Japan Day in Central Park 2016

    Japan Day

    Japan Day in Central Park

    Sunday, May 8, 2016

    As it does every year, Japan Day will be kicking off with its annual Japan Run and Kids’ Race. The festival itself will of course be featuring food and activity tents along with traditional and contemporary performances highlighting Japanese Culture on the main stage.

    “”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.””

    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


    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