Mochi Pounding at the Asian Art Museum

Mochi Pounding at the Asian Art Museum

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Jan 15

When: Sunday, January 15, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

As part of our ongoing relationship with San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, the blind and low vision community have been invited to celebrate the Japanese New Year by taking-part in a traditional mochi pounding ceremony.

What is mochi? Mochi is a Japanese rice cake commonly prepared and eaten around the time of the Japanese New Year.

Join in  the tradition to make these delectably sweet rice cakes, with lively music, energetic dance and traditional costumes. The museum welcomes the blind and low vision community to be a part of the day’s celebration and meet Kagami Kai before the ceremony takes place to learn about their instruments and mochi pounding tools.

As part of the day, paint a Year of the Rooster netsuke (miniature sculptural toggle) and take an omikuji (paper fortune) from our fortune tree to take home for luck and prosperity in the new year.

The Mochi Pounding begins at 12 p.m., but doors open at 11:15 a.m. for vision-impaired community. Storytelling and touch tours will also be offered at 1 p.m.  

The museum is offering FREE tickets for the vision-impaired community, please email to reserve for this day. When you do, please note any disability accommodations that you may require and which activities you will like to participate in—mochi pounding, netsuke painting and storytelling.

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