Japan Festival Wellington 2022

Mark your calendars! The seventh Japan Festival Wellington will be held on June 18, 2022 at the TSB Arena and Shed Six on Wellington’s vibrant waterfront. “We’ll be putting all our efforts into delivering a stunning event for all the family,” said Wellington Japan Festival Trust chair Jennifer King. King said the cancellation of this […]

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Ukiyo-e through Wellington eyes

Following a sell-out gallery exhibition in 2021, popular stallholder Alistair McDonald will return to the Japan Festival in 2022 with his unique Kiwi take on the Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e. Alistair’s love affair with ukiyo-e – translated as “pictures of the floating world” –began in earnest in the late 1970’s when he saw […]

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Dance stars in the making

Two talented Japanese students at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) were 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 students Kiki Miwa and Airu Matsuda were looking […]

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Students paint two giant kimonos

Students at 16 local primary and intermediate schools have painted huge calico panels for the Wellington Japan Festival’s Giant Kimono Project. “The students were 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 Japan Festival Trust. “There […]

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Are you a student of Japanese?

If so, the 2022 Japan Festival Wellington needs you! The seventh Japan Festival Wellington will be held on June 18 2022 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 […]

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Origami — easier than it looks!

Keen kids can get into practice for the 2022 Wellington Japan Festival by trying 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 no cheating with […]

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Whether it’s stunning martial arts displays or the graceful tea ceremony, the 2022 Japan Festival Wellington on June 18 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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