"Haru Matsuri" Boston 2012

To commemorate the Centennial of the original gift of cherry trees from Japan to Washington, D.C. in 1912, a number of events will take place in various cities across the U.S. this spring. In Boston, “Haru Matsuri Boston 2012” will be held on Sunday, April 29th as a part of “The Greater Boston-Japan Cherry Blossom Festival.”
“Haru Matsuri (or “Spring Festival”) Boston 2012” – a daylong event in historic Copley Square – has been prepared by volunteers from numerous Japan-related organizations in Boston and is supported by the Consulate General of Japan and a number of Japanese and American corporations. It will be the first Japanese-style festival in Boston and will be the largest event ever organized by the local Japanese community. Haru Matsuri will present a unique opportunity for Boston families and visitors to enjoy Japanese food and entertainment and to learn about Japanese culture in an entertaining environment. Featuring 80 booths offering delicious foods and goods, games and activities typical to traditional Japanese festivals, as well as music and performances by local artists, Haru Matsuri will be a day full of fun and festivity for participants of all ages. There will also be organizations which have been providing support for those affected by the great earthquake and tsunami that devastated the eastern region of Japan last March.
We hope that families of all backgrounds will join us in celebrating spring with us and enjoying a Japanese festival firsthand on April 29th at Copley Square!

Time and Place:
Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Copley Square Park (no entrance fee)
Map
Purpose:
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original gift of cherry trees from Japan to the United States, to strengthen the friendly goodwill between the people of the U.S. and Japan, and to express our gratitude for the relief efforts and support for the victims of the disaster of March 11, 2011. We will also be celebrating Japan Airline’s long-awaited launch of the first nonstop flight linking Boston and Japan.
Activities:

There will be 80 booths offering authentic Japanese foods, goods and services, child-friendly games and activities, displays introducing Japanese culture and Japan-related organizations in Boston, and much more. Onstage there will also be performances of Japanese music, traditional arts and other forms of entertainment. An exciting raffle will feature two grand prizes of a business-class round-trip ticket to Japan, courtesy of Japan Airlines.

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  • Willie W.

    Fun and new

    April 30, 2012

  • Sharon C.

    Hey Willie & Bao..thanks for planning this meetup!! No need to apologize..it was pretty crowded anyway. I just wish the food booth section was more organized! Nice to meet some of u folks :D

    April 30, 2012

  • Sharon C.

    Pretty good for planning this meetup for the first time although the spring festival itself was pretty big so a bunch of us got scattered around but it's still good nonetheless.

    April 30, 2012

  • JC

    Thanks Willie and Bao for organizing this meetup. It was nice to meet all of you. See you guys next time.

    April 29, 2012

  • Bao L.

    Sorry guys, I had to leave early.
    Willie, let's plan a movie night this Friday. Seems like many are interested.

    April 29, 2012

  • Willie W.

    Hope you all had fun... Sorry about the group slitting all over the place..

    April 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Most likely be late since I am driving in. Will text.

    April 29, 2012

  • Peter

    I likely won't be there till much later. but will text to see if anyone is still there.

    April 28, 2012

  • Cleo L.

    Hi, I will be late, will call u when I reach. Hopefully, will be able to locate you all...:)

    April 28, 2012

  • Sharon C.

    May be running late. If so, will call and see where y'all at!! I put down +2 but I know there's a few more joining me..I guess it doesnt really matter? Anyway, cant wait to check this out :)

    April 27, 2012

  • Bao L.

    C'mon Amy, you can do it. It's not too early or laty when you have fun.

    April 27, 2012

  • Amy H.

    1030 is so early! I will call when I get there....

    April 27, 2012

  • Willie W.

    Time we all meet* is at 10:30

    April 24, 2012

  • Willie W.

    Cool.. Sounds like a plan... We all meet at the Boston Public Library (where the stairs are at with the statue.. We meet at the front door).. Time we all me is 10:30 cause it don't start til 11am... My number is[masked]-1082.. (call me if there is anything or i prefer text) give me a call at 10.. I tend to be a late sleeper.. =b

    April 24, 2012

  • Bao L.

    Since they have authentic Japanese food booths at the festival, why don't we eat there. We should take Angie's Idea and meet in front of the Library at 10, 10:30 the latest.
    Willie, what time can you be there? Can you post your number so we can call you. I can post my as a back up. I can be there before 10.
    Parking in Copley Square on the weekends will be tough especially there's a festival. Taking the T is highly recommended. Copley station on the green lines is the stop.

    April 24, 2012

  • JC

    How about we meet in front of the Boston Public Library? Can the organizer PM his/her cell phone number to members who sign up for this event, so that we get in touch on that day?

    April 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    i think we should just meet for the event and get food along the way. the event starts at 11 and ends at 4, if we grab food beforehand we may not have enough time to go around. also don't forget your umbrella, looks like it may rain that day

    April 24, 2012

  • Amy H.

    We can have lunch near Copley, but if majority prefers dim sum, then I will join for that too, but I think 11am is better than 10.

    April 23, 2012

  • Peter

    no dimsum for me. can you post the place here maybe i can meet you after

    April 23, 2012

  • Jessie

    I am game for dim-sum! :)

    April 23, 2012

  • Willie W.

    What you think?

    April 23, 2012

  • Willie W.

    Make dimsum at 9am then 11am at Copley..

    April 23, 2012

  • Willie W.

    Cool ... Dimsum at Chinatown? Who wants to join? And then if not we meet up the others that don't want brunch... Meet up in front of mc donalds? At 10am eat and meet up others in front of Copley train station at 12 noon?

    April 23, 2012

  • Bao L.

    I think Amy has a good suggestion. We should meet somewhere for breakfast/lunch/brunch prior the festival. My suggestion is Dim Sum...

    April 22, 2012

  • JC

    when and where are we meeting?

    April 22, 2012

  • Amy H.

    Can you set up an exact place to meet since there will be a lot of ppl? And maybe we should meet for lunch to try to get to know each other before walking over to the festival? Just a suggestion.

    April 22, 2012

  • Sharon C.

    i'll be heading there too w/frds. Where r u guys meeting up? Maybe we could join u all there as well??

    April 21, 2012

  • JC

    never been to a Japan festival. I am excited to check it ou!

    April 17, 2012

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