Black Ships Festival
The Japan America Society of Rhode Island is celebrating the 35th year of the Black Ships Festival on July 13-15, 2018. Started in Newport in 1984, we are pleased to expand the Festival to Bristol this summer! The Black Ships Festival is a celebration of the friendship between the country of Japan and the state of Rhode Island in commemoration of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Commodore Perry opened trade up between the United States and Japan with the Treaty of Kanakawa in 1864. Japanese arts and crafts, martial arts, a Japanese tea ceremony and taiko drums will be some of the highlights. For complete details visit

July 13, 2018 - July 15, 2018
Bristol, RI 02809