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June 1 2024

Japan Day is an annual festival where the city of Düsseldorf places itself under the banner of the rising sun, celebrating and honouring the close relationship to the local community from Nippon. Strong economic connections reaching back to the early 1950s  formed the basis for an amicable relationship between the Japanese and other residents of Düsseldorf and NRW.

The event attracts around 1 million people to the city. Throughout the day and into the evening, an explosion of impressive events and activities take place on stage and in booths in the old town and along the promenade. Most visitors to the Japan Day remain till after dark to watch the renowned beauty of the stunning Japanese firework display.

Düsseldorf is home to one of the largest Japanese communities in Europe. This aspect of the city can easily be experienced through the multitude of Japanese restaurants, shops, schools, sports, music or cultural institutions.

Around 6,500 Japanese live in and around Düsseldorf and over 400 Japanese companies are located in the region. Partnerships instigated all those decades ago created trade in important industrial machinery. Meanwhile, services have become increasingly important.

Story Vincent Green, Jan 3 2022

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