The Rhode Island Black Ships Festival

     On June 11th, Consul General Ohmori attended the Gala for the 2022 Black Ships Festival co-organized by the Japan-America Society of Rhode Island and the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston where he gave the opening remarks.
     The festival commemorates the work and life of Commodore Matthew Perry, whose arrival to Uraga, Japan in the late Edo-period with his fleet of “Kurofune” Black Ships marked the opening of US-Japan relations. The festival is held annually over the course of three days in Commodore Perry’s hometown of Newport and nearby Bristol, Rhode Island, during which various events promoting Japanese culture can be experienced. This year’s festival marked the 39th annual event.