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Japanese New Year has traditionally occurred at the same time as the Lunar New Year. In 1873, the Japanese New Year was changed to coincide with the Gregorian calendar, January 1st.
The shi shi mai is a traditional Japanese lion dance performed during New Year celebrations. The Japanese lion typically has a wooden, lacquered head with a body of green cloth with white designs manipulated by one or two dancers.
For four years running, Rev Kanjin Cederman of the Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple (501 South Jackson St #202 Seattle, WA 98104) has brought the shi shi mai dance to Wing Luke Museum to celebrate the New Year.
He also bestows a blessing that is placed above the museum’s main doors. This blessing is thought to bring good luck and good fortune into the museum throughout the year.
A simple offering of oranges and a donation to the temple is given to the lion. Guests will be blessed by getting “bitten” by the lion and receive an orange to bring home.
The shi shi mai ceremony is free and open to the public. Admission is required to view the museum galleries.