JPA Ourdoor Cultural Program

Dance, Music & Kimono

JPA’s outdoor cultural program Dance, Music & Kimono” this year introduces 10 different variation of Japan’s performances, lectures and workshops! Some of our performance programs are designed to enjoy the stage shows, and some others welcome participants to join! The perfect green environment on Governors Island also enhances your pleasure of engaging in some exercise activities with Japanese music and dance!

For our lecture sessions, Frisode kimono dressing demonstration and some pieces of traditional full costume Japanese dance will be performed with the detailed descriptions of hundreds of years of history. Our workshops for the Japanese fun techniques using hands such as Furoshiki Wrapping, Spinning Tops, and other toys give you a good sense of the Japanese craftsmanship! Some of our programs require reservations for the seats to avoid too much density in the venues.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Because of the COVID safety policy, JPA has to limit the venue capacity up to 200 people each day. We will use Eventbrite to secure the participants’ booking and we may have to control the number of viewers by our staff members at the site. 


JPA outdoor programs have two types of activities:

1) On the 22nd, 29th, and 31st, programs are oriented more for enrolling and participating in the activities.
2) On the 23rd and 30th, the events are more for viewing such as cultural demonstrations and lectures.

Programs currently listed:

Dance to Japanese Pop Songs, Frisode Kimono Dressing Demonstration,
Enka Band Performance, Yukata Casual Summer Kimono Workshop,
Awa Odori (Dance), Gujo Odori (Dance), Nihon Buyo (Traditional Japanese Dance),
Traditional Japanese Hair Dressing Demonstration, Furoshiki Wrapping Workshop,
Having Fun with Traditional Japanese Toys, and more.

Around the end of April, we will release more details of each program, schedule, and how to enroll to participate in the programs that require reservation.

Please check back!

Please note: 

  • Under the still on-going COVID-19 circumstances, Governors Island Ferry requires reservation. Please come to the Island by making the reservation for the ferry ride online.
  •  JPA’s event this year is a cultural program and unlike the summer festival we had in 2019, Japanese food vendors are not included in our program. Please bring your own lunch (bento) or purchase some food from Governors Island food vendors or restaurants.
  • Our program’s venue is only at Nolan Park this year. Please note that there will be no dance performance show on top of Outlook Hill.
  • Please read the Covid Plan!

JPA Covid Plan

Please read the below linked Governors Island’s Covid Policies before visiting the Island.

For those participating in JPA’s programs, there are additional Covid plans other than the general policies by Governors Island. Please read below:

  1. Those who desire to participate in JPA’s programs, please come to Nolan Park, our venue on Governors Island. Please check your temperature at one of the tents marked as “Information.” If no problem, you will obtain a sticker. Please attach the sticker on your body at an easily visible place. Those who with stickers will be able to participate in the program.
  2. If you are only observing the event (with reasonable social distancing), the sticker is not required.
  3. Upon making a circle for Bon Odori dancing, the number of participants will be limited. Please follow the instructions from our staff members.
  4. Upon touching the tools and toys used in our workshops, please wipe them with the hand sanitizer provided nearby. Please use the hand sanitizer for your hands as well or use the plastic gloves provided.

Direction to Nolan Park:

Nolan Park is 5 min walk from the Ferry terminal on Governors Island. From the terminal walk up to the end of the street and take the left passage. Walk along with the street, you will reach Nolan Park.