JCCI at the Japan Parade

JCCI was thrilled to be a part of the inaugural Japan Day Parade on Saturday, May 14. As a proud supporter of the program, representatives walked the route from 81st to 68th Street along Central Park West. The parade was originally planned in 2020 to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the Japanese delegates’ visit to the U.S. in 1860, as well as the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, but was cancelled due to the pandemic. 

We are very glad to hear it was held this year, all the more so as it is the 150th anniversary of not only the opening of the Consulate General of Japan in New York, but also of the arrival of baseball in Japan. What is more, 2022 marks JCCI’s 90th anniversary since its founding. 

Throughout all the years, the U.S.-Japan relations remain strong, as we strive to be in the vanguard of building and maintaining lasting business relations.

The Parade commenced around 1:00pm. George Takei served as Grand Marshal. Takei also received the Eagle-on-the-World Award at our 34th Annual Gala in 2018.

“I get to be the very first grand marshal of the Japan Parade,” Takei told the Daily News. “I’m boldly going where no one else has gone before.”

The Japan Parade is part of Japan Day Inc., established in 2007 to celebrate Japanese culture in NY by holding annual events.

We thank you all for your support!

Photos by D. Ernst and S. Kawakami

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