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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 2023

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 2023. Although our activities for 2023 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


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.

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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!


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.

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.


Ordinary Member・

Friendship Member

  • Information provided through bi-weekly email communications and quarterly newsletters.

  • Participation in exclusive seminars and events for members only.

  • Benefits and discounts at events and other special occasions.

  • Additional support and assistance.


New Membership Registration Fee : $20

Annual Membership Fee : $30

Affiliate Collective


  • Parents or guardians of enrolled supplementary school students are considered affiliate
    Collective members, so there is no need for renewal while your child is enrolled (you will receive the same benefits as regular members).


Annual Membership Fee :

Paid in lump sum to the Supplementary School.

Corporate Member

  • In addition to the ordinary membership benefits.

  • Advertising placement in the quarterly newsletter (1-4 times a year depending on size) and promotional placement in bi-weekly email communications.

  • Advertising placement on the website.


New Membership Registration Fee : $20

Annual Membership Fee : $100

Youth Members

  • Residing in New Zealand under the age of 25 or all age group if holding a working holiday visa

  • Information provided through bi-weekly email communications and quarterly newsletters.

  • Participation in exclusive seminars and events for members only.

  • Benefits and discounts at events and other special occasions.

  • Additional support and assistance.


New Membership Registration Fee : Free

Annual Membership Fee : $5

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