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Japanese Film Festival 2019

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Travelling Exhibition - The Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan's Martial Arts (July 2019)

The Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, 139 Vivian Street

Tuesday 2 July - Friday 26 July
9am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday [weekdays only]

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Cycle Around Japan Seminar (11, 12 June 2019)

The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand had the pleasure of hosting the esteemed cyclist, Mr Michael Rice.

Mr Rice shared the unique opportunities he had been granted by touring Japan by bicycle, and Japanese culture through his eyes as a cyclist.

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Japan Festival of Wellington (Saturday, 24 November 2018)

Held every two years in Wellington, the Japan Festival is one of the highlights in the city’s events calendar, attracting thousands of visitors.

Enjoy exciting stage performances, sample delicious Japanese dumplings and sushi, or even have a go at origami paper folding.

Date: Saturday, 24 November 2018
Venue: TSB Arena
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Japanese Film Festival 2018 (Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October)

Our annual Film Festival is back with six great Japanese movies for you to see at Wellington’s very own Hannah Playhouse! All movies are free, and are Japanese language with English subtitles in a wide range of genres. Here is more details.


Venue website:
Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Travelling Exhibition - Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s (July and August 2018)

The architecture exhibition was held in July and August 2018 in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington.

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Travelling Exhibition "HANDCRAFTED FORM: Traditions and Techniques" (25 November 2017 - 22 January 2018)

In corporation with Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, over 100 Japanese traditional handcrafted artworks will be displayed. Click here for more details

Venue: Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre at Upper Hutt (9am - 4pm, 7 days)



Japan Film Festival (14th - 17th September 2017 )

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2017 Wellington Armageddon Expo

Japan Information and Cultural Centre of the Embassy of Japan participated in the Wellington Armageddon Expo for the first time this year.

For the entire three day event from 3-5 June, we provided various information on Japanese pop culture and tourism, gave calligraphy demonstrations and provided cosplay photo taking opportunities in front of a traditional Japanese Gold Screen. Many anime and manga enthusiasts were pleased to take home Japanese calligraphy with their chosen characters as well as get their face painted with some cool calligraphic characters such as 神(God), 侍(Samurai), 猫(Cat) and 孫悟空(Son Goku from Dragon Ball) etc.!

We appreciate so many families visiting our booth and hundreds of cosplayers using our Gold Screen photo booth to show off their brilliant costumes. (Linked to our Facebook)
We hope to see you again at our future Japanese events!



Naoko Tosa, Cultural Envoy - Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk - Feburary 2016


Wellington City Japan Festival - November 2016

PhotosAmbassador's speech

Reopening of "Sakura Hall”at Crofton Downs Primary School - October 2016

Speech by Ambassador Toshihisa Takata at the Reopening of "Sakura Hall”, Wellington


Japan Film Festival - October 2016


Pottery Exhibition, 1- 14 September 2016

The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns

ST. JAMES THEATRE, First Floor Gallery, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington

Maiko performance - "Jewel of Kyoto" - March 2016


Jewels of Kyoto

Traditional Dance & Talk by Japanese Maiko

Memorial Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington
Saturday 5 March 2016 (Free Admission)
13:45 – 14:15 RSVP Entry
14:30 – 16:00 Performance

Who are Maiko?

Maiko are apprentice Geisha, traditional Japanese female artists who have done rigorous training and are accomplished in the Japanese arts, such as tea ceremony, flower arranging and dancing.

Always elaborately and immaculately-dressed, Maiko are one of the most unique and distinct embodiments of high culture in Japanese classical arts.

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