STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.-- For the first time ever, New York City will host a Japan Parade this week in honor of Japan Day, led by Grand Marshal George Takei on Saturday, May 14. This parade will mark the 150th anniversary of the Japanese mission to the United States in 1872, led by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Iwakura Tomomi, according to amny.com.
What: Japan Day celebration of the friendship between the United States and Japan. Where: Central Park West between Sixty-Eighth & Eighty-First Sts. Why: In May 2021, the annual Japan Day festival took place online; you can check out highlights here. This year the festival is anchored by the inaugural Japan Parade, featuring floats, live performances, and more, led by Grand Marshal George Takei and emceed by LA news correspondent Sandra Endo. The parade was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic. This year’s event honors the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Japan’s mission to the United States and the US introduction of baseball to Japan. “To see the Japanese community in New York celebrated is a beautiful thing and it will be exciting to see Japan’s friendship with New York on full display,” Takei said in a statement.
For the first time ever, New York City will host a Japan Parade this week in honor of Japan Day. The parade marks the 150th anniversary of the Japanese mission to the United States in 1872, led by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Iwakura Tomomi. The mission of Japan Day is to 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. and facilitate stronger grass-roots connections within the community.
New York City is hosting a parade dedicated to Japanese people and their culture for the first time ever this weekend. On Saturday, May 14, the Japan Parade kicks off at Central Park and West 81st Street and moves south towards 68th Street. The parade will showcase a variety of Japanese performing arts and Japanese organizations, like Anime NYC, the International Karate Organization Kyokushin, and the Japanese Folk Dance of NY, according to Thrillist.
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New York City is hosting its first-ever Japan Parade on Saturday, May 14. As a celebration of Japanese culture and to honor the relationship between Japan and the US, a parade filled with live performances will depart from Central Park West at West 81st Street at 1 pm. The parade was originally supposed to take place in 2020 as a celebration of both the 160th anniversary of the first Japanese delegates' visit to the US in 1860 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, but it was canceled due to the pandemic.