To commemorate the arrival of U.S. ships in Japan and the subsequent "opening" of Japan to the rest of the world, the Black Ships Festival is being held in Shimoda, the town where Commodore Perry landed in 1853. The festival begins today (May 18th) and runs through the weekend until Sunday. Known for its white-sand beaches, Shimoda is located within a couple of hours travel from Tokyo on the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula. There will be various attractions including fireworks, marching bands, a U.S. Navy parade, historical recreations, a bazaar and more. Click the image for more details. Happy Friday!