Japan Day Charity Initiative

Since 2008, Japan Day @ Central Park has dedicated itself to numerous charity efforts. In cooperation with the Central Park Conservancy, we have put special effort into initiatives to plant cherry trees in Central Park since 2009. This year, the donations we collect will go toward the Conservancy’s efforts to manage and sustain our beautiful host park.

Please visit our Charity Tent during the event to donate to this initiative! With your donation of $20 or more, you will receive an official Japan Day t-shirt, featuring original artwork by this year's Japan Day Art Contest winner Kaori Murakami. All donations collected at the Charity Tent will go directly to the Central Park Conservancy to support them in their mission to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park.


Charity Ambassador Ms. Junko Kubo!!

This year's Japan Day Charity Ambassador is the popular freelance television presenter Junko Kubo. Ms. Kubo will be at the Charity Tent to help raise awareness of supporting Central Park and to discuss how the park has remained a welcoming home for Japan Day since its inception. She will also appear onstage to spread the word.


Born in 1972 in Tokyo, Japan. Spent 10 years working as a show host, interviewer and narrator for various news programs and sports shows at NHK (Japan’s national broadcasting organization). She was the main host on “Ko-haku-uta-gassen,” an annual popular singing competition on New Year’s Eve, and “Project X,” a long-running Japanese documentary show.

In 2004 she became a freelance television presenter. While appearing on television and radio shows, she has read children’s books and worked on translation. In 2014 she was certified by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. Her teaching regimens emphasize the themes of “Children” and “Words.” She attended elementary school in England and high school in the US. She is a mother of two children. She lives in New York with her family.


Charity raffle to win a trip to Japan!

Any amount of donations are greatly appreciated, but if you kindly make a contribution of $20 or more, you will receive an Official Japan Day t-shirt and a raffle ticket to win a pair of round-trip tickets to Japan by Japan Airline Co., Ltd. Please review the rules below to participate. We will draw a winner on the stage at 3:10pm.

Charity raffle rules

  • After you donate, make sure to receive a raffle ticket and put half of the raffle ticket in a raffle bin at the Charity Tent.

  • The winner must be present and show their half of the raffle ticket with the winning number in order to claim and receive the prize.

  • If a number is called three times and a participant does not step forward, that winning entry will be disqualified.


Charity T-shirt design

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