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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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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A Big Thank You

A big thank you from the Wellington Japan Festival Trust to all the performers, stall holders, exhibitors, volunteers and the thousands of Wellingtonians who made the sixth Japan Festival Wellington such a runaway success. Capacity crowds poured into the TSB Arena on Saturday to enjoy stage performances, craft stalls, delicious Japanese snacks (special mention goes […]

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2018 Venue Areas & Performances

In 2018 the Japan Festival Wellington consisted of 35 performances, workshops and cultural stalls in total at three areas – Tokyo (Main area), Osaka (Main Entrance area) and Kyoto (Upstairs). Check out their performance schedules! In addition, this PDF file has got all information including the Food stalls and Cultural booths as well!

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The Art of the Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony, also known as the Way of the Tea, is one of the most popular events at the Wellington Japan Festival. The tea ceremony is much more than a refined way of preparing and drinking tea. It’s an aesthetic experience, in which every movement by the host is carefully choreographed. Guests appreciate […]

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