Calendar of Events

Thursday July 13th 2017

Gekkeikan Sake Mixology Class 
6:30 PM-8:00 PM • Christie’s, 14 Perry Mill Wharf, Newport


Learn how to shake, stir and strain your favorite cocktails at Christie’s. On Thursday you will taste a selection of Sake Cocktails. Join us at Christie’s to celebrate the Black Ship Festival and enjoy classic cocktails with a Sake twist. $20 includes, Sake Cocktail Tasting paired with Apps

Reservations are encouraged and space is limited. RSVP

Cocktail Menu: Hiro Sunrise Paired with Tuna Tiradito, Cucumber Zinger Paired with a Vegetable Spring Roll and a Ninja Bellini Paired with Pork Dumplings

Friday July 14th 2017

Festival Opening Ceremonies
10:30 AM • TOURO PARK, BELLEVUE AVENUE

Colorful ceremonies to commemorate Newport’s native son, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa, which opened trade between Japan and the United States. Wreath-laying at Commodore Perry’s statue and speeches by American and Japanese dignitaries. Colors will be presented by the Navy Color Guard and accompanied music by the Navy Band. Channing Memorial Church will play their Bells in honor of the Opening Ceremonies.

Sushi Sake Sail I
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM • GOAT ISLAND MARINA (Go over the causeway to Goat Island, you will see Gurney’s Resort your right and the boat will be on the first dock on your left. You can park in the Gurney’s Parking lots.)

Sail aboard one of the magnificent Tall Ships, the 101′ Schooner Aurora. View Newport harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan, and sample some great sushi. Space is limited to 68 people. A sellout every year! Sponsored by IDC, The Newport Experience. $30 per person in advance and $35 day of the event (if available). For tickets call 401-846-2720, or Online  * Please arrive 15 mins prior to the sail to get checked in.

Saturday July 15th 2017

 Arts & Crafts Fair Touro Park

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM • TOURO PARK

Touro Park on Bellevue Avenue is transformed into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops, and displays. Including Arts and Crafts and Martial Arts Demonstrations.

Lost Sword Techniques of the Sengoku Jidai
(Warring States Era, 15th – 17th Century)
10:00 AM
Kenjutsu Enbu (Samurai Sword Demonstration). This demonstration will be a catalog of techniques preserved by Toshitsugu Takamatsu, who re-presented the documents of Kukishin Ryū Bikenjutsu in scrolls to the Kuki family following the loss of their antique documents, incinerated during the bombings of WWII. This demonstration will be presented by Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac, NY and his students.

Arts and Crafts Tent
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Kite Making: Children learn to build a kite with the help of students from Newport’s Sister City Shimoda, Japan . (limited to 50 children)
  • Origami: Learn techniques from representatives from our sister city Shimoda and Hakodate

Japanese Arts and Crafts, by the Japanese Language Students of Classical High School 
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Join the students in some Japanese fun with Henna Tattoos, mask making, origami and more!

An Introduction Workshop on the Samurai Sword
10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Join us for a one hour workshop covering the fundamental movement found in the study of Samurai Sword. This workshop will be offered to all those interested in the sword, it’s history and effectiveness regardless of age or experience level. Topics covered will include the first four forms of the Kukishin Ryū. This demonstration will be presented by Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac, NY and his students.

Celebrate The Summer Like They Do In Japan
11:00 AM – 3:30 PM • THE JAPANESE CONSULATE TENT


Join staff and volunteers from the Consulate General of Japan in Boston for summer festival activities. Celebrate the summer holiday of Tanabata by writing a wish on a paper streamer and hanging it from bamboo branches.  Kids can try their hand at the typical summer festival games of Kendama (ball and cup) and Yo-yo Tsuri (water balloon fishing).

Feng Shui with Stephen Devine
11:15 AM  
Learn about the centuries old study of the relationship between human beings and their living-working environment. Everything from the planning of entire cities to the shape of your house, or the position of your bed can have far-reaching implications on our health and prosperity. Through the application of Feng Shui you can enhance your knowledge, career, family relationships, marriage and well-being!

Arresting Techniques of the Samurai
11:30 AM
This demonstration will show three methods of arrest and control of criminals during the Edo Period. Applications seen within the demonstration will include empty handed techniques of the Takagi Yoshin Ryū, police truncheon techniques and sword disarming and restraining techniques of the weighted chain. As well, a comprehensive discussion about the arrest and control methods of Taihojutsu will be presented to the audience. Presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY and his students.

Sushi Making Demonstration
12:00 PM
Haruki Restaurant of Cranston demonstrates.

Calligraphy Demonstration
12:00 PM -1:00 PM 

STAGE
A demonstration by Japanese Master Calligrapher, Michio Imai, of Kaji Aso Studio, Institute for the Arts. Michiko was awarded the highest rank in Japanese Calligraphy of Shihan. She is among the few to have won multiple best of category awards in national Competitions (Japan). Her work has been displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Nara City Museum of Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art.

Amerikick Martial Arts
12:00 PM • LAWN

Demonstration of traditional Japanese and Amerikick Martial Arts.  How Japanese karate influences martial arts in the USA.  Demo of katas, hand to hand fighting, weapons and discussion of Japanese farm tools adapted to martial arts.  Benefits of studying martial arts no matter what age.

Iaijutsu & Tameshigiri Enbu
12:45 PM
This group demonstration will present the 5 forms of the Jinen Ryū Iaijutsu, sword drawing and cutting forms. This is a demonstration not to be missed. Following the demonstration, students will demonstrate tameshigiri, or test cutting with live swords.  Presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY.

Bonsai Demonstration
12:45 PM- 1:30 PM
By New England Bonsai Gardens

Arts and Crafts Tent: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Calligraphy Workshop: Learn Calligraphy from Mr. Shinji of Newport’s Sister City Shimoda
  • Ikebana Demonstration & Workshop: See a fascinating Ikebana demonstration by Mrs. Shinji of Newport’s Sister City, Shimoda.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Band
1:00 PM
Hear some great tunes by representatives of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Band off the ships.

Stimulating your Mind & Body with Okinawa Karate
1:15 PM
This workshop will help coordination and motor skills while exercising mind and body. By Okinawan Temple and Al Gagne

Tea Ceremony
1:30 PM • STAGE
A special demonstration of the centuries old CHA-DO (Way of the Tea) led by Kaji Aso Studio.

Stick fighting of the Samurai
2:00 PM
Witness the stick fighting techniques of the Samurai during this demonstration of Hanbōjutsu, the three foot stick. This demonstration will include the complete forms of the Kukishin Ryū school and will be presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Band
2:00 PM
Hear some great tunes by representatives of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Band off the ships.

Feng Shui with Stephen Devine
2:15 PM  
Learn about the centuries old study of the relationship between human beings and their living-working environment. Everything from the planning of entire cities to the shape of your house, or the position of your bed can have far-reaching implications on our health and prosperity. Through the application of Feng Shui you can enhance your knowledge, career, family relationships, marriage and well-being!

SHORIN-RYU Demonstration by Okinawan Temple and Al Gagne
2:30 PM
From Okinawa, the Birthplace of Karate. Consists of exercise, self defense drills, techniques and several farming tools converted to weapons by the Okinawan people.

TOURO PARK ON-GOING ACTIVITIES & DISPLAYS

  • Calligraphy by Kaji Aso Studio
  • Haruki Japanese Restaurant
  • Hiroko  Shikashio Artworks; Watercolor, Collages and photographs
  • IACE Travel Boston
  • Shiatsu, Reiki, Sotai and reflexology
    Japanese healing and relaxation techniques from Inner Wisdom
  • SHORIN-RYU Karate from Okinawan, Japan
  • New England Bonsai Gardens
  • Kumon Group 

Taiko Drum Prelude • Presented by Bailey T’s Resortwear & Long Wharf Mall

****LONG WHARF MALL****
1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM

Watch an exciting preview of what’s to come on Sunday at the Taiko Drum Performance. Join in watching a few of the Taiko drummers from Shin Daiko as they mesmerize you with their speed, power, and sound. Make sure not to miss this prelude.  To view the full performance, join us Sunday at 12pm at Cardine’s Field.

 

Black Ships Festival Gala

6:30 PM • ROSECLIFF, BELLEVUE AVE, NEWPORT, RI
 

Celebrate the 34th Annual Black Ships Festival and the Sister City relationship between Newport and Shimoda, Japan. Step onto the exquisite grounds of Rosecliff on Bellevue Ave., an exquisite & historic location, over looking the Atlantic Ocean for a formal gala honoring the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa and the accomplishments of the United States Navy. Join us as we welcome the Japanese guests and dignitaries. Enjoy a unique evening that fuses both Japanese and American culture. The Gala includes a fabulous band with dancing, an Open Bar, wines by Oyster Bay Wines, Martini Bar, an outstanding sit down dinner by Russell Morin Catering, Sushi station by Haruki and and hand crafted cocktails by The Cocktail Guru. Begin the evening with the breaking of the Ceremonial Sake Drum filled with Gekkeikan Sake. Enjoy a exclusive taiko drumming presentation by Brown University Taiko Drummers. Gala Presented by Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

Plus this year as a special highlight you’re invited to view the Pierre Cardin fashion exhibit on display upstairs at Rosecliff from 6:30pm-7:30pm. $175 per person, Black Tie suggested /Kimonos welcomed.

For tickets, call (401) 846-2720 or online at www.blackshipsfestival.com.

Sunday July 16th 2017


Memorial Ceremonies

9:30 AM • ISLAND CEMETERY, FAREWELL STREET

Wreath ceremony at Perry’s tomb by American and Japanese dignitaries. Navy color guard, North East Band Bugler and Navy Chaplain. The public is invited to experience this commemorative service.

Taiko Drum Concert
12:00 PM • CARDINE’S FIELD

Taiko Drum Festival, Odaiko New England, one of the premier taiko groups, will dazzle you with their electrifying drums. The taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. The sound of the taiko has an irresistible draw that summons people to seek out its source! They’ll mesmerize listeners with their speed, power, dramatic choreography and sound. Then Shin Daiko and a special feature performance by the drummers from the Japanese Self Defense Force will perform. Tickets $8 Adult/$4 Child available online at www.blackshipsfestival.com or at the door!

Sushi Sake Sail II 
2
:00 PM – 4:00 PM • GOAT ISLAND MARINA (Go over the causeway to Goat Island, you will see the Gurney’s Resort on your right and the boat will be on the first dock on your left. You can park in the Gurney’s Parking lots.)

Enjoy the experience of the magnificent Tall Ship, the 101′ schooner Aurora, in Newport Harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan and sample some great sushi! $35 per person in advance and $40 day of the event if available. For tickets, call (401) 846-2720. or Online * Please arrive 15 mins prior to the sail to get checked in.

 

Japan-America Society and Black Ships Festival Welcomes the visiting ships from the Japanese Training Squadron. See members of the squadron at Touro Park performing martial arts and taiko drumming.

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