Japan Tag 2024

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For Anime and Japan fans, the small district around Düsseldorf Central Station is no secret. With its numerous book stores, ramen restaurants and grocery stores, "Little Tokyo" attracts numerous visitors to the North Rhine-Westphalian metropolis all year round. The Japan Day 日本デー, is the heart of the German-Japanese friendship. For many years now, since 2002 to be precise, the event has attracted almost 1 million visitors every year on this day.


As the official partner city, the city of Düsseldorf organizes this unique cultural event all about Japan. The event represents an extensive program for young and old. A highlight here is the selection of sales stands on the Rhine promenade. With a wide variety, from Anime/ Manga, souvenirs and information about the respective partner cities, there is also a lot to discover in culinary terms. For the scene, it´s the biggest event to meet each other.

On June 1st, Düsseldorf will once again be transformed into the site of one of the largest Japanese culture and encounter festivals in Europe and will once again delight visitors with a spectacular Japanese fireworks display on the Rhine. A day full of Japanese art, culture and cuisine awaits Düsseldorf residents and all guests. In addition to karaoke and cosplay activities, the main stage also offers its musical contribution. A wide variety of programs is also available for fans of Asian martial arts. It is an event by fans for fans and brings together numerous interest groups. The grand finale awaits visitors at around 11 p.m. each year, when the first bang heralds the start of the largest Japanese fireworks outside of Japan.

This year, you are able to see the German Anime Cover band Genkidama live! Some of you maybe regnorized them from Discomfort Wings Radio Playlist in 03/2024.

12:30-20:45 Uhr Popkultur-Bühne



14:45 Uhr Genkidama



New highlights and tried and tested traditions at Japan Day Düsseldorf

This year, the pop culture stage at Johannes-Rau-Platz will be in collaboration with DoKomi. With a longer playing time, visitors can enjoy a varied program of music and interactive participatory activities. Also the cosplay and karaoke competitions known from previous years will take place there. Registration for the cosplay competition takes place in the morning of Japan Day directly at the stage.


There is another innovation in the sports stage. This is on this year the state parliament meadow. Here visitors can enter the world of traditional Japanese Sports. Under among other things, the popular samurai army camp is part of the event again this year cultural festival.

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All further information about Japan Day Düsseldorf/NRW can be found on the official website. Official hashtag #japantagDUSNRW    


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