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  • 23 Feb 2020 11:30 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

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  • 22 Feb 2020 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Venue:Sidney Myer Music Bowl


    Presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA.

    Celebrate legendary composer-conductor Joe Hisaishi with a huge performance of his music from the films of Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli in an extraordinary concert event at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, exclusive to Melbourne.

    Hisaishi will conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and MSO Chorus through the magical scores and heart-stirring montages from renowned films by renowned director Hayao Miyazaki including Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, which will play on a huge screen at the Bowl.

  • 21 Feb 2020 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Heralded as the "Nijinsky of butoh", Japan's legendary Akira Kasai brings to Melbourne his tour-de-force work Pollen Revolution.

    Akira Kasai's own son performs this riveting solo, a surreal and startling journey through time, cultures, and states of being. Kasai's striking onstage personae morph from kabuki performer to street dancer to solitary actor while his movement shifts between classical Japanese, hip-hop and the soulful otherworlds of butoh.

    Beginning with what may seem like traditional Japanese dance, this daring solo performance sees costumes fly away, madness unleashed and representations of gender probed. Pollen Revolution is a masterly work from a choreographer who is still reshaping and reinventing butoh itself.

    Date and Time: Friday 21  and Saturday 22 February 2020 8:00 pm

    Venue: Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre 150 Princes Street, North Carlton, Victoria 3054


  • 19 Feb 2020 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon


    The Brandon Lee Koto Ensemble will be teaming up with the amazing sumi-e artist, Junko Azukawa in this rare concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

    As the ensemble present a wide range of works, ranging from traditional to modern pieces, Junko will perform a series of live sumi-e painting.

  • 14 Feb 2020 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    In Japanese, the word 'matou' encompasses several direct meanings: to wear, put on, tangle and roll up. But used figuratively, 'matou' also describes the moment your life flashes before your eyes in a near-death experience. It sounds like 'willing to wait' in Japanese, while 'tsuki-matou' means 'to haunt'.

    In Ruri Mito's solo performance of the same name, she explores the body as a mysterious, haunted vessel, unable to be understood or seen in its entirety as cells continuously die and regenerate. By placing her own body under the microscope, Mito explores the curious invisible fabrics of the human body.

    Date and Time: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February 8:00 pm-

    Venue: Dancehouse, Sylvia Staehli Theatre

    Duration: 40 mins


  • 02 Feb 2020 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Venue: Immigration Museum 400 Flinders Street Melbourne

    Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks

    This groundbreaking photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura explores the rich history of traditional Japanese tattoo culture and its influence on modern tattoo practice.

    Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, it has persevered and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historic symbolism and the skill of its practitioners.

    Perseverance features the work of seven highly acclaimed tattoo artists—Horitaka, Horitomo, Horishiki, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken—and a host of other modern tattoo experts. The exhibition includes life-sized photographs of full body tattoos, interactive elements, and more.

    The travelling version of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is organised by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, toured internationally by Flying Fish and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman.

  • 31 Jan 2020 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time:  Fri., 31 January 2020 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Venue: The SUBSTATION 1 Market Street Newport, VIC 3015


    Since 1963, celebrated Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki has been creating aural events which have challenged and influenced countless artists in his wake. His guiding principles are those of ‘throwing’ and ‘following’ – from his earliest work in which he literally threw objects down Nagoya railway station’s stairs (and was subsequently dragged away by staff) to sophisticated, extended sessions in which echoes, resonance and the accidental gather to produce profound soundscapes. Suzuki's compositions are at once playfully irreverent and deeply meditative, provoking his listeners to reconsider their relationships with space and time. For Asia TOPA 2020, The SUBSTATION hosts a retrospective exhibition of work from across his vast career, as well as a series of performances, including his lauded duet work with fellow Japanese sound artist Aki Onda.

    Akio Suzuki is part of the SUBSONIC program curated for Asia TOPA by The SUBSTATION.

  • 23 Jan 2020 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 January 2020 7:30pm

    Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Melbourne Recital Centre

    Duration: 1 hour 30 mins (no interval)


    Chi Udaka is an inspirational fusion of taiko drumming and Indian classical dance. Inspired by the forces of nature, this celebratory show as part of Asia TOPA 2020 is a meeting of the deep earthiness of taiko drumming (Chi – earth) and the flowing sensuality of dance (Udaka – water).

  • 13 Dec 2019 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The concert features the music from Studio Ghibli , Final Fantasy, Vocaloid, Disney and popular anime including Tokyo Ghoul, One Piece, Your Lie in April etc.

    The arrangement includes styles from CLASSICAL to JAZZ, including those from famous ACG pianist like Animenz and Marasy8. It will be not only presented with Piano Solo, also on TWO PIANOS.

    Date and Time: Friday 13 December 2019 at 7:00pm

    Venue: Methodist Ladies’ College - James Tatoulis Auditorium, 207 Barkers Rd, Kew , VIC 3101


  • 07 Dec 2019 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese drumming team based in Melbourne will hold annual students' concerts!

    Dates and Times:  Saturday 7 December at 6.30 pm, Sunday 8 December at 2 pm, 2019

    Venue: South Oakleigh College, Bakers Road, Oakleigh South, Christine Strachan Theatre

    Tickets: Advance Sale $22 (incl. seniors), $16.50 (under 16) by Friday 6th December


    Door sales: $25 (incl seniors), $20 (under 16)

    Enquiries: Toshi Sakamoto toshi@wadaikorindo.com

    Guest Performers: Ichimadin (Saturday), Noriko Tadano & Brandon Lee (Sunday)

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