Hakone welcomes the Year of the Ram with a gala festival on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the 7th annual Lunar New Year event at Hakone, and this year’s fete will have an extra special significance. It marks the 100th year of Hakone’s establishment. The magnificent double lion dance by the Far East Dragon Lion Dance Association will herald the New Year of the Ram and kick off Hakone’s Centennial celebration as well.
Following the lion dancers will be musical numbers by Jennifer Liu on the Chinese zither, a Kung Fu demonstration by Shaolin Shaolin Martial Arts, Tai Chi performance by Saratoga Tai Chi and a performance by YaoYong Dance.
A premiere feature this year will be a children’s lunar festival costume parade. Children 14 and under wearing festive Asian outfits are invited to join in a colorful parade in the gardens. All participants will receive a raffle ticket for prizes.
This is the opening weekend of Hakone’s Centennial Exhibit at the Cultural Exchange Center, and festival-goers are invited to see how the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition inspired Isabel Stine to create Hakone Gardens in Saratoga.
There will be dim sum and other menu choices from the food booths.
Featured throughout the day will be children’s craft activities, face-painting, a calligraphy demonstration, trinket and boutique booths, and more.
The Lunar New Year Festival is open to the public with the entrance fee to Hakone Gardens. The entrance fee for adults is $8, $6 for students and seniors, and children under 5 are free. Members and a guest can enjoy free entrance.
Free shuttle bus available at the following location in downtown Saratoga:
14460 Big Basin Way (in front of Saratoga Chamber of Commerce)
Click the image to download the handout.
The event program may change due to unforeseen circumstances.