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Whether it’s stunning martial arts displays or the graceful tea ceremony, the 2021 Japan Festival Wellington on March 6 will have something for everyone.  Enjoy exciting stage performances, sample delicious Japanese dumplings and sushi, or even have a go at origami paper folding. Held every two years in Wellington, the Japan Festival Wellington is one […]

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Dance stars in the making

Two talented Japanese students at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) are hard at work over the Christmas holidays choreographing special works for the Wellington Japan Festival. Described by NZSD director Garry Trinder as “two of the most impressive and delightful young people imaginable”, 3rd Yr student Kiki Miwa and 2nd Yr student Airu […]

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Students set about painting giant kimonos

Students at 16 local primary and intermediate schools are hard at work painting huge calico panels for the Wellington Japan Festival’s Giant Kimono Project. “The students have been asked to come up with a design of their choosing on the theme of friendship between New Zealand and Japan,” said Jennifer King, chair of the Wellington […]

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Call for Volunteers

The popular Wellington Japan Festival will be held at the TSB Arena on Saturday March 6 next year. If you’d like to volunteer to help out either in the run up to the Festival or on the day, please email Japan.festival.wellington@gmail.com with your details. The Wellington Japan Festival Trust  is looking for volunteers in a number of areas, […]

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Are you a student of Japanese?

If so, the 2021 Japan Festival Wellington needs you! The seventh Japan Festival Wellington will be held on March 6 at the TSB Arena on the Wellington waterfront. The success of the Festival lies in its family appeal, high energy level, colour, authenticity and strong community participation. Which is where you come in! We’re inviting all […]

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Origami – it’s easier than it looks!

Bring the kids along to the Wellington Japan Festival on March 6 2021 so they can try their hand at origami paper folding. The word Origami comes from ori meaning “folding” and kami meaning “paper”. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques – and that means […]

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