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What's On

  1. Virtual Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
  2. Studio Ghibli releases 400 free images from its best films
  3. Another Perspective On Daily Life: Meet Photographer Tatsuya Tanaka
  4. Sake R-Evolution
  5. Rediscovering Japanese Cuisine 

Extra Articles

  • Lift up your spirit: Buddha's saying # 9

  • Christmas illuminations in Japan

*Please click here to read the December Newsletter. 

Japanese inspired handmade jewellery from Anna Japana- 20% off! 

Enjoy browsing beautiful handmade jewellery using Mizuhiki cords and also gorgeous & comfortable masks made by Japanese style cotton fabric. Your Christmas gifts will be all sorted at Anna Japana shop!

Simply insert the discount code AJSV20 upon checkout at the Anna Japana website, for 20 % off your order. This offer is valid until 31st December (be sure to order before 15 December if you want to receive before Christmas!) 

Did you know that the Mizuhiki was originated from the Japanese gift-giving culture?The Mizuhiki is a decorative cord used for tying the paper that is wrapped around gifts.

Anna Japan's workshops details; 13 December

Mizuhiki Christmas card workshop: 1pm,3pm and 5 pm-  

Mizuhiki earrings workshop:1:30 pm, 3:30pm and 5:30 pm-  

There is a pop up store at Eaglemont until the end of December if you would like to see her amazing amazing products. (open Thu, Fri and Sat)

Hokkaido Sake Fair- 20 % off!

Celebrate your Christmas and New Year with delicious sake from Hokkaido!

Hokkaido sake has a reputation for quality. The island’s cold weather means traditionally-aged sake matures at a slow pace. The cool temperatures also aid in combating spoilage. The resulting seishu is often mildly aromatic, compact and light with a subdued and dry flavour.

Sakemate has an exclusive offer for AJSV members. Mention you are an AJV member and you will get 20% off everything on the price list. *Minimum order $50 (plus delivery $10). Free delivery on all orders over $100. This offer is valid until 31st of December.

Let’s raise your sake glass and enjoy summer with family and friends!

Contact: Akito - 0435 891 318 email: akito@sakemate.com.au

*Don't forget to use our ongoing 15 % off promo-code: ajsv15 for My Cha tea!

Konshinkai report: A Night in with Yudai Baba

Last night, AJSV members and guests got the opportunity to meet Melbourne United’s new recruit, Yudai Baba.

A rising star in the Japanese national team, Yudai joined Melbourne United for the 2020/21 season from the NBA’s Texas Legends. Interviewed by our committee member Mitsuru Takada, Yudai talked of his impressions of Melbourne and the NBL and his time playing in the NBA as well as with the Japanese national team. Pointing out some of the funnier differences between players in each country, he also spoke of the strengths he brings to the team and what has driven him to where he is now. In good news for Melbourne United he also spoke of his goal to help the team win this season’s championship. For all of you proud Melbournians out there, you’ll be pleased to note, he also confirmed Melbourne’s crown as the king of coffee.

Yudai noted how great it was to be able to connect with his Japanese fan base and is really looking forward to seeing everyone come out to support the team during the upcoming season.

A big thank you goes out to Melbourne United and Yudai for the opportunity and on behalf of everyone there on the night, we’re looking forward to seeing the team take home the championship.

If you’re keen to see Yudai and the rest of Melbourne United in action, the season kicks off on Sunday the 10th of January with Melbourne United versus South East Melbourne Phoenix.

For more details, or to find out more about the rest of Melbourne United’s season, see https://www.melbourneutd.com.au/

Greeting from AJSV president

I hope this message finds you well and able to venture out a little more these days…

Bounenkai (忘年会) has a rather more poignant significance this month as we look back on 2020…

For centuries, Bounenkai parties in Japan have brought people together in December to console one another and forget the trials and tribulations of the past year. The very essence of Bounenkai is to get together with people you know, and who mean something to you. Not much fun having a Bounenkai on your own!

With the easing of the COVID 19 restrictions, those of us engaged in the relationship with Japan have the opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues again this December and reflect back on what has been an exceptionally challenging year.

The AJSV will be holding its Bounenkai gathering on December 17, and you are all welcome to attend. Please check this Newsletter and the AJSV website for registration details.

We have had to make quite a few changes at AJSV over the past year to keep up our quality of service to members. I am pleased to report that AJSV has risen to the challenge, and there has in fact been some enduring silver lining with the COVID 19 cloud.

We have been quick to adopt online options for our programs and events, some of which are likely to continue online after we are again able to bring people together for our more traditional events. The AJSV’s business seminars, Konshinkai networking events, and the executive mentoring program have thrived through online platforms this year, attracting participants from Japan, Australia and other countries. Business seminar themes have ranged from women in leadership in the Australia-Japan relationship, collaboration in large scale energy projects, post-merger integration, the challenges of ‘virtual communication’, and Australia-Japan collaboration in Space programs. We will of course re-start other traditional AJSV social events and the student exchange scholarship programs as soon as circumstances allow.

I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank the AJSV family of volunteers who have given so much of their time and expertise to the AJSV cause during this difficult year. Each of you have had other demands to deal with at work and at home through the COVID 19 restrictions. Yet you have continued to make such a valuable contribution to AJSV, enabling us to deliver some really impressive outcomes.

All AJSV members share a genuine belief in maintaining a strong relationship between Australia and Japan, and the rewards and benefits this has to offer. Our collective mission is to foster understanding of the importance and value of this relationship. Your membership and participation in our programs is vital in helping further this cause. Thank you sincerely for your continued support.

The COVID 19 situation has impacted all of us, and I wish you every success in your efforts to meet the challenges that continue as we emerge from 2020.

Finally, best wishes to everyone for the Festive Season, and I am looking forward to meeting up again in person next year.

Please keep safe…and stay in touch.

Ross Ciaravolo



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