Mochitsuki is a Japanese New Year tradition of pounding steamed, short grain rice until it forms a sticky ball. It’s then torn apart and eaten plain or with sweet or savory ingredients. Eating mochi is thought to bring good luck for the new year. Japanese immigrants to the United States brought this tradition with them over a hundred years ago. It was passed down through the generations and is a fun-filled family activity that ends with a sweet (or savory!) treat. Mochitsuki has its roots in the Heian Period of Japanese history (784 – 1185). It’s become such a part of traditional Japanese culture that if you look up at the night sky and see a full moon, you won’t see a face, but a rabbit pounding mochi. Come learn about this tradition and sample home-made mochi!
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The mission of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment is to preserve and honor the history and culture of Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest, to educate the public about the Japanese American experience during World War II, and to advocate for the protection of civil rights for all Americans. Visit the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center located at 121 NW 2nd Ave. Portland, OR 97209
Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, and each day is packed with things to see and do. Download the full calendar of events here to start planning your visit.
Traditional lantern viewings close out Chinese New Year festivities, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns and the lake reflects the light of large illuminated lantern sculptures. A dragon procession and special performances are all a part of these special evenings.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
220 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 1050, Portland, Oregon 97209
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