Black Ships Festival celebrates a historic treaty

June 28, 2013 by  

The Black Ships Festival is coming to Newport this July for four days, and this year will be the 30th anniversary of the festival which celebrates the journey of Matthew C. Perry to Japan and the resulting historic treaty between the U.S. and Japan.

The festival is presented by the Japanese-America Society of Rhode Island. There will be many different events taking place during the three days, including a Japanese tea ceremony, Taiko drums performances, martial arts demonstrations, and Japanese arts and crafts. Artisans displaying their works will also be providing demonstrations and workshops to those who are interested.

Two events which stand out include the Sushi Sake sail and a gala dinner. The gala will feature Big Band music, dancing, an open bar, wine and dinner. Recommended dress is black tie or kimono.

This exciting festival will no doubt attract people from all over, including nearby Middletown. Local printing companies will also likely be helping the organizers prepare by providing such products as banners and signs.

The Black Ships Festival will take place in Newport from July 18-21. Opening ceremonies will be held at Touro Park on July 19 beginning at 10:30 am.

Two Sushi Sake sails will be available on July 19 and 21, for which tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day, while the gala celebration will take place at Marble House on July 20 from 6:30 pm. To learn more about all the events call 401-847-7666.