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Japan-American Society and Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island, Inc.






The Japan-America Society of Rhode Island (JASRI) plays an important role in honoring Japanese culture and history in Rhode Island.  Our main goal is to celebrate and build strong relationships between our two countries.  

Our annual event, the Black Ships Festival, celebrates the achievement of Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794 - 1858) from Newport.  Commodore Perry arrived in Japan in 1853, negotiated the Treaty of Peace and Amity (also known as the Treaty of Kanagawa) with Japan in 1854.

Japan-American Society of Rhode Island (JASRI)ロードアイランド日米協会は、黒船祭りを中心とした様々なイベントを通じて、ロードアイランドから日本文化と日本の歴史に関する情報を発信し続けてきました。JASRIの最も大切なゴールは、日米両国の友情を祝い、さらに深い絆を促進することです。


JASRI’s annual Black Ships Festival is based on our belief that deepening understanding across Japanese and American cultures is crucial for the long lasting peace in the future.  

The annual Black Ships Festival provides opportunities to manifest conversations with the local community through Japanese cultural activities.  We promote not only traditional culture but also contemporary creativity among all people.  After all, community is the core of our culture here in Rhode Island.


Please consider sponsoring JASRI!

The Annual Black Ships Celebration

Culture. Tradition. Performances. Workshops. 

Join the Japan - America Society of Rhode Island in summer of 2024 for the 41st Annual Black Ships Festival. Celebrating over forty years of cultural events, education and community conversations is important because it helps to promote understanding. Greater cooperation and acceptance of different cultures and perspectives. It helps to build a more inclusive and equitable society here in Rhode Island.

How? Talking with each other, sharing our experiences and perspectives with others, and learning from each other.  

Thank you for your years of supporting the Black Ships Festival.  Please contact us if you have questions at email We wish good health to you and your family.

Upcoming Events

2024 Black Ships Festival Schedule is still being finalized.

Here was the schedule for the


- August 11th 2023 -
Opening Ceremonies- 10:00am
Rockwell Park, Bristol RI

Sushi Sake Sail I

Canceled due to unavailability of the ship
Goat Island, Newport RI

Free ShinDaiko Taiko Ensemble Drum Concert
Rockwell Park, Bristol RI

- August 12th 2023 -
Cultural Marketplace Fair
Independence Park, Bristol RI 
- 11:00am-3:30pm
See Full Schedule Here

Black Ships Gala at Ochre Court
Newport RI

Ticket sales have closed for this year

- August 13th 2023 -
Memorial Ceremony
Island Cemetery- Newport RI

Sushi Sake Sail II

Canceled due to unavailability of the ship
Goat Island, Newport RI


2024 Black Ships Festival
Cultural Marketplace Fair

Saturday (date TBD) at Independence Park, Bristol, RI

We welcome you to join us for our 40th year honoring

the ongoing special friendship between Rhode Island and Japan.

We had a great Black Ships Festival this year! It was one of the Ocean State's most enjoyable free, family-friendly events. Handicap accessible.

We hope to see you in 2024. Experience fun at our Cultural Marketplace Fair filled with arts, entertainment, martial arts, food, one-of-a-kind shopping, kid's crafts & Cosplay Costume Contest - all with a distinctly Asian twist. 

2024 Schedule is to be determined

Here is what the 2023 Full Schedule was

Volunteers Are Always Welcome - Help Us At The Black Ships Festival Events

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