Aug 30, 2019 – Aug 31
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Nolan Park

Japan Performing Arts, Inc. is bringing the Japanese summer experience of Bon Odori dances to Governors Island. During the Obon summer holiday every August, people dance Bon Odori at festivals all over Japan. This Governors Island event is notable for bringing Japan’s Big Three Bon Odori dances into one venue, including Nishimonai Bon Odori from Akita, Gujo Odori from Gifu, and Awa Odori from Tokushima. Governors Island visitors will have hands-on Bon Odori dance sessions and more Japanese summer festival experiences here in New York.

JPA’s Bon Odori Festival begins on Friday, August 30 with a performance on Outlook Hill, 7:30-9 PM.

The Festival continues on Saturday, August 31 with programs in Nolan Park from noon to 8 PM, and another performance on Outlook Hill, 7:30-9 PM.

Sample Japanese specialties from vendors including:
T-Swirl Crepe (Crepes)
Fuji Yakisoba X Otafuku Foods (Fried Noodles & Okonomiyaki - “Japanese Pizza”) 
VartexEducation (Shaved Ice)
Wasan Brookyn (Ramen)
Karlsballs (Takoyaki)

Festival Schedule – Saturday 8/31

Nolan Park
12:00 pm   Festival Starts - Greetings and Announcement  
12:20 pm   Bon Odori - Awa Odori / Gujo Odori
12:30 pm   Wanage Contest Registration at JPA Booth (Two contests, one for children up to 12 years old and one for 13 years old and above)
1:30 pm     Wanage Contest
2:00 pm     Bon Odori - Nishimonai Bon Odori / Gujo Odori
2:40 pm     Watermelon Splitting Contest 
3:00 pm     Sumo Match Registration at JPA Booth (13 years old or above only)
4:00 pm     Sumo Match
4:45 pm     Bon Odori - Nishimonai Bon Odori / Gujo Odori
5:15 pm     Watermelon Splitting Contest 
5:30 pm     Registration for free tickets to performance on Outlook Hill

Outlook Hill
7:30 pm     Bon Odori on Outlook Hill

Getting there
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 7 Minutes from Yankee Pier
1 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier