Some cultures are absorbed with ringing out the end of the year, while others are more concerned that the new year begin in a propitious manner. The latter is the focus of Hirokazu Kosaka, artistic director of the Japan America Cultural and Community Center and curator of Kotohajime: The First Performance of the New Year
. Drawing on Western and Eastern performing arts, this year's lineup includes the Korean Culture Center, the Colburn School's Trudi Zipper Dance Institute, Majikina Honryu and traditional Japanese dance groups Wakana-kai and Bando Hidesomi. As part of Hatsu-Mato (First Target), IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group will handle the traditional shooting of an arrow, a ritual considered to be purifying. Kotohajime
literally means the beginning of all things, a propitious promise as the new year dawns. Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., dwntwn.; Sun., Jan. 6, 1 p.m.; $20. (213) 628-2725, jaccc.org.
Sun., Jan. 6, 1 p.m., 2013