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34th Annual Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony

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Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
34th Annual Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony for families, Asian Art Museum
Ring in the New Year by taking a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell. Led by Rev. Gengo Akiba, this inspiring ceremony will include a purification ritual and chanting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra. Rev. Akiba will begin the bell-ringing, and then it’s your chance to ring the bell to leave behind any unfortunate experiences, regrettable deeds or ill luck from the previous year. The bell will be struck 108 times to usher in the New Year and curb the 108 mortal desires (bonno) that, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind. While you wait your turn, fold paper cranes for luck and prosperity in the new year. 
  
First come, first served. Pick up tickets to ring the bell at the main entrance to Samsung Hall. Members enjoy early admission to this event. 
9:30 AM members only 
11:30 AM open to the public
1:00 PM Buddhist art gallery tour
Phone: 
415.581.3500
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