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  • 14 Oct 2018 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Sakura Picnic Day at Banksia Park Cherry Grove 

    Sunday 14th October 2018, 11am-2pm

    Date and Time: Sunday 14 October 11:00 am-14:00 

    Venue: Cherry Blossom Grove, Banksia Park, Bulleen 

    Cost: Entry by gold coin donation

    This community event will showcase Japanese cultural performances, traditional tea ceremony, activities for children and facilitated nature play activities amongst a mature cherry tree grove. The cherry grove was donated to Victoria in 1995 by the Government of Japan. 

    BYO Picnic, or sample Japanese cuisine from onsite food vendors. Japanese tea and sweets also available. 

    For more info click: Sakura Picnic Day

    This project was supported by Manningham’s Community Grant Program and Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne.

  • 28 Sep 2018 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date & Time: Friday 28 & Saturday 29 September, 7:30pm

    Venue: Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank   Booking

    This September, experience the music of one of the world’s most renowned video games in the Australian premiere of Final Symphony: Music from FINAL FANTASY®.

    Following sell-out concerts across the globe, Final Symphony features the celebrated music of composers Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu. The MSO will perform the award-winning music of FINAL FANTASY VI, VII and X under the masterful baton of conductor Eckehard Stier.

    Final Symphony offers a new orchestral concert experience, not just for gamers, but for lovers of beautiful music interpreted in a unique artistic manner.

    Experience the music of FINAL FANTASY as you‘ve never heard it before; without the screens and in full symphonic surrounds this September.

    “Although there are many game music concerts nowadays, what makes Final Symphony so different is how the original music is interpreted more freely, in an artistic manner. It offers something really new that’s not just for game fans.” Nobuo Uematsu, composer

    Final Symphony © & ℗ 2013-2018 Merregnon Studios. Licensed by Square Enix.

    FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark or trademark of Square Enix Group Co., Ltd.

  • 28 Sep 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    "Little Japanese Day"  is an annual family fun day organized by a volunteer committee in spring school holiday.  

    It is an admission free event with loads of fun activities for all Japanese families and Japanese culture lovers. ENTRY FREE♡

    Date: Friday, September 28th 2018 (AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday) 
    10:00 - 15:00
    Inflatable World Oakleigh
    4 Railway Ave, Oakleigh
    Nearby off street parking available 
    5 mins walking from Huntingdale Railway Station

    On the day:
    Stalls and retailers for Japanese handmade jewellery, artwork and crockery ware and many more
    Pop up massage saloon
    Workshop and stage performance
    Japanese "paper play" storytelling mini theatre 
    Swap and share table
    Fantastic door prizes
    Kids entertainment corner 
    Jumping castle for toddlers and huge bouncing play area for bigger kids

     Cafe will be open for drinks and snack. Looking forward to seeing your happy faces there!

  • 23 Sep 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: 23 September, 2pm-4pm

    Venue: Library at the Dock 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands 

    Tickets: $5

    Ichimadin Chiemi's sanshin buddies have been working so hard for this "Sanshin Buddies Show 2018". You can enjoy vairous Okinawan songs performed by Sanshin Buddies and Ichimadin. Ichimadin is also planning and preparing something fun for that day too! Please save the date (Sept 23), bring your family and friends to enjoy Okinawan vibes! 

  • 17 Sep 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Ranger from the Banksia Park and the Cherry Friends Society have applied for a "Pick My Project Grant" to make improvements to the cherry grove at Banksia Park. They are seeking $35,000 for a sprinkler system, chairs and a walking path. 

    Winning this grant relies on votes. So if you live near Banksia Park in Bulleen, then simply register online and vote for this fantastic project. When you register you can vote for 3 projects in their local community. So please click HERE and vote for this project! 

    Voting closes at 5pm, on Monday 17 September 2018.

  • 15 Sep 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Madman Anime Festival is being held on the weekend of September 15th and 16th, 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event is a celebration of anime and Japanese culture, brought to you by Australia’s biggest name in anime, Madman Entertainment, together with Australia’s #1 anime streaming service AnimeLab.

    With exciting international guests and exhibitors, cosplay, live stage performances, pop-up shops, screenings, and exclusive anime events, Madman Anime Festival will have something for all fans!

    Opening Hours: 

    10am - 6pm Saturday 
    10am - 5pm Sunday 

    For more information, please click HERE

  • 15 Sep 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Saturday 15, Sunday 16 September 10am-16:30

    Venue: 12 Daintree Rise, St Helena 3088

    Spring has sprung and Dianne Collins' annual open studio is this weekend. 

    In addition to demonstrations in the studio, the new Gallery space will also be exhibiting Chantal Stewart's Japanese Sumi-e inspired ink life drawings. 

    Sae of Angel Soup will be offering her beautiful handmade soaps and Minako of Minnie Sweets will join us on Sunday with her exquisite handmade Japanese sweets. 

    Please join us for this Japanese inspired celebration of Art & Spring! 

  • 10 Sep 2018 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    DATE AND TIMEMon. 10 September, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


    Melba Hall

    Royal Parade 

    Melbourne, VIC 3010

    Cost: Free   Register 

    Join trumpeter Nick Hewett (Australia/USA) and Head of Percussion, Peter Neville, for the world premier of a major new work by Michael Hanna, based on the work of the famous Japanese poet Matsuo Basho and featuring live calligraphy. The program also include an open forum with the artists. 

  • 03 Sep 2018 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Mon. 3 September 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 


    Wyndham Park Community Centre

    57 Kookaburra Avenue  #55 

    Werribee, VIC 3030

    Cost: Free 

    In this workshop, you'll be informed by a certified Japanese tea instructor about types of Japanese tea as well as how to brew the tea properly.

    About the teacher: Harumi Oshitani from Okei-san, Japanese Tea Plus is a certified Japanese tea instructor as well as a qualified tea education instructor who is based in Melbourne. One of her passion is to share her knowledge and experience with local people and to introduce a good quality Japanese tea in Australia. She also serves as a Japan Tea Goodwill Ambassador to Australia.  Click HERE for booking.

  • 31 Aug 2018 12:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Tanka, Haiku and Senryu Performance

    Date and Time: Friday 31 August 2018, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM 

    Venue:  4th Floor Linkway, John Medley Building,

                   University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, 3010



    Come and enjoy tanka poetry from Melbourne’s Japanese community in a special event with Mel-Tanka-Kai (Melbourne Tanka Group), Myron Lysenko, Dr Grant Caldwell and Dr Elizabeth Beaton.

    The Melbourne Tanka Group poets will share some of their work which has been translated for a new anthology, reading in Japanese with the English translation displayed simultaneously. There will be accompanying readings of haiku, senryu, and other poetry by Myron Lysenko, Dr Grant Caldwell and Dr Elizabeth Beaton. The Yukari Echo Japanese Women's Choir will perform.

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