Celebrate Japan Day in NYC
Get ready for your close-up and nab a commemorative souvenir inside the Domo photo booth. You’ll even get to pose with Japan Day’s special guest, the ever-adorable Hello Kitty.
There are tons of DIY opportunities inside one of the many activity tents during Japan Day. Folks from the Japanese American Association of New York will teach you how to write your name in Japanese using black ink (a.k.a. Bokujyu); the Origami Therapy Association can help your craft a majestic paper swan; and you can try on a silk Yukata, which is Japan’s version of festival fashion.
Check out some all-star Japanese entertainment happening all day at Rumsey Playfield. You’ll be entranced by performances including Japanese Taiko Drumming, Yosakoi dance performances by 10tecomai, the Japan Day Art Contest Awards Ceremony and more. Go to japandaynyc.org for the full line-up.
It wouldn’t be a traditional Japanese festival unless there’s some delicious culture cuisine to fuel your action-packed day of fun. Wear your stretchy pants and devour tasty grub like Okonomiyaki pancakes, Gyoza dumplings and Onigiri rice balls.
Before the festivities begin, there’s a four-mile Japan Day Run at Central Park followed by the kids’ race and an award ceremony for the runners. Over 5,000 participants will race to the finish line for eternal glory, so be a good sport and cheer them on to victory.