By Adal Hussain, Chief Editor , Saturday May 13th 2023.
The 2nd annual Japan Parade, celebrating and bringing awareness to the friendship between NYC and Japan with a thank you from the Japanese community.
Olympic gold medalist, founder of Always Dream and author Kristi Yamaguchi will be the Parade’s Grand Marshal and the Parade will feature gorgeous floats and performances.
Beginning on Central Park West at West 81st Street and traveling south to West 67th Street, the Japan Parade will feature live appearances by the cast of “Live Spectacle NARUTO”, Anime NYC (Anime Convention), COBU (Drum), Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir, International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan, The Japanese Folk Dance of NY, Katsura Sunshine (Rakugo Comedian), Soh Daiko (Drum), TATE Hatoryu NY (Sword Fighting), Yosakoi Dance Project 10tecomai, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, and many more.
Kristi Yamaguchi served as the parade’s Grand Marshall, and Sandra Endo, Fox 11 Good Day LA anchor, served as Emcee of the parade. Participating groups showed Japan’s various attractions, such as culture, tradition, sports, music, cosplay for everyone’s enjoyment.
Japan Day @ Central Park was founded in 2007 to promote a deeper understanding of Japanese culture. It is a family-friendly cultural event received official support from the Office of the Mayor throughout the years.
We get to use the beautiful Central Park with the help of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy.
Also, the Consulate General of Japan in New York, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Nippon Club, and many other Japanese and American corporations have been supporting us since day one.
The event kicks off with the 4-mile mini-marathon Japan Run and Kids’ Races hosted by New York Road Runners. The event continues with the Japan Day Festival featuring a wide range of Japanese traditional activities, free samplings of popular Japanese cuisine, and powerful stage performances throughout the day.
The largest information on Japan’s many tourist destinations were made available at several other tents, and as the last year, there were tent’s where visitors donated to a charity cause.
The Japan Street Fair is your chance to experience a Japanese festival, or matsuri, unlike any other.
Many Political leaders in attendance, who presented proclamations to Japan Parade New York Organizers, which included, Governor Hochul ‘s office, Mayor Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly member Ron Kim and many more political leaders and advocates in attendance.