Ring in the New Year by taking a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell. Led by Reverend Gengo Akiba, this inspiring ceremony will include a purification ritual and chanting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra. Visitors will have an opportunity to ring the bell to leave behind any unfortunate experiences, regrettable deeds, or ill luck from the 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.
10 AM: Doors open
10:30 AM–12 PM: Members-only Bell-Ringing
12 PM: Touch Tour for Blind and Visually Impaired Community (preregistration required)
12:30–2 PM: Public Bell-Ringing
We encourage visitors to purchase general admission tickets prior to arriving at the museum. An admission ticket guarantees entry, but visitors interested in joining the Bell-Ringing Ceremony must pick up separate tickets to ring the bell at the entrance to Samsung Hall.
Members can attend an earlier Bell-Ringing Ceremony at 10:30 AM before the public ceremony begins. Learn more about member benefits.
The Asian Art Museum is committed to making its events accessible to all. This program is wheelchair accessible and assistive listening devices (ALDs) will be provided. ASL interpretation is available upon request; please email [email protected] two weeks prior to the event to request an ASL interpreter.
We invite our blind and visually impaired community to engage in a tactile experience as part of this annual celebration. Join us for a touch tour of the temple bell and receive priority seating for the ceremony. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Email [email protected] to register.