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

    DATE AND TIME

    Sun. 2 December 2018

    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

    LOCATION

    Horse Bazaar

    397 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000   Booking 

    Adelaide Fringe pre show

    THIS SHOW IS STRICTLY 13+

    Absolutely Normal was one of the break-out hits at the Malthouse Theatre during this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was directed by Heath McIvor – the man behind Randy the purple puppet.

    This pre show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival contains new material and is even funnier and quirkier thank before.

    Welcome to the quirky and hilarious world of Showko – Australia’s favourite Japanese comedian. Kooky and off-beat, Showko’s blend of stand-up, ventriloquism and Rakugo (Japanese storytelling comedy) is hugely entertaining and utterly unique.

    Armed with stories from her childhood growing up in the kookiest culture on earth, as well as her adventures as a globetrotting comedian, Showko gives you a glimpse into the craziness that exists just below the surface of Japan that most foreigners never get to see.

    As a child, she escaped into a fantasy world of making and talking to puppets – now it’s her job. The world may be crazy, but Showko is absolutely normal.

    As seen on Australia’s Got Talent.
    As heard on ABC radio’s International Women’s Day debate 2017.

    "★★★★1/2" – Herald Sun

    “Absurdly hilarious.” – Melbourne Arts Fashion

    a complete hoot.” – Squirrel Comedy

    “Prepare to be enchanted!...mesmerized by her genuine excitement and the magic of storytelling and creation.” – Theatre Press, Melbourne

    Comedy can be an art form and not just a trade” – The Scotsman

    “Absolutely delightful. Silly and clever, as well as being unlike anything else on the Fringe... ” – Edinburgh Fringe Review


    *Ticket price includes one free drink.

  • 01 Dec 2018 9:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Geelong Japanese Summer Festival


    Date and Time01 December 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    VenueDiversitat Community Hub 25-41 Arunga Ave, Norlane, 3214

    Japanese traditional Music

    Japanese Food Stall

    Art & Craft workshop

    Japanese Cosplay Contest

    Karaoke Contest ...etc.

    For more information : http://jag-midori.wixsite.com/midorinokai


  • 30 Nov 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    For the wagashi lovers, MinnieSweets will be there! 

     

    Date and Time: Friday 30 November -2  Sunday December 2018,  10am - 5pm  Daily

    Venue:  Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 

                 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006, Australia

    A special collaboration with Cha Haus's high quality Japanese tea; macha and genmaicha

    Best seasonal nerikiri and daifuku will be available at the Cake Bake & Sweets Show. 

    For more information, click HERE


  • 22 Nov 2018 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Date and Time: Thursday 22nd November, 8pm

    Venue:  The Night Cat, 137-141 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

    Booking: Osaka Monaurail at The Night Cat

    Price:  $49.98


    With 7 studio albums, 2 live albums and an ever-growing reputation as a must-see live act, Osaka Monaurail are Japan’s premiere funk orchestra, and, as the late Marva Whitney once described them, “one of the hottest funk bands on the planet.”

    They have been recording and touring together for more than 25 years and have thrilled audiences across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia with their dynamic show in over a decade of international touring. They have played the biggest festivals in the world and the tightest clubs on the planet and brought the dance-floor to volcanic like eruptions everywhere they go!

    They’ve toured Australia twice – 2013 and 2014 – thrilling club goers as well as knocking out larger crowds at the Sydney Festival, WOMADelaide and Meredith Festival.

    Formed out of Osaka University’s jazz society in 1992, Osaka Monaurail took James Brown’s funk template as ‘the gold standard’ for a rhythm combo and named themselves after the 1975 Funk classic “J.B.’s Monaurail”. They appropriated even the miss-spelling and set out to be the ‘new ministers of super heavy funk’ for future generations.

    Now, having toured with funk icons and James Brown associates Marva Whitney, Fred Wesley and Martha High, as well as producing and backing solo albums for Whitney and High, they are on a mission to capture the energy, sound and excitement of funk’s heyday and beyond, a sound that is as free as it is organised and disciplined. Expect to see a high energy eight-piece band with sharp suits, organised steps, trumpets twirling in formation and the dynamic showmanship of charismatic singer and director Ryo Nakata. And expect to hear world-class, authentic, heavy funk.

    “By far one of the hottest funk bands on the planet!” – Marva Whitney, Soul Sister #1


    Other Melbourne shows: 

    Tuesday 20th November - Caravan Club

    Wednesday 21st November - The Prince Hotel 


  • 22 Nov 2018 9:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Every year, JFF showcases the best of Japanese cinema, combining international film festival favourites, huge Japanese box office hits and little-known indie gems to audiences across Australia. In 2018, we’re also celebrating our most diverse program yet, with casts and characters from all walks of life.

    When you join us in the cinema this year, you might see a half-Japanese man piecing together his cultural identity, a Korean-Japanese family weathering life’s challenges in postwar Japan, or an actress-turned-housewife who finds her second chance in the spotlight, thanks to a zombie film. No matter which films you pick, you’re sure to meet interesting characters at JFF 2018!

    Check out what's showing in Melbourne!

    MELBOURNE
    Almost sold out
    25 Nov, 4:00pm – The Travelling Cat Chronicles – Book now

    Selling fast
    22 Nov, 7:00pm – One Cut of the Dead [opening film] – Book now
    24 Nov, 5:40pm – DESTINY: The Tale of Kamakura – Book now
    25 Nov, 3:15pm – Tampopo –
    Book now
    29 Nov, 6:30pm – Ramen Shop – Book now 
    30 Nov, 6:30pm – Night is Short, Walk on Girl – Book now
    30 Nov, 6:30pm – DESTINY: The Tale of Kamakura – Book now
    30 Nov, 8:40pm – One Cut of the Dead –  Book now
    2 Dec, 2:45pm – The Crimes That Bind –
     Book now
    2 Dec, 6:40pm – Oh Lucy! [closing film] – Book now


    Film info and schedule from HERE


  • 21 Nov 2018 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Date and Time: Wednesday 21st November, 8pm

    Venue:  The Prince Hotel, 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda VIC

    Booking: Osaka Monaurail at The Prince Hotel

    Price: $49.90


    With 7 studio albums, 2 live albums and an ever-growing reputation as a must-see live act, Osaka Monaurail are Japan’s premiere funk orchestra, and, as the late Marva Whitney once described them, “one of the hottest funk bands on the planet.”

    They have been recording and touring together for more than 25 years and have thrilled audiences across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia with their dynamic show in over a decade of international touring. They have played the biggest festivals in the world and the tightest clubs on the planet and brought the dance-floor to volcanic like eruptions everywhere they go!

    They’ve toured Australia twice – 2013 and 2014 – thrilling club goers as well as knocking out larger crowds at the Sydney Festival, WOMADelaide and Meredith Festival.

    Formed out of Osaka University’s jazz society in 1992, Osaka Monaurail took James Brown’s funk template as ‘the gold standard’ for a rhythm combo and named themselves after the 1975 Funk classic “J.B.’s Monaurail”. They appropriated even the miss-spelling and set out to be the ‘new ministers of super heavy funk’ for future generations.

    Now, having toured with funk icons and James Brown associates Marva Whitney, Fred Wesley and Martha High, as well as producing and backing solo albums for Whitney and High, they are on a mission to capture the energy, sound and excitement of funk’s heyday and beyond, a sound that is as free as it is organised and disciplined. Expect to see a high energy eight-piece band with sharp suits, organised steps, trumpets twirling in formation and the dynamic showmanship of charismatic singer and director Ryo Nakata. And expect to hear world-class, authentic, heavy funk.

    “By far one of the hottest funk bands on the planet!” – Marva Whitney, Soul Sister #1


    Other Melbourne shows: 

    Tuesday 20th November - Caravan Club

    Thursday 22nd November - Night Cat 


  • 21 Nov 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    JETAA Hump Day Happy Hour & Ramen Dinner 

    by JETAA Vic/Tas/SA committee


    We're hosting a mid-week Happy Hour and Ramen extravaganza!

    Join us for delicious food, Japanese inspired drinks, and great conversation. Dust off your Japanese language skills and have a drink with friends or just unwind and enjoy the atmosphere at Robot Bar and Mugen in the CBD.

    When: Wednesday -  November 21, 2018- Happy Hour at Robot Bar - 5 PM - 7:30 PM (FREE!)

    Ramen Dinner at Mugen - 7:30 PM (Cost $15 - space is limited!)


    Where: Robot Bar x Mugen Ramen
    12 Bligh Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000 x  11 Bligh Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000


    Cost: Happy hour is FREE!!
    Enjoy a midweek Happy Hour drink with your JETAA friends! Drinks are available at bar prices;  Please note that there is a $20 card minimum at Robot Bar.
    EVERYONE IS WELCOME

    Ramen Dinner - $15 gets you one bowl of ramen/tsukemen of your choice and a variety of appetizers to share! Additional Drinks are available at Bar prices (since we're only allowed one bill, please bring cash!)  SPACES ARE LIMITED

    RSVP: Please email rsvp@victassa.jetaa.org.au by Monday, November 19th!

    See you there!
  • 20 Nov 2018 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Date and Time: Tuesday 20th November, 8pm

    Venue:  Caravan Club, 1 Victor Rd, East Bentleigh, 3165

    Booking: Osaka Monaurail at Caravan Club

    Price: $49.60



    With 7 studio albums, 2 live albums and an ever-growing reputation as a must-see live act, Osaka Monaurail are Japan’s premiere funk orchestra, and, as the late Marva Whitney once described them, “one of the hottest funk bands on the planet.”

    They have been recording and touring together for more than 25 years and have thrilled audiences across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia with their dynamic show in over a decade of international touring. They have played the biggest festivals in the world and the tightest clubs on the planet and brought the dance-floor to volcanic like eruptions everywhere they go!

    They’ve toured Australia twice – 2013 and 2014 – thrilling club goers as well as knocking out larger crowds at the Sydney Festival, WOMADelaide and Meredith Festival.

    Formed out of Osaka University’s jazz society in 1992, Osaka Monaurail took James Brown’s funk template as ‘the gold standard’ for a rhythm combo and named themselves after the 1975 Funk classic “J.B.’s Monaurail”. They appropriated even the miss-spelling and set out to be the ‘new ministers of super heavy funk’ for future generations.

    Now, having toured with funk icons and James Brown associates Marva Whitney, Fred Wesley and Martha High, as well as producing and backing solo albums for Whitney and High, they are on a mission to capture the energy, sound and excitement of funk’s heyday and beyond, a sound that is as free as it is organised and disciplined. Expect to see a high energy eight-piece band with sharp suits, organised steps, trumpets twirling in formation and the dynamic showmanship of charismatic singer and director Ryo Nakata. And expect to hear world-class, authentic, heavy funk.

    “By far one of the hottest funk bands on the planet!” – Marva Whitney, Soul Sister #1


    Other Melbourne shows: 

    Wednesday 21st November - The Prince Hotel

    Thursday 22nd November - Night Cat 

  • 19 Nov 2018 8:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Justine Schofield, star of cooking series, Everyday Gourmet, heads to the home of Mt Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan, for an experience like no other. In an area filled with an extraordinary amount of tradition and culture, Justine meets locals artisans and producers, visits amazing places and learns time-honoured cooking methods. Under the watchful eye of Fuji-san, Justine will share dishes inspired by the journey and the produce that makes Shizuoka such a unique place in such a unique country.

    Further details here.

    Justine's Flavours of Fuji premieres on Monday 19 November at 8.30pm. The series airs Mondays at 8.30pm on SBS Food (Channel 33). After they air, episodes will stream at SBS On Demand.

  • 16 Nov 2018 4:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Jazzy Sport and The Listening Co.

    Aaron Choulai + Daichi Yamamoto (Japan), DJ Skomes + The Listening Co.

    Date and Time: Sunday 18 November, 4:00pm-11:00pm

    Venue: Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne

    Cost: $22.20 Booking

    THIS SHOW IS STRICTLY 18+

    Horse Bazaar is happy to make this dream collaboration gig with Melbourne based crew The Listening Co.

    Aaron Choulai, Papua New Guinea-born, based in Tokyo brings Jazzy Sport artist from Japan, Daichi Yamamoto for the first time in Australia this November.

    Horse Bazaar will host this very one-off special show on Sunday 18 November with The Listening Co. with a Live Set from Aaron Choulai + Daichi Yamamoto and DJ sets from Skomes, Honey Dew, Jenn C and Xander M.

    The Listening Co. is a Melbourne based collective who focus on the curation of unique sounds and artistry. The group runs an online community that shares everything from soulful genre-bending music, new and upcoming artist releases and local acts that are within the creative heart of Melbourne. The collective rose from hosting their own events called “The Listening Party” and have organically gained a respected following of loving supporters for their efforts. As a collective, their vision of creating a comfortable environment and bringing forth no ego to their events is the energy they want to share with new audiences.

    You will find their line ups have a unique spectrum of talent mainly centered around new emerging faces that share the love of playing music from their hearts.


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