Japanese New Year, also known as Oshogatsu, is one of the most significant cultural holidays in Japan. (Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California/Submitted)

Ring in the 2023 new year, the Year of the Rabbit, with two free, family-friendly events in Little Tokyo presented by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California on Sunday, Jan. 1, and the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Known as Oshogatsu, the Japanese New Year is one of the most significant holidays in Japanese culture. Celebrate the first weekend of the new year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, by indulging in the sights, cultural performances, crafts and activities for families and guests of all ages at the Japanese Village Plaza.

Presented by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, the day will feature live entertainment and cultural activities including Mochitsuki, a Shamisen Show and a Kimono Fashion Show. For more information, visit

The Oshogatsu Family Festival: Year of the Rabbit runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Japanese American National Museum.

It will boast Year of the Rabbit-inspired crafts, origami, scavenger hunt, and candy sculpture demonstrations by Shan Ichiyanagi. Join in person to experience cultural activities and live outdoor musical performances performed by Kodama Taiko. RSVPs are strongly recommended. Those who RSVP and scan their ticket at the JANM membership table at the Oshogatsu Family Festival will be entered into a drawing for a JANM gift bag. For more information, visit

Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. For more information, visit