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  • 27 Feb 2019 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Way of the Flower

    Date: 27th February

    Time: 6 pm

    Venue: Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

    Tickets: $25 ($15 concession)

    Shakuhachi player Anne Norman is internationally renowned as a player, composer and highly imaginative producer of adventurous Japanese themed performances.
    Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & The Boite

    The Way of The Flower is a collaboration between Anne, koto player Brandon Lee, and ikebana master Shoso Shimbo, who will transform the Primrose Potter Salon with an ikebana (living flowers) installation.  For more information, please click HERE


  • 24 Feb 2019 12:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2019

    The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival will return in 2019 to celebrate its 10th anniversary! Again the event will showcase traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with performances, food and activities for all ages. The festival will conclude with drawing our highly anticipated raffle prizes at the end of the afternoon, with over forty prizes, including three – a pair and one single – economy return tickets to Tokyo. We can’t wait to see you there!

    Date: Sunday 24 February 2019 (12 noon – 6PM) Admission: Free
    Venue: Federation Square – Corner of Swanston/Flinder Streets, Melbourne 
    Organizer: Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Melbourne Inc. & Japanese Society of Melbourne, Inc.

  • 20 Feb 2019 3:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Open Sake Training with Supersake

    Date and Time: Wed. 20 February 2019 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

    Venue: MONOU Japanese Restaurant 274 Park Street South Melbourne, VIC 3205

    If you are keen on learning all about sake, join us at our free open sake training with Simone Maynard (Sake Professional Certification - Sake Education Council Japan/WSET Sake Level 3) on Wednesday, 20 February at MONOU Japanese Restaurant.

    Sake enthusiasts, industry professionals, all are welcome.

    You will learn about history of sake culture; how it is made; sake grades and amazingly varied styles; food pairing along with tastings on selection of hand crafted sake from SUPERSAKE.

    Sake training will start at 3pm sharp, so please arrive a little earlier to check in.

    Priority to industry professionals.

    This is an 18+ event. Due to the responsible service of alcohol, you may be required to present ID upon entry.

    Please contact Tika on tikamaya@supersake.com.au or, call 0433 651 084.

  • 17 Feb 2019 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    "The Garden of Forking Paths": Mira Gojak & Takehito Koganezawa

    The exhibition finds points of connection and divergence in the work of these two renowned artists, with large scale installations and more intimate works connecting their practices across both floors of the museum. 

    Australian artist Mira Gojak presents new work alongside drawings, sculptures, installations and photographs spanning more than twenty years, while the practice of her Japanese counterpart Takehito Koganezawa is represented by specially-made performative video drawings and new improvisational works with a sampling of earlier works on paper.

    Date and Time: Wednesday 7 November until Sunday 17 February 2019 

    Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm; Thur 11am – 8pm. 

    Venue: Buxton Contemporary, Cnr Dodds St & Southbank Blvd, Southbank.  

    Entry: Free.   

    Fore more information, please click here 

  • 15 Feb 2019 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Japanese pottery - small bowls workshop

    Date and Time: Fri. 15 February 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Venue: Yarraville Community Centre 59 Francis Street  Yarraville, VIC 3013

    Cost: $70  Booking

    Design and create a nest of 3 small bowls, perfect for dips or olives. These creations will be the talk of your next antipasto platter. Choose a glaze in class and we will contact you when your creation is ready to collect.

    What you will learn

    introduction to basic techniques of ceramics

    how to handle and hand build with clay

    pinching and coiling methods

    What you will get

    3 small bowls, collect after they have been fired

    What to bring

    all materials provided

    no long nails

    wear old clothing

  • 12 Feb 2019 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Zahatorte (Japan) by Northcote Social Club

    Date and Time: Tue 12 February 2019, 7:30 pm -11:30 pm

    Venue:  Northcote Social Club 301 High Street Northcote, VIC 3070

    Guests: Ultrafox + The Lagerphones

    Tickets: $25+booking fee, or more on the door. Booking


    Hailing from Kyoto, a city known for its traditionalism, Zahatorte are a genre-defying trio that blend old-world European café sounds with the undeniably Japanese penchant for perfectionism.

    Mirroring the unwavering dedication of local artisans that have made Kyoto such an important cultural hub, the band have spent the past 15 years mastering their craft. Since their inception, they’ve played over 100 shows each year without fail.

    With over 1,400 shows under their belt, festival slots at Summer Sonic (Japan), and Le Grand Soufflet Festival (France) it’s time for the group to bring their brand of bossa-nova inspired, gyspy-swing tinged, classical mastery to Australia. They’ll be in Australia this February for a string of intimate shows across the country including an appearance at MONA in Tasmania.


  • 27 Jan 2019 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    "Tokyo Fruits" 

    This photography exhibition, previously displayed at Japan Foundation, Sydney, will appeal to people with an interest in Japanese fashion.

    From colourful decora to neo-goths and cyber-punks, influential street fashion publication FRUiTS Magazine told stories from Harajuku, the creative centre of Tokyo fashion, for over twenty years.

    Tokyo FRUiTS maps the myriad of trends and multiple identities of Tokyo fashion, through a selection of photographs from the publication. Developed in 1997 in response to Harajuku’s bourgeoning experimental street fashion boom, FRUiTs magazine (led by photographer Shoichi Aoki) documented the colourful characters that defined the creative and fun identity of Tokyo’s youth culture.

    Twenty years on, the palette of street fashion has evolved to a simpler aesthetic, with a stronger Western influence, and the FRUiTs publication drew to a close. This exhibition traces the movement from Decora girl gangs, Lolita, and Urahara kei, through to the more recent trends of Neo Gyaru, Nu Goth, and the Simple Boom.

    When: Friday 12 October 2018 – Sunday 27 January 2019

    Where: Writer's Block Café, Borchardt Library

    La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC

    Cost: Free

    For more details, see the La Trobe University website.

  • 19 Jan 2019 2:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Annual Koto Student Concert

    This concert will feature koto students of Brandon Lee, who have been working hard to create a rich and diverse programme for the concert. Come along and support them, and meet other koto enthusiasts! Seats are limited, so come early to make sure you get a seat!

    Date and Time:  19th January 2019, 2:30 pm

    Venue:  Library at the Docks 

    Entry by Gold Coin Donation

  • 10 Jan 2019 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese Maple (2hr Paint & Sip) 

    Have fun creating your very own masterpiece painting with acrylic on a 40x50cm canvas without ever having painted before!

    Our artists paint along with you demonstrating step-by-step from start-to-end how to paint the featured artwork while you enjoy the relaxing experience, sipping on a glass of your favourite beverage and socialising with friends.

    It’s all about Fun Art, not Fine Art!

    And remember, we are a BYO studio, so bring along your favourite bottle or two of liquid creativity to enjoy while you paint and sip with us on the day.

    You supply the wine and we’ll provide all the art materials, glassware and good vibes. Leave the rest to us!

    This is not your typical painting class!

    Japanese Maple (2hr Paint & Sip) - BYO Food & Drink

    Date and TimeThu. 10 January 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

    VenueCork & Canvas, 206 Clarendon Street South Melbourne, Vic 3205

    Cost: $50 Booking 

  • 05 Jan 2019 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Coma-Chi (Japan) & Plutonic Lab by Horse Bazaar

    Date and  Time:

    Sat., 05/01/2019, 8:00 pm –

    Sun., 06/01/2019, 1:00 am AEDT

    Venue: Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

    Cost: $7.77 Booking

    Special Guests: 2nd Thought x Zima


    Horse Bazaar presents regarded Japanese rapper Coma-Chi & Australian music producer, artist and performer Plutonic Lab.

    COMA-CHI is a pioneer of a female rapper in Japan who has awesome skills with experience, gathering respect from many people. She is a very talented artist with a rich groove feeling influenced by black music such as HIPHOP, R & B, JAZZ, Afrobeats and also having outstanding singing ability.

    Plutonic Lab’s latest LP “Deep Above The Noise” won best Hip-Hop Album at the VIC Music Awards 2016. The album was a Double J feature album and both singles “The Crib” ft. Guilty Simpson & “Sliced Bread” ft. Notes To Self BBRC added to rotation on national broadcaster Triple J. The album was also featured on several community radio stations nationally.

    Plutonic has toured across across Australia and at large festivals such as Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass & Internation- ally in the U.S, Canada, Japan, Singapore, UK & Europe.

    Plutonic has landed support from National broadcaster Triple J with placements in the ‘Hottest 100’ & the highly coveted ‘Triple J Feature Album’ placements multiple times.

    Join the two artists as they perform a special Horse Bazaar show with support from 2nd Thought x Zima.

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