Welcome to the sixth Japan Festival Wellington – and the very first to be organised by the newly formed Wellington Japan Festival Trust, supported by Wellington City Council and the Embassy of Japan. It has been a great pleasure to work with my fellow Trustees and all our talented volunteers to bring this exciting family event to our capital city. Whether it’s the gracious tea ceremony, breathtaking kendo swordplay, thrilling taiko drumming or the refined art of haiku poetry, the Japan Festival truly has something for everyone. This year’s highlights include funky shamisen artist Noriko Tadano and fabulous chindonya-style taiko duo YuNiOn from Sydney, supported by a great line-up of local talent. So come along and enjoy all the action along with a taste of your favourite Japanese snacks.

We hope you enjoy the festival as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.