2017 Japanese New Year Celebration in Washington


Date: Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 11:00am – 3:30pm
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: There are 400 parking spaces available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, but it may be FULL that Sunday.  We recommend that you take Metro.  It is about a 2-minute walk from the Woodley Park station.

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

The ticket pre-sale period has ended. Tickets can be purchased at the event, thank you!


On January 29 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.

You may download the newest flyer (updated 1/23) here.

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. $25 (cash only) contribution is required.


Enjoy series of live new year performances. We would love our guests to participate in the games!

11:00am Opening Performance Miyako Taiko
11:20am Opening Remarks Ryota Isshiki, President of JCAW
His Excellency Ambassador Ken-Ichiro Sasae
11:30am Kimigayo
National Anthem
Kimigayo: Dr. Noriko Hunter
National Anthem: Rachael Akiko Lipsitz, Anju Meda, Anais Chie Meier, Ema Nakayama, Maya Saidel, and Sofia Sanz-Kimura
11:45am Shishimai Dance Kevin Suzuki, MINBUZA
11:55am Chorus Great Falls Elementary School
12:15pm Karate Demonstration Enshin Karate of Fairfax
12:35pm Chorus Washington Japanese Language School
12:55pm Karuta Demonstration DC Inishie Karuta Club
1:15pm JETAADC Game Corner JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.
1:35pm Kendama Game Japan Commerce Association
1:55pm Kendama Demonstration Kendama USA Pros
2:15pm Ryukyu Daiko Chino Daiko and Ryukyu Daiko Rockville
2:35pm Chorus Japanese Choral Society of Washington with Japanese Children’s Chorus of Washington
2:55pm Folk Band Performance JBE Band
3:30pm Closing
* Schedule is subject to change.


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 (rice dumplings in a sweet soy sauce) $5.00
  • Nikuman (pork meat bun) $2.00
  • Oden (Fish dumplings and vegetable stew) $5.00
  • Pork curry & rice $5.00
  • Ramune (Japanese soda) $3.00
  • Sukeroku-sushi (rolls and inari with no raw fish) $5.00
  • Taiyaki (fish‐shaped pancake filled with bean jam) $3.00
  • Takoyaki (octopus dumplings) $5.00
  • Tenmusu (rice ball with shrimp tempra filling) $5.00
  • Udon (thick noodle soup) $5.00
  • Yakisoba (stir fried noodles) $5.00
  • Zouni (soup with mochi rice cakes) $3.00