Popular Japan Festival on 23 August

19 August 2014

A giant kimono, Japanese blues buskers, martial arts, mouth-watering dishes and gorgeous traditional instruments will feature at Wellington’s popular Japan Festival this weekend.

Calligrapher - Akiko.

See calligraphy in action at the Japan Festival

The family-friendly festival is on at TSB Bank Arena, 11am–6pm, Saturday 23 August.

This year’s Japan Festival marks two 20th anniversaries – the sister-city relationship between Wellington and Sakai, and the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Look out for Sakai City’s cute yuru-kyara – anime-style mascots – on the streets of Wellington before the festival.

Festival-goers will be treated to high-energy entertainment like martial arts and taiko drumming but can also savour more reflective activities such as the tea ceremony and calligraphy. Members of the Capital’s Japanese community – including an adorable children’s choir – will join visiting performers to showcase traditional and modern Japan.

As always, food-lovers will have plenty of delicious choices from stalls provided by local Japanese chefs.

With the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Embassy of Japan and Wellington’s Japanese community, we’re proud supporters of the Japan Festival.