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Let the countdown begin!

Sunday, May 12th

Japan Run: 8am

Japan Day Festival: 9:30am - 4pm

Free admission for all.

Free family-friendly activities and food samples.

The event will take place rain or shine .


JAPAN DAY FESTIVAL

9:30AM - 4:00PM
Central Park's Bandshell Area
 

JAPAN RUN

4-mile Run 8:00AM,
Kids Race 9:30AM


Starting Point: Central Park East Drive 68th Street

STAGE PROGRAM

HOST: SANDRA ENDO

ACT 1

  • 10:30am - Japanese Taiko Drumming by Soh Daiko

  • 10:50am - Yosakoi Dance Performance by 10tecomai

  • 11:10am - Greetings

  • 11:20am - Japan Day Art Contest Awards Ceremony

  • 11:43am - Japanese poem recitation (Shigin) and Japanese flute (Shakuhachi) demonstration by WagakkiBand

ACT 2

  • 12:15pm - Band Performance by @K4

  • 12:45pm - Bon Odori by The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York

  • 1:05pm - Japanese Taiko Drumming & Dance by COBU

  • 1:28pm - Karate Demonstration by International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan

ACT 3

  • 2:20pm - Pop Cover Performance by JHM Jams

  • 2:45pm - Dance Performance by Toshihiko “TOSHI” Nakazawa

  • 3:10pm - Band Performance by KAI YOSHIHIRO BAND

  • 3:40pm - Finale

ACTIVITY TENTS

  • Experience Japan Rail Travel (JR East & JR Central)

  • instax Photo Booth (Fujifilm North America Corporation)

  • Try-on Yukata (NY de Volunteer)

  • Be a Samurai (Villagewell)

  • VR Experience: Visit Japan (Japan Day & JNTO)

  • Hello Kitty Photo Booth (Sanrio Co., Ltd.)

  • Origami (Origami Therapy Association (OTA))

  • Kabuki Face Painting (Northeast Council Of Teachers Of Japanese)

  • Yo-Yo-Fishing (JETAA NY &  Japan Society)

  • Calligraphy (Japanese American Association Of New York, Inc.)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that the Switch & Play had been canceled.

FOOD TENTS

  • Gyoza (Ajinomoto North America,Inc.)

  • Okonomiyaki (Otafuku Foods, Inc.)

  • Onigiri (ITOCHU International Inc.)

  • Snacks 1 (Meiji America Inc.)

  • Snacks 2 (Morinaga America Inc.)

  • Tea (ITO EN (North America) Inc.)


JAPAN DAY INC.

PRESIDENT

Tsutomu Takemura
President & CEO,
  Nomura Holding America Inc.

HONORARY CHAIRMAN

Kanji Yamanouchi
Ambassador and Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in New York


Time to announce the Japan Day Art Contest Winners!

Congratulations to all our winners and a big thanks to everyone for participating. CLICK HERE to find out more about the winners.

Grand Prize Winner: Lyubava Kroll

Special Juror “Junko Kubo” Award Winner: Jana Ireijo

Honorable Mention Winners: Jana Ireijo, Marcelo Maziero, Chiaki Yagishita, Jose Taira, and Jodie Rae Charity

 

Check out videos from our past events.