Japanese New Year Celebration returns to Wright Place Jan. 21

The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida (JAS) will usher in the “Year of the Rabbit” with its 29th annual Japanese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, 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 from Disney World’s Epcot, Japanese dancing and children’s performances, martial arts and sumo demonstrations, and other cultural displays. There will also be Japanese food and craft vendors and a silent auction, and attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.

JAS members and children under age 3 enjoy free admission, and non-member tickets are $10 each. Guests can skip the ticket line by becoming a member in advance. Credit cards are accepted for admission and membership purchases, though some vendors may be cash-only.

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 11:00 a.m.

The mission of the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida is to foster and promote stronger ties of friendship and understanding between the U.S. and Japan.