Justin Lester – Mayor of Wellington

wlg_mayorHello, こんにちは konnichiwa. Welcome to the Japan Festival 2018!

The sixth Japan Festival Wellington is upon us, presenting the opportunity to experience both traditional and modern Japanese culture in Aotearoa. This festival brings a little bit of Japan to Wellington for everyone to enjoy, as we celebrate our city’s relations with the nation of Japan and our sister city, Sakai.

Japan is a beautiful country that offers amazing sights, exquisite cuisine, fascinating history and a culture rich with meaningful traditions. I encourage everyone to make the most of this year’s festival as a chance to get to know the culture and learn something new. The festival may also provide an opportunity for some of you to connect with your Japanese heritage. Either way, there’s a lot to see, do and eat today – I know you’ll have a fantastic time.

Let’s enjoy together, いっしょに楽しみましょう, issho ni tanoshimi mashou!