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  • 24 Feb 2019 12:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2019

    The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival will return in 2019 to celebrate its 10th anniversary! Again the event will showcase traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with performances, food and activities for all ages. The festival will conclude with drawing our highly anticipated raffle prizes at the end of the afternoon, with over forty prizes, including three – a pair and one single – economy return tickets to Tokyo. We can’t wait to see you there!

    Date: Sunday 24 February 2019 (12 noon – 6PM) Admission: Free
    Venue: Federation Square – Corner of Swanston/Flinder Streets, Melbourne 
    Organizer: Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Melbourne Inc. & Japanese Society of Melbourne, Inc.

  • 17 Feb 2019 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    "The Garden of Forking Paths": Mira Gojak & Takehito Koganezawa

    The exhibition finds points of connection and divergence in the work of these two renowned artists, with large scale installations and more intimate works connecting their practices across both floors of the museum. 

    Australian artist Mira Gojak presents new work alongside drawings, sculptures, installations and photographs spanning more than twenty years, while the practice of her Japanese counterpart Takehito Koganezawa is represented by specially-made performative video drawings and new improvisational works with a sampling of earlier works on paper.

    Date and Time: Wednesday 7 November until Sunday 17 February 2019 

    Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm; Thur 11am – 8pm. 

    Venue: Buxton Contemporary, Cnr Dodds St & Southbank Blvd, Southbank.  

    Entry: Free.   

    Fore more information, please click here 

  • 27 Jan 2019 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    "Tokyo Fruits" 

    This photography exhibition, previously displayed at Japan Foundation, Sydney, will appeal to people with an interest in Japanese fashion.

    From colourful decora to neo-goths and cyber-punks, influential street fashion publication FRUiTS Magazine told stories from Harajuku, the creative centre of Tokyo fashion, for over twenty years.

    Tokyo FRUiTS maps the myriad of trends and multiple identities of Tokyo fashion, through a selection of photographs from the publication. Developed in 1997 in response to Harajuku’s bourgeoning experimental street fashion boom, FRUiTs magazine (led by photographer Shoichi Aoki) documented the colourful characters that defined the creative and fun identity of Tokyo’s youth culture.

    Twenty years on, the palette of street fashion has evolved to a simpler aesthetic, with a stronger Western influence, and the FRUiTs publication drew to a close. This exhibition traces the movement from Decora girl gangs, Lolita, and Urahara kei, through to the more recent trends of Neo Gyaru, Nu Goth, and the Simple Boom.

    When: Friday 12 October 2018 – Sunday 27 January 2019

    Where: Writer's Block Café, Borchardt Library

    La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC

    Cost: Free

    For more details, see the La Trobe University website.

  • 19 Jan 2019 2:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Annual Koto Student Concert

    This concert will feature koto students of Brandon Lee, who have been working hard to create a rich and diverse programme for the concert. Come along and support them, and meet other koto enthusiasts! Seats are limited, so come early to make sure you get a seat!

    Date and Time:  19th January 2019, 2:30 pm

    Venue:  Library at the Docks 

    Entry by Gold Coin Donation

  • 27 Dec 2018 4:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    ACMI presents Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    OPEN DAILY, except Christmas Day

    MUSEUM 10am–5pm

    CINEMAS until late

    Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia

    Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda


    A constant innovator, Sakamoto’s music has evolved in perfect harmony with his evolution as an artist and thinker

    27 Dec 2018 - 16 Jan 2019

    100 mins

    Full $18 Concession $14 Member $12 Group (10+) $12 and Seniors $8

    For more information, please click HERE

  • 18 Dec 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    "Discover Osaka"  Forum & Seminar 

    A delegation from Osaka is in Melbourne as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Melbourne-Osaka sister city relationship. This event, “Discover Osaka”, will include presentations by the Mayor of Osaka, Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN, Universal Studio Japan, and others. There will also be a panel discussion and the ceremonial signing of a Melbourne-Osaka joint statement.

    The event’s theme is “The urban appeal of Melbourne and Osaka: Promotional approaches of Osaka's tourism”. The organisers are the City of Melbourne, the City of Osaka, and the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau. The event is supported by JETRO Sydney.

    When: Tuesday 18 December 2018

    Where: Yarra Room, Level 2, Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC

    Schedule: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Forum 3:10pm – 4:40pm Seminar

    Cost: Free

    To register, email ga0005@city.osaka.lg.jp by Thursday 6 December with your full name, company, position, phone number and email address.

  • 12 Dec 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu : Book launch event

    Book launch event for Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu a non-fiction work by Andrew Thomson published by Ryan Publishing.

    Date and Venue:

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 5pm

    Lander & Rogers, 12thfloor, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne

    RSVP toandrew@mailthomson.com

    Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushumay be ordered from Ryan Publishing atwww.ryanpub.com.au/bridgetothegods.htm


  • 09 Dec 2018 3:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Wadaiko Rindo Annual Student Concert 

    Wadaiko Rindo, Japanese drumming team based in Melbourne will hold an annual students' concert on Sunday 9th December 2018 

    Date and Time: Sunday 9th December 2018

    11:00am-12:30pm- Beginner's & Intermediate class (Admission Free) 

    3:00pm-5:20pm-Advanced class & Special Guest Noriko Tadano (Shamisen) 

    Venue: Christine Strachan Theatre South Oakleigh College, Bakers Rd Oakleigh South


    Advance sales $22/ $16.5 (under 16) by 7th December   Booking 

    Door sales $25/$20 (under 16)    


  • 06 Dec 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Kokedama Workshop

    Date and Time: Thursday 6 December 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

    Venue: Yarraville Community Centre 59 Francis Street Yarraville

    Cost: $55  Booking

    Practice the Japanese art of binding plants into mini hanging works of art. Also known as ‘poor man’s bonsai’, Kokedama have been created in Japan for centuries. Learn the best plants to use, care instructions and creative ways to use them in your living spaces. With a bit of gentle persuasion and some coloured string you’ll create these stunning living art works ready to take home and display.

  • 05 Dec 2018 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese bookbinding 

    Date and Time:Wednesday 5 December 2018, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

    Venue:Yarraville Community Centre 59 Francis Street Yarraville


    Using beautiful handmade suminagashi marbled papers, Paperazzi Design studios resident paper artist Michelle Lackenby, will guide you through various Japanese bookbinding stitch techniques and patterns and show you how to create your very own books to take home. These journals make excellent gifts and can be used for a variety of purposes. Think photo books, writing journals, travel diaries – the possibilities are endless. Come along and have fun creating your very own handmade books using the Japanese binding stitch style. No experience necessary. 

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