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  • 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.

  • 13 Dec 2017 10:44 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Once again, we ended the year on a high with a fantastic Japanese BBQ dinner at Tetsujin.

    There were plate’s full delicious beef and pork to be cooked on the BBQ grill and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the theatrics and taking turns to cooking while some have proven their skills as a “MasterChef”. At all the tables the drinks and conversations flowed freely and some even took on the Asahi Tower! By the end of the night everyone was full and with reluctance said their goodbyes for the year….

    With 30 people in attendance we welcomed many new faces (who we hope will join the AJSV community) and of course our loyal Konshinkai regulars a number of whom have been attending for many years without fail. We thank you all for attending and making this and all our events so successful.

    2017 has been a very successful year for the AJSV, with a Beer & Cheese Tasting in April, Izakaya dinner in June, the Alumni night in August was attended by 80 people, our biggest event outside of the Gala Dinner and of course the ever popular Sake Tasting event in October.

    We thank you our members for attending these events as without your attendance they would not happen, however special thanks goes to our dedicated volunteers who make these events possible! Many thanks to our Konshinkai volunteers, Celeste, Trevor, Sam and Deborah….

    We look forward to seeing you all at our 2018 events.

  • 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

  • 08 Dec 2017 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Come join Australia's favourite Japanese Comedian for her quirky and hilarious pre-christmas show at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. This is a complimentary, free show filmed for TV Tokyo (Japan).

    Showko Showfukutei is a Japanese comedian, ventriloquist and professional fully trained Rakugo performer (Japanese traditional comedy). Showko’s off-beat sense of humour blends traditional Japanese Rakugo with standup comedy and ventriloquism to create a unique and delightfully funny hybrid.

    Influenced by her real stories from adventures around the world as a globetrotting comedian (London, Edinburgh, Paris, LA, Tokyo), you know that you are in for a hugely entertaining show

    Its So Real its surreal.

    Special Guest: Nicholas J. Johnson. One of the best Magicians in Australia

    Tickets are complimentary but seats are limited so secure your spot now.

    Register now through Eventbite.

    Please note that TV Tokyo (Japan) will be filming this event.

    Date & Time: Friday 8 December, 7-8pm

    Place:  Athenaeum Theatre 2, 188 Collins Street Melbourne

  • 01 Dec 2017 5:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Coburg Night Market is an experience for the whole family and brings together an evening of tantalising street food from around the world, an array of some of the city’s finest artisans and some of the best local acts, providing the perfect backdrop for summer Friday nights in the lead up to Christmas.

    Established in 2010 by Queen Victoria Market, the Coburg Night Market is now managed by Moreland City Council.

    The Coburg Night Market is held at Bridges Reserve, Coburg from 5.30pm-10pm on 24 November, 1 December, 8 December and 15 December.

    To get there, take Tram 19 along Sydney Road to Bell Street, stop number 34. Parking for the event is available in the adjacent Russell Street car park.

    On 1 December, Noriko Tadano, a Shamisen Player will perform twice on Garden Stage. For more details, please check the website.

  • 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).

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