6 members from #AKB48 --- Saho Iwatate, Rina Hirata, Haruna Kojima, Tomu Muto, Rena Nozawa, and Ryoka Oshima --- will be coming to Japan Day 2015, SUNDAY, MAY 10TH @Central Park.
In December 2005, producer Yasushi Akimoto created the idol group "AKB48." Based on the concept, "Idols you can meet every day," AKB48 performs at the AKB48 Theater in Akihabara almost every day. AKB48 is now consisted of five teams (A, K, B, 4, 8) and trainees. Sister groups have expanded both in Japan (SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, and NGT48 scheduled to debut in 2015), and outside Japan (JKT48 and SNH48). In 2015, AKB48 has made a groundbreaking record of 20 consecutive million-selling CDs in a row for the first time in history. Along with their performances at the theater, appearances on TV, movies, magazines, and other media can be seen in Japan every day.
WHAT IS JAPAN DAY?
Japan Day @ Central Park is a highly anticipated annual event in spring that celebrates Japanese culture with New Yorkers. Japan Day kicks off with the Japan Run, followed by the Kids' Race. Like traditional Japanese summer festivals, it provides food and activity tents as well as a stage program displaying a wide range of Japanese culture, including both traditional and contemporary performances.
Japan Day is officially supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Central Park Conservancy, the Consulate-General of Japan in New York, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, The Nippon Club and many Japanese and American corporations. Since its establishment in 2007, this family-friendly event has captured the interest of New Yorkers with over 50,000 people attending each year, and we have been thrilled to watch Japan Day garner the praise of the public.
1. Build bridges of cultural understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S.
2. Show the local Japanese community's appreciation towards their home city, New York
3. Facilitate stronger grassroots connections within the local Japanese community.
BANDSHELL, CENTRAL PARK
Main entrance is 69th Street and 5th Avenue.
Check out the official website for all of the performances!