Japan Week, a multi-part festival to be held in various locations in New York City, will kick off March 1. The key events of Japan Week—the Kickoff Event and Japan Pavilion—will specifically focus on the unique world of Japanese cuisine.
Sponsored by the Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad (JRO), these events aim to promote a deeper understanding of Japan through a positive image of its food. Additional support is provided by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).
Japan Week’s Kickoff Event will be held in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal from March 1-3. Hosting a diverse array of vendors featuring distinct Japanese food and merchandise, the Kickoff Event will welcome the public to cultural performances as well as cooking demonstrations of Japanese dishes by renowned chefs. During the evening of March 1, an Opening Gala at Vanderbilt Hall will invite New York’s restaurant industry connoisseurs and major media to experience the latest in Japanese cuisine.