JAPAN DAY 2015 WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, MAY 10TH
Our stage program, tent line-up and art contest winners are announced!
This year's Japan Day will feature a special performance by AKB48. Check out a video message from (from the left) Saho Iwatate, Ryoka Oshima, Tomu Muto, Haruna Kojima, Rina Hirata, and Rena Nozawa, the six members that will be coming to Japan Day!
WHAT IS JAPAN DAY?
Japan Day @ Central Park is a highly anticipated annual event in spring that celebrates Japanese culture with New Yorkers. Japan Day kicks off with the Japan Run, followed by the Kids' Race. Like traditional Japanese summer festivals, it provides food and activity tents as well as a stage program displaying a wide range of Japanese culture, including both traditional and contemporary performances.
Japan Day is officially supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Central Park Conservancy, the Consulate-General of Japan in New York, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, The Nippon Club and many Japanese and American corporations. Since its establishment in 2007, this family-friendly event has captured the interest of New Yorkers with over 50,000 people attending each year, and we have been thrilled to watch Japan Day garner the praise of the public.
1. Build bridges of cultural understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S.
2. Show the local Japanese community's appreciation towards their home city, New York
3. Facilitate stronger grassroots connections within the local Japanese community.
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
SAVE THE DATE!
* Rain or Shine
BANDSHELL, CENTRAL PARK
Main entrance is 69th Street and 5th Avenue.
10:30am ~ Soh Daiko - Japanese Taiko Drumming
10:50am ~The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York - Japanese Folk Dance
11:05am ~ Greetings
11:15am ~ Japan Day Art Contest Awards Ceremony
11:35am ~ Samurai Sword Soul - Japanese Sword Fighting
11:55am ~ International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan - Karate
12:40pm ~ NY Ondo with The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York - Bon Odori
1:00pm ~ Fighting in The Streets - Band (Video Game Music)
1:20pm ~ Nobuya Nagahama Dance-ish Project - Dance-ish Performance
1:40pm ~ O•MO•TE•NA•SHI - Dance & Music
- Intermission with Rio Koike -