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Celebrate Japanese culture with Japan Day in New York City

Christian Fernsby |
The season for things to do outside has arrived along with lush trees and blooming tulips at NYC parks, so spending an afternoon soaking up the sun during Central Park’s annual Japanese rager is one of the best thing you can do.

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New York City will bring Japan to you at this fun festival, and judging by the lineup of performances, activity tents and other attractions. Pose for photos with special characters: Get ready for your close-up and nab a commemorative souvenir inside the Domo photo booth.

Learn calligraphy and origami: Folks from the Japanese American Association of New York will teach you how to write your name in Japanese using black ink bokujyu, the Origami Therapy Association can help your craft a majestic paper swan, and you can try on a silk Yukata, which is Japan’s version of festival fashion.

Check out some all-star Japanese entertainment happening all day at Rumsey Playfield. You’ll be entranced by performances including Japanese Taiko Drumming, Yosakoi dance performances by 10tecomai, the Japan Day Art Contest Awards Ceremony and more.

It wouldn’t be a traditional Japanese festival unless there’s some delicious culture cuisine to fuel your action-packed day of fun. Wear your stretchy pants and devour tasty grub like Okonomiyaki pancakes, Gyoza dumplings and Onigiri rice balls.

When: Japan Day is on Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 9:30am to 4pm.
Where: Japan Day takes place at the Central Park Bandshell and Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. (Main Entrance on 69th Street and Fifth Avenue).


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