Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's Black Ships Weekend! Celebrating its 29th year, The Black Ships Festival
offers a variety of events that emphasize both Japanese art and culture. Events include a formal Gala, Japanese Arts & Crafts such as Origami and Ikebana; Martial Arts, and a Japanese Tea Ceremony. One of the highlights is always the Taiko Drums!

For those who wonder- there are not actually Black Ships in the harbor. The Black Ships Festival commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport. The “Black Ships,” or “Kurofune,” refers to the Japanese term for foreign ships which, with one exception, were excluded from Japan for two hundred years until 1854. Commodore Perry negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854, the first treaty between the United States and Japan, thus ending two centuries of Japanese isolationism. The Black Ships Festival celebrates the signing of the treaty, which brought the two countries together as trading partners.  It's also an excellent excuse to eat a lot of amazing sushi, hahah!!  Nice work, Commodore!!

Only one week until we launch!! We have so many spectacular things to offer, we cannot wait to show them to you!!! If you have ideas, suggestions, or recommendations for Only In New England, please visit our facebook page and let us know!!

Here's a sneak peek of some of the treasure we've found........................

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