Japan Day in Düsseldorf
The Japan Day (German: Japan-Tag) is a German-Japanese festival celebrated every year in May or June at Düsseldorf in Germany. The celebration can be seen as the successor of the Japan Week (German: Japan-Woche), that was first held in 1983 and again in 1993, as well as of the Japan Year (German: Japan-Jahr) 1999/2000. It is the largest festival of its kind in the world. North Rhine-Westphalia is the home of the biggest Japanese community in continental Europe. According to German media in 2014 and 2016 the Japan Day attracted about 750,000 visitors, while the Japanese Consulate in Germany claims for the 2007 event a record figure of more than one million spectators.
Cosplay in 2016
Every Japan Day features the sale of Japanese food and drinks, as well as an extensive stage and sports program. Previous events have had performances by Japanese musicians, including koto players, choirs, J-Pop and J-Rock groups, as well as martial artists.
The celebration closes with Japanese fireworks, consisting of several parts, each dedicated to a different topic.
- NRW Pressearchiv, Sept. 29, 2004 (German)
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