Hatsumōde to our library
Fun New Year Activities
January 12, 2019
Happy New Year 2019!
Hatsumōde refers to the first visit in the new year to a shrine or temple to wish for good health, wealth and other forms of happiness. We wish the library serves on your cultural well-being in 2019 too. On the library’s first opening day in 2019, special activities will be running throughout the day, and you and your family are invited to join us!
A tatami space will be set up in the library for playing Japanese party games. These activities are free.
Please supervise any of your children aged 12 and under.
Omikuji (fortune slip) draw and Ema (lit. ‘picture horse’) writing
Omikuji are slips of paper with fortunes written on them and are found at shrines and temples. The possible fortunes range from very lucky (大吉) to unlucky (凶). Test your 2019 luck by drawing a fortune from the box located at the service counter. If you happen to draw an unlucky fortune, don’t be disheartened. All you need to do is to tie up your paper on the bamboo in the library and leave your misfortune behind. ε=ε=┏( ﾟДﾟ)┛
The first 10 people who get a ‘very lucky (大吉)’ fortune will receive an Otoshidama! (These traditionally contain money although in this case it will contain a nice substitute.)
Found in shrines and temples, ema are wooden plaques on which people can write their wishes or prayers. Hanging these up at the shrine is believed to allow the gods to read them. Come and try writing your New Year’s resolutions on an ema and hang it up on the bamboo in the library.
Hyakunin Isshu (Cards of One Poem Each from One Hundred Poets)
Are you interested in playing Hyakunin Isshu (百人一首) just like seen in the manga/film “Chihayafuru“? We’ll set up two leagues on the day, for beginners and intermediate players.
Don’t worry if you have never played Hyakunin Isshu before as there will be a 30-minute crash course before the games start.
10:30am-11:00am — Crash course on Hyakunin Isshu
(You will need to be able to read hiragana and understand basic Japanese vocabulary to understand the content of this crash course.)
11:00am-12:30 — Games
Ozashiki Asobi (Japanese party games)
Let’s play two Japanese party games for entertaining during the new year.
Konpira fune fune (金毘羅舟舟) is a hand game like “rock-paper-scissors” but rhythmic sense is required as you will play along the song of Konpira fune fune.
Tōsenkyō (投扇興) is similar to darts in a sense where you need to aim and throw an object at target but with more elegance. You toss an open fan to hit a target called butterfly. The score is determined by the position of the dropped fan and butterfly.
January 12, 2019 (Saturday)
10:30am-12:30pm – Hyakunin Ishuu
2pm-3pm – Ozashiki Asobi (Japanese party games)
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
Chippendale NSW 2008
Free; no bookings required.
Limited capacity in the gaming events; first-come, first-served.
Children aged 12 or younger must be accompanied at all times by an adult guardian.
(02) 8239 0055