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  • 22 Sep 2019 6:15 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Melbourne Fringe Festival

    Showko: Occasions - Kooky Japanese comedy!

    Date and Time: Sep 22 - 29 (not 23), 6:15pm (Sun 5:15pm) 55min

    Venue: Fringe Hub - Trades Hall  Cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton

    For bookings and info visit melbournefringe.com.au or call 03 9660 9666

    Japanese Kooky Ventriloquism Comedy!

    Australia’s favourite kooky Japanese ventriloquist is back with a brand-new show. From first dates to funerals, from moving house to honeymoons, Showko and her team of quirky puppets turn the spotlight on those special occasions that are the comedy of life. There’s even a sitcom starring an inflatable doll.

    Totally original, off-beat and hilarious, this is unlike any other show at the Fringe. Think: Nina Conti meets Hello Kitty via Mighty Boosh.

  • 20 Sep 2019 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Lisa Ono is coming back to Melbourne after her first successful 30th anniversary debut tour in 2018, joining her worldwide music journey with love and passions.

    Following her 2018 sold-out Australian Tour, and due to overwhelming demand, Japanese-Brazilian Bossa Nova queen, Lisa Ono, will return to Melbourne for one night only. 

    Date and Time: Friday 20 September 7:30 pm-

    Venue: Hamer Hall Art Centre Melbourne   Booking 

  • 19 Sep 2019 6:45 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Thursday 19 September 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

    Venue: The Castle Hotel( Nth Melb) 56 Courtney St, North Melbourne, 3051

    Although it is Autumn in Japan, we are celebrating the beginning of spring in Melbourne with the most famous and beautiful blossom of the cherries, this event will sell out so book in advance.We use a variety of paints (including acrylic and watercolour) and provide everything you will need. You don’t have to bring anything – just show up with your buddies or be ready to make some new pals, while having a blast! At the end of class, you’ll take home your own unique masterpiece. 

    Go to the booking link

  • 19 Sep 2019 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Thursday, 19 Sep 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Venue: Prudence Myer Studio The Ian Potter Southbank Centre Southbank 43 Sturt Street


    Expat Australian trumpeter Nick Hewett and Japanese calligrapher Junko Azukawa re-unite with Conservatorium colleagues to continue their shared sonic explorations. The first part of the program for trumpet and ink art is Hewett's Found/Lost ,a meditation on the way challenging emotions and life experiences define us, while Brief brings the five performers together to explore the liminal area between improvisation and notation through a guiding text or ‘brief’ received just prior to performance.

  • 14 Sep 2019 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Madman Anime Festival is a truly unique event that brings all things anime and Japanese culture to you! Featuring international guests and exhibitors, cosplay, and super exclusive anime events, Madman Anime Festival has something for every anime fan. Brought to you by Australia’s biggest name in anime, Madman Entertainment, together with Australia’s #1 anime streaming service AnimeLab. #MadFest

    Date and Time:

    Sat., 14/09/2019, 10:00 am –

    Sun., 15/09/2019, 5:00 pm AEST


    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

    Bays 8-13

    1 Convention Centre Pl

    South Wharf, VIC 3006


    Please refer to the full FAQ's on the Madman Anime Festival Website here: 

    MadFest FAQs

    Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the festival?

    • Under 10s Enter Free with an Adult
      Children aged 10 years and under can be admitted free of charge with paying adults. Valid for the general admission area only. If your child is mature or tall for their age please bring proof of age to show at the door. Any benefits derived from VIP tickets only apply to the purchaser of the VIP ticket. If you wish for your child to take part in the VIP experience they will need their own VIP ticket.
    • Under 13s Require a Guardian
      Kids under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (older siblings or cousins under the age of 18 years are not acceptable guardians). It is the responsibility of the legal parent or guardian to ensure their child is safe and supervised at all times.
    • Some Restrictions for Under 15s
      Some mature content (rated MA15+) may be displayed in some areas. Access restrictions may apply in these areas for attendees under the age of 15.

    What's the refund policy?

    All tickets purchased are non-refundable or non-transferable. This means we are unable to process refunds on tickets. Tickets must be treated like cash, if they are lost or stolen we cannot issue a refund.

    Do you accept Carer’s Cards and Companion Cards?

    Yes. Carer’s with approved companion cards will be admitted free of charge with an equivalent ticket purchase. Carers must produce the relevant Carer's card when redeeming ticket. Please note, if you are the carer of one of our VIP ticket holders, you will only be given comparable access and are not applicable to receive VIP bags or autograph tokens.

    Premiere Screening Tickets

    Do I need to have a ticket to Madman Anime Festival in order to buy a ticket to the screening?
    No, you do not need to buy a Madman Anime Festival ticket. All screenings are open to everyone!

    Do I need to bring a printed ticket?
    Tickets will be scanned at the door so please either bring your printed ticket or show the QR code on your mobile phone.

    How can I buy a ticket on the day?
    If the session is not sold out you can buy tickets online or ask at the Ticket Office at Madman Anime Festival.

    Is there a break between screeings / Will we be required to vacate the cinema between screenings?
    All screenings will be emptied between sessions.


  • 02 Sep 2019 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Mon, 2 September 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

    Venue:  Photography Studies College 65 City Road Southbank, VIC 3006

    The workshop starts with a lecture explaining the idea of Western Fashion arranged in Japanese style with Japanese identity in its background, how Japanese designers are going on the world’s stage of fashion with their unique concepts.

    The lecture runs from 10:00am - 11:15am, followed by a workshop 11:15am-12:30pm, where particpants will learn some garment folding techniques, using paper. Materials supplied.  This is a free event but bookings are essential! 

  • 31 Aug 2019 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Melbourne Ikebana Festival

    Date and time: 31 August (11 am - 5 pm) & 1 September (10 am -5 pm) 

    Venue: Rosina, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne  Convent 

    The festival includes demonstrations, workshops, free exhibition & an ikebana performance with the Grigoryan Brothers (Melbourne Recital Centre). This is a great opportunity to find out more about this popular Japanese art form. 


  • 29 Aug 2019 4:15 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    AJSV/AJBCC Business Briefing

    Allens, the AJSV and the AJBCC invite you to explore the challenges and hear tips for success from experienced business leaders.

    Date and Time: Thursday 29 August 2019 4:15 pm-

    Venue: Allens Level 37 101 Collins Street Melbourne

    RSVP by Thursday 22 August (limited seating) to

    Shoko Hosono on (03) 9613 8640 or email japanservices@allens.com.au

  • 24 Aug 2019 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    GET READY for the 6th Animaga Expo, a convention that celebrates anime, manga, gaming, and Japanese culture. We have competitions, special guests, and more. Come join us for a weekend of fun that you won't forget!

    Date and Time: Sat, 24  – Sun, 25 Aug 10 am - 4 pm 

    VenueRoyal Exhibition Building 9 Nicholson St, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC 3053

  • 20 Aug 2019 4:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Please join our upcoming seminar which will introduce the basics of Australian legal practice and focus on some of main the differences between Australian and Japanese law.

    Mr. Geread Dooley, who has 12 years of experience as an Australian lawyer, will break down some of the Australian legal complexities and touch on key areas such as commercial contracts and director's duties.

    Date and Time: Tuesday 20th August 2019, 4 pm- 5:30 pm (registration open at 3:45 pm) reception to follow

    Venue: MinterEllison (Boardroom 1 & 2) Rialto Towers 525 Collins St, Melbourne

    Speaker: Mr Geread Dooley: Japanese Practice Leader, MinterEllison

                     Mr Ryohei Ikeda: Legal consultant, MinterEllison

    This seminar will be in English with summaries provided in Japanese. Please book via JCCI webiste by 13th August 

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