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  • 19 Mar 2019 5:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Click HERE to register 

  • 10 Mar 2019 12:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese Tea workshops

    Japanese Tea 101

    A fun and informative Japanese tea workshop. Harumi, a certified Japanese tea instructor in Australia will conduct this workshop. You'll be filled up with basic but deep knowledge about Japanese tea before trying to brew and taste an authentic tea. It'll be served with paired Japanese sweets. Cost $43.46 Booking 

    Japanese Tea Flight

    A virtual tea trip to Japan! In this Japanese Tea Flight session, you'll see, smell authentic Japanese teas and, of course, taste them. Most of the teas that are introduced in this session are directly sourced from the tea producers and were brought in with their unique stories. We selected teas for our tea flight based on the uniqueness, accessibility and popularity in Japan. This is the first session of the Japanese Tea Flight 2019 and more sessions will follow.  Cost: $36.31 Booking

    Date and Time: Sun, 10 March 2019

    12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (Japanese Tea 101)

    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ( Japanese Tea Flight)

    Venue:  Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre

    251 Faraday Street Carlton, VIC 3053

  • 10 Mar 2019 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    THE OTHER MANGA: IT BITES! Japanese Newspaper Cartoon Satire

    Part 1: Kyodo News Cartoons: the year 2018 in review

    Part 2: Fukushima's 3.11 Disaster Picture Diary: eight years of recovery

    Dates: 5 Feb to 10 March*

      (*may close a day early depending on volunteer schedules)

    Opening Hours:

      Weekdays - 8am to midnight

      Weekends - 10am to 5pm

    VenueSwanston Library, RMIT University City Campus, Melbourne

      *Please ask the librarians for directions to the exhibition as the layout of the library is quite complex.

    This exhibition features over 130 contemporary newspaper satirical cartoons from national and regional perspectives by seven Japanese cartoonists. The title of the exhibition refers to the broader use of the word "manga" in Japanese, which includes the meaning cartoons. The cartoonists involved in this exhibition see themselves as "sesō manga" (current news cartoons) or "fūshi manga" (satirical cartoon) artists. All the cartoons include the original Japanese titles along with English translations and publication dates. Underneath the captions are brief summaries of the background news at the time of publication, and in some cases culture notes, to aid understanding the satirical targets and humour.

  • 03 Mar 2019 9:45 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Kurosawa films at Healesville Mini Film Festival

    It is no exaggeration to say that Akira Kurosawa was one of the most important and influential film directors of all time. Born in 1910, he started making movies in 1935, and became famous with the release of Rashomon in 1951, winning the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival.

    This festival will be a rare opportunity to see three of his finest films all including Toshiro Mifune, concluding with perhaps his most loved film, Rashomon, which brought Kurosawa to the attention of western audiences.

    Dates: Sun 03 Mar 2019

    Venue: Healesville Memorial Hall 235 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville

    Session Times:

    9.45am: Yojimbo (Japan, 1961, M, 110 mins)

    11.45am: Lunch break

    1.10pm: Sanjuro (Japan, 1962, PG, 95 mins)

    3.15pm: Rashomon (Japan, 1950, PG, 88 mins)

    5.15pm: Close

    Cost:$36 for 3 films or $14.50 per film

    Fore more information, please click HERE

  • 02 Mar 2019 4:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Winds of Okinawan Colours Special Charity Concert

    6 young Okinawan performers will bring their grooves to Melbourne! 

    Come and see them paint the stage with their beautiful and colourful Okinawan music and dance!

    They will also be collaborating with Lindsay Dugan (Guest Shakuhachi player) and local Okinawa music band, Ichimadin!

    There will also be a mini Okinawa Festival Market place where you can enjoy Okinawan foods and drinks plus purchase some Okinawa inspired and collaborative art crafts created by our talented local artists!

    You will no doubt feel like you are in Okinawa on the night!  For more information, please click HERE

    Date & Time

    Date: Saturday 2 March 2019

    Door Open: 4:30 pm

    Show start: 6:00 pm


    Church of All Nations in Carlton

    180 Palmerston St, Carlton, VIC 3053


    Adult: $28

    Senior/Children (13-18 yrs)/ Student: $23

    (Students required concession card)

    Children (6-12 yrs) :$12

    Children (under 5 yrs): Free (no seat provided)

    (Children will require ticket if they require a seat)

    Family Discount (2 x Adults and 2 x Children (under 12yrs): $65  Booking

  • 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

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