2016 Japanese New Year Celebration in Washington


Date: Sunday, January 31st, 2016, 11:00am – 3:30pm (DATE CHANGED!)
Place: Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW Washington District Of Columbia 20008
Closest Metro Station is Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan (Red line)

Parking: We just received a report that the Washington Marriot Wardman Park’s parking spaces will be close to FULL on all day, Sunday. We strongly recommend you to take public transportation to the hotel.  

In case you have no choice but to use the automobile access, we do have permission to use  Parking Lot E at the National Zoo. The cost is $22/day, and we have arranged the shuttle buses between the hotel to the Zoo Parking Lot E between 10am to 4pm. However, again, we recommend you to take the public transportation.  (Woodley Park Metro is right by the Hotel) We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Admission: Advance tickets $8 (credit cards only), At the door $10 (cash only),
Children 12 and under enter free.

Please purchase the tickets from HERE.
*Deadline for online purchase is 5 pm on Friday, January 29th.


On 31 January from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, the Japanese New Year’s Festival co-sponsored by the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C. and JCAW Foundation, Inc. will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. There will be four areas where various activities, such as Performances, Cultural Activities and Games, delicious Japanese festival specialties in the Food Court, and Toys and Sweets for Purchase.

* No pets allowed except service animals.

Shinto Ceremony
Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan which senses spirituality in all creation of the universe and all nature. 8 million (means countless) deities are the subject to have faith in.
The Rev. Kuniko Kanawa, humbly became a certified Shinto priestess in 2015 through the independent training by Amano-Iwakura-jingu in Hiroshima prefecture, will conduct a personalized Shinto ceremony for your happiness. Shinto ceremony accepts any religious believer, however, please be advised that this is a religious ceremony and participants are required to be respectful. The ceremony will take approximately 15 minutes.
The ceremony is NOT a part of JCAW New Year festival program. If you wish to participate in the ceremony, please contact the Rev. Kuniko Kanawa at the site. $20 (cash only) contribution is required.


Enjoy series of live new year performances, including the Lion Dance, a Drum  performance, and a Children’s Choral Concert. We would love our guests to participate in the games!



Experience the fun of traditional Japanese New Year’s calligraphy, Origami paper craft, card games, and other traditional games.


Nostalgic toys, Japanese sweets and other goods of interests are available for purchase.


The local member restaurants of national Sushi Society will compete to offer the most delicious Japanese foods. Various foods with hot rice cakes will also be served.  Don’t miss the demonstration of Rice Cake Production with a mortar and pestle!

Food Menu

  • Gyudon (beef bowl) $5.00
  • Mitarashi Dango (sweet dango dumplings) $5.00
  • Oden (Japanese hot pot dish with vegetable and fish cakes) $5.00
  • Onigiri-Maki (rice ball) $5.00
  • Pork Curry & rice $5.00
  • Ramune (Japanese soda) $3.00
  • Sukeroku-sushi (rolls and inari with no raw fish) $5.00
  • Takoyaki (octopus balls) $5.00
  • Tonjiru (pork and vegetable soup) $3.00
  • Udon (thick noodle soup) $5.00
  • Yakisoba (stir fried noodles) $5.00
  • Zenzai (red bean soup with mochi rice cakes) $3.00
  • Zouni (soup with mochi rice cakes) $3.00