There is no other place in Germany where you can experience the Japanese way of life as authentically as in Düsseldorf. On May 13, the city will once again be transformed into the site of one of Europe's largest Japanese cultural and encounter festivals. That's when Japan Day takes place here.
The official welcoming ceremony with the tapping of the sake barrel will take place at 12 noon on Burgplatz. A colorful program follows, including music and karaoke, dance and sports, and Japanese specialties. There will be a manga workshop and a cosplay competition, demonstrations of judo and ju jutso, kyudo archery, iaiso and kendo sword fighting, and kobudo. The cultural festival will end again this year with a large Japanese fireworks display on the Rhine (starting at 11 p.m.).
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