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Japan Week – 150 years of Japan – Germany

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It has been mutually agreed by the Japanese community, the City of Düsseldorf and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to postpone the Japan Day Düsseldorf/NRW from 28th May to 15th October. The remaining programme items for Japan Week (21st-28th May) and the Japan Business Day on 27th May are not affected and will take place as planned.

After mature consideration it was felt that this step was appropriate in light of events in Japan. The Japanese Consulate-General in Düsseldorf has expressly emphasised that the Japan Day should not, however, simply be cancelled this year. The purpose in retaining but postponing the event is to extend a token of thanks for people's solidarity with Japan. The full Japan Day programme will now take place on 15th October – in other words with all elements of this cultural and social festival, as well as fireworks.

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Amity and Trade Treaty between Japan and the then Prussia in 1861. Both countries agreed to organise a “150 years Japan-Germany” event in 2011, and to use this as an opportunity to further develop bilateral relations. For this reason, the year 2011 is being celebrated throughout Germany with an extensive programme which, in Düsseldorf, includes the Japan Week from 21st to 28th May 2011. The highlight of this will be Japan Day on 15th October 2011 with Japanese fireworks.

Japan Day is the biggest cultural and social festival of its kind. It is a cultural festival in honour of the German-Japanese friendship. A highlight – and also the grand finale – of Japan Day Düsseldorf/NRW is the huge display of Japanese fireworks that has a different theme every year. In 2011, the theme will be “150 Years of German-Japanese Friendship”. This blaze of pyrotechnics, specially created in Japan for the occasion, will be presented by Japanese firework experts above the Rhine, between Oberkassel Bridge and the Rheinknie Bridge.

Around 6,500 Japanese citizens live in Düsseldorf, making it the third-largest Japanese community in Europe, after London and Paris.

When: 15th October 2011

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