Japanese Cultural Center in Hawaii to Celebrate New Year with Virtual Festival


HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) is virtually hosting the New Year’s Ohana Festival this week to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

Viewers can expect to see festival favorites like cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, Shint New Year traditions and the 70th Cherry Blossom Festival opening ceremony.

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The first day of the three-day virtual show begins Friday, January 7 at 7 p.m. HST and will include a tour of the Izumo Taisha Shrine, a performance by the Hanayagi Dance Academy, a singing performance and more. For complete programming and more information, Click here.

“We are delighted to present an online program for 2022. HawaiÊ»i has a unique New Year’s Eve celebration, which like many other holidays here, celebrates our multicultural community. Our program hopes to educate our community about Japanese New Year traditions that they can make or see around them.

Nate gyotoku, President and Executive Director, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

JCCH’s famous Japanese things auction also opened on Thursday, January 6, where people can bid on everything Japanese, new and old.

Money raised will help support community services and JCCH’s cultural and educational programs. Auction ends Friday, January 21 at 11:59 p.m. HST.


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