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July 2010
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Prime Minister Kan Takes Charge
Naoto Kan became Japan's 94th Prime Minister on June 8th following the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama. A former civic activist, the 63-year old Kan has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1980 and he last served as Finance Minister in the Hatoyama cabinet. Three days after assuming the post, Prime Minister Kan delivered his first policy speech to the 174th Session of the Diet on June 11th. In it, he cited that his greatest duty was to "return to the origins" of the previous year's change of government and to "regain the trust of the Japanese people" ...
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Samurai in the Park: Japan Day 2010
The annual Japan Day @ Central Park festivities kicked off on Sunday, June 6th, as New York's biggest, best-loved summer Japanese festival returned to Central Park for the fourth year running. The day was filled with the exciting cultural activities and performances New Yorkers have come to expect from Japan Day, and for the first time, Japan-NYC history was a featured part of the festivities as well. To commemorate, Japan Day 2010 featured a recreation of the "samurai parade" with Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya, ...
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New York Celebrates the Anniversary of Japan-NYC Ties in Style
Summer 2010 is the 150th anniversary of the historic visit to the Big Apple by a delegation of 76 samurai in 1860. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate the birth of Japan-NYC friendship a number of anniversary-themed events took place throughout the month of June.
As part of Japan's first delegation abroad after more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation, the Japanese envoys visited San Francisco, Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia before reaching the shores of Manhattan on June 16, 1860.
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Ambassador Nishimiya Visits Buffalo
At the end of May, Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya made his first official visit to Western New York State, holding a reception for people promoting cooperation between Japan and the local community in the Buffalo metropolitan area. The Ambassador also met with regional political leaders and was greeted by the students at a local Japanese Saturday school. Read more...
Japan Coast Guard Training Vessel "Kojima" Visits New York City Again
The Japan Coast Guard training vessel "Kojima" visited the Port of New York from June 17-22, 2010, as part of a three month deep-sea training exercise. The purpose of this exercise is not only to provide the necessary knowledge and technical training for the Japan Coast Guard personnel, but also, by visiting foreign ports, to provide the Japan Coast Guard with an opportunity to gain greater insight into international affairs and to promote international friendship. Read more...
Japan's Asteroid Probe Mission Successfully Returned to Earth
On June 13, Japan's Asteroid Explorer HAYABUSA (Japanese for "falcon") made its successful return to Earth after its remarkable seven-year space odyssey to the asteroid ITOKAWA (orbiting the Sun in an elliptic orbit between Earth and Mars). The HAYABUSA mission was planned and carried out by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and is the very first space mission to have touched-down on an asteroid and returned to Earth.Read more...

Visit Japan
Exploring Authentic Japanese Food
For those who travel to Japan, cuisine is usually at or near the top of their "to-do list." No matter which city you visit, it is undeniable that there will be a great many choices of where to go for food. During your stay, even using one entire day may not be enough to explore all of the local food options. One solution is to target areas that specialized in food.
Culture Connection
Painter Mizue Sawano Celebrates Japan-NYC Friendship
Back in 1992, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden asked to use Ms. Sawano's cherry blossom paintings on the poster designs for the Garden's popular, annual "Sakura Matsuri". In order to strengthen cultural ties between Japan and the U.S., Ms. Sawano agreed to share her works and has donated photos of them ever since.
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It is the "summer of the samurai" in the Big Apple! The Japanese community and New Yorkers are joining together for a host of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Japan's first samurai delegation of 1860 and the birth of Japan-NYC ties.

Event Calendar
June 25 to November 7, 2010
Samurai in New York
Museum of the City of New York
July 1 to July 16, 2010
Japan Society
Performing Arts
7/7 - 7/10 Musashi
David H. Koch Theater
7/9 - 7/11Miroku
Rose Theater
8/13 & 14 Freddie the Leaf
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Exhibitions Cultural Events
7/9-8/25 Art Student Exhibition 2010 ISE Cultural Foundation
Yoshitomo Nara Exhibition
Park Avenue Armory,
Asia Society
7/10 Bon Odori
Jesup Green

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