Now in its fifth year, the upcoming edition ofÂ Japan Day @ Central Park on Sunday (May 22nd) will feature a galvanizing stage performance with other family-friendly activities under the theme â€Ganbare Japan!â€ (You can do it, Japan!) in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March.
After holding its traditional four-mile Japan Run on May 8, this yearâ€™s Japan Day Festival at Rumsey Playfield will feature stage performances and activity tents. Its special guests, introduced in three distinctly-themed acts over seven full hours, will include Circus, Senri Oe, Darryl â€œD.M.C.â€ McDaniels (of New York hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C.), AISHA,Keiko Matsui, Mai Fukui, Yuka Takara, Lainie Sakakura, and TEN-YOU. Co-hosting the event areÂ Sandra Endo, a national correspondent for CNN Newsource and NY1 alumna, andBrian Nishii, a Tokyo native and veteran of New York Cityâ€™s performing arts scene.
Matsuiâ€”whom this Examiner conducted anÂ exclusive interview with last yearâ€”will also be headlining two concerts later that night atÂ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, a stoneâ€™s throw from Times Square.
Throughout the Japan Day Festival in the Naumburg Bandshell area near the stage show, there will be several activity tents for New Yorkers to experience Japanese culture firsthandâ€”and â€œhands on.â€ A language tent will introduce key Japanese words, and other activities include origami, robot sumo battle, the Hello Kitty photo booth, and calligraphy. Patrons can also enjoy Japanese snacks, drinks and special festival food.
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