usally done at shinto and buddhist shrines in Japan. Attendees make an offering (in Japan usually a 5 yen coin, but it'll be $1 at the festival) and receive a fortune or blessing. Bad fortunes are tied to trees or wires like we did here so that they don't go with you.
Our official #Morikami New Year's card ( #nengajo ) for the #yearofthehorse! These cuties are straight from our collections. Both of these yawata-uma ( #toy #horses) are by Okuba Masajuro and are made of hand-painted wood and #washi tape :) #newyear
Object of the Day - Shishimai Netsuke: Made of ebony and ivory with inlaid horn and umimatsu this #netsuke by Mitsutomo is from the Meiji Period (late 19th century). With a lion's mask completely covering his head, this #lion dancer moves to the beat of his own drum. Lion dances are usually performed during shrine festivals, but this figure suggests the acrobatic street performers called Echizen-jishi. The lion's jaw opens and closes to reveal the face of the performer inside. #art #japan