What you need to know about Japan Day 2022

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What you need to know about Japan Day

After a two-year break with Corona, Japan Day is being held again this year in Dusseldorf. Everyone concerned is looking forward to it. The city expects hundreds of thousands of visitors.

One of NRW’s biggest cultural festivals returns: On May 21, Japan Day will take place again after a two-year break due to Corona. It’s the first major public space event in the state capital since the start of the pandemic. As Mayor Stefan Keeler (CDU) announced Wednesday, many culture and meet-fest traditions will be preserved.

About 70 information and practical tents will be set up along the Rhine promenade, including 22 gastronomy tents with Japanese street food. There are also theaters for dance and music from Japan, including Burgplatz. Children and young adults will spend the entire afternoon here, including the children’s choir of the Japanese International School and the wind group of the Japan Club. In the evening, the highlight is the performance of the ensemble “Charan-bo-Rantan with Kankan Balkan”, which, among other things, combines chanson and Balkan music and presents a circus-like theater show with colorful costumes.

The pop culture stage, where the cosplay fashion show and karaoke competition will take place, can be found for the first time in Johannes-Rau-Platz. Reuterkaserne also has 13 providers from the field of popular culture. Folk culture platforms will also be set up in Mannesmannover and Prairie in the state parliament. The sports theater was set up at the shipyard on the Lower Rhine.

For the first time, the Market Square will also be part of the event: a children’s and games festival will be held here, with masks made, face painting and reading hours. Fortuna Düsseldorf also participates as a partner.

The festive closing of Japan Day was a large evening fireworks display by Japanese fireworks technicians. This year’s theme is “Together for Peace and Friendship” and a total of five different scenes will appear in 25 minutes. WDR broadcasts live as usual.

The city is expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors again this year. There have been up to 600,000 guests in the past, said Keeler, “and we are confident we can build on these visitor successes.” NRW Economy Minister Pinkwart emphasized that Japan Day was one of the biggest and most beautiful events of the year at NRW, with which one also sends an important signal for international understanding and peace. For Keeler, this sign must extend far beyond Dusseldorf in times of war in Europe. “This is exactly what we need these days, and it will benefit us and all visitors,” he said.

Japanese Consul General in Dusseldorf Kiminori Iwama said that Japan Day is an ideal opportunity to learn about the uniqueness of the different regions of Japan. He is glad to be able to celebrate the festival again in its original form – after the 160-year celebrations of German-Japanese relations had to be kept small last year due to Corona.

The event is a celebration of friendship between Japan and Germany, but this year also an expression of solidarity with Ukraine. He also asked all participants to adhere to the applicable infection protection rules. “Japan Day is back, and I’m excited to try it in person,” Iwama said.

The president of the Japanese club in Dusseldorf, Manabu Miyamoto, made a similar statement. The Japanese community organizes Japan Day with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the city of Düsseldorf. “We are very happy to welcome so many visitors from home and abroad on Japan Day once again,” Miyamoto said.

He also announced that proceeds from donations from Japan Day and Charity Bazaar will benefit three organizations this year: Children and Youth Organization Arche, which operates a recreation facility for disadvantaged children and youth in Wersten, and an emergency shelter for homeless girls and girls. Young Women Social Service for Catholic Men and Women (SKFM) in Dusseldorf and Women’s Counseling Center.

Uli Friedrich, Director General of Tourism Düsseldorf, emphasized the importance of Japan Tourism Day. Often visitors come not only for the day, but also get to know the state capital during the weekend. Surveys from the past have shown that about a third of visitors are not from NRW. With a social media campaign, which should also run in Japan, they now want to announce the main event. “We are happy to welcome so many people here and also to express the cosmopolitanism of Düsseldorf.”

Information The official rules of protection against corona apply to all events. All information about the programme: www.japantag-duesseldorf-nrw.de.

Here is the photo gallery: The most amazing outfits of Japan Day 2019

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