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  • 02 Jun 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Kodo Duo "Ninin Angya" (二人行脚) 

    with A.YA, Melbourne Shinobue Kai and Dokkoisa Wachi Kai

    On Saturday 2 June 2018 at 6:30pm (Doors open: 6.15pm)

    Location:Library at the Dock Performance Space

    Level 2, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Victoria 3008

    Photo Credit: Takashi Okamoto

    Booking: please click HERE

  • 01 Jun 2018 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date: 1st June (Friday)

    Time: 7:30 pm

    Venue: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

    Tickets: $25 online, $35 at the door

    Booking Link (Event brite): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/koto-transformation-australis-tickets-44864562113

  • 27 May 2018 9:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Venue:Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South bank, Hall 3

    Meet over 70 resorts from: Japan, Canada, Europe, Korea, Chile, Kashmir, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

    Exclusive offers from up to 20+ snow travel specialists!  More details here


  • 20 May 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

  • 19 May 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Paper Sculpture for Fine Art

    19 and 20 May (Sat & Sun), 10-1pm at Kami Paper, 127 Brunswich St, Fitzroy

    This is a 2-day workshop, running from 10am to 1pm each day (3 hours) Sat and Sun

    We are excited to bring to you Kami's first collaboration with world-acclaimed Paper Sculpture artist Ray Besserdin

    This workshop is especially valuable to those wanting to up-skill by exploring the potentials of paper as a medium for fine art. 

    Some topics covered will be:

    1. Exploring and understanding paper types

    2. Some matters of chemistry you should know

    3. Ways of creating 3D form and manipulating paper from its original flat sheet

    4. Exercise in translating a 2D concept drawing into complex 3D sculpture.

    To book, please click HERE.

  • 17 May 2018 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Fly me to the moon, And let me play among the stars. Let me see what Spring is like On Jupiter and Mars. In other words, hold my hand...

    ——Lisa OnoFly me to the moon

    Lisa Ono, the most successful Japanese-Brazilian Bossa Nova singer is coming to Australia to celebrate her 30 years success of making music. Lisa Ono spent her childhood in Brazil until she became 10 years old. She started singing and playing the guitar when she was 15 years old, and her debut as a professional Bossa Nova singer was in 1989. Her natural voice, rhythmic guitar playing, and her charming smile led her to a huge success which also promoted Bossa Nova in Japan.

    She has performed with many top musicians such as the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Jazz Samba giant Joao Donato, and has been performing enthusiastically in New York, Brazil and Asian countries. The album Dream, which was released in 1999, sold more than 2 hundred thousand copies in Japan, and since then she has been known as a determined figure in the Japanese Bossa Nova community.

    Lisa as the most respected singer of "Petty Bourgeoisie", her music becomes the hallmark of hotels, restaurants, cafes. As a representative of Bossa Nova, Lisa presents the unique beauty of a mature woman that is embedded in her lazy hoarse voice. The Classical Pieces are <La Vie En Rose>, <Take Me Home Country Roads>, <Jambalaya>, <Catupiry>, <Quizas Quizas Quizas> etc.

    A great concert would rescue your ears from the bustle of the city and set your soul free for a while. Don’t miss out!


    Date: 17 MAY 2018 19:30PM

    Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre

    Tickets: From $59

    Tickets available on: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2018/lisa-ono/

  • 15 May 2018 12:46 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Chado Urasenke Tankokai- Melbourne Autumn Tea gathering report

    Chado (literally: ‘The Way of Tea’) is a quintessential representation of Japanese philosophy and culture. While many are familiar with the Japanese ‘tea ceremony’ – the art of preparing, serving and enjoying green tea (matcha) – the rituals and significance of Chado run much deeper.

    At the core of Chado are the four principles of ‘Wa-Kei-Sei-Jaku’…


    … meaning Harmony, Respect, Purity, and Tranquillity.

    On April 22 this year guests were treated to a wonderful example of the art of Chado at the Autumn Tea Gathering conducted by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Melbourne Association.

    Urasenke is one of the main Chado schools of Japan, and the Melbourne Chapter is one of many around the world actively practicing this peaceful and beautiful Japanese art form.

    Chado embodies many aspects of Japanese culture, foremost of which is a deeply heartfelt expression of the Japanese spirit of hospitality.

    Under the direction and guidance of Ms Yuko Jensen, Urasenke Melbourne put on a splendid performance and display true to this spirit.

    In their beautiful kimono, the graceful friendliness of the Urasenke ladies provided an atmosphere of warmth and generosity throughout the ceremony. The venue itself was suitably peaceful - meticulously presented with autumn-themed flower arrangements (ikebana), Japanese artwork and scrolls, and featuring a traditional Chabako Set by Unryuan Kitayama Tatsuo, from the Pauline Gandel Collection of Japanese Lacquer works.

    Special guests included the Consul General of Japan to Melbourne, Mr. Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, and the President of the Victorian State Legislative Council, the Hon. Bruce Atkinson.

    Participants enjoyed a fascinating demonstration of the traditional practice of preparing and serving matcha, and learned how to appreciate and enjoy the tea served in bowls of exquisite pottery and with accompanying sweet (Okashi).

    This was followed by a sumptuous traditional Japanese meal, presented with beautiful table arrangements showcasing a fine selection of Japanese delicacies.

    The Autumn Tea Gathering in Melbourne was truly a memorable reflection of the depth of Japanese culture, the tireless dedication of the Urasenke team to “the Way of Tea”, and the spirit of peace and beauty that it engenders.

  • 12 May 2018 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Our friends at JETAA are organising a trivia night on 12th May (Sat) at Coopers Inn. The cost is $15 which includes finger food and a drink. Interested in joining but not sure if you'll know anyone? Don't worry! Why don't we join as an AJSV team? It's a public event so anyone is welcome. If you'd like to join one of our AJSV teams please send an email to events@ajsvictoria.org.au.


  • 09 May 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Wednesday 9 May 6.30PM

    Join the masterful KIAZMA Piano Duo for a spectacular evening of music for one and two pianos in the Melbourne Recital Centre's magnificent Elisabeth Murdoch Hall! Paying tribute to Debussy in the centenary of his death, this concert delves into the inner worlds of composers who channeled some of their most profound ideas through the four-hand medium and places them in a conversation that reveals fascinating and moving connections. Experiencing the depths of Schubert’s sublime Fantasie in F minor, from its hauntingly beautiful opening theme to its gripping double fugue, continually reaffirms its position at the pinnacle of the four-hand repertoire. Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir, composed during the First World War, is a marvel of intricate interweaving of textures and impactful emotional expression.

    • Debussy/Schumann
    • Six Studies in Canon Form Op.56
    • Schubert
    • Fantasie in F minor D.940
    • Stravinsky
    • Sonata for two pianos
    • Debussy
    • En blanc et noir

    More information:



    2-Concert Package: $66/$49 concession

    Single concert tickets: $39/$29 concession/$15 Student Rush

  • 06 May 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

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