Kurofune Matsuri (Black Ship Festival) started in 1934 is an international event that brings together Japanese and Americans and promotes friendly relations between the two nations. This festival was originally named after the historical event in 1854 when the U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry came to Shimoda by seven Black Ships (Kurofune in Japanese) in order to demand the opening of Japanese ports to the foreign countries. If it rains, fireworks display will be held on the following day.
Schedule & Key events:
● May 17
8:15 p.m.-8:40 p.m. Fireworks display over Shimoda Port
● May 18
noon-1 p.m. Parade of brass bands and people disguised as Perry and his men along the city's main streets
● May 19
11 a.m.-noon Parade of brass bands and people disguised as Perry and his men along the city's main streets
Location: Shimoda Port and others, Shimoda, Shizuoka
From JR Tokyo Sta, take JR Limited Express "Odoriko" to Izu-Kyu Shimoda Sta.
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.