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  • Children need to be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Kids Yukata (Casual Kimono) & Happi Coat dressing is available for children around 140cm tall or less only.   
Japanese Calligraphy Workshop Origami Workshop Kids Yukata (Casual Kimono) & Happi Coat Dressing  Kids Favorite: Bouncy Ball Scoop
Elizabeth Yate Room (Upstairs)
Helen Clerk Room
Betty Wark Room
Outside of Betty Wark Room
Japanese calligraphy is one of the most celebrated and revered forms of artistic expression within Japanese culture. Truly notable calligraphic writing takes decades to master and can be valued as much as paintings and other forms of Japanese art.

Discover the basics of Japanese calligraphy during a lesson with Master Japanese Calligraher Ms Rie Shibasaki.

Learn how to use a calligraphy brush to create an original piece of artwork that you can take home with you as the perfect souvenir!
Step by Step instruction.

Children will be introduced to the art of Japanese Origami. Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. Fun and creative!

Japan Kauri Education Trust preserves Japanese cultural and linguistic heritage for the next generation of Japanese in New Zealand.

Also, the Trust promotes effective relationships with local communities, and bridges the gap between the New Zealand and Japanese cultures.
Experience cute and cool Yukata / Happi coat dressing! 

Yukatas are casual kimono, made from a light breathable cotton. Happi coats are traditional lightweight cotton jackets. They are worn mostly in the summer in Japan especially while visiting festivals!

Kids Yukata and Happi Dressing is available for children under 140cm tall only. A first come, first serve basis and kids can enjoy their Yukata or Happi for 15minutes after being dressed to take photos or enjoy other activities! 
Another fun summer festival activity, Bouncy ball scooping!!  It is a game to scoop bouncy balls in a pool. A bouncy ball is called “superball” in Japan.

How many can you scoop?? The scoop is made of paper with a plastic frame, and the paper tears when it gets wet!

Enjoy this thrilling game, and let’s get cute bouncy balls. 

Limited quantity (Bouncy Balls), not to be missed!
Play with Japanese Traditional Toys Meet World Famous
Therapy Robot PARO 
Taiko Performance & Workshop Authentic Japanese Tea Tasting
Outside of Betty Wark Room
Outside of Betty Wark Room
Freyberg Squire
Outside of Helen Clerk Room
Over the past decade, technology has been growing fast. In Japan, there are many great traditional toys that Japanese children still play with at schools and with their friends!

Kids Japanese Festival introduce a wide range of traditional Japanese toys such as kendama (a toy similar to cup-and-ball), taketombo (bamboo-propellers), koma (spinning tops), and hagoita (wooden paddles used in a badminton-like game) and more!!
Meet Paro, an advanced therapeutic robot that is not only cute and cuddly, but is also having a serious impact on mental health therapy for patients at all stages of life.

Developed by a leading Japanese industrial automation pioneer, Paro is a technologically advanced interactive robot that offers many of the same benefits of animal therapy to patients who are in environments where interacting with live animals isn’t practical or possible. 
Power, passion, artistry and Oriental grace; Japanese taiko drumming is an amazing experience to behold.

Haere Mai Taiko, dedicated and passionate performers of Japanese taiko music based in Auckland, will present a powerful and beautiful performance.

Following their performance, children will be invited to workshop to try Taiko!
Come and explore real Japanese Tea-tasting with Ms Chiwako Hoshina.

Ms Chiwako Hoshina is officially recognized as a Japan Tea Goodwill Ambassador by Japanese government and the only certified Japanese tea advisor in New Zealand.

She has a vision of introducing and educating New Zealanders about the many health benefits of high quality Japanese Tea.