40th annual Oshogatsu matsuri

Wes Nihei pounds as Rich Eijima turns the mochi rice at the 2011 Oshogatsu Festival at the JCCCNC in SF's Japantown. photo by Kenji Taguma, Nichi Bei Weekly Staff.

The JCCCNC’s 40th annual Oshogatsu matsuri was held on Jan. 8 in SF’s Japantown. The community celebration welcomed in the new year with arts and crafts, mochitsuki, taiko drumming, food and a children’s art contest. J-town Arts silk-screened T-shirts for free. How awesome is that? Nichi Bei staff were on hand snacking, snapping pictures and making custom shirts.

Karen Kai (R) and Gen Taiko perform. photo by Kenji Taguma, Nichi Bei Weekly Staff.

Mochi revelers wait at the assembly line. photo by Kenji Taguma, Nichi Bei Weekly Staff.

Sharon Senzaki dries the Year of the Rabbit silkscreened T-shirts. photo by Kenji Taguma, Nichi Bei Weekly Staff.

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