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East Meets West on NYC’s 12th Annual Japan Day

April showers bring May flowers, which is lucky for us, since May 13 is Mother’s Day and mom definitely deserves a fresh-cut bouquet. If you’re in New York City on the 13th and want to do something novel to celebrate the occasion, we recommend a trip to Central Park, where the city’s vibrant Japanese community will be celebrating the 12th annual Japan Day, a festival devoted to all the marvelous cultural contributions from the Land of the Rising Sun. Live performances will blend traditional Japanese and Western arts, with demonstrations of Japanese Taiko drumming; hip hop, jazz, and yosakoi dances; karate and other martial arts; and much more. Dedicated calligraphers and origami experts will be on hand to teach you the basics of their ancient arts. The Shinkansen simulator will show you exactly what it feels like to sit at the helm of one of Japan’s famed bullet trains as it careens through the breathtaking Tohoku countryside. And of course, there will be Japanese cuisine aplenty to satisfy the appetite you’re bound to work up enjoying the many, many attractions of this gala springtime event.

Location: The Bandshell area of Central Park, main entrance at 69th St and 5th Ave

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