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  • 04 Oct 2020 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Due to health concerns over COVID-19, the National Gallery of Victoria is currently closed to the public until 30 June. In the meantime, you can enjoy virtual tours of some of their exhibitions.

    Collecting Comme: This is an exhibition featuring designs from Rei Kawakubo,

    a famous Japanese fashion designer known for her fashion label Comme des

    Garçons. The exhibition explores Kawakubo’s key collections including those

    from Comme des Garçons, and commonly occurring themes in her designs.

    Japanese Modernism: Presented as part of Asia TOPA, this exhibition features

    major works by young female artists from the first half of the twentieth

    century. Types of works featured include paintings, fashion, accessories,

    popular culture, and interior design.

    When: Collecting Comme: Until Sunday 26 July

    Japanese Modernism: Until Sunday 4 October

    Cost: Free, start your virtual tour for ‘Collecting Comme’ and

    Japanese Modernism’ 

  • 31 Aug 2020 10:22 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Tottori Prefecture correspondingly organises its own annual manga competition, with the following three categories: 1-frame manga, 4-frame manga, and 4 to 24-page manga story. Any manga creators – amateur orprofessional, both Japanese and foreign nationals – are eligible to enter this contest.Submissions of works can be completed online, and the topic for this year’scompetition is ‘wind’. 

    Date: Wednesday 1 April – Monday 31 August

    For more information, please click HERE

  • 30 Jun 2020 11:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections, a film co-created by three acclaimed directors from Asia, is streaming for free worldwide until June 30.

    Co-produced by The Japan Foundation Asia Centre and Tokyo International Film Festival, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections centres around the theme "Living Together in Asia.” Crew and cast joined forces across national borders to reflect on the lives of characters who journey between Japan and Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia.

  • 28 Jun 2020 10:17 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    If you are missing traveling in Japan, don't worry! With these 360-degree virtual-reality YouTube videos from Simbosi, you can 'travel' through Japan without a plane ticket.

    Each video puts you in a different destination in Japan – go from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to Kyushu down south, then follow up with a trip to Japan's traditional crown jewel, Kyoto. Keep an eye out for historical facts in some of the videos – it's like having your own virtual tour guide

  • 27 Jun 2020 10:19 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    You can now spruce up your video calls with some beautiful backgrounds from Studio Ghibli films!

    Check out the full selection of gorgeous images on their website 

  • 25 Jun 2020 10:20 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Amezaiku is one of the traditional Japanese arts crafts. The candy is softened by heating to around 90 degrees, and is finely crafted with bare hands and traditional Japanese scissors. Amezaiku is created by cutting, pulling, and bending candy which is attached at the top of stick.

    You can view how they are made in the short video from NHK World’s “Unique Crafts!” introducing many wow moments of cutting-edge techniques using traditional Japanese know-how.

  • 21 Jun 2020 4:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    As people are currently finding creative ways to spend time at home and staying safe, they are now offering fun, interactive online group painting classes that are taught in both English and Japanese! Many of the paintings include elements of Japanese culture, such as Mount Fuji with a Van Gogh touch, Tokyo Tower, and Cherry Blossoms. 

    Their friendly instructor's guide the group online step-by-step and an original masterpiece can be created right in your home. 

    They also have a few online classes for children such as anime character drawing and cute animal character drawing.  

     For the full schedule and sessions they offer at www.artbar.co.jp 

  • 30 May 2020 11:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, School of Culture, History and Language is proud to present the TANKA Poetry Competition, an initiative by award-winning poet Noriko Tanaka. They would like to invite you and the community of Tanka lovers to contribute your poetry in either Japanese or English or both, in the following two categories:

    1. Individual Tanka on the theme of “Roots” – up to 5 poems

    2. Free themed 15 Poem English Tanka Sequence

    Submissions are open from 1 April 2020 to 30 May 2020. Please visit the TANKA Poetry Competition website to find out more.

  • 18 May 2020 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Monday 18 May 2020 6 pm- 7 pm (no interval)

    Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon


    Saxophonist Justin Kenealy and pianist Coady Green unite as Duo Eclettico, two award-winning Australian artists showcasing a dazzling array of virtuosic music for this rarely heard combination of instruments.

    Following its sell-out recital in 2019, Duo Eclettico returns for a two-concert series exploring the fragile relationship between nature and humankind. In concert one, the virtuosic Fuzzy Bird Sonata of Japan’s Takashi Yoshimatsu is paired with a new work by Australian composer Jane Hammond 

    and the Australian premiere of the epic Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano by William Albright.

    Takashi Yoshimatsu's work is extremely well-known in Japan and America, but is not widely known here in Australia. The Fuzzy Bird Sonata for alto saxophone and piano is an important piece in the classical repertoire for saxophone and piano, and Justin and Coady would like to encourage this work to be better understood in Australia. 

  • 09 May 2020 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Boite's 2020 Matsudo Week concert focuses on Okinawa, the southernmost island of Japan, somewhat isolated from the mainland with a warm tropical climate.  Okinawan music uses a different scale, the folk music is upbeat and catchy. Featuring the Brandon Lee koto ensemble, Mion Kamei (Sanshin - Okinawan Shamisen), Ichimadin (Sanshin, Taiko and Shinobue) and Anne Norman (Shakuhachi).

    Date and Time: Saturday 9 May 2020 at 8:00 pm



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