Japan Week 2017

JAPAN WEEK 2017

JAPAN WELCOMES ALL!

Japan Week returns to Grand Central Terminal at Vanderbilt Hall
March 8-10, 2017

MAR
8

WED

Open to Public 3pm,
close 8pm

MAR
9

THU

Open to Public 10am,
close 8pm

MAR
10

FRI

Open to Public 10am,
close 7pm

HIGHLIGHTS


ZEN GARDEN

Japanese Zen Garden will appear in the middle of Grand Central station at Japan Week 2017. This traditional garden of zen will give busy New Yorkers time and place to relax. Audience will surely enjoy the Japanese beauty of minimalism made with local natural materials.

For more information on Japanese Gardens & Parks:
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/spot/gardens/

 

WORKSHOP & DEMONSTRATION

At the demonstration, Japanese garden designers will create wave patterns by using white gravel. At the workshop, partisipants will have a chance to try creating the wave patterns themselves. Over 18 years old only.

MARCH 8TH
WED
9TH
THU
10TH
FRI
Workshop 3:30pm -
4:30pm
1:00pm -
2:00pm
1:00pm -
2:00pm
5:00pm -
6:00pm
5:00pm -
6:00pm
Demonstration 6:30pm -
7:30pm
3:30pm -
4:30pm
3:30pm -
4:30pm
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"Ooyashima of Japan" 
日本の大八島

Garden Concept:

The birth of Japan is described by the myth of "Ooyashima of Japan" from Kojiki, the oldest Japanese history book. An island was born when two gods in Japanese mythology, Izanagi and Izanami, mixed chaos with a halberd. After the two gods landed on the island and united, eight islands (Ooyashima) were born. These islands are today's islands of Japan.

The beautiful islands and the ocean scenery are the archetypal landscape of the Japanese people. The audience will enjoy seeing these perspectives on the beauty and nature of Japan. The garden expresses this typical Japanese landscape with gravel and boulders.

We would like visitors to experience the beauty and spirituality represented by the minimalism of Japanese gardens.

The Designers:

Yuri Ugaya is a landscape designer born in Kyoto, Japan. She was raised surrounded by well-known temples, shrines and gardens. After majoring in the study of Japanese culture at Doushisha University, she started her career as a landscape designer in Hyogo prefecture, Japan and Niagara Falls, Canada. She also worked with English gardens at Royal Botanic Garden Kew in the United Kingdom. She specializes in both Japanese and Western gardens. Currently she is based in Kyoto, Japan as a garden designer, where she tries to introduce the beauty of Japanese gardens.

Kensaku Yamaguchi is a landscape designer born in Miyazaki, Japan. He is based mainly in Kyoto and designs gardens for temples, shrines, hotels, guest houses and private mansions. He has experience gardening in foreign countries such as Saudi Arabia and South Africa. His style of gardening varies from traditional to contemporary.


Tatsuhiko Kobayashi is a landscape designer born in Saitama, Japan. He is skilled at making traditional Japanese gardens, including a famous temple in Kyoto. He designs gardens using native Japanese vegetation. He also has experience making Japanese garden in Florence, Italy.


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SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTO CONTEST

Our sponsors have joined forces and created some amazing gift bags that can be yours! The theme for the gift bags is ‘A little taste of beautiful Japan.’ Please click "learn more" to see how to participate.

Social media photo contest for Japan Week 2017

Our sponsors have joined forces and created some amazing gift bags that can be yours! This year’s theme for the gift bags is ‘A little taste of beautiful Japan.’ Some of the gift bag items include:

  • Instax Cameras from FUJIFILM
  • Soup Jars from Tiger Corporation
  • Japan Rail Pass for 7 days with unlimited rides from JTB
  • Desk and Accessory Organizers from Yamazaki USA
  • 3-night stay for two people with breakfast at Shiba Park Hotel, Park Hotel Tokyo, or Shiba Park Hotel 151
  • Bottles of Green Tea from ITOEN
  • Japanese Dashi (soup stock) from KAYANOYA

Every gift bag is different, so you won't know which of the above gifts you will receive until you open your gift bag. BUT there is more than one gift in each gift bag.

How to participate:

  • Attend Japan Week 2017 at Vanderbilt Hall Grand Central Terminal between March 8th and 10th
  • Take a picture of yourself at the event and upload it on Instagram before March 11th at midnight
  • Use the hashtag #japanweeknyc so we can find your picture

We will decide which pictures are the best and announce the 5 winners on March 14th through our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter profile.

A huge thanks to our sponsors for providing gifts:

JR EAST / East Japan Railway Company, Kubara Honke USA, Inc.(KAYANOYA), FUJIFILM NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION, JTB USA Inc., Yamazaki USA Inc, ITO EN (North America) INC., Shiba Park Hotel Co., Ltd., Tiger Corporation U.S.A., JAL Shopping Americas, Telecom Square USA, Inc., and YAMASU.

Good luck to everybody!
We look forward to seeing all the beautiful pictures!

SPONSORS / EXHIBITORS


NON-PROFIT PARTNERS



Chiune Sugihara

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese Vice-Consul in Lithuania during WWII. Sugihara risked his own safety and future in order to help Jewish refugees escape from the anti-Semitic Nazis by issuing the transit visas. It is estimated that his decision saved the lives of around 6,000 European Jews. Known as Visas for Life or Sugihara visas, those life-saving visas hold significant importance and should be properly preserved and passed on to future generations.
Japan Week resonates strongly with Sugihara's humanitarian act and philanthropic spirit, especially in this tumultuous time, and celebrates the nomination of the Sugihara visas and related documents for the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2017. (UNESCO’s decision on whether to add them to the register will be made this summer.)

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©NPO Chiune Sugihara Visas For Life

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