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Japan-Tag Düsseldorf/NRW
Brauchtum, Feste
Saturday, 20.05.2017
    Mit japanischem Feuerwerk, Kultur- und Begegnungsfest zwischen Burgplatz und Landtag

    On 20 May, Düsseldorf’s Rhine embankment will be the ideal place for those in search of Far Eastern atmosphere, anybody interested in Japanese culture or Japanese sport, or those who simply want the pleasure of admiring cosplayers in their elaborately detailed costumes. For the 16th time, the Japan Day Düsseldorf/NRW will be transforming the state capital into a place for dialogue with the culture and people of Japan.

    Around 90 demonstration and sales stalls will extend from the Reuterkaserne to the Mannesmannufer where visitors will be able to buy traditional clothing, accessories and ceramics, and try out Japanese arts such as calligraphy or the game of go. In addition, members of the Japanese Club will be on hand to help try on kimonos. Some 20 food tents will give visitors the opportunity to sample various Japanese specialities.


    Continue along in the direction of the Landtag (parliament building) and you will find yourself at the heart of the pop culture zone where everything will be revolving around manga (comics), anime (animated films) and cosplay (dressing up as one’s favourite character). Those who wish to do so can take part in a cosplay or karaoke competition, or listen to Japanese pop music.

    After crossing the Rheinknie Bridge, you will see the Japanese archers (kyudo), and the samurai military camp is just a few metres further along. The street soccer tournament is also taking place in this area.


    The main stage of this festival of dialogue is on Burgplatz. The programme of authentic music, dance and drumming will end at around 21:50 with a performance by the band AKARA. The artists, travelling specially from Japan for this event, will be playing rock music on classical Japanese instruments such as the koto zither, the shakuhachi bamboo flute, the shinobue flute, and drums.


    This year Düsseldorf will be hosting major sporting events such as the Table Tennis World Championships, the Triathlon Sprint European Championships and the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. This will be reflected in the sporty theme of the Japanese fireworks display that will begin above the Rhine at around 23:00 and will include pyrotechnics that conjure up a bicycle wheel, various ball sports and a race between fireworks.

    Japan Day will be athletic during the hours of daylight as well. On the stage at Johannes-Rau-Platz there will be demonstrations of well-known martial arts such as karate, sumo and judo, as well as ju-jutsu, naginata and aikido. A slackline and a goal-shooting wall invite active visitor participation.


    The Japan Day side programme includes Japanese films at Black Box, an open day at the EKO House, and themed guided tours of the Municipal and Maritime Museum and the Hetjens – German Ceramics Museum.


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