FREE Kagami-Biraki Festival in Chicago This Weekend

Celebrate the new year at the annual FREE Kagami-Biraki festival, hosted by the Japanese American Service Committee and Tohkon Judo Academy. The festivities will begin with the traditional rice pounding ceremony, Mochi-Tsuki.  Complimentary sweet rice cakes, Mochi, will will available to all participants.  Rev. Fumioka will perform a traditional Japanese Tenrikyo purification service, and entertainment will be provided by Kokyo Taiko, Chicago Aikido Club, and Tohkon Judo Academy.  We will conclude with a potluck fellowship luncheon, and we ask for your support in bringing a serving of one of your specialties to share with others.  The festival will also include a  live entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck item and will also have the opportunity to try mochi (sweet rice cakes).


Kagami-Biraki festival new year

Free admission.

Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

4427 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois


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Kagami-Biraki festival rice pounding






Schedule of Events

  • 8am-noon- traditional Mochi-Tsuki rice pounding (complimentary Mochi)
  • noon-Tenrikyo Oharai purification ceremony by Rev Goro Oki
  • 12:40pm-Kokyo Taiko Japanese drumming performance
  • 1:10pm- demonstration by Chicago Aikido Club
  • 1:30pm- demonstration by Tohkon Judo Academy
  • 2:00pm- potluck fellowship luncheon

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