The amazing story of a shipwrecked Japanese boy and a Fairhaven Sea Captain in the 1800s was celebrated on the SouthCoast with an event every spring. The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, May 5 from 11 to 4 at the site of the Whitfield-Manjiro Museum on Cherry St. in Fairhaven. Gerry Rooney, President of the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society joined Jim Phillips this week to discuss the festival, and the Society's impact both here and in Japan.

The Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society via Facebook
The Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society via Facebook

Townsquare Sunday with Jim Phillips can be heard each Sunday at 6 a.m. on WBSM 1420 and Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program highlighting non-profits and community organizations in the Greater New Bedford area.

If you have a public event, festival, or neighborhood activity you want to publicize, submit your information here. You can also send an e-mail to Jim Phillips at This program can also be heard by downloading the WBSM app.

With additional reporting by Cameron DaCosta.

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