Calendar of Events

Thursday July 13th 2017

Gekkeikan Sake Tasting 
5:00 PM-7:00 PM • Bellevue Wine & Spirits, 181 Bellevue Ave

Taste a wide selection of Sake from Gekkeikan. Learn about them and how they vary in taste.


Friday July 14th 2017

Festival Opening Ceremonies

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. Navy Color Guard. Channing Memorial Church will play their Bells in honor of the Opening Ceremonies.

Sushi Sake Sail I

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

Newport Community Band (Not Yet Confirmed)
The band will provide exuberant entertainment as they play a wide variety of music (weather permitting).

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.

Japanese Arts, Language and Crafts                                                                                  by Japanese Language Students of Classical High School • Ongoing 

Would you like to write your name in Japanese? How about getting a Henna Tattoo of Japanese Characters? Learn to make Origami cranes? Sakura t-shirts and head bands, and many Japanese artifacts for sale. Please join Classical High School students to learn some Japanese Language and Culture. (All proceeds are for their cultural activation)

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.

Shimoda Tent Activities
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: Mrs. Noda of Shimoda will teach Origami with students from Shimoda.

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

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 the bamboo branches.  Kids can try their hand at the typical summer festival games of Kingyo Sukui (goldfish scooping) and Yo-yo Tsuri (fishing for balloons).

11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Haruo Shiga, a renown craftsman,  will teach children to make Japanese toys: Den-Den Daiko (Drum). Children ages 7-12.

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.

The Art of Brush Painting
12:00 PM  
Jan Zaremba will demonstrate by spontaneously creating masterworks in minutes.

Calligraphy Demonstration
12:00 PM -1:00 PM 

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.

Shimoda Tent Activities
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. Mrs. Shinji is an amazing flower arranger.

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.

Geni Skendo Shakuhachi
2:00 PM
Geni Skendo is a contemporary flute & shakuhachi player fluent in jazz, classical, and Japanese traditional music idioms. Originally from Albania, Geni came to the United States in 2002 to further his musical studies. Upon his arrival in the US, Geni began to study jazz flute and the Japanese five-hole flute known as the shakuhachi, completting a Masters Degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory with a focus on jazz flute and shakuhachi performance.

Koto & Shamisen Player
2:30 PM
Enjoy the sounds of Koto and Shamisen player Ms. Sumie Kaneko.  Ms. Kaneko has graduated from Tokyo University and has been playing Koto since she was six years old and in 1994 won the 2nd International High School Art and Music Competition in Koto.  She continues an important tradition of Japanese music and breathes new life into it.  Her spirit highlights the universality of this timeless music.

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.


  • 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
  • Japanese Arts, Language and Crafts by Japanese Language Students of Classical High School
  • Sumi-e Painting & Calligraphy with Jan Zaremba

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


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  and an outstanding sit down dinner by Russell Morin Catering with Sushi by Haruki. Begin the evening with the breaking of the Ceremonial Sake Drum filled with Gekkeikan Sake. Presented by Toray Plastics (America), Inc. $175 per person, Black Tie suggested /Kimonos welcomed. For tickets, call (401) 846-2720 or online at

Sunday July 16th 2017

Memorial Ceremonies


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

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 will perform, during their debut in Newport. The conclusion will be an exciting performance as the two groups join forces for an amazing ending! Tickets $8 Adult/$4 Child or online at

Sushi Sake Sail II 
:00 PM – 4:00 PM • GOAT ISLAND MARINA (Go over the causeway to Goat Island, you will see the Hyatt on your right and the boat will be on the first dock on your left. You can park in the Hyatt 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 sushi from Haruki of Cranston and Providence. $35 per person in advance and $40 day of the event if available. For tickets, call (401) 846-2720. or Online










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