Head along to “Hello Japan - the Kids Japanese Festival ”, happening Friday 20 January at the Ellen Melville Centre to explore Japanese culture!

Come along and enjoy film screenings, Taiko performance and workshop, Origami workshop, Japanese calligraphy workshops, authentic Japanese tea tasting, bouncy ball scoop, traditional Japanese toys, therapy robot Paro, Yukata and Happi coat dressing!

Film screenings:

Films will be shown in English. No bookings required - on a first come first served basis.

  • Anne of Green Gables - 10:30am

    From the late Isao Takahata, known for his work with Studio Ghibli, comes the timeless tale of Anne of Green Gables.

    Raised in an orphanage, Anne Shirley is unconventional, spirited and fanciful. When she is accidentally sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert at Green Gables, she finds herself in a strange new environment. Here, she'll learn about herself, while brightening the lives of those around her.

    Isao Takahata was a Japanese director, screenwriter and producer. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, he earned international critical acclaim for his work as a director of Japanese animated feature films.


  • Earwig And The Witch - 1:30pm

    Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that hermother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange coupletakes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. 

    The latest film from Studio Ghibli is directed by Goro Miyazaki and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning on the feature from his father, Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki. Based on the children’s novel “Earwig and the Witch” by Diana WynneJones, the film marks Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3DCG animated feature. The film was an official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.


This is a free event for anyone to join.

Presented by Ellen Melville Centre and Auckland Council and Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland and the Japan Foundation.


Park for $2 per hour at the Victoria St car park on evenings and weekends. Find out more.

Come into the city centre on public transport for as little as $2 each way. Find out more

Last updated: 12 September 2019