This year's Japan Day @ Central Park will be on May 13th 2012! Last year's event took place in May with over 30,000 people participating, and in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the event was designed to send the message of "GANBARE [YOU CAN DO IT] JAPAN!" to the people in Japan.2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the cherry trees given by Japan to the U.S. as a symbol of enduring cross-cultural friendship, and Japan Day this year will feature special events to celebrate this proud centennial. In addition, food tents will be back by popular demand, along with activity tents and stage performances showcasing many exciting facets of contemporary and traditional Japanese culture.
DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 13th, 2012 (Mother's Day)
PLACE: Namburg Bandshell, Central Park
The event kicks off with a 4-mile run "Japan Run," followed by the Japan Day Festival, with food / activity tents and stage performances continuing throughout the day.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of gift of cherry trees given to the U.S. by Japan, Japan Day 2012 invites visual artists to submit their artwork to the "Japan Day - Cherry Blossom Art Contest". The chosen artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2012, and will be used for the Official Poster, Program and Flyer. The winner's award, and up to four honorable mentions, will be presented the day of the event. Please see below for details.
DEADLINE : Friday, February 24th, 2012
For more information, visit http://www.japandaynyc.org/news