Japan Day at Central Park

By Helen yang

     Japan Day at Central Park. It featured a variety of activities and food which celebrated and promoted Japanese culture with the public. The missions of Japan Day is to build bridges of cultural understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S, show the local Japanese community’s appreciation toward New York City and strengthen connections within Japanese community. Japan Day has been held every year since 2007.

This year’s events included Japan Run race, multiple activity tents, food tents , and some stage programs. Medical support, adult & children-friendly games (YO-YO Fishing, Robot Sumo, Chopsticks Games), language learning, art design activities (Kabuki Face Painting, Calligraphy, Origami) and so on were all parts of the Japan Day.

In addition, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the cherry trees given by Japan to the U.S. as a symbol of enduring cross-cultural friendship. On this year’s Japan Day, they held some special events to celebrate this proud centennial. We hope to see you next year at Central Park as well!