Coming JUNE 10-12, 2022 ~ Details to Follow
~ Newport and Bristol RI






Black Ships Celebration

Saturday June 11th at Independence Park, Bristol

We Welcome you to join us for our 39th Year honoring

the ongoing special friendship between Rhode Island and Japan.

Cultural demonstrations at Independence Park in

Bristol, Rhode Island.

The 39th Annual Black Ships Celebration

We welcome you to join us for exciting celebration of friendship, culture, goodwill and economic partnership.

Join the Japan America Society of Rhode Island for the 39th Annual Black Ships Festival. A celebration of the friendship and culture between Japan and the United States and the trading treaty negotiated by Rhode Island’s Own Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN over 160 years ago. From Arts & Crafts, Taiko Drumming and Martial Arts there are a variety of activities for all ages and interest. Independence Park will become a Japanese American Village with arts crafts and martial arts. This year's Black Ships Gala will be at Ochre Court in Newport RI.  

Thank you for your years of supporting the Black Ships Festival.  Please contact us if you have questions at email We wish good health to you and your family.


June 10th 2022
Free Taiko Drum Concert
Odaiko New England
Independence Park, Bristol

June 11th 2022
Arts and Crafts Fair
Independence Park 

June 11th 2022
Black Ships Gala at Ochre Court

June 12th 2022
Memorial Ceremony
Island Cemetery- Newport