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Japan Day (German: Japan-Tag) is a German-Japanese festival celebrated every year in May/June in Dόsseldorf, Germany. It is the largest festival of its kind in the world. North Rhine-Westphalia is the home of the biggest Japanese community in continental Europe.[1]. In 2005, Japan Day attracted 1.2 million visitors.
The "essential points" of every Japan Day are the sale of Japanese food and drinks as well as an extensive stage and sports program. The last one consists of Japanese musicians (e.g. koto players, choirs, J-Pop and J-Rock groups) as well as martial arts.

In addition to this, there are several stalls showcasing Japanese culture (e.g. kimono-fitting, sake-seminar) and more attractions (e.g. a samurai army camp).

Later in the evening a Bon Dance marks the final act of the day. All visitors are invited to take part in the dance. To enhance the spectacle, Happis and Japanese fans shout and show their enthusiasm.

The end of the celebration is marked by Japanese fireworks. It consists of several parts, each of which is dedicated to a different topic.

P.S. For me the main attraction beside the fireworks was the presence of some 2000 "Manga" Fans - I will post some pics later on.

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Additional Photos by Marque Berger (rio_de_janeiro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 82 N: 410] (2091)
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