About Japan Day
It all started in 2007 to promote a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture and to say “Thank you, New York!”
This family-friendly cultural event received official support from the Office of the Mayor throughout the years. We get to use the beautiful Central Park with the help of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy. Also, the Consulate General of Japan in New York, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Nippon Club, and many other Japanese and American corporations have been supporting us since day one.
The event kicks off with the 4-mile mini-marathon Japan Run and Kids’ Races hosted by New York Road Runners. The event continues with the Japan Day Festival featuring a wide range of Japanese traditional activities, free samplings of popular Japanese cuisine, and powerful stage performances throughout the day.
Showcase the Japanese community’s appreciation toward their home city, New York.
Build a bridge of cultural understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S.
Facilitate stronger grass-roots connections within the community