Japanese New Year/Coming-of-Age Event in Saratoga


Hosted by Eimei University, which provides mind (kokoro) education, the event features a special ceremony for those turning 20 (19- and 21-year-olds may also participate), calligraphy, praying rituals, tasting of amazake, omikuji lottery, and performances of dance and traditional mochi-pounding.

Furisode kimono photo shoot costs $250. Limited sessions; advance purchase required.

Food available for purchase on site: Ramen, zenzai (sweet beans), more sweets/desserts and tea.

Admission: $15 general, $10 for children (5 to 17), free for children under 4 and Hakone Gardens members. Register in advance as activities are limited: www.eimei-u.org.

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