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  • 08 Mar 2015 1:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    The popular Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is shaping up to be the biggest ever staged at its new home of Federation Square.

    The festival will run between 1PM and 5PM on Sunday, 8th March 2015. Opening up the delights of Japan, this vibrant, action-packed afternoon is filled with traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, food, activities and entertainment.
    Held annually since 2010, the event honours the tradition of Bon Festival in Japan, or giving thanks to one’s ancestors. The highlight of the festival is the traditional Bon Odori, a dance performed in a circle by participants wearing cotton kimono known as yukata.

    Authentic Japanese food stalls along River Terrace will please even the most discerning palates, from taiyaki and takoyaki to okonomiyaki, bento and traditional sushi.

    The festival will showcase cultural performances on the main stage and upper square, including taiko drumming, shamisen, break dancing and martial arts. Family-friendly games and activities such as origami classes, along with some very colourful characters in Japanese Anime costume will charm crowds throughout the afternoon.

    Please click HERE to go to the Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival website for further details.

  • 05 Mar 2015 7:06 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity for you to attend 2 home games with Melbourne City FC before the end of the season.
    There are only 3 home games remaining  and we have been able to secure a 2 game membership for all of our members and friends for $25, currently available to the general public for $35.
    On top of that, anyone that has purchased the 2 game membership will go into the draw to win a signed shirt by all of the players and have a chance to visit the Melbourne City FC facilities including a tour of the elite training pitch.
    So get in quick and purchase how ever many tickets you would like on the AJSV website (www.ajsvictoria.org.au)
    The next 3 home games are March 14 against the Newcastle Jets, March 28 against Brisbane Roar and April 12 against Wellington Phoenix.
    If you have any other questions, please email at events@ajsvictoria.org.au

    Please click HERE to purchase tickets.

  • 13 Jan 2015 2:54 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    The Priceline Pharmacy Classic (January 13-16, 2015) is firmly established as the premier lead up event for the Grand Slam of the Asia/Pacific, the Australian Open. 

    This year Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori headlines the prestigious field which also includes Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Alex Dolgopolov.

    The only male Japanese player in history to finish a season ranked inside the ATP World Tour's Top 10, world No.5 Nishikori kicked off the best year of his career at Kooyong in January 2014 when he won the historic title.

    The special discount tickets available for AJSV members and please contact events@ajsvictoria.org.au for further details.


  • 22 Dec 2014 2:39 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    The landmark Australia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) will enter into force on 15 January 2015.

    JAEPA is by far the most ambitious trade deal that Japan has ever concluded, particularly in agriculture. It allows for two tariff cuts in quick succession: one on entry into force and one on 1 April 2015.
    Subsequent phased tariff reductions will also occur on 1 April each year.

    The full text of the agreement is available on the DFAT website.

  • 18 Dec 2014 7:29 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    AJSV Joint Chair Mr Murray Mclean AO received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Government of Japan.

    Please click HERE to go to the website of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for further details.

    AJSV member, Mrs Pauline Gandel received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.

    Please click HERE to go to the website of The Australian for further details.

    We would like to congratulate both.

  • 27 Nov 2014 2:37 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is presented and run by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and is now an established calendar event. The JFF started in 1997 with three free film screenings by Festival Director Masafumi Konomi and is now the largest Japanese film festival in the world.

    The 18th Japanese Film Festival will be held in Melbourne between Thursday 27 November and Sunday 7 December 2014.

    Please go to their website for further details.

    Japanese Film Festival Website

  • 21 Nov 2014 2:52 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The application forms for the 2015 JET programme are now available at the website of Embassy of Japan in Australia.

    Please click HERE to go to the website for further details.

  • 09 Nov 2014 1:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Rotary Club of Glen Eira presents

    Japan-Australia Cultural Afternoon

    In association with the City of Glen Eira, the Rotary Club of Glen Eira is organising a special "Japanese Afternoon" compered by Yumi Stynes for Melburnians to experience traditional Japanese culture.

    Click HERE for further details.

  • 19 Oct 2014 11:53 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    JETAA Vic/Tas/SA

    Mornington Peninsula Onsen & Wineries Day Trip

    The AJSV members are kindly invited to join the JETAA Vic/Tas/SA for the Mornington Peninsula Onsen and Wineries Day Trip. Seats are limited so get in quick!

    WHERE: Mornington Peninsula
    WHEN: Sunday, October 19 (departing at 8:30am from the Melbourne CBD, returning about 8:30pm)
    COST: JETAA members $60, non-JETAA members $80.
    INCLUSIONS: bus to and from Melbourne, wine tastings, morning tea and entry to the Peninsula Hot Springs.
    RSVP: Please email rsvp@victassa.jetaa.org.au your name, email address and mobile number.

    Please go to the JETAA website for further details.

  • 15 Oct 2014 2:09 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Brandon Lee Presents

    Picturesque Dreams

    Featuring: Brandon Lee (Koto), Chiemi Shepherd (Koto), Richard Chenhall & Adam Simmons (Shakuhachi), and Students of Brandon Lee

    Date: Sunday, 14th December 2014

    Time: 4:30pm ~ 6:30pm

    Please go to Brandon Lee's website for further details.

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