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What's On

  1. Japanese Noh Theatre at Odawara Castle : Aoi no Ue

  2. Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia will premiere online

  3. Tokyo National Museum's online exhibition

  4. Free Japanese learning materials

  5. See all Japan's 47 prefectures in 130 seconds 

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Special Sake & Yakiniku set with an extra wagyu beef pack for members until the end of September! 

Thanks to Sakemate and Ichikuro restaurant,  you can enjoy Yakiniku at home with tasty sake! 

$150 including

•Yakiniku set for 3-4 people

•500ml x 3 types Junmai Sake

•Delivery fee (up to 20km radius from Ichikuro, Blackburn)

$20 delivery fee incurred for addresses more than 20km radius from Ichikuro.

*AJSV members receive a 200g “Gyu suji nikomi” (slow cooked Wagyu beef)pack! Please mention that you are a “AJSV member” when you order.

This special offer is valid until the 30th of September 2020.  

Sake Social Online Konshinkai

Date and Time: Thursday 10 September 8:00 pm- 

AJSV Virtual Business Briefing report

In August we hosted the first edition of our AJSV Virtual Business Briefing Series with a session on remote working across Australian and Japanese cultures.

Guest speakers Melanie Brock (Managing Director of Melanie Brock Advisory and Board Member of the AJBCC) and Craig Keary (Managing Director - Asia Pacific Region of AMP Capital and Board Member of the AJBCC) shared their expert insights on how to navigate the intricacies of doing business across Australia and Japan even whilst working remotely.

The session focused on building business relationships across cultures without the pleasure of meeting face-to-face, maintaining professionalism when working from home and how to manage personal wellbeing whilst also looking out for your peers during this period of uncertainty. Attendees were also able to participate through interactive viewer polls and the Q&A session.

AJSV would like to thank our guest speakers and all who attended the event. 

Please check the AJSV website for updates on our upcoming business briefings covering the economic recovery of Australia and Japan in the wake of COVID-19 and the Australia-Japan collaboration in space exploration.

1. Japanese Noh Theatre at Odawara Castle: Aoi no Ue

The Noh program is titled as "Aoi no Ue", which is based on the book "Aoi no Maki" in the "Tale of Genji". The performance will feature Kanze-style Shite-kata (the main role) played by Kanze Yoshimasa, a famous Noh actor who appears in many Noh performances worldwide. His stunning video performance filmed at Odawara Castle will be streamed simultaneously worldwide. Before and after the Noh program, Odawara's local Japanese drum performance "Hojo Daiko" and the ninja show "FUMA NINJA Legend of ODAWARA", which was well-received at the performances in overseas last year, will showcase to make the event even more exciting. An English guide will also be given to participants. 


2. Short Shorts Film Fetvial and Asia will premiere online

Hosted in Tokyo since 1999, this is the first time the festival will offer online viewing, as well as live-streamed events. The festival will show over 200 short films from 112 countries and regions by both up-and-coming and established directors. Even better, the majority of the films are free to watch and have English subtitles.  After coronavirus delays, the largest international short film festival in Japan will begin September 16

3. Tokyo National Museum's online exhibition 

Established in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum is Japan's oldest national museum and boasts an extensive collection of historical artifacts from the country as well as other parts of Asia. In this online exhibition, you'll be able to examine over 100 precious items including sculptures, ceramics and textiles with detailed descriptions of the stories they depict. One particularly intriguing part of the online catalogue is the 16th-century painting 'Maple Viewers' by Kano Hideyori, where you can see a lively scene of priests, warriors and young children enjoying the autumn leaves of Kiyotaki river by Mount Takao in Kyoto.

4. Free Japanese learning materials

NNK World on demand has great free learning videos for fun and easy Japanese.

Easy Japanese : You can fast track your language learning with these simple expressions. Plus handy travel tips and easy kanji.

Easy Japanese for Work : You can accelerate your Japanese language skills by learning practical, effective workplace expressions, understanding business culture and improve your kanji.

5. See Japan's 47 prefectures in 130 seconds 

Travel to Japan is still impossible, but at least there’s plenty of Japanese Netflix, travel research and online events to help bring Japan to you anywhere in the world.

To really rev up the anticipation, the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has released a new promotional video highlighting the beauty of Japan’s 47 prefectures, following up on the recent ‘Hope Lights The Way’ video.

Lift up your spirit: Buddha's saying #6

“Think not lightly of good, saying, ‘It will not come to me.’ Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”

You can achieve greatness by taking little baby steps. Just like filling a jug, putting one drop of water into the jug may seem insignificant, but if you consistently fill the jug with even just one drop of water, the jug will become full eventually. Nothing great will come at once. Taking every little step counts.

Easy Peasy Japanesey! 

#13 Yaki daikon

Ingredients (for 2 people)

250g    daikon (white radish)

½ tbs   cooking sake

½ tbs   mirin     

½ tbs   soy sauce

Chopped spring onions to garnish


1.    Peel a skin of daikon and cut into 1cm-1.5cm. Make a shallow cut in a cross pattern on one end.
2.    Place them a microwavable dish and use a glad wrap to cover (not too tight), microwave about 3 minutes
3.    Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry in low to medium heat for about 2 minutes each side until golden brown
4.    Pour sake, mirin and soy sauce and garnish with spring onions


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