It was a great success and would not have been without your help.We are extremely pleased to announce that Mayor Menino has officially proclaimed May 19, 2013 to be Japan Festival Boston Day. We are proud of this great honor.
Welcome to Japan Festival in Boston!
Boston has enjoyed a deep relationship with Japan since the days of the Iwakura Mission of 1871. In April of 2012 the city celebrated the 100th anniversary of the friendship gift of cherry trees from Kyoto to Washington D.C. by hosting a Japan Spring Festival with support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston and in cooperation with local Japanese businesses and organizations. The festival was held in Boston’s historic Copley Square Park in the heart of the city and was modeled after a traditional Japanese fair. The celebration exceeded all expectations, with over 13,000 participants in attendance. The success of the festival was due largely in part to the unprecedented level of cooperation from the local Japanese community. Around the same time as the festival, the city celebrated the addition of a new direct flight option between Boston Logan airport and Narita airport, bringing the two cultures and peoples closer than ever.
After much consideration, we have decided to expand the event into an annual festival. The 2013 Japan Festival in Boston will focus on the theme of “matsuri,” the time-honored traditional Japanese-style festival. We hope that you will celebrate with us this year. Admission Free! All are welcome!
Date and Location
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 10:00am-6:00pm
Boston City Hall Plaza (Green line, Government Center station)
By cars: Street parking downtown is extremely limited, though a few parking meters are nearby on Union Street and on Cambridge Street. There is no public parking in City Hall itself, but there are several commercial parking garages within walking distance. We don’t endorse any specific garage but provide the following link to google maps as a reference for convenience. Please do your own research to find a parking lot that best suits your needs. http://goo.gl/maps/xJc91
Exhibits will include food booths (approx. 34), non-food booths (approx. 80) and stage performances. Conditions: Booth activities and stage performances should 1) introduce Japan, Japanese people and/or Japanese culture; 2) encourage friendly goodwill between Japan and the US; and/or 3) promote Japan-related businesses, organizations and/or volunteer opportunities.
Hisao Nakatsuka, Committee President (Japanese Association of Greater Boston)
Peter M. Grilli, Committee Vice President (Japan Society of Boston)
With support from the following affiliated organizations: Japanese Association of Greater Boston, Japan Society of Boston, The Japanese Resource Exchange (JREX), Japanese Business Association of New England, Showa Boston, New England JET Alumni Association (NEJETAA), Association for the Promotion of Japanese Cuisine, Boston Children’s Museum, Greater Boston Japanese Student Association
Consulate-General of Japan in Boston
Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org