Te Kuiti Report

On the 13th April 2024, both Kinuko and I, departed Napier around 9:00am. The weather was fine, until we were 15 to 20 minutes out of Taupo when it started to rain. From then on, the rain was sporadic. We stopped for a rest at the Taupo Mitre 10, to stretch our legs and a […]

Visiting Police Officer Takashi Endo meets with President

Takashi Endo of Auckland City Police met with Elizabeth-Marie on Monday 3 April 2023 to discuss potential support for Japanese Nationals. Many of the Japanese Nationals live in Hawke’s Bay live in rural communities. Elizabeth-Marie had discussed concerns on crime in the areas and for the police to keep an eye on these areas.Takashi Endo […]

Emperors Birthday

The Emperor’s Birthday (天皇誕生日, Tennō tanjōbi) is an annual Public holiday in Japan celebrating the birthday of the reigning Emperor, which is currently 23 February as Emperor Naruhito was born on that day in 1960. It is enforced by a specific law, “The Law for Special Exception of the Imperial House Law concerning Abdication, etc. of Emperor” (天皇の退位等に関する皇室典範特例法) of 2017. This year a celebration […]

Japanese Based Tatsumi opens strawberry production in Clive

Full production is just months away at Tatsumi New Zealand’s strawberry farm in Clive. The Japanese owned company will produce strawberries year round, exporting mostly to Japan. The facility replicates  the company’s Japanese setup, where strawberries can only be grown a few months of the year because of very hot summers. Our temperate climate is much […]

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Member Profiles (Old & New) – Kinuko Iko

    Current Committee Officer  Former Vice President  Life Member Joined: 1990    Kinuko Iko joined the Hawkes Bay Japan Society within one week of arriving in New Zealand.She came to New Zealand with the intention of visiting various cities such as Napier, Christchurch and Nelson, but instantly fell in love with Napier and stayed. Her and […]

Japanese Heroes- Yuzuru Hanyu

We would like to introduce to you one of the most famous figure skaters in the world;the Japanese superstar Yuzuru Hanyu Download PDF Here

Elizabeth-Marie & Djany go to the Emperor’s Birthday

As far as amazing experiences go, the Emperor’s Birthday Celebration at Trust Hall, Wellington, has certainly made its mark on my list. This was a particularly special occasion as it was the first birthday celebration of His Majesty the new Emperor of Japan, Naruhito. The celebration saw a number of important delegates and officials, with […]

Origami class

Mr Gaku Fujita from Tokyo gives a demonstration to Napier residents on how to make origami models. The class was sponsored by the Japan Society, and over 30 people attended during the morning.

Japan Month at Creative Arts Centre

Opening of the “Japan Month” at Creative Arts Centre in Napier on May 6th this year. Organised by the CAN Centre and the Japan Society of Hawkes Bay, and sponsored by the Napier City Council – on display are gifts from Tomakomai City, several kimono, art works and haiku of local poets. There are also […]

Tomokomai Student Visit

We recently had three students visit from our sister city in Tomokomai. Takumi, Noa and Hinano. They stayed with New Zealand homestays, attended school, fed farm animals, viewed the city and it’s surroundings and even took a day trip to Taupo where they enjoyed activities like the bungy and the jet boat. When asked about […]