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Did these Japanese students just outdo us at our own haka?

Japanese school students have performed an astounding waiata and haka to visiting rōpū Māori, on a business trade trip last week.

Tokyo's Ikubunkan school kapa haka group taught themselves our indigenous song and dance, with some spending a year as exchange students in New Zealand. 

The video of their Māori rendition has been viewed more than 55,000 times since it emerged on Facebook yesterday, and, judging by the comments, Kiwis couldn't be more proud.

"Oh wow I'm touched to watch this. Love seeing other cultures acknowledging our culture," Jacques Webber commented on Aneta Morgan's video. 

Māori delegates returned the students' favour with a kapa haka performance in Tokyo, Japan. Source: 1 NEWS

"They can pronounce it much better than most English Kiwis that have been here for 20 years plus," Whakatane resident Isiah Tuaru McGarvey commented.