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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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

    For the tickets and more information, click their website.

  • 01 Nov 2017 11:30 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    From Counterculture to Subculture the Study of Social Movement in Japan after the 3.11 disaster

    This presentation discusses from a cultural perspective how young activists deconstruct conventional forms of organization and collective identity to construct alternative type of activism in contemporary Japan. Previous studies have regarded social movement as an organizational behavior based on collective political identity. However, the situation has drastically shifted after the 3.11 nuclear disaster. Some research shows that Japanese youth protesters no longer have definitive political membership and organizational principle in their activism. They tend to participate in demonstrations as individual and do not commit themselves to long-term participation in a particular activism. This presentation argues that the shift of youth movement has much to do with the decline of youth counterculture in the era of individualization. Youth’s participation in social movement does not show a shared ideology, principle, political style against the mainst ream, which counterculture used to have and differentiate into numerous kinds of subcultures with individualized fashion, preference and purpose of political participation.


    Kyoko Tominaga is associate professor in College of Social Sciences at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include social network of protesters, social movement sub-cultures and political mutual understanding among activists across borders.

    Date/Time: Wed 01 Nov / 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


    Monash University, Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, 12 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton Campus

    To RSVP by Friday 27 Oct or for further information and please email


  • 28 Oct 2017 4:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Save the Date : October 28 4:00 PM

    Tanabe Takeshi :The Big Bang Symphony with Ode to Handel’s Water Music

    Celebrate the opening of our first solo show with Japanese sculptor Tanabe Takeshi and the first sculpture show at Lesley Kehoe Galleries. Under the overriding concept of 'The Big Bang Symphony' Tanabe presents diverse series of works 'Dedicated to Handel's Water Music' and 'Locus of Time'. A regularly selected exhibitor at Sydney Sculpture By The Sea and with major works in public spaces in Asia, Tanabe's work is also represented in the Gibbs Sculpture Farm Collection in New Zealand.

    This very special event will be a celebration of art in all its forms: performance art with Butoh artist Yumi Umiumare; Handel arias with mezzo soprano Victoria Hodgkinson; and acclaimed Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo graciously sponsored by Asahishuzo and presented by Sake Master and Dassai Ambassador Melbourne's Andre Bishop.

    This will be a ticketed event. Please register your interest for an invitation and further information: gallery@kehoe.com.au.

  • 22 Oct 2017 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date & Time: Sunday 22 October, 5 pm (for 75 mins, no intermission)

    Venue: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton)

    Tickets: $20 (Online), $25 at the door

    Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/QYWW

  • 18 Oct 2017 12:45 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Visit City Library on the third Tuesday of the month for a Japanese Language Book Club which runs from 18 October to 19 December.

    Get together with other Japanese speakers and chat about your favourite reading materials. No need to book, just drop in.

    Cost: Free

    Check the schedule at http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/book-clubs/Pages/japanese-language-book-club.aspx

  • 18 Oct 2017 12:04 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Sakura Picnic Day

    “A beautiful event!”

    “We saw beautiful cherry blossoms in April when we visited Japan this year but we had no idea that we could enjoy them again in Melbourne!” 

    “We loved watching a tea ceremony demonstration and trying actual ‘Matcha and Japanese sweets’!”

    “Awesome!  Just awesome!  A little piece of Japan right here in the suburbs of Melbourne.  Wonderful!"

    So many smiles and happy voices we saw and heard at our family event, "Sakura Picnic day.”  This year's event, held at the Banksia Park off Templestowe Rd in Bulleen on Sunday 15 October, was in for a special treat with a gorgeous sunny day and many, many families and friends (more than 1,500 visitors!) enjoying their picnics and experiencing the Japanese “Hanami- cherry blossom viewing”. 

    Some people who know much about “Sakura culture in Japan” would know how lucky it was to have so many beautiful cherry flower trees blooming in time for the actual event as cherry trees bloom fully only for a very limited time (1-to-2 weeks) and it is difficult to pick when they will actually bloom.  They are very climate-sensitive trees!  Melbourne’s changeable weather, four-seasons-in-one-day, makes it even harder to guess. That made it even more spectacular to see so many cherry trees in full bloom on the Grove this Sunday!

    People also enjoyed Ikebaba (flower arrangement), Japanese drums, Koto (a Japanese harp), Kendo performances, children making “origami” and other outdoor nature plays. 

    Another very popular highlight was a “tea ceremony demonstration” supported by our member, Chado Urasenke Tankokai Melbourne.  Many members of Uraenke wearing beautiful kimono prepared more than 60 serves of green tea on the site.  People gathered to watch their beautiful tea ceremony demonstrations and also enjoyed trying a proper Matcha (green tea) in delicate traditional ceramic bowls and cute Japanese sweets.  A big "Thank you!" for the generous gold-coin donations to purchase tickets for green tea and sweets. All these donations will go towards maintaining the cherry trees at the Grove. 

    We overheard several people talking about a recent article in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper describing the history of these cherry trees.   On January 17, 1980, then Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira gifted one hundred cherries to the people of Victoria to mark his visit to Melbourne. They were planted originally in Jell’s park, but did not fare well due to the soil and wind. The surviving 65 trees were rescued and transplanted to Banksia Park two years later but their condition was miserable until Yasuka Nakagawa’s help.

    In 2015, she helped establish the Cherry Friends, a volunteer group of "Japanese seniors" who, in spring and autumn, apply liquid fertiliser to the trees every two weeks and, in summer, water them twice a week. Now a park ranger visits the trees a few times a week as well and has embarked on a program of disease-control, pruning, weeding and mulching.

    Now those cherry trees are looking much happier and it will improve even more thanks to expert advice from the horticulturalists of Olinda’s National Rhododendron Gardens.  Moves are also underway to secure funding for paths, seats and signage.

    It was such a happy atmosphere!  Families and friends enjoyed their picnic under a beautiful Spring blue sky in the shade of the beautiful cherry trees. People with serious-looking cameras taking shots of Sakura flowers, children happily running around, people walking their dogs under a perfect sunny day. 

    This event was made possible through the extraordinary efforts and collaboration of the Japanese Society of Melbourne, the Australia Japan Society of Victoria, the Manningham City Council, Parks Victoria and the Rotary Club of Templestowe.  We’ll see you all there again next year!

  • 14 Oct 2017 9:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Presented by the Bonsai Society of Victoria Inc., the exhibition showcases a broad range of traditional Japanese styles as well as contemporary approaches to bonsai art

  • 13 Oct 2017 11:35 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    A lively group made their way to renowned Maedaya Izakaya on Bridge Rd Richmond to hear our resident Sake guy, Trevor Fleming present four different types of Nihonshu and enjoy beautifully matched dishes including Robbins Island Wagyu by Sake master and owner Toshi Maeda.

    From a warmed Honjozo to a super-premium Daiginjo, an Aussie Nama Genshu to a Cowboy Yamahai, the group were wowed by the contrast in styles, aromas and flavours of Japan’s most famous beverage.

    Thanks to Trevor, Toshi and the team at Maedaya for putting on a great event and check out www.sakejapan.com.au to buy the products featured on the night.

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