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  • 18 Nov 2010 10:37 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Japanese Studies Centre notes with regret the death of Professor Harold (Hal) Bolitho, who was an Associate Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at Monash University in the 1970s and early 1980s and a Board Member of the Centre for several years.  He played a significant role in the development of Japanese Studies in Australia during that time, and is fondly remembered by former colleagues and students. He moved to  the United States in 1985 to take up a chair in Japanese History at  Harvard. His books included Treasures Among Men: The Fudai Daimyo in Tokugawa Japan (Yale UP, 1974), Meiji Japan (Cambridge UP, 1977) and  Bereavement and Consolation: Testimonies from Tokugawa Japan (Yale UP, 2003).  The Japanese Studies Centre extends its sympathy to his family.

    A memorial service for Professor Bolitho will be held at 4:00 p.m. on  Monday 22 November 2010 at Trinity College Chapel, University of  Melbourne.

    Robyn Spence-Brown
    Acting Director, JSC

  • 04 Nov 2010 1:44 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The City Library in Flinders Lane have several Japanese language magazines available for borrowing (Kateigaho, Orange Page, Shonen Jump, Men's Non-no, Kera, Ribon, Sweet, etc).

    From March 2011, they are planning to offer Japanese language books, CDs, and DVDs in addition to the magazines above.

    Pleaase visit the following link for more details


  • 04 Nov 2010 1:32 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    High School Senior Division



    Speech Title


    Hing Yan Choy (NSW)

    What I Saw From Computer Games



    Sean Fitzgerald (WA)

    The Power of Words



    Taeho Jung (SA)

    Wabi and Sabi


    Open Beginner Division


    Vincent Law (VIC)

    Culture Differences



    Nan Zhang (NSW)

    The Old Lady Next Door



    Chloe Kim (QLD)

    Working in a Japanese Restaurant in



    Background Speakers Division


    Mai Go (VIC)

    Prisoners in a Foreign Country



    Lisa Jiang (NSW)

    Things We Shouldn’t Forget


    Open Division


    Daniel Curtis (NSW)

    The Gaijin at Home



    Katrina Filippidis (VIC)

    The Little Things



    Xichao Yu

    My Dream


  • 08 Sep 2010 9:22 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Latrobe City will hold its seventh annual Japanese day on Sunday, 17 October 2010. this important annual event has continued to grow in both scope and status, attracting many people from the Latrobe City area, Gippsland and Melbourne communities and is a significant event in the region.

    It’s a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to get together to enjoy Japan’s vibrant culture.

    Japanese Day this year will be particularly memorable as it coincides with the ten year anniversary of our sister city relationship and the Emerging Artists Program. A range of activities have been put in place around the event, with a number of dignitaries also attending.

    Should you require any further information, please contact Jie Liu, Latrobe City Council’s International Relations Officer on 03 5128 5624 or via email on Jie.Liu@latrobe.gov.vic.au.

    La Trobe City Event Calendar

  • 28 Aug 2010 9:02 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    41st Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest Victorian State Final 2010
    Sunday 5th September 2010
    Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sudney Myer Asia Centre,
    The University of Melbourne
    (The Reception immediatly after the Contest at Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room)

    As many as 64 applicants are on the list now;
    High School Seniour Division: 25
    Open Beginner Division: 13
    Background Speaker Division: 4
    Open Division: 22

    Now, please come and listen. Please bring your friends.
    Please arrive early.

    The Morning Session (High School Seniour Division): 9:00 - 12:20
    The Afternoon Session (all the other Divisions): 1:00 - 5:50

    The increased number of contestants in the Afternoon Session means the
    Contest will end fairly close to 6:00, assuming all the applicants will
    The Reception (all attendees welcome) will immediately follow the
    closing of the Contest and end at 7:00.

    Venue & Parking Guide
    Ref. MELWAY Map 871 (Enlarged Map of the University of Melbourne Carlton

    The Sidney Myer Asia Centre is at I&J14.
    The Carrillo Gantner Theatre is downstairs at its southern end. The
    toilets, too.

    Street parking around the university - Generally free on Sunday. (Please
    confirm before you leave your car.)

    On-campus parking - $7 per day flat rate on weekend
    The machines accept coins & $5/$10/$20 note.
    Make sure to first press the correct button for "Weekend/Snday Rate".
    Access: Monash Rd Gate 4 (H14) & Grattan St Gate 10 (L8) through boom gates
    Monash Rd leads you to the underground car park closest to the venue.
    Access to the University Square Underground Car Park (N8): Entrance in
    Berkeley St (N5) or Bouverie St (N12)
    Ground level parking is limited.
    All the details and application form from

    General information on the Contest:

    General enquiries:
    Mrs Kumiko Toyama
    Program Coordinator
    Japan Information & Cultural Centre
    Consulate-General of Japan
    (TEL) 03-9679-4560
  • 23 Aug 2010 9:23 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Manifest 2010 Photo Report
    Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd August 2010

  • 19 Aug 2010 12:09 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Click on the invitation for larger view  

    Immanent Landscape

    21 August - 4 September
    Jeremy Bakker / Hamish Carr / Atsunobu Katagiri /
    Hisaharu Motoda / Nobuaki Onishi / Kiron Robinson /
    Ai Sasaki / Utako Shindo
    Opening        FRIDAY  20  6pm -
    Artists* talk   SATURDAY  21  2pm -
     *Jeremy Baker, Hamish Carr, Atsunobu Katagiri, Nobuaki Onishi, Kiron Robinson, Ai Sasaki, Utako Shindo
    West Space
    level 1/ 15-19 Anthony Street, Melbourne
    Wed.- Fri. 12-6pm
    Saturday  12-5pm
    Immanent Landscape is a project realized by eight emerging contemporary artists from Australia and Japan, moving across both countries and engaging with each other over a two year period. The participating artists engage in a diverse range of disciplines including photography, drawing, printmaking, installation and ikebana. Their works commonly reflect and embody themes and concepts of environment, both external and internal. The group exhibition explores the idea of ‘landscape’ as a position where various point of views can intersect. The more information is available on our website http://www.i-landscape.net/about_en.html
    「内在の風景」は、 日本・オーストラリアから集まった作家8人が、「風景」という一つのテーマのもと、2年以上に渡り二国間をまたいで、動き、関わり合って実現する、日豪合同企画です。 参加作家 作家の表現媒体は、写真、ドローイング、版画、インスタレーション、生け花と様々ですが、外的な環境を反映しながら同時に内的な環境を体現する、という点で共通しています。それゆえ、作品は、都市空間、歴史、社会、神話、精神世界といった文脈を包含します。これらの多様な作品群を以て、合同展覧会は、様々な視点が交錯する、ある一つの’風景’を表現することを目指します。 展覧会の詳しい情報は以下のリンクからウェブサイトをご参照ください。 http://www.i-landscape.net/about.html
  • 05 Aug 2010 10:48 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Applications now open!!!

    Applications to the “Photo and Essay Division”of the “Yomiuri Photo
    Grand Prix”organized by the Yomiuri Shimbun will be open to high school
    students from overseas.
    We encourage your students to consider submitting an entry.

    This competition has its beginnings in the “Lives of Japanese High
    School Students: Photo and Message Contest”, which was held under the
    auspices of the Japan Forum (TJF) from 1997 to 2006. Since 2008,TJF has
    supported a continuation of these contests under the “Photo and Essay
    Division” for high school students of the Yomiuri Photo Grand Prix.

    Students introduce a high school friend they know well,expressed through
    a set of not more than five photographs and essays in English or in

    ■Application forms



    *Grand Prix: Award to 1 person of airfare for travel to Narita of up to
    300,000 yen for the prize-winner and for one parent or guardian

    *Second Prize: Award to one person of prize worth 50,000 yen.

    *Third Prize: Award to one person of prize worth 30,000 yen

    *Other Prizes: Award to ten people small bag.
  • 27 Jul 2010 3:48 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Internationally renowned violinist, concerto soloist and teacher Miwako Abe will be performing a Bach concert in August at Ashburton Baptist Church. 8 Y Street, Ashburton.

    Date: Sunday, August 15 at 3:00 p.m.+

    Admission: $20 adults § 15 students/concession § 10 children. Tickets sold at door prior to concert.

    Since coming to Australia in 1982, Miwako Abe has performed with major orchestras and ensembles, among them the Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, the Sydney String Quartet, the Australia Ensemble, the Australian Chamber Soloists, Flederman, Pipeline, and Soloists of Australia. Abe has performed with premier orchestras around the world, and is a highly acclaimed recoding artist. She is currently Associate Professor of Music and Head of the Strings Department, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne.

    Please download the flyer from here MiwakoAbe.pdf

  • 25 Jul 2010 1:59 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Japan and Australia share an economic and political link, but their social and cultural relationship is built through sister-city exchange.  The sister city relationship grows links between local schools and businesses, and gives a voice to tolerance and multiculturalism.
    Friday July 23, the Australia Japan Society of Victoria, in association with City of Melbourne, hosted the Sister Cities Discussion Forum.  Attracting delegates from a diverse range of organisations, including Monash University, CLAIR, the City of Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association and the City of La Trobe, as well as interested individuals, the forum’s open discussion was a valuable opportunity for anybody interested to have a hand in developing a more strategic and effective sister-city exchange. (photos and text by Ben Morgan)


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