Those looking for alternatives for New Year’s this year may want to check out some local celebrations of Japanese traditions.
New Year’s Eve Service at the Midwest Buddhist Temple (435 West Menomonee Street, Chicago, IL)
Saturday, December 31 starting at 11:30 pm
Rev. Ron Miyamura will lead a brief service and Dhrama Talk, followed by the traditional striking of the bell 108 times. This will be followed by a serving of toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles), symbolizing longevity.
Everyone is welcome on New Year’s eve for a brief service and Dharma Talk by Rev. Ron Miyamura followed by the striking the temple bell 108 times. All are welcome to ring the bell. Following the ringing of the bell, toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles) symbolizing longevity, will be served. There is no charge and everyone is invited regardless of religious faith. For more details, visit MidwestBuddhistTemple.org.
Mochitsuki at Mitsuwa Marketplace (100 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights)
The Mitsuwa Marketplace Japanese shopping center will be hosting its annual mochitsuki (traditional rice cake making) on Sunday, January 1.
Mochitsuki will be held at 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm and 2:30pm.
For more information, go to http://www.mitsuwa.com/english/index.html.