Japan Day 2024 (25 February 2024)

The Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland and the Japanese Society of Auckland held Japan Day 2024 at Auckland’s Trusts Arena on Sunday 25 February. This was the 21st time Japan Day has been held.
At the opening ceremony, there were speeches from Japanese Society of Auckland President Naomi KURODA, Consul-General Shinji MATSUI, Minister for Ethnic Communities; Economic Development; and Media and Communications (Associate Minister for ACC) Melissa Lee, Member of Parliament Jenny Salesa and Councillor Shane Henderson representing Auckland Council. The event was also attended by members of the Auckland Consular Corps, which contributed widely to the lively exchange on the Japanese culture.
On the stage there were musical performances from groups using traditional Japanese instruments including Taiko, Koto and Shamisen as well as rock bands, dance performances from Yosakoi group and Japanese children, Bon-odori, Aikido and Japanese calligraphy demonstrations.
At booths around the venue there was a wide range of Japan-related activities including an Ikebana exhibition, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese painting exhibition, sales of Japanese goods, Sake tasting, a wine seminar, promotions of Japanese companies including Honda Motor Co. Ltd., a Japanese language seminar and Japan tourism promotions.
Consul General MATSUI
Japanese Society of Auckland President Naomi KURODA Minister Melissa Lee Member of Parliament Jenny Salesa Councillor Shane Henderson
Consulate Booth with Minister Melissa Lee Japan Day Venue