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  • 15 Mar 2012 9:56 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Sweets: Tastes and traditions from many cultures is a delicious exhibition and festival that are part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Cultural Diversity Week in March 2012.

    Members of the Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mauritian and Turkish communities have come together with the Immigration Museum to jointly explore the historical and cultural significance of sweets. This unique project has seen these communities sharing sweet stories, traditions and recipes, not to mention fantastic creations from their kitchens!

    Sweets Festival: Sunday 18 March 2012, 11am – 4 pm
    The festival showcases cultural activities from the participating communities: food stalls and tastings, cooking demonstrations and workshops; food rituals and related performances; music; dance; films and displays.

    Sweets Exhibition: 15 March 2012 – 7 April 2013
    The exhibition displays images and objects, short films, recipes and popular expressions relating to sweets from the 5 participating communities.

    Click HERE to go to Sweets website.

    Click HERE to see Sweets flyer.

    Click HERE to read Sweets media release.



  • 10 Mar 2012 12:50 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    "Thank you from Japan" - The photo and 80 pictures drawn from the affected area "Tohoku region" exhibition will be held on 10 and 11 March 2012 at MiFA for the 1st anniversary commemorating of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

    Click HERE for further information.

  • 09 Mar 2012 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Registration deadline extended to Thursday 1 March, 2012


    Japanese Studies Centre Mitsubishi Corporation Seminar Series  
    Building global human capital: the Japanese experience
    Melbourne, Friday 9 March 2012
    This interdisciplinary seminar explores the recent moves to enhance Japan’s competitiveness through the development of a more globally literate workforce.

    Responding to the realities of global business engagement, Japanese firms, supported by the national government and industry bodies, are moving to develop their employees’ skills in areas such as foreign languages and inter-cultural leadership, as well as undertaking organisational renovations to allow such skills to be mobilised more effectively.

    The many initiatives currently being debated and tested include adopting English as an official workplace language, incorporating more international experience into business training programs, and adopting pro-active strategies for the use of non-Japanese personnel. These moves have important implications not only for business practice, but also for social organisation, cultural identity and economic engagement in and around Japan.

    This seminar brings academics from a variety of disciplines together with businesspeople and government representatives to discuss these developments, with a particular emphasis on the Japan-Asia-Australia business interface.

    Click HERE for further details.

  • 27 Nov 2011 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Place: Collingwood Townhall (140 Hoddle Street)

    "This Festival started in 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. It focuses on mutual interaction & audience participation to enrich the cultural exchange experience through workshops, performances, music & art exhibition. Not only to give guests great experiences but also great opportunities to make connection between Australian & Japan community, find your identity." 

    for further details.

    to see how the event was last year.
  • 05 Nov 2011 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Chado Urasenke Tankokai Melbourne Association will host a
    Lecture and Tea Gathering to celebrate its 20th anniversary
    at NGV International (The National Gallery of Victoria).

    Soshitsu Sen XVI, Grand Master of the Urasenke Chado Tradition will
    travel from Japan to help us celebrate this special anniversary.
    At the lecture, Grand Master will talk about “the spirit of Tea”, after
    viewing a video presentation introducing Chado (the Way of Tea).
    At the tea gathering, four different settings reflecting on the theme
    “tsunagu“ (loosely translated as “ to connect”) will be presented.

    Guests are invited to enjoy two settings. A different type of traditional
    sweet and tea will be served will be served at each setting.
    Experience 500 years of Chado, the Way of Tea.

    Lecture of Soshitu Sen XVI
      Date  : Saturday, 5th November 2011
      Time  : 2pm-4pm
      Venue: Clemenger Auditorium, Ground Floor, NGV International
      Cost  : Free (Places are limited, bookings are not taken)

    Tea Gathering
      Date  : Sunday, 6th November 2011
      Time  : 1st session 5:30pm-7pm, 2nd session 7pm-8:30pm
      Venue: The Great Hall, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
      Cost  : $30 per person (including two different kinds of tea and sweets)

    < Booking & Inquires >
    Chado Urasenke Tankokai Melbourne Association Inc.

    Please write “Tea ticket booking” in the subject line, and clearly state
    your name, contact number, the number of tickets you want to purchase,
    and which session you would like to attend.

  • 27 Sep 2011 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    'What is a Netsuke - more than a hare with amber eyes?'

    Tuesday September 27, 2011

    Discover Netsuke, history, function, material, fascinating subject matter,
    exotic stories - and of course, how to pronounce it!

    Please see the attached PDF for seminar, lunch and exhibition details. 

    Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

    For further information, please contact Trevor Fleming on 9671-4311 or email sales@kehoe.com.au

    Lesley Kehoe Galleries
  • 17 Sep 2011 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Melbourne's one and only Japanese women's choir -Yukari Echo- is holding a special concert on Saturday 17 September 2011 at the Salvation Army Box Hill's  Hall,   17-23 Nelson Road, Box Hill.
    This was to be an occasion to celebrate their 30th year anniversary but members now have decided to make it also a fundraising event for the  victims of the earthquake disaster in Japan.
    The group hopes that many of you and your friends will join us and enjoy songs from Japan and other countries as well as guest instrumental performances and support this cause.
    The concert will commence at 7pm  (doors open at 6.30pm)  and  Entry donation is $10
  • 28 Aug 2011 6:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Multicultural Arts Victoria, Melbourne Recital Centre and ABC Radio National’s Music Deli present a great line up of musicians playing new and old music inspired by their cultural heritage. Japanese koto music from Satsuki Odamura and guests; Chinese melodies from the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble; Mongolian songs from Bukhchulun Ganburged and Vietnamese instrumental and vocal music from Dang Kim Hien, le Tuan Hung and Kim Le. Both the Salon and Murdoch Hall concerts will be recorded for broadcast in Music Deli on Radio National. 

    4.00PM, SALON
    • Dang Kim Hien, Le Tuan Hung & Kim Le
    • Bukhchulun Ganburged

    Salon: $20 Full, $15 Concession

    • Wang Zheng Ting and the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble
    • Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble and guests with a special

    performance titled ‘Chinkon’ (requiem) dedicated to the earthquake and Tsunami victims in Japan

    Elisabeth Murdoch Hall: $30 Full, $25 Concession, $60 Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) 

    Plus free foyer performances by Mindy Wang (Guzheng solo) and Amraa (Mongolian Dance).

    BOOKINGS: 03 9699 3333
    or melbournerecital.com.au
    Transaction fees may apply to ticket bookings
  • 24 Aug 2011 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Japanmania - 'a night all things Japanese' is a FREE event that
    promises a unique experience and the opportunity to meet other
    like-minded people who share an interest and passion for Japan and its
    culture. This event will be hosted in Melbourne's fanciest space for
    students - The Couch - International Student Lounge.

    Wednesday 24 August 2011
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    The Couch - International Student Lounge
    69 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
    Dress Code: Casual but dress-up encouraged (harajuku, kimonos,
    anime/manga cosplay)

    The night will feature:

    ·         Worn Wild Fashion Show
    ·         Koto Performance by RMIT Japan Club
    ·         Taiko Drumming
    ·         Free Food (guests are encourage to bring snacks or a plate to

  • 22 Aug 2011 11:10 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Approximately 14 former participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)Programme will travel to Tohoku at the invitation of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They will stay in Japan for around one-week from August to September and meet-up with former colleagues and students, as well as observe reconstruction efforts in disaster stricken areas.
    Ms Heidi Bressler, a former participant who departed from Tasmania, will travel to Iwaki City - her former placement between the 17-26 September. She is highly proficient in the Japanese language.

    2003-2006    Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
                        Iwaki Government / Iwaki International Association
                        The JET Programme     
    2006-2008    Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
                        Iwaki City
                        Board of Education
                        The JET Programme
    2008            Awarded  the Iwaki City International Exchange Goodwill Ambassador 
                       Award for outstanding contribution made to international relations in Iwaki City       
                       Attained 3rd Dan Level in Kendo
    Please contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne if you would like further information about the Invitation Programme.

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