Düsseldorf is regarded as the traditional Japanese heartland of Europe. The city is home to a quarter of all Japanese people living in Germany. This is celebrated with Japan Day – an annual festival of cultures that first took place in 2002. There are calligraphy presentations, samurai displays and performances by music groups, and the ladies can even try on a kimono!
Düsseldorf's 13th Japan Day falls on 17 May 2014. The day's celebrations culminate in a spectacular firework display designed by pyrotechnic masters who fly in specially from Japan. For the ultimate view of the fireworks, watch from aboard a Rhine riverboat.