New York Mets fans celebrated Japanese Heritage Night at Citi Field on August 27th. This was the first time that the New York team hosted such an event, marking the growing influence of the Japanese and Japanese American communities in the region.
Shinichi Nishimiya, Ambassador and Consul General of Japan, was in attendance. “Recently, there has been a most welcome surge in activity by various Japanese American organizations in and around New York, one of the aims being to engage the expat and long-term Japanese community in the area. The Mets hosting their first Japanese Heritage Night at Citi Field is an excellent attempt to pull together all those interested in furthering such causes, in a most enjoyable setting,” stated Nishimiya about the evening at the ballpark.
The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. (JAA), Japanese Americans and Japanese in America (JAJA), Japanese American National Museum, Japan Society and the Japanese American Veterans Association were among the participating organizations.