JUNE 12-13, 2021 ~ BRISTOL RI





Black Ships Celebration

Saturday June 12th at Independence Park, Bristol

We Welcome you to join us for our 38th Year honoring

the ongoing special friendship between Rhode Island and Japan.

Cultural demonstrations at Independence Park in

Bristol, Rhode Island starting at 3pm Saturday.

Free Taiko Drum Concert with Odaiko New England on Saturday at 6:30pm

The 38th Annual Black Ships Celebration

This year we will be having an abbreviated Festival June 12th and 13th. 


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

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.

Join the Japan America Society of Rhode Island for the 38th 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. 


June 12th 2021

Black Ships Celebration

Independence Park, Bristol

Starting at 3pm

June 12th 2021

Free Taiko Drum Concert with

Odaiko New England at 6:30pm

June 13th 2021

Memorial Ceremony