Celebrating traditional Japanese New Years with family

Celebrating traditional Japanese New Years with family Learning Japanese at school and at home with family Developing an original kata Introducing Taiko in Vancouver The philosophy of playing Taiko Defining a Taiko player

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I, naturally, because my parents were so much involved in the Japanese culture, because that’s their background, we really embraced the Japanese holidays and the celebrations. So for our family, New Year’s is a very important day with the celebration of the foods and everything and the family coming together. And even now for us, that’s the one day of the year where the entire family really tries to come back together to celebrate New Year’s. We all return home, and we get together for that. And so, those are kind of the things that, for us, have been really important.

Date: January 26, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Art Hansen, Sojin Kim
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

culture family holidays new year's

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