Canterbury Japan Day

Canterbury Japan Day is an event organised annually by The Japanese Society of Canterbury with the aim of sharing authentic Japanese culture with Cantabrians. The 2021 event has been cancelled.  Like Canterbury Japan Day on Facebook to find out more. The theme for 2020's Canterbury Japan Day was Japanese Winter.

Japanese events at Christchurch City Libraries - February 2021

Life after Three Eleven - Photography Exhibition by Timothy Lomax 15 to 28 February at Tūranga

A photo exhibition to celebrate Japan Day, featuring local photographer Timothy Lomax.

Life After Three Eleven is a collection of photographs taken at Kesennuma, a small fishing village in Northern Japan, sharing the life and culture of the city. 

Kesennuma was one of the worst hit towns on the Sanriku coastline during the 2011 tsunami, and this collection aims to capture the full scope of Kesennuma, but also showcase the inspiring resilience and perseverance of the people Timothy met while abroad. 

Exhibition runs from Monday 15 February to Sunday 28 February.

Haiku Workshop - Thursday 25 February 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Tūranga

Learn how to compose Haiku, one of the shortest forms of poetry in the English language with renowned Haikuist Barbara Strang. Free, but bookings are required. Book your space.
Browse more haiku resources.

Shiki Japanese Music group - Sunday 28 February 1pm to 2pm at Tūranga

Be captivated as local Shiki (4 Seasons) Japanese Music Group introduce and play traditional Koto - Japanese 13-string zither.
Find out more about Shiki.

Japanese Tea Ceremony - Sunday 28 February 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Tūranga

Have a peaceful time, seeing or joining in a Japanese Tea ceremony (Tea gathering, Chakai.) To be demonstrated by Tekijun Chanoyu (Japanese tea culture) group.
Free Matcha (Organic Green powder tea) and Japanese authentic confectionery will be served for booked guests. 16 yrs +

Free, bookings required. Get tickets: Tūranga Japanese Tea Ceremony

The history of Canterbury Japan Day

The inaugural Canterbury Japan Day was held on 11 March 2012 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Japanese Society of Canterbury and the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Japan. It also marked the anniversary of the 2011 East Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Canterbury Japan Day
Canterbury Japan Day, Flickr CCL-2012-03-11-CanterburyJapanDay-March-2012 DSC_0569.JPG

Japan Day proved very popular and has become an annual event, attracting about 20,000 visitors in 2014.

Check our photos of previous Japan Days.

Our online resources

  • Japanese organisations: listing of Japanese organisations, reflecting a range of cultural, arts and sporting associations. From CINCH, our Community Information Christchurch database.
  • Language courses providers: Japanese language course providers. From CINCH, our Community Information Christchurch database.
  • Mango Languages: Mango is an online language learning system that can help you learn a variety of languages, including Japanese. It also contains instructions on how to learn English for native Japanese speakers. Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
  • World Languages Collection: learn more about our collection of fiction and non-fiction in languages other than English.
  • New Settlers page: explore the range of resources and services Christchurch City Libraries offers to new residents.

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