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June 2009
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45,000 New Yorkers Flock to JAPAN DAY @ CENTRAL PARK 2009
"Today the East Meadow comes alive with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Japan," Japan Day Honorary Chairman, Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya, Consul General of Japan in New York, announced from the stage of Japan Day @ Central Park 2009 on Sunday May 31st. The event, created by the Japanese community in New York to promote cultural exchange and to say "thank you" to the city, drew an estimated 45,000 participants, ....
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Mr. Yoshisada Yonezuka, President of Judo Karate Center Inc. in NJ is Honored
Mr. Yoshisada Yonezuka, President of the Judo Karate Center Inc. in New Jersey, and former head coach of US Olympic judo teams, was honored with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of Judo. Following the conferment ceremony for Mr. Yonezuka, which was held on May 13 at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ....
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Ambassador Nishimiya Visits West Virginia
Ambassador Nishimiya made a courtesy call to Governor Manchin, and attended a dinner at the beautifully renovated Governor's Mansion, hosted by the Governor and First Lady Gayle C. Manchin. They exchanged views on various issues including Japan-West
Virginia relations, Japanese investment in West Virginia, and policies on energy, environment, education and fiscal health.
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It's Easy to Visit Japan : Visa and Quarantine Checks
Here comes vacation season! Why not consider Japan as your vacation destination: Great food, exotic festivals, cool technology, unique pop culture... All this and more is just waiting for you! With a US passport, you are ready to go! With a US green card, please check to see if your passport needs a visa. Read more...
Going Global? JETRO Can Help
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. We have 73 offices in 54 countries worldwide, helping foreign companies to set up an office in Japan quickly and cost effectively by providing expertise, resources, and industry connections. Read more...

Visit Japan
The World Heritage Sites in Japan:
Spiritual Heart of Kumano and Ancient Pilgrimage Routes

The Kumano Hongu-Taisha Shrine is a World Heritage registered Grand Shrine located deep in the rugged mountains of southeastern Wakayama. It is the head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano Shrines across the country and part of the Kumano Sanzan, the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano.
Culture Connection
TAIKO: The Ancestral Japanese Drum
Taiko, which literally means fat drum, is a barrel shaped drum that is carved out of one Keyaki tree trunk. The Taiko originally came to Japan from China by way of the Korean Peninsula. Even to this day you can find similarly shaped drums throughout Asia.
Ambassador Desk

Let me first express my gratitude to everyone who contributed to Japan Day @ Central Park 2009 on May 31. It was a great success; a record-high 45,000 New Yorkers turned out at the park. I took part in the festivities for the first time this
year, and was so impressed to see that the event resonated with such a large number of people.

Event Calendar
June 30 - July 12, 2009
Japan Society
July 8 to July 21, 2009
The World of Integration

The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club
6/24 - 9/19
Zen Stitches
Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden

6/26 - 7/11
"Daily Life" by Hideto Imai
Onishi Gallery
7/9 - 8/16 Rare Japanese Tin-Toy Vehicles Japan Society
Exhibitions Music Cultural Events
7/9 - 8/14 10th Anniversary Show Mixed Greens Gallery
Anna Saeki
Main theatre Flushing Meadows Corona Park
July 7,14,21,28
Special Summer Workshop of Okinawan Dance
520 Eighth Avenue

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