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Blackship (Kurofune) Festival: Time Travel to the Dawn of Japan's Modernization
75th Black Ship Festival 2014 in Shimoda
from May 16 (Fri) to 18 (Sun)

The most famous festival of Shimoda celebrated in honor of the arrival on the Blackship and the opening of Japan to the world.
It is rich in international color featuring a ceremony at the Shimoda Park, the parading of the U.S.Naval marching bands and so on.
"The Blackship Journey" in which participants dressed as characters such as Commodore Perry and shogunate officials down to Ryosenji Temple draws especial attention from the watching crowd.
Onlookers are enwrapped in such excitements as if drawn back in time a century and half ago.
It takes about 10 minutes by car or 15 minutes by bus to get to the downtown which is the festival area from Pension Sakuraya.
 
Calender of Events (This festival is held from 3rd Friday to Sunday in May.)
Click this map
FRIDAY: May 16th Friday 2014 Fireworks (from 8:15pm), "Open Door"Bazaar, Sunset Consert
SATURDAY: May 17th Saturday 2014 Commemorative Ceremony, Official parade, "Open Door" Bazaar, Historic Reenactment Play,  Sunset Concert,
SUNDAY: May 18th Sunday 2014 "Open Door" Bazaar, Historic Reenactment Play, Japan-U.S. Raft Race, Festive Parade of citizens in Edo,
Shimoda Map for Black Ship Festival - Click this small map to get big one
Information in English on the website of Shimoda tourist office

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I took these photos at "Madogahama Seaside Park" near Shimoda Harvor, which is a good viewing spot for the fireworks. You should go to the free parking lot in this park as early as you can.
 
Photo album of Fireworks display of Black Ship Festival 2012


Video of Black Ship Fireworks Display 2012


Photo album of Official Parade 2012


Video of Official Parade 2012
 Photo album of Fireworks display 2014


 




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