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  • 04 Nov 2018 2:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Come and join the most popular Rakugo artist, Shinosuke! 

    Date and Time: Sunday 4 November 2:30pm-

    Venue: Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

    Cost: $50 Booking

    (this Rakugo event will be performed in Japanese) 

  • 03 Nov 2018 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Saturday 3 November, 8pm-9pm

    Venue:  WPAC Hall, Wangaratta, VIC 3677

    Booking: http://wangarattajazz.com/artists/niran-dasika-quartet/

    Price Range $55.00 - $330.00 

    Suzaku is the latest incarnation of Niran Dasika, a young trumpet player garnering much attention both in Japan and in Australia following placing second in the 2017 Wangaratta Jazz Festival’s National Jazz Awards.

    For this performance Niran is joined by Sumire Kuribayashi (JPN) on piano, Shun Ishiwaka (JPN) on drums and Sam Anning (AU) on bass. Resonating with a remarkably wide range of audiences, AllAboutJazz.com describes Suzaku as “like birds singing in a placid twilight… glows with a luminescent reverence”.

  • 03 Nov 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Saturday 3 November, 2pm-3pm

    Venue:  WPAC Hall, Wangaratta, VIC 3677

    Booking: http://wangarattajazz.com/artists/james-macaulays-hishakaku-quartet/

    Price Range $55.00 - $330.00

    The Hishakaku Quartet is comprised of 2017 National Jazz Award winner James Macaulay (trombone), the 2017 runner-up Niran Dasika (trumpet), the extraordinary bass player Marty Holoubek and the incredible Japanese drumming virtuoso Shun Ishiwaka. They are excited to be releasing their debut album at Wangaratta, which was recorded in Tokyo in October 2017, and features compositions by Macaulay, Dasika and Holoubek. The album reflects the members’ long term association developed over several tours of Japan; with the band named after their favourite Yakitori restaurant in the small Tokyo suburb of Ekoda.

  • 28 Oct 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Create Your Own Tea Blend   by Okee-San, Japanese Tea Plus

    Date and Time: 28 October 2pm-3:30pm

    Venue: Balwyn Library 336 Whitehorse Rd Balwyn 

    Cost: $60


    Do you know most of traditional Japanese tea are blended by craftsmen who have extensive knowledge and years of experiences? In this session, you'll blend your tea only using high-quality tea. No herb or fruit will be blended. You'll share them in the class to taste. 

    Please note that the actual starting time is 2:15pm.  Booking

  • 28 Oct 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)




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  • 26 Oct 2018 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Friday 26 October, 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

    Location: Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville.

    Cost: Free  (registration recommended)
    Bookings: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/11130-world-music-concert-african-music-dance-ensemble-and-shakuhachi-ensemble

    Adam Simmons then leads a choir of nearly 50 shakuhachi students in performing traditional and contemporary Japanese flute pieces.  This World Music Concert showcases students from across the University of Melbourne. Christopher Lesser directs the African Music and Dance Ensemble and 40 musicians, in performing the traditional music of Ghana, Nigeria, and Guinea. 

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

    Register for a 2-day program exploring the Australia-Japan relationship.

    Hosted by: The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Inc.

    Date and Time: Friday 19 October (10am-5pm) at Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surrey Hills NSW.

     Saturday 20 October (10am-4:30pm) at Aerial UTS Function Centre, Ultimo NSW.

    Fore more information, please click HERE 

  • 16 Oct 2018 12:22 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Members and guests enjoyed a delightful night out at the 2018 Spring Gala Dinner held at the Melbourne Crown Towers River Room on the evening of September 14.

    Ambassador Sumio Kusaka addressing guests at the Gala Dinner

    Once again the event was a prestigious social occasion for the Melbourne community, celebrating the achievements and friendships fostered by the rich and growing relationship between Australia and Japan in Victoria.

    The event was jointly hosted by Australia Japan Society of Victoria, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Japanese Society of Melbourne.

    Over 200 guests attended the Gala this year, bringing together senior representatives and community leaders from the business sector, the arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, government, sport and the wider community.

    Special guests included the Japanese Ambassador to Australia, Mr Sumio Kusaka, the Consul General of Japan to Melbourne, Mr Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, and the President of the Legislative Assembly in Victoria, the Hon Bruce Atkinson.

    We were also privileged to have the company of Mr Keisuke Honda, who recently joined the Melbourne Victory Football Club for the next stage of his outstanding career as an international football star. Honda-san has represented Japan in several international tournaments over many years, most recently in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and has played for marquee First Division league teams in Japan and Europe.

    Keisuke Honda of Melbourne Victory with Ambassador Kusaka and the Hon Bruce Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council of Victoria

    The guest speaker for the Gala Dinner was the celebrated engineer and advocate of the Australia-Japan relationship, Mr Mat Bowtell. Mat captured the attention – and the hearts – of every guest at the event with his amazing story of how he has applied his learnings as a Toyota executive and engineer to the design of low-cost robotic prosthetic limbs. His spirit of giving and sheer joy in his work and desire to contribute to the community was inspirational and instructive.

    Special Guest Speaker Mat Bowtell

    The event was once again a resounding success thanks to dedicated attention and professional conduct of the organising team led by Robyn Heraud and Deborah Vega. Many guests expressed their appreciation, and were already looking forward to next year’s Gala…

    Of course the event is also made possible through the generous support of our Member sponsors. In particular, Gold Sponsor: Bega Cheese Ltd; and Silver Sponsors – Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toyota, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Deloitte.

    In addition, lucky guests received prizes from:

    • Japan Airlines (2 return-flight tickets to Japan)
    • Crown Towers (Food and Beverage Voucher)
    • Peninsula Hot Springs (dine and bath voucher)
    • Mizuno Golf
    • Japanese Quality Whisky Society (Sake and Whisky Gift packs)
    • Saputo Dairy Australia (Gift Hamper)

    The AJSV and co-host organisations convey our sincere thanks to everyone that made this auspicious and thoroughly enjoyable evening possible. We all look forward to the next one!

  • 14 Oct 2018 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Sakura Picnic Day at Banksia Park Cherry Grove 

    Sunday 14th October 2018, 11am-2pm

    Date and Time: Sunday 14 October 11:00 am-14:00 

    Venue: Cherry Blossom Grove, Banksia Park, Bulleen 

    Cost: Entry by gold coin donation

    This community event will showcase Japanese cultural performances, traditional tea ceremony, activities for children and facilitated nature play activities amongst a mature cherry tree grove. The cherry grove was donated to Victoria in 1995 by the Government of Japan. 

    BYO Picnic, or sample Japanese cuisine from onsite food vendors. Japanese tea and sweets also available. 

    For more info click: Sakura Picnic Day

    This project was supported by Manningham’s Community Grant Program and Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne.

  • 28 Sep 2018 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date & Time: Friday 28 & Saturday 29 September, 7:30pm

    Venue: Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank   Booking

    This September, experience the music of one of the world’s most renowned video games in the Australian premiere of Final Symphony: Music from FINAL FANTASY®.

    Following sell-out concerts across the globe, Final Symphony features the celebrated music of composers Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu. The MSO will perform the award-winning music of FINAL FANTASY VI, VII and X under the masterful baton of conductor Eckehard Stier.

    Final Symphony offers a new orchestral concert experience, not just for gamers, but for lovers of beautiful music interpreted in a unique artistic manner.

    Experience the music of FINAL FANTASY as you‘ve never heard it before; without the screens and in full symphonic surrounds this September.

    “Although there are many game music concerts nowadays, what makes Final Symphony so different is how the original music is interpreted more freely, in an artistic manner. It offers something really new that’s not just for game fans.” Nobuo Uematsu, composer

    Final Symphony © & ℗ 2013-2018 Merregnon Studios. Licensed by Square Enix.

    FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark or trademark of Square Enix Group Co., Ltd.

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