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  • 08 Jan 2018 2:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Melbourne Symphony's violinist Isin Cakmakcioglu and Tokyo pianist Maki Ono will showcase a variety of master works from the classical repertoire as well as the outstanding contemporary Australian composition "Burst" by Howard Dillon. 

    Venue: Steinway Salon, Matsuo Hall, Hibiya Marine Building B1, 1-5-1 Yurakucho, Tokyo

    Date &Time: 8 January 2018, 14.30 door open, 15.00 start

    For more detail, https://www.facebook.com/tokyorecital

    Tokyo Recital in Celebration of "Australia Now" has received grant funding from the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • 14 Dec 2017 10:58 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Explore the underworld of futuristic Tokyo, stop space terrorists with a crew of bounty hunters and escape bullies inside a secret program that can stop time this December.

    Six essential films celebrate the best in Japanese anime, including the groundbreaking classic Akira, the big screen outing of cult TV show Cowboy Bebop, the adaptation of acclaimed sci-fi novel Genocidal Organ, and a live-action version of the perennially cool JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, directed by the prolific Takashi Miike.

    Date: 14 - 22 December

    Check the film schedule at ACMI website.

  • 09 Dec 2017 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Come along to this wonderfully fun event! Guest performing will be Noriko Tadano (tsugaru shamisen), and Lindsay Dugan (shakuhachi)

    Date & Time: 9th December, 6:30pm & 10th December, 2pm

    Venue: Rosstrevor Hall, Brighton Grammar School, 1 Allee St, Brighton

    Advance Sales: $20/15. Tickets at the door: $25(incl. seniors), $20 (under 16)

    For Tickets & Bookings contact: Toshi Sakamoto, toshi@wadaikorindo.com

  • 25 Nov 2017 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Join Brandon, Noriko Tadano ( tsugaru shamisen) for a 50 minutes concert where they collaborate and explore the possibilities of combining these 2 instruments that are rarely played together. 

    The other half of the concert will be by Montana Rose (guitar), with repertoire from Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, and Australia.

    25th November (Saturday)

    Time: 8pm - 10:30pm

    Venue: Boite World Music Cafe, 1 Mark St, North Fitzroy

    Tickets: $22/16/10

    Link: http://boite.com.au/content/noriko-tadano-and-brandon-lee-monta%C3%B1a-rose

  • 23 Nov 2017 1:04 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    This year at JFF 2017, expect to find old tales with new tricks and classic plots with refreshing stories. Fresh faces will grace the silver screen, alongside veterans who’ll shock, delight, and melt hearts. 

    JFF kindly offers us 3 double passes for general screening. For further details, please check the e-newsletters!

  • 23 Nov 2017 12:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Working mostly in ballpoint pen, Shohei Otomo’s insightful depictions of Japan expose both its commercial facade and deepest underground culture. Delivered with an unmistakable level of biting political analysis and technical perfection, Shohei’s work straddles the worlds of art, graphic design, anime and punk.

    Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo the prolific author and illustrator who has shaped so much of Japanese culture with titles such as AKIRA, Shohei’s work takes his fathers legacy into the next generation.

    Date: 23 November - 10 December

    Venue: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey Street, Collingwood

    Gallery opens on Tue - Sunday, 12 - 6pm 

    The Japanese phrase 'ORA ORA' has no direct English translation. It’s a threat or battle-cry, commonly used by Japanese low-lives and thugs. Recently, the phrase has also found itself used in Manga as the onomatopoeia for exertion while punching or kicking someone repeatedly, with ironic undertones. 'ORA ORA' is a deceptively complicated phrase and a fitting title for this exhibition. Like everything that Shohei does, his choice of title has a layered meaning that elegantly ties into show’s central theme.

  • 22 Nov 2017 12:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    From Neighbourhood Campaign to Civic Participation?

    Community Activities of Japanese Immigrants in Sydney and Melbourne 

    Yoshikazu Shiobara, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Law, Keio University

    Wednesday 22 November, 12:30-2:00
    Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium
    , Faculty of Arts
    12 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton Campus,
    Monash University VIC 3008

    Seminar to be followed by a light lunch

    RSVPs not required but appreciated for catering purposes -- click here to respond


    Until the 1990s, Japanese community organisations tended not to actively participate in Australian multicultural policies. However, the tendency has changed and Japanese community organisations are now involved with Australian society through multicultural policy programs. As the involvement process developed in the late 2000s, some groups and individuals began not only to follow the policies but also to object to the failure of policies and to make their needs and requirements known to the government. In this paper I will examine the processes of transformation of community activities by Japanese immigrants in Australia. I will focus on some case studies in Sydney as well as an important example of civic activism led by Japanese immigrants in Melbourne.


    Yoshikazu Shiobara completed his PhD in sociology at Keio University in 2004. He was a visiting research student at the Australian National University in 2001-2003 and conducted his postdoctoral research in University of Sydney from 2003 to 2005. His research interests are multiculturalism and policies for ethnic minorities in Australia, including intensive research on Japanese immigrants. He is also interested in issues related to foreign residents in Japan. His prominent publications are Bundan suru komyuniti (Hosei University Press, 2017), Bundan to taiwa no shakaigaku (Keio University Press, 2017), Tomo ni ikiru (Kobundo, 2012), Henkaku suru tabunkashugi e (Hosei University Press, 2010), Neo-riberarizumu no jidai no tabunkashugi (Sangensha, 2005).

  • 09 Nov 2017 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Take a closer look at the striking commercial art of mid-20th-century matchbox labels, as featured in the State Library Victoria 2018 Diary, available now. These labels beautifully and intricately depict the popular culture and fashion of the time.

    DATE AND TIME: Thu. 9 November 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

    Venue: State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette (Entry 3, La Trobe Street)

    328 Swanston St, Melbourne

    Cost: Free

    Registration from HERE


    • Jerry Bell is a member of the Australian Match Cover Collectors' Society.

    Explore the history of match manufacturing in Japan, its link to the samurai and the western influence on Japanese label design. The expert panel will discuss the various design techniques and what makes the labels so collectable.

    There will be an exclusive showing of the Japanese scrapbook after the discussion.

  • 04 Nov 2017 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Mary and the Witch's Flower's premier is also taking place at the Madman Anime Festival Melbourne!

    Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday 4-5 November, 10am ~

    Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

    Festival Schedule

    For the tickets and more information, click their website.

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