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Japan Tourism Brings Tradition and Sake to New York’s Grand Central Station

@SamShankman

Mar 07, 2014 5:00 am

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The Japan Week opening ceremony took place on Thursday, March 6, in Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall. Samantha Shankman / Skift


Japan Tourism┬áis taking over Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall for the next two days to promote its heritage, cuisine, and attractions to New Yorkers and tourists passing through.

The event is set up like a bazaar, with organization and vendors representing the country’s past and future on opposite sides of the venue.

The cultural attractions include an artisan that sculpts animals out of sugar, a bar with 16 varieties of sake, and virtual reality tours of the Ancient Tomb of Emperor Nintoku.

Tech companies representing the country’s future show off their latest innovations including the Astron watch, high-end train models, and voice translation app NTT Docomo.

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