Sunday June 1st, 2008
Japan Day is an event designed by the Japanese community of New York to promote deeper
understanding of Japanese culture and, to say "Thank you, New York!"
The inaugural Japan Day was held in Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, June 3rd, 2007.
Over 14,000 New Yorkers enjoyed the stage show, free Japanese food and activity tents
featuring video games, robots, origami, calligraphy traditional toys and games.
Japan Day 2008 is held in a green oasis in New York City, Central Park's East Meadow.
Once again, the heart of Manhattan will be transformed into a Japanese Summer Festival. We
will feature the best of traditional and contemporary Japan with a wide range of family-friendly
activities and powerful stage performances throughout the day.
Official Support Provided By
Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc. and The Nippon Club, Inc.
Part One: Japan Run
Reiko Tosa, Japan's Beijing Olympics Women's Marathon runner, will join a
field of 3,000 runners.
- 8:00am Japan Run:
- 4 Mile Race followed by
Award Ceremony and Raffle
- Pre-Race Performance:
Lion Dance by Soh Daiko
- 9:30am Kid's Races
- This is a New York Road Runners sponsored event.
- Please visit www.nyrr.org for registration.
Part Two: Japan Day Festival
10:00am to 5:00pm @ East Meadow, Central Park
Main Entrance at 99th St. & 5th Ave.
Taste of Japan
- Gyoza Dumpling
- Gyudon Over Rice
- Mabo Tofu Don
- Sanuki Udon Noodle
Food Samplings will be served from 11:00am
while supplies last.
- Go / Shogi (Board Games)
- Kimono & Hello Kitty
- Family Friendly
- Kabuki Face Painting
- Kids' ISO 14000
- Yo-Yo Scooping
- Wellness Check
- Real Humanoid Robot, Actroid
- Robot Battle
Hosted by Sandra Endo, CNN Reporter
Peformance Schedule Subject to Change
- 10:30am ACT ONE - TRADITIONAL JAPAN 1
- Soh Daiko
- Reiko Tosa Introduction
- Yosakoi Kids Project
(Collaboration between North East Council of Teachers of Japanese and YOSAKOI DANCE PROJECT 10tecomai)
- Samurai Sword Soul
- 12:30pm ACT TWO - COOL JAPAN 1
- Kenichi Ebina
- How to "CosPlay"
- 2:00pm ACT THREE - TRADITIONAL JAPAN 2
- International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan
- Leonard Eto & Manolo Badrena
- Mikoshi Parade
- 3:15 pm ACT FOUR - COOL JAPAN 2
- Gaijin A Go-Go
- Shota Shimizu
Please visit www.japandaynyc.org for more information