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  • 22 Aug 2011 11:10 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Approximately 14 former participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)Programme will travel to Tohoku at the invitation of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They will stay in Japan for around one-week from August to September and meet-up with former colleagues and students, as well as observe reconstruction efforts in disaster stricken areas.
     
    Ms Heidi Bressler, a former participant who departed from Tasmania, will travel to Iwaki City - her former placement between the 17-26 September. She is highly proficient in the Japanese language.

    2003-2006    Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
                        Iwaki Government / Iwaki International Association
                        The JET Programme     
     
    2006-2008    Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
                        Iwaki City
                        Board of Education
                        The JET Programme
     
    2008            Awarded  the Iwaki City International Exchange Goodwill Ambassador 
                       Award for outstanding contribution made to international relations in Iwaki City       
     
                       Attained 3rd Dan Level in Kendo
     
    Please contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne if you would like further information about the Invitation Programme.
  • 14 Aug 2011 12:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    A warm welcome is extended to all, to attend the Waverley Bonsai Group Annual Show on Saturday & Sunday 13/14 August, 2011.

    It will be held at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, the cnr of Stephensons Road & Miller Cres Mount Waverley, Mel ref 70 E1, being opposite the
    Mount Waverleyrail station.

    A large display of Bonsai will be on view & for sale, along with items to grow Bonsai successfully.

    We have by invitation, just attended the Japan Festival, with a Bonsai display, which was very well received by all who attended.

    The cost is $5.00 & the hours are 10am/ 4.30pm & 10am/4pm.


    We hope you can join us over the weekend & enjoy the wonderful world of Bonsai.


    Telephone enquiries to Bruce on 0431 773 446.

  • 22 Jul 2011 2:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    THE 60TH MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL The 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival will celebrate its 60th edition this winter. 330 films, including world premieres and a number of prize-winning films from world-class festivals, including Cannes and Berlin, will screen.  The program will once again feature the work of world-renowned filmmakers, and more than a couple of unknown gems, in its popular Australian Showcase and Accent on Asia, International Panorama, Backbeat, Next Gen and many more sections, plus a 60th edition retrospective and exhibition. The most highly regarded short film competition in the Asia Pacific, Best MIFF shorts screens approximately 100 short films, competing for a prize money of AUD$35,000. FILM FESTIVAL >> 21 July - 7 August 2011

    Features:

    NORWEGIAN WOOD (d. Tran Anh Hung, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

                               

    Tues 26 July      6:30 PM            Forum Theatre

    13 ASSASSINS (d. Takashi Miike, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Tues 26 July      9:00 PM            Greater Union Cinema 6

    COLD FISH (d. Sion Sono, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Thurs 28 July     9:00 PM            Greater Union Cinema 3

    LITTLEROCK (d. Mike Ott, USA) in English, Japanese w/English subtitles

    Tues 26 July      4:00 PM            ACMI 2

    Sun 31 July       11:00 AM          Greater Union Cinema 4

    ZEBRAMAN 2: ATTACK ON ZEBRA CITY (d. Takashi Miike, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Wed 3 Aug        9:00 PM            Greater Union Cinema 6

    JIRO DREAMS OF SUSH (d. David Gelb, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Sat 30 July        11:00 AM          Greater Union Cinema 6

    Sun 7 Aug         6:30 PM            Greater Union Cinema 4

    OUTRAGE (d. Takeshi Kitano, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Fri 29 July         9:00 PM            Greater Union Cinema 4

    Mon 1 Aug        9:00 PM            Greater Union Cinema 6

    MASAO ADACHI (d. Philippe Grandrieux, France) in French, Japanese w/English subtitles

    Fri 29 July         9:30 PM            ACMI 1

    Sun 31 July       9:00 PM            ACMI 1

    AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (d. Yasujiro Ozu, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Tues 26 July      4:00 PM            Forum Theatre

    GUILTY OF ROMANCE (d. Sion Sono, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Sat 30 July        11:30 PM          Greater Union Cinema 5

    Thurs 4 Aug      9:00 PM            Greater Union Cinema 6

    HANEZU (d. Naomi Kawase, Japan) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Sat 30 July        1:30 PM            Greater Union Cinema 5

    Sat 6 Aug         4:00 PM            Greater Union Cinema 6

    TATSUMI (d. Eric Khoo, Singapore/Indonesia) in Japanese w/English subtitles

    Sun 31 July       11:00 AM          Forum Theatre

    Tues 2 Aug       9:00 PM            Greater Union Cinema 3

    TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER (d. Dorota Kędzierzawska, Poland/Japan) in Russian, Polish w/English subtitles

    Mon 1 Aug        6:30 PM            Forum Theatre

    Shorts:

    Tokyo – Ebisu (d. Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan) no dialogue

    Sun 31 July       1:30 PM            ACMI 2

    Plug, The New World (d. Tsuneo Goda, Japan) no dialogue

    Sat 30 July        6:30 PM            Greater Union Cinema 5

    The Mechanism of Spring (d. Atsushi Wada, Japan) no dialogue

    Sat 30 July        6:30 PM            Greater Union Cinema 5

    Full program online and in The Age on 8 July:

    www.miff.com.au

  • 21 May 2011 8:45 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Your Help is Needed!

    Please contact Nami in our office ASAP to confirm your attendance at:

    Japan Tsunami Fund Raiser
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    Australia-Japan Society of Victoria and Scotch College proudly present:

    Ensemble Liaison with Roger Jonsson.


    SATURDAY MAY 21, 7.45pm
    Ian Roach Hall Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street Hawthorn
    TICKETS $30
    incl wine / refreshments 

    Join us to enjoy Ensemble Liaison in collaboration with renowned Swedish violinist, Roger Jonsson. 

    Ensemble Liaison is one of Australia’s top classical ensembles, setting the trend for brilliant collaborations with leading artists including Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright, Emma Matthews and Ray Chen. 

    You’ll want to get up and dance … !

    John Mackey – Breakdown Tango

    Paul Schoenfield – Klezmer Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

    Interval

    Franz Schubert – Notturno for Piano Trio

    Peter Schickele – Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano


    ENSEMBLE LIAISON

    Roger Jonsson – violin
    Svetlana Bogosavljevic – cello
    David Griffiths – clarinet
    Timothy Young - piano

    Also visit http://www.scotch.vic.edu.au/scotcharts/scotcharts.htm

  • 15 May 2011 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    10:00 - 17:00 Sunday, 15 May, 2011
    Box Hill Town Hall & TAFE
    Entry Fee: $5:00
    Free Entry: children (up to grade 6), pensioners, senior citizens, disabled persons (+1 attendant) and persons dressed in kimono or yukata

    This year's special plan: cosplay contest, drawing contest and karaoke workshop

    visit http://www.jcv-au.org/japanfestival/ for further details (Japanese website)

  • 05 May 2011 11:28 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Monash University Museum of Art is presenting an upcoming exhibition by Midori Mitamura. Midori Mitamura is a Tokyo based artist who creates installations that combine
    photography and video, text, found materials and everyday objects gathered while travelling. Mitamura’s exhibition Art & Breakfast, Melbourne will be developed during a three month period as visiting artist in residence at Monash University.

    Visit http://www.monash.edu.au/muma/ for further details.

  • 13 Apr 2011 12:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Volunteer Members of Melbourne’s Chado Urasenke Tankokai invite you to share a bowl of green tea and a traditional Japanese sweet at the new gallery premises: “We, those who have been studying Chado, one of the beautiful Japanese arts, are eager to help our friends in Japan who suffered by this unbelievable disaster to rebuild their community. Now, we cordially invite you to visit our Tea Demonstrations, where we will serve the traditional Japanese sweets and bowls of green powdered Tea”

    Tea and Sweet $10.00
    For the adventurous in art and the generous in spirit:
    Tea in an ‘Art Bowl’: $15-20.00

    Lesley Kehoe Galleries
    Ground Floor 101 Collins Street Melbourne
    Thursday & Friday 14 and 15 of April
    Anytime between 12 – 4.00 pm.

    All funds raised go to the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Tohoku Earthquake Appeal Account.

  • 06 Apr 2011 2:38 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    How many times have you been to a Japanese restaurant, read the sake menu and thought, “it’s all too hard, just bring me the hot sake”!?

    Learn the difference between Junmai and Nama, Ginjo and Honjozo as sake connoisseur Trevor Fleming takes you on a journey into the world of Nihonshu. Sample six different sake products, nibble on delicious Japanese inspired bites and take home your very own cup.

    Limited to only 30 places, this event will sell out so be quick to secure your seat.

    ‘Sake - A Dilettante’s Journey’ by Lesley Kehoe Galleries will be available at the special price of $22 on the night (normally $30)


    Cost – AJSV Members $40, Non-Members $50

    For bookings please call 9642 2125, fax 03 9642 2129 or email: office@ajsvictoria.org.au or trevor@kehoe.com.au

     
    Date: Wednesday 20 April,
    Time: 6pm – 8pm
    Place: Lesley Kehoe Galleries
    Ground Floor, 101 Collins

    RSVP – April 18th 2011.  No tickets sales at the door.

    Strictly no cancellations or refunds

  • 27 Mar 2011 10:20 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Helping friends and family after a traumatic or distressing event can be
    difficult, but you can help. It's always a good idea to ask the person how
    you can best support them through the trauma. Listening, talking and
    practical help are all important ways to help.

    See the following fact sheets provided by the Better Health Channel and the
    Department of Human Services for further advice and information in Japanese
    and English:

    Trauma - helping loved ones
    www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Trauma_helping_loved_ones?open

    Trauma - after effects
    www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Trauma_after_effects?Open

  • 26 Mar 2011 8:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    George and Noriko are doing a fundraising gig to help Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. Originally the gig was for our birthdays but after seeing and hearing about the devastation occurring in our country we decided to change it to a charity event.

    Date: 26.03.2011
    Time: 8:30pm-11:30pm
    Location: Union Hotel Brunswick 109 Union St
    Ticket: Free entry but please donate to support Japan.

    Donate to: "We personally will be donating the fee we get from the Union Hotel and all sales from cds that night to the Red Cross. We will also be collecting from any guests that wish to make a donation and that also will be sent to the Red Cross".

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