The 16th annual Mochitsuki community fair, Portland’s annual Japanese New Year Celebration, takes place Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Scottish Rite Center (1512 SW Morrison) from 11am to 4pm.
I attended last year’s festival and enjoyed it immensely – especially the sake samples and food! Last year there was separate ticketing for some of the stage performances, but they’ve streamlined things this year with general admission ticketing that lets you enjoy both the fair and the stage shows.
SakeONE will be offering sake samples, and will have bottles for sale. Daigo Sensei will be demonstrating calligraphy, Ikebana International will help you create beautiful New Years flower arrangements. See demonstrations by Obukan Kendo, and play a Taiko video game with Portland Taiko.
Tickets at the event are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for children ages 2-12. Buy tickets in advance online or at several locations around town and save a couple dollars off the ticket prices.