41st Annual Kotohajime: Hatsu-Akebono 初曙 (First Dawn)

41st Annual Kotohajime: Hatsu-Akebono 初曙 (First Dawn)



Mon, Jan 1, 2024 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm




JACCC is pleased to present the 41st Annual Kotohajime virtually on January 1, 2024 at 2 pm. We invite the public to join this free virtual event as JACCC celebrates new beginnings.

In 1983, Hirokazu Kosaka, JACCC Master Artist Residence, shot the first arrow of Kotohajime 事始め. The event has grown to become JACCC’s signature New Year’s celebration. Meaning “the beginning of things”, the memorable 41st Kotohajime will celebrate 2024, the Year of the Dragon, with the theme Hatsu-Akebono (First Dawn). In Japan, dragons represent fortune and are also messengers of the gods. The Dragon symbolizes power, nobleness, and honor.

This year, we will present a tea ceremony in fields full of poppy flowers at dawn, Kimono Organization Nadeshiko-kai, and the Los Angeles Kyudo Kai who are celebrating their 108th anniversary in Little Tokyo.

Funded in part by the generosity of The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Kyudo Kai

Nadeshiko Kai

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