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Japan Festival in Boston This Weekend!

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If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend pack up the whole family and head on over to City Hall Plaza Sunday, May 19th for the Boston Japan Festival. B.C. Tent is very excited to be a part of this festival again this year. This is the second annual festival and it is continuing to grow! Last year there were over 13,000 people in attendance and this year there are expected to be at least twice the amount! We have been planning this festival for months with the Japanese Association of Boston and cannot wait to see it come to life.

Boston has enjoyed a deep relationship with Japan since the days of the Iwakura Mission of 1871. In April of 2012 the city celebrated the 100th anniversary of the friendship gift of cherry trees from Kyoto to Washington D.C. by hosting a Japan Spring Festival with support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston and in cooperation with local Japanese businesses and organizations. The festival was held in Boston’s historic Copley Square Park in the heart of the city and was modeled after a traditional Japanese fair. The celebration exceeded all expectations, with over 13,000 participants in attendance. The success of the festival was due largely in part to the unprecedented level of cooperation from the local Japanese community. Around the same time as the festival, the city celebrated the addition of a new direct flight option between Boston Logan airport and Narita airport, bringing the two cultures and peoples closer than ever. The 2013 Japan Festival in Boston will focus on the theme of “matsuri,” the time-honored traditional Japanese-style festival.

Admission is FREE for all ages!

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2013 Festival Information

Date and Location

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 10:00am-6:00pm
Boston City Hall Plaza (Green line, Government Center station)
Admission: Free


Subway(T): Take the MBTA Green or Blue line to Government Center station. Or take Orange or Blue line to State Street station. From the Red line, transfer at Park Street station to Green towards Lechmere. The 92 and 93 buses also stop outside City Hall on Congress Street.

By cars: Street parking downtown is extremely limited, though a few parking meters are nearby on Union Street and on Cambridge Street. There is no public parking in City Hall itself, but there are several commercial parking garages within walking distance. We don’t endorse any specific garage but provide the following link to google maps as a reference for convenience. Please do your own research to find a parking lot that best suits your needs.

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