Take the NYC subway to Japan to enjoy all things Japanese in Grand Central Terminal, including FREE tastings, cultural performances and more. The sixth annual Japan Week event at GCT is March 8-10, 2017, with FREE exhibits and tastings, demonstrations of traditional folk art and more, in Vanderbilt Hall.
This year, the centerpiece of the tourism festival is a traditional Japanese Zen garden where busy New Yorkers can stop by to find a peaceful moment, along with sampling modern Japanese culture. The garden, complete with boulders, white gravels, moss and trees, is designed by famous Japanese landscape designers to be reminiscent of the Zen Garden from the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto.
Through the garden, the designers aim to tell the story of Oyashima, a Japanese origin story about ‘8 big islands’to engage the public. The designers will create stone waves in the garden twice a day, which visitors are invited to watch.
Visitors to Japan Week also will be able to learn the story of Chiune Sugihara, Japan’s Oskar Schindler.
There also will be display of what is described as Japanese “futuristic high technology”. We hope that includes some concept cars, like the three-wheel Toyota i-Road, or Honda’s human-like robot.
The 2017 Japan Week will promote a range of Japanese products and services where visitors are able to receive free Japanese tourism materials and travel tips from experts to learn about destinations throughout Japan, as well as experience the arts, crafts, food, and technology of Japanese culture. Exhibitors will showcase both the traditional and modern sides of Japan. Furthermore, Japan Week will introduce the story of Chiune Sugihara, the visa of life.
Japan Week 2017 schedule at Grand Central Terminal is :
Wednesday, March 8, 2017: 3 PM – 8 PM
Thursday, March 9, 2017: 10 AM – 8 PM
Friday, March 10, 2017: 10 AM – 7 PM
Last year, the Japan Week event welcomed more than 400,000 visitors and reached over 80 million people via television, Internet, and social media, making it the largest Japanese tourism event in the U.S.