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  • 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.

  • 27 Dec 2018 4:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    ACMI presents Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    OPEN DAILY, except Christmas Day

    MUSEUM 10am–5pm

    CINEMAS until late

    Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia

    Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda


    A constant innovator, Sakamoto’s music has evolved in perfect harmony with his evolution as an artist and thinker

    27 Dec 2018 - 16 Jan 2019

    100 mins

    Full $18 Concession $14 Member $12 Group (10+) $12 and Seniors $8

    For more information, please click HERE

  • 18 Dec 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    "Discover Osaka"  Forum & Seminar 

    A delegation from Osaka is in Melbourne as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Melbourne-Osaka sister city relationship. This event, “Discover Osaka”, will include presentations by the Mayor of Osaka, Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN, Universal Studio Japan, and others. There will also be a panel discussion and the ceremonial signing of a Melbourne-Osaka joint statement.

    The event’s theme is “The urban appeal of Melbourne and Osaka: Promotional approaches of Osaka's tourism”. The organisers are the City of Melbourne, the City of Osaka, and the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau. The event is supported by JETRO Sydney.

    When: Tuesday 18 December 2018

    Where: Yarra Room, Level 2, Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC

    Schedule: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Forum 3:10pm – 4:40pm Seminar

    Cost: Free

    To register, email ga0005@city.osaka.lg.jp by Thursday 6 December with your full name, company, position, phone number and email address.

  • 12 Dec 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu : Book launch event

    Book launch event for Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu a non-fiction work by Andrew Thomson published by Ryan Publishing.

    Date and Venue:

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 5pm

    Lander & Rogers, 12thfloor, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne

    RSVP toandrew@mailthomson.com

    Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushumay be ordered from Ryan Publishing atwww.ryanpub.com.au/bridgetothegods.htm


  • 09 Dec 2018 3:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Wadaiko Rindo Annual Student Concert 

    Wadaiko Rindo, Japanese drumming team based in Melbourne will hold an annual students' concert on Sunday 9th December 2018 

    Date and Time: Sunday 9th December 2018

    11:00am-12:30pm- Beginner's & Intermediate class (Admission Free) 

    3:00pm-5:20pm-Advanced class & Special Guest Noriko Tadano (Shamisen) 

    Venue: Christine Strachan Theatre South Oakleigh College, Bakers Rd Oakleigh South


    Advance sales $22/ $16.5 (under 16) by 7th December   Booking 

    Door sales $25/$20 (under 16)    


  • 06 Dec 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Kokedama Workshop

    Date and Time: Thursday 6 December 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

    Venue: Yarraville Community Centre 59 Francis Street Yarraville

    Cost: $55  Booking

    Practice the Japanese art of binding plants into mini hanging works of art. Also known as ‘poor man’s bonsai’, Kokedama have been created in Japan for centuries. Learn the best plants to use, care instructions and creative ways to use them in your living spaces. With a bit of gentle persuasion and some coloured string you’ll create these stunning living art works ready to take home and display.

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