Taste Of Japan

A well-established interactive Japanese cultural festival held in Auckland where visitors are encouraged to take part in a variety of free workshops in a fun way.

Educational and entertaining, we give people of all ages the chance to have a ‘taste of Japan’ whether their taste be for “Origami”, “Shodo (calligraphy)” or Sushi making. NZJS Aoteakai tea ceremony group members host, demonstrate and serve tea to guests. The fundamental philosophy of chanoyu (the Way of Tea) is “ichigo ichie” (meaning “treasure every encounter, for it will never recur”). Another major aspect of the festival is stage performance by top class local and visiting Japanese artists.

Join the committee as grassroots ambassadors! イベントの企画、運営に関心のある人はチームに加わってください。経験者でなくても構いません、やる気があればご連絡お願いいたします。If you want to help prep & facilitate events, please write us a line at culture@nzjapan.net

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Countdown to TOJ








24 July 2021

Life Venues

10:00 AM – 4:30 pm


         Free Event

         List of Performers



Road Closure

There is a massive road closure from Newmarket end (old prison end) of Boston Rd to the venue. Access to the venue is only from Nugent St, Mt Eden road end of Boston Rd and Mt Eden side of Normanby Rd.

Featuring Virtually There tours

With Covid-19 closing the borders, have you been missing your favourite destination? Do you miss your favourite Japanese food and culture?

Now you can visit Japan virtually – at our 2021 Taste of Japan ‘Kizuna’ celebration! Entry is free to this event.

Featuring virtual visits to four of Japan’s most popular regions, Kansai, Kanto, Tohoku/Hokkaido and Kyushu/Okinawa, we will guide you through their most popular places, and you’ll get to taste speciality food from those regions. Like all tours – seats are limited. You will need to book your seat.

We will also have free travel info for when you can travel at the Fukuoka info desk, market day stalls, and cultural performances by our own Haere Mai Taiko drummers and other talented performers.

Experience Japanese culture through our tea ceremony demonstrations, singing and live performances.

We can’t wait to share our Taste of Japan ‘Kizuna’ 2021 with you – book it in your diaries – and book your virtual tour now!

テーストオブジャパン 絆ー「あたかもそこ(日本)にいるかの様に」(入場無料)








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