The Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland and the Japanese Society of Auckland held Japan Day 2020 at ASB Showgrounds on Sunday 9 February.
At the opening ceremony, there were speeches from Consul-General Minoru Kikuchi, Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa, National MP Melissa Lee, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Japanese Society of Auckland Chairperson Anri Go.
This is the largest event introducing Japanese culture in New Zealand, and with 26,000 visitors it is an excellent opportunity for people to increase their knowledge of Japan through various Japanese culture. There were also booths exhibiting Bonsai, Kimono and other traditional arts, tea ceremony demonstrations, Japanese tea tasting, sales of Japanese foods and sake, and promotion of Japan tourism.
At the venue, there was a performance on stage from special guests Shamisen player Keisho Ohno and Taiko drummer Kenji Furutate as well as performances such as Yosakoi dance, Japanese martial arts, cosplay dance.

Consul-General Minoru Kikuchi Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa
National MP Melissa Lee Auckland Mayor Phil Goff
Japanese Society of Auckland Chairperson Anri Go Performance by Mr. Ohno and Mr. Furutate
Tea ceremony demonstration Karate performance

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