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Originally a golf club, the Japanese Society of Canterbury was established on 26 January 1992, and is a community which serves to make Japanese people feel they can greet each other when they pass by in a foreign country, and be a place where a representative of Japan’s opinion can be expressed. Families of current group members, friends and corporate members participate in activities together.

What we do?



Doing various activities such as Public Relation Activities, First Aide,  Events etc



Watering and maintenance of the Cherry trees in the Japanese garden etc



Providing information to people from Japan living in NZ etc



There are Golf, Choir, Japanese drums, and Light music clubs.
You're most welcome to join!

Planned Activities for 2022

First of all, we, the Committee of Japanese Society of Canterbury, would like to thank you very much for your continued support.


As it stands, we are expecting a significant reduction in number of the committee members for 2022. Although our activities for 2022 will therefore be reduced, we are determined to help build a safe Japanese community and will focus on the following:


① To be the community liaison between: Japanese organisations and clubs; NZ communities; and immigration related organisations.


② Aggregating and sharing information within the Japanese community:

  • Distribution of a bi-weekly email newsletter;

  • Publication of our official magazine “Hirogari(ひろがり)” (currently planned twice a year); and

  • Utilising our homepage and SNS accounts (Facebook and Instagram).


③ Maintenance of Kurashiki Garden and interaction between members (at Halswell Quarry Park).


We will not be able to plan and implement any events such as Japan Day under the current circumstances. If and when there is a request for an event, we will notify all the members to seek whether there is a possibility of forming a management team/committee for such an event. We will merely work as a mediator.


For any comment, question or suggestion, please get in touch with us by email to



Honorary Advisor

Tsuguyoshi Hada

Director of Christchurch Consular Office of Japan

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Naomi Peters

Already it has been a year since I became a committee member last July.
Looking back, it was a time when there were restrictions on what was able to be done as a consequence of the Covid lockdown immediately after. Despite these limitations I was able to
enjoy the activities held by the Japanese Society .
Finally, the covid barriers between Japan and the rest of the world are disappearing, and we are
starting to feel reinvigorated . I can't wait to see what kind of year it will be! I look forward to working with all of you!


Vice chairperson・ Treasurer
Yoko Matsumoto

"The shade of one tree and the course of one river are all the fate of previous existence" We are gathering together under the Canterbury Japanese Society and sharing the moments together. I would like to thank this opportunity and cherish the bond we share through our culture. I congratulate the 30-year Anniversary of the Canterbury Japanese Society, and I hope to contribute to the ongoing development of the Society.


Michiko Ward

I will continue my service as the Secretary as I did in the previous year and as Treasurer for this year.
As a board member, I have felt the thoughts and hardships of those who have been responsible for the Japanese Society of Canterbury.
I would like to thank them for their past efforts. Together, I would like to build The Japanese Society that meets the needs of the future. I look forward to working with you again over the
upcoming year.


Public relations
Asako Suzuki

This is my third year on the board and only my third year living in Christchurch. However, I have been fortunate enough to meet many Japanese people through The Japanese Society and have been helped by the kindnesses I have received from everyone.
I am looking forward to working with everyone again this year in a variety of activities.


Public relations
Kaoru Hirasawa

I started living here with my family in 2003. At that time, there was little information available, and I recall with nostalgia how reassuring the Japanese Society was to me.
Now that I have become a veteran, I am grateful for the many encounters and connections I have made until now. I would like to assist the Committee , even if only in a small way. I look forward to working with you.


Two students have joined us through an internship program!!


Hello everyone! I am Xavier Fulguirinas, a fourth-year student at Canterbury University.
Currently, I am studying a master of applied translation and interpretation (MATI). 
I lived in Tottori for four years and worked as an ALT ( Assistant Language Teacher) at Aoya High School. That experience was so interesting and fun that I look forward with great anticipation to all the things that I can do together with the Japanese Society and the Japanese community.
I look forward to working with you.

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Hello everyone. My name is Alex. I am a third-year Japanese language student at the University of Ara. I have never been to Japan yet, but I would like to go there someday. I am going to try my best to make the best of this opportunity. I look forward to working with you.

Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for people who are willing to work for the Japanese Society as volunteers.

We believe that together we could brainstorm lots of ideas that we can then develop and then shape them into reality.

Our group is full of fun and there is always a friendly atmosphere.

No qualifications or special skills are required to volunteer.

Not only is this opportunity great for individuals who want to expand their friendships and network, you are able to add on your resume that you have volunteering experience in a community organisation. 

We are looking forward to working and cooperating with you!

We are also looking for helpers at various events.

Please contact us at if you are willing to provide your support.

Membership Info

【Renewing Your Membership for 2022】

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, our activities are still significantly restricted. In addition, it is expected that more than half of our committee members will resign at the end of this term.


Having considered the above, we have decided to waive the membership fee for all members for 2022.

Membership requirements: understanding and agreement to the constitution  

(please review the constitution)


Admission Fee: $20 (new and re-joining members only, not required for renewal)


Annual membership Fee:

Regular membership (single/family) free for 2022 (usually $30)

Friends of Society membership (single/family)  free for 2022(usually $30)

Corporate membership (corporation/individual) free for 2022 (usually $100)


※annual membership fee runs from July of every year until June of the following year.

(Full price also applies to mid-year signups) 


Admission Fee: $20 (new and re-joining members only, not required for renewal)

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