May 19: Performance at Japan Festival in Boston
Supporter: Consulate-General of Japan in Boston
Steering Committee: Japan Society of Boston, Japanese Association of Greater Boston, Japanese Business Association of New England, Japanese Resource Exchange (JREX), Showa Boston, New England JET Alumni Association, Association for the Promotion of Japanese Cuisine, Greater Boston Japanese Student Association
Saho bugaku "Ryo-o"
Uho bugaku "Kocho"
On May 19, the 2013 Japan Festival in Boston was held at Boston City Hall Plaza where over ten thousand people participated the event.
Boston has enjoyed a deep relationship with Japan since the days of the Iwakura Mission of 1871. In April of 2012 the city celebrated the 100th anniversary of the gifting of cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington D.C. by hosting a Japan Spring Festival with support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston and in cooperation with local Japanese businesses and organizations. The festival was held in Boston’s historic Copley Square Park.
The Festival included many outdoor stage performances related to Japan such as Bugaku Dance, Japanese Dance, Kids Dance, Folk Songs and J-Pop Band. Boston Red Sox silent auction was also held during the Fesival.
Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble performed Saho bugaku Ryo-o at 11:00 am and Uho bugaku Kocho at 2:00pm. Many Bostonians were fascinated by these ancient Japanese performances.
Boston city's Mayor Menino has officially proclaimed May 19, 2013 to be Japan Festival Boston Day and handed a certificate to Mr. Akira Muto, Consul General of Japan in Boston and Mr. Hisao Nakatsukasa, Committee President (Japanese Association of Greater Boston).