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The 40th Black Ships Festival was a cultural fusion of exciting events and meeting people

The Japan - America Society of Rhode Island (JASRI) inspires cultural curiosity, understanding, collaboration, and friendship between the people of Japan and the Ocean State. The friendship is a long and storied one. The two countries have been exchanging goods and ideas for centuries, and our relationship has only grown stronger in recent years.

We hope you had a blast at the 40th family-friendly Black Ships Festival in Bristol and Newport, RI this summer. We'd like to thank Toray Plastics (America), the Consulate-General of Japan, Explore Bristol, the Heritage Harbor Foundation,

the State of Rhode Island and the Town of Bristol, Blackstone Valley Tourism, Bristol Garden Club, Friends of the Rogers Free Library, and all our sponsors, performance artists, craft vendors, and food trucks for helping to make the festival a huge success attended by over 3,200 families and tourists. See you next year!

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