MAY 8TH, 2016 (SUN)

 

JAPAN DAY FESTIVAL

Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Central Park's Bandshell Area and Rumsey Playfield

 

 

RUN

Time: 4-mile Run 8:00AM / Kids Race 9:30AM
Starting Point: Central Park East Drive 68th Street

 

ART CONTEST

The Guest Juror - Charlotte Kate Fox

Earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in dramatic dance at College of Santa Fe , then received a master’s degree in drama at Northern Illinois University. Played the leading roles in plays such as Chicago and received high praise for her acting abilities and dance skills. In Japan, she starred as the heroine in NHK’s(Japan Broadcasting Corporation) morning television series “Massan” and will also appear this spring in the drama series “Our House” and the film “Kodai Family's People”.

 

Message From Charlotte

"Her artwork incorporates the themes in a very creative way and I was moved by its simplicity and sophistication at the same time. I immediately fell in love with this piece! "

 

 

Winner - Huy Voun Lee

apan. New York City. Central Park. These three places play a big part in my life. Japan is like a second home, when I visit my husband’s parents. New York City is where I grew up. Central Park is an oasis where I can go to relax. Before I began to sketch out my design, I asked myself, “How can I combine these three themes to create an enchanted landscape that people would want to visit?” I decided it was best to use meaningful Eastern and Western symbols: origami cranes, monarch butterflies and cherry blossoms. Cranes represent peace and everlastingness. Monarch butterfly is a North American species. No matter how far they migrate, they always come back home in the spring. Cherry blossoms, in Japanese culture, represent a beautiful, yet fleeting moment in life that can never be forgotten. Since Japan Day only happens once a year in NY, as well as on Mother's Day, I want my illustration to remind people to cherish those moments when every one of all races come together to have fun in Central Park. And just like the monarchs, I hope people will come back to the festival every year. Last, but not least, I am thankful to be a part of this joyous event.


STAGE PROGRAM

HOST: SANDRA ENDO

ACT I

10:30am ~ Soh Daiko - Japanese Taiko Drumming

10:50am ~Tamagusuku Ryu Senjukai - Okinawan Dance

11:10am ~ Speeches/Proclamation

11:20am ~ East Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts - Ceremony of Appreciation  

11:30am ~ Japan Day Art Contest Award Ceremony

11:45am ~ Taisan Tanaka - Japanese Style Paint 

 

ACT II

12:30pm ~ International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan - Karate Demonstration

12:50pm ~ Rio Koike - Magic / Comedy

1:10pm ~ Mikoshi Parade

1:20pm ~ Bon Odori with Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY - Bon Odori

1:40pm ~ Seiji Sugiura - Calligraphy

2:00pm ~ Katsura Sunshine - Rakugo (Traditional Japanese Comic Storytelling)

2:20pm ~ OMOTENASHI Journey / N-Project - Musical

 

ACT III

3:00pm ~ Brown Rice Family - World Roots Music

3:20pm ~ COBU - Japanese Taiko Drumming & Dance

3:40pm ~ Miki Orihara with Senri Oe - Dance

3:45pm ~ Senri Oe - Jazz 

4:05pm ~ Akiko Yano - Piano & Vocal


ACTIVITY TENTS

  • CALLIGRAPHY -  American Association of New York

  • DOMO PHOTO -  NHK Cosmomedia America Inc.

  • HELLO KITTY PHOTO BOOTH - Sanrio Inc.

  • KABUKI FACE PAINTING - Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese

  • ORIGAMI - Origami Therapy Association

  • YO-YO FISHING - JETAANY & Japan Society

  • TRY ON YUKATA - NY de Volunteer

  • BULLET TRAIN RIDE - JR Group

  • SUPER CONDUCTING MAGLEV - Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central)

  • ELECTRON MICROSCOPE - Hitachi America, Ltd./Hitachi High-Technologies Corp.

  • PARO - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan) & PARO Robots US

  • PEPPER - SoftBank Telecom America with Pepper created by SoftBank Robotics

FOOD TENTS

  • AMEZAIKU - Usagi-ya Inc.

  • GYOZA - Ajinomoto North America, Inc.

  • ONIGIRI - ITOCHU International Inc.

  • OKONOMIYAKI Otafuku Foods, Inc. RAMEN Sun Noodle

  • SNACK 1 (Hello Panda) - Meiji America Inc.

  • SNACK 2 (Snapea And Shrimp Chips) - TABLE FOR TWO USA

  • TEA - ITO EN (North America) Inc. 

  • YAKISOBA BentOn / BentOn Cafe

Photos from Japan Day @ Central Park 2016


JAPAN DAY INC.

SPONSORS

Sponsors 2016

HONORARY CHAIRMAN

Reiichiro Takahashi
Ambassador and Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in New York

PRESIDENT / CHAIRMAN

Eriyoshi Konno

President & CEO

Hitachi America, Ltd.