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Experience Japan in Australia and New Zealand
Japan’s unique culture and breathtaking natural landscapes are renowned worldwide. Stories and images of the snowy mountains of Tohoku or bustling streets of Tokyo have inspired adventures to the land of endless discovery for generations, but now you can be inspired in your own city…
Experience Japan abroad and gain an insight into true Japanese culture with these fantastic festivals throughout Australia and New Zealand. Make sure you stop by and see us at the Visit Japan booth at each event to get all your information on travel to Japan and the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Fukuoka Day in New Zealand
When: Saturday 3rd of September Where: Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street
Hosted by the New Zealand-Japan Society of Auckland and the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland, Fukuoka Day celebrates the 30th anniversary of the special sister-city relationship between Auckland and Fukuoka on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Featuring an unmissable art exhibition of the works of award winning Fukuoka born animator Mizue Mirai, as well as an Ikebana show, Japanese food stalls, a tea ceremony, workshops and more, make sure that Fukuoka Day is booked into your calendar!
Japan Festival in New Zealand
When: Saturday 26th of November Where: TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf
Once every two years, Wellington plays host to the colours, culture and crafts of Japan in a day long festival hosted by the Wellington City Council and Asia New Zealand Foundation. Celebrating the relationship between Wellington and its sister city Sakai, the Japan Festival includes martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony, taiko drumming and calligraphy as well as special performers that in the past have included pianist Nagako Miya and gospel singer Hanna Bunya, making it an unmissable event for anyone in the Wellington region.
Matsuri in Sydney, Australia
When: Saturday 10th of December Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Where better to experience a preview of authentic Japanese culture than at a traditional Japanese summer festival (matsuri). This year the Matsuri held in Sydney’s Darling Harbour is even more special than usual, as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of friendship between Japan and Australia. With food stalls, a beer garden, traditional workshops, and performances, the Matsuri is an unmissable insight into the endless discoveries awaiting you in Japan.
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View the rich colours of last year’s Matsuri festival below. Make sure you use #MatsuriSydney on any photos you upload to see them on this website!