Japan Day, June 1

Is that really Düsseldorf? On Japan Day, the metropolis is transformed into a backdrop for Japanese culture and lifestyle.

With around 7,000 Japanese citizens, the Japanese community in Düsseldorf is the third largest in Europe after London and Paris. Once a year the city celebrates a big festival in honor of German-Japanese friendship. Every year on Japan Day, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the cultural festival on the Rhine, which is characterized by a diverse program of stage shows and hands-on activities. For example, the Rhine promenade will be transformed into a promenade for Japanese culture and lifestyle.

More than 400 participants present a nine-hour stage program on the main stage at Burgplatz alone. Information and demonstration stands between Burgplatz and the state parliament enable visitors to practice calligraphy, learn more about the secrets of the game of Go or take part in manga drawing workshops and kimono fittings. There are also samples of Japanese cuisine and traditional sake.

At the end of Japan Day every year, a Japanese-themed fireworks display is lit. It is the largest Japanese fireworks display outside of Japan.

Source: https://www.nrw-tourismus.de/japan-tag-duesseldorf