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  • 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


    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.

  • 16 Nov 2018 10:44 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)





    Applications are now open for the 2019 APCC, which will be held for approximately 10 days from the middle of July 2019. To be eligible, children must have been born between 1st September 2007 and 31st August 2008.

    This is a unique event, which allows approximately 180 eleven-year-old children from 43 regions around the Asian Pacific rim as well as sister cities in USA, France and Peru to share in a truly international exchange and we highly recommend this opportunity being offered to Victorian students. This opportunity is being facilitated by the Australia Japan Society of Victoria.

    Applications close Friday 23rd November 2018 or downloaded from here 

    Any questions please contact Heather Darbyshire, AJSV-APCC Liaison Officer via email or on 0409 181265 (ah).

  • 04 Nov 2018 2:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Come and join the most popular Rakugo artist, Shinosuke! 

    Date and Time: Sunday 4 November 2:30pm-

    Venue: Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

    Cost: $50 Booking

    (this Rakugo event will be performed in Japanese) 

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

    Date and Time: Saturday 3 November, 8pm-9pm

    Venue:  WPAC Hall, Wangaratta, VIC 3677

    Booking: http://wangarattajazz.com/artists/niran-dasika-quartet/

    Price Range $55.00 - $330.00 

    Suzaku is the latest incarnation of Niran Dasika, a young trumpet player garnering much attention both in Japan and in Australia following placing second in the 2017 Wangaratta Jazz Festival’s National Jazz Awards.

    For this performance Niran is joined by Sumire Kuribayashi (JPN) on piano, Shun Ishiwaka (JPN) on drums and Sam Anning (AU) on bass. Resonating with a remarkably wide range of audiences, AllAboutJazz.com describes Suzaku as “like birds singing in a placid twilight… glows with a luminescent reverence”.

  • 03 Nov 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Saturday 3 November, 2pm-3pm

    Venue:  WPAC Hall, Wangaratta, VIC 3677

    Booking: http://wangarattajazz.com/artists/james-macaulays-hishakaku-quartet/

    Price Range $55.00 - $330.00

    The Hishakaku Quartet is comprised of 2017 National Jazz Award winner James Macaulay (trombone), the 2017 runner-up Niran Dasika (trumpet), the extraordinary bass player Marty Holoubek and the incredible Japanese drumming virtuoso Shun Ishiwaka. They are excited to be releasing their debut album at Wangaratta, which was recorded in Tokyo in October 2017, and features compositions by Macaulay, Dasika and Holoubek. The album reflects the members’ long term association developed over several tours of Japan; with the band named after their favourite Yakitori restaurant in the small Tokyo suburb of Ekoda.

  • 28 Oct 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Create Your Own Tea Blend   by Okee-San, Japanese Tea Plus

    Date and Time: 28 October 2pm-3:30pm

    Venue: Balwyn Library 336 Whitehorse Rd Balwyn 

    Cost: $60


    Do you know most of traditional Japanese tea are blended by craftsmen who have extensive knowledge and years of experiences? In this session, you'll blend your tea only using high-quality tea. No herb or fruit will be blended. You'll share them in the class to taste. 

    Please note that the actual starting time is 2:15pm.  Booking

  • 28 Oct 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)




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  • 26 Oct 2018 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Friday 26 October, 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

    Location: Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville.

    Cost: Free  (registration recommended)
    Bookings: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/11130-world-music-concert-african-music-dance-ensemble-and-shakuhachi-ensemble

    Adam Simmons then leads a choir of nearly 50 shakuhachi students in performing traditional and contemporary Japanese flute pieces.  This World Music Concert showcases students from across the University of Melbourne. Christopher Lesser directs the African Music and Dance Ensemble and 40 musicians, in performing the traditional music of Ghana, Nigeria, and Guinea. 

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