posted by Evelyn Kanter
The annual Japan Day in Central Park is Sunday, May 22nd. It’s a festival of Japanese food, crafts and culture, and this year, it’s this year it’s also to support relief and rebuilding efforts following the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japan Day takes place at Rumsey Playfield & Bandshell area, rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Japan Day will feature origami and calligraphy workshops as well as an artist line-up that will include Ten-You, Senri Oe, Keiko Matsui, Aisha, Mai Fukui and many more. There’s also a “Japan Run”, a 4 mile run.
Donations for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Efforts will be accepted at the event, or donate online at the official Japan Day website.
BTW — New York City is home to the largest Japanese community in the USA.
Rumsey Playfield is located in mid Central Park, off of Fifth Avenue at 69th Street. Take the 6 train to 68th Street on the east side, or 1/2/3/B/C trains to 72nd Street on the west side.