Mochitsuki – New Year’s Mochi Pounding – Berkeley & SF – 1/8, 1/14

A couple of Japanese New Year's events some of you may be interested in:

Mochitsuki Mochi Pounding Ceremony
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai! Join this venerable San Francisco institution as they present the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi (delectably sweet rice cakes) pounding with music, dance and costumes. FREE with museum admission: 

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Samsung Hall
Hands–on activity, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm, Education Classrooms
FREE with museum admission
Children 12 and under always admitted free!

Mochitsuki Mochi Pounding Ceremony & New Year's Party
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Berkeley Buddhist Temple
The Berkeley Buddhist Temple will host its annual New Year’s party, including a mochitsuki mochi-making ceremony and luncheon after a morning reception.

10:30 am Mochitsuki
11:30 am New Year's Party (bento reservations may be required; contact the Temple)