The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will usher in the “Year of the Rat” with its 26th annual Japanese New Year Celebration on Sat., Jan. 11, 2020, at the Wright Place in Pensacola.
Festivities will take place from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and will include performances by the popular Matsuriza taiko drummers, traditional Japanese dancing, martial arts demonstrations, music, food vendors, and other cultural displays. A silent auction will also be held, and ticket holders are automatically eligible for door prize drawings.
Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and active-duty military, and free for Japan-America Society members and children 12 and under. Advance tickets are available from Sake Cafe and Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse.
The Wright Place is located at 80 E. Wright St. and is part of the First United Methodist Church complex. In addition to street parking, there are several lots adjacent to the church that are available for this event. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.