Japan Day

On Saturday, November 02, 2019, the Japan Information & Culture Centre (JICC) held the first ever Japan Day at the Nairobi National Museum. The Japan Day, which is the largest festival ever held by the Embassy of Japan was hosted in collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), and attracted a large attendance of about 2,000 groups and individuals from all walks of life.
The theme of 2019 Japan Day was Food Culture and Sports and thus encouraged people to become healthy through the day.
The Japan Day was a successful collaborative participation of the Embassy of Japan together with the Japanese community in Kenya; and also the National Museums of Kenya together with the Kenyan Community. The Japan Information and Culture Centre looks forward to having more opportunities to engage with the Kenyan Community in order to further strengthen our cordial bilateral bonds.

Ambassador and Mrs. Horie set up a flower arrangement in preparation for the Japan Day

Amb. Horie and Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed share a moment of laughter during the Japan Day

Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed and Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia tour the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Booth

Members of the audience pose outside the Embassy of Japan booth in their beautiful yukata “summer kimono”

Ambassador & Mrs. Horie with Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed and her family show their names written using Japanese calligraphy

Amb. Horie and Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed watch as a chef prepares salmon sush

A member of the audience joins the Kenya Rugby team in demonstrating a “line-out”

Mr. Tashiro, Director of JICC taking the position of a batter while a member of the Baseball Federation of Kenya pitches

Staff from the Embassy of Japan perform a pop dance while cosplayed as popular anime characters

An acrobatics dance performance from the Zamaleo Afriq Cultural Group

Ambassador Horie’s chef demonstrates to the audience how to make “Wagashi” which are Japanese traditional confectioneries

Students from Nairobi Japanese School present a Japanese Drum “Wadaiko” performance

Members of the audience participate in the “Ultra Quiz” which aimed to test their knowledge of Japanese food and the upcoming Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

Ambassador & Mrs. Horie, joined by Cabinet Secretary Amb. Dr. Amina Mohammed perform the song “Jambo Bwana” to the audience