Join us for Hello Japan - the Kids Japanese Festival, happening Friday 22 January 2021 during the school holiday at Ellen Melville Centre to explore the Japanese culture!

Enjoy amazing Japanese animation movies such as Penguin Highway + fun activities. This is a free event offering children and families. We invite you to watch, laugh, create, and explore with us. Please visit Consulate-General of Japan website for more details. (Please note that this event will be held only under NZ Covid-19 Alert level 1 or lower.)

Free Japanese Animation Screening ( Film will be shown in English / Registration required)

An endearing coming-of-age story like no other!
Penguin Highway is the first feature film from Studio Colorido (founded by director Ishida and ex-Studio Ghibli character designer Yojiro Arai) and exciting young upcoming director, Hiroyasu Ishida.

Based on the award-winning novel by Tomihiko Morimi (The Tatami Galaxy and The Eccentric Family), Penguin Highway is an energetic animated debut and is sure to impress you with its heart, as well as its colourful and whimsical palette!

The film also was recently awarded the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” for Best Animated Feature at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival and has received standing ovations around the world.

(Year of Production: 2018 • Runtime: 118 min • Languages: English)

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: 16 December 2020