Japan Day 2012 @ Central Park

After weeks of constant rain and cloudy weather, we finally had a clear day and full of sunshine. This is one of those days that you don't want to be stuck at home.

When we heard about the Annual Japan Day celebration in Central Park was on that weekend, Madison and I went to check it out.






This was a free event and open to the public at New York City Central Park. We came a little early but I could see lines on certain booths. They are waiting for the food booths to open at 11:30 a.m.

The main area is located on the Naumburg Bandshell where they have a set of  stage programs.





They have a Kendo Performance. Currently, Madison is really into Power Rangers and Knights and Armors so she was totally fascinated on this demonstration. She even shouted "More! More!". She is such a tomboy and her school teacher even thought so.

It is also tradition to have a Taiko Drum performance. For some reason, there is a way they beat these Taiko Drums that sounds really soothing to me. I always look forward to listen to these performances.



They also promote to teach kids how to use chopsticks. My little one picked it up quickly. At least I don't have to worry about her hand eye coordination skills.


Fishing the balloons!


Free robot battle. A simple concept and yet very popular with the little boys.



Cosplay.



New York City Central Park on a glorious day. 

This was the first time I went to this event. It was well organized, well funded with generous sponsors. The Japanese really know how to organize events like this. The food and drink lines were long but it was moving quickly. They have enough volunteers that made this ran smoothly. I look forward for next year.

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