2016-07-07 / Calendar

Black Ships Coming July 14-17

Now in its 33rd year, the Black Ships Festival is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, July 14-17. It was begun to commemorate the historic success, in 1854, of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, U.S. Navy, a Newporter, in negotiating the Treaty of Kanagawa. The Black Ships, or Kurofune, refers to the Japanese term for the foreign vessels which, with one exception, had been excluded from Japan for 200 years. The festival is a celebration of the cultural exchange between the two countries. Beginning with a sake tasting on Thursday and the opening ceremony on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Touro Park, the event is packed with activities for all ages, skills and appetites, in venues all around town: arts and crafts all day Saturday at Touro Park; gala at Marble House, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.; Taiko Drums Sunday noon at Cardines Field; and Sushi Sake Sails on Friday and Sunday. For a complete rundown, go to newportevents.com/Blackships. The Festival is presented by The Japan-America Society and Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island, Inc.

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