- Location: Boston City Hall Plaza
- When: May 19, 2013
- Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Historic Facts about the Japan Festival in Boston
Boston and Japan have a great relationship ever since 1871, when the Iwakura mission was first initiated. In 1912, Yukio Ozaki, the mayor of Tokyo donated a large number of cherry trees to the city of Washington as a friendship gift. The event has become a symbol of the relationship between the U.S and Japan so in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the gift will be celebrated in Boston on May 19th. Together with the Japan Consulate in Boston and numerous other Japanese organizations and businesses, the celebration is known as the Japan Spring Festival, and it a famous event where vendors around the city welcome the people of Boston with some of the most delicious Asian foods, arts, crafts, and souvenirs.
Introducing the Japan Festival in Boston
The festival was previously organized in the famous historic Copley Square Park and it got its inspiration from the traditional Japanese fairs. The efforts eventually paid off, as the celebration managed to gather more than 13,000 participants last year. However, the success wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing cooperation of the Japanese community in Boston. It was great to celebrate the union between the two cultures, especially when there was an extra reason of joy: a new direct flight from Boston to Tokyo had just been introduced.
Having in mind the great success of the 2012 Japan festival, the organizers have decided to turn the festival into an annual event. This year the Japan Festival’s theme is matsuri, also inspired from the Japanese amazing traditional festivals. All citizens are welcomed, as the celebration’s goal is to bring people together. The festival will take place Sunday, on May 19, in the Boston City Hall Plaza and will last from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Enjoy the Fun and Have the Best Time
The Japan Festival in Boston will feature a large number of food and non-food stands, as well as incredible stage performances. However, every part of the festival has to be related to the Japanese culture, encouraging the friendship between Japan and the U.S, promoting at the same time Japanese volunteer opportunities, organizations and businesses.
The event is organized by Hisao Nakatsuka, representative of the Japanese Association of Greater Boston and Peter M. Grilli, representative of the Japan Society of Boston. The committee formed by the two is supported by many organizations such as The Japanese Resource Exchange, Showa Boston, Boston Children’s Museum and the Japan Society of Boston. Besides, the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston is a major sponsor of this festival whose goal is to encourage a consolidation of the partnership between the two countries and cultures.
Whether you want to be part of this festival or simply find out more information about Japan, the festival will certainly exceed your expectations. Vendors are advised to go online to fill their application for a booth, and reserve a spot. Get ready to delight in some of Asia’s tastiest recipes and come at the Japan Festival in Boston on May 19, 2013 to have a good time.