Dusseldorf has the third largest Japanese community in Europe. London, UK has the largest then followed by Paris, France. Dusseldorf has over 500 Japanese companies residing in the city with over 8,000 Japanese residents. Apparently, the Germany-Japan relationship started after WWII and with the support of the city and state governments, it has flourished and now, Dusseldorf has became the preferred city over many other areas in Europe for Japanese businesses. It is even referred to as “Nippon on the Rhine” and has annual Japan Day, where the locals and tourists can enjoy some great Japanese food and experience the culture.
All this also equals to finding great Japanese food and snacks in the middle of Europe where you would least expected to. From Roermond, NL, it’s a 20mins drive on the autobahn. (GPS: Nikko Hotel Dusseldorf. Many restaurants are in the same area.) Now, time to eat some good sushi! Yum Yum. 🙂