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  • 10 May 2019 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Friday 10 May 2019 8:00pm-

    Venue: Boxhill Community Arts Centre

    Tickets: $27/$20 concession

    Link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=472203&

    Details: Anne Norman (shakuhachi) and Brandon Lee (koto) will present a programme that draws upon the theme of moonlight and the romantic nature of it.  Will be joined by a koto ensemble, and Japanese Calligraphy artist Junko Azukawa!


  • 02 May 2019 10:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Mustang Jerx (Japan) + More at The Vineyard!


    Date and Time: Thursday 2 May 10 pm- 1 am

    Venue: The Vineyard 71A Acland St, St Kilda

    Tokyo’s premier Blues Punk trio, Mustang Jerx are returning to Australia this April/May to rip up Sydney, Orange and Melbourne for the release of their latest recording “Easter Monday” which was honed in a string of gigs up and down their homeland of Japan.

    For close to 20 years Mustang Jerx have been slamming their unique brand of house rocking, foot stomping, rip roaring punk playing alongside Japanese legends Guitar Wolf, Electric Eel Shock, Jet Boys, King Brothers, The Neat Beats and Aussie icons Deniz Tek.

    Fore more information, please click HERE

  • 29 Apr 2019 12:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    International Jazz Day


    On 29 and 30 April, a wide range of jazz performances, education programmes and community service initiatives will be presented in partnership with the Melbourne Conservatorium, featuring more than a dozen celebrated jazz masters. The events on International Jazz Day itself (30 April) will culminate in an All-Star Global Concert at the Melbourne Arts Centre’s renowned Hamer Hall.  It will be webcast via YouTube, Facebook, the United Nations and UNESCO to millions of viewers worldwide. Performers include Japanese Jazz musician Eijiro Nakagawa.

    For more information, please click HERE


  • 27 Apr 2019 12:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese Tea Workshop 

    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.  Cost: $36.31 Booking  

    Date and Time: Sat., 27 April 2019 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm 

    Venue:  Camberwell Library 340 Camberwell Road  Camberwell, VIC 3124


  • 17 Apr 2019 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Frozen Heat: The Music of Dai Fujikura  


    Date and Time: Wed 17 April 7:30pm-9pm

    Venue: Hanson Dyer Hall, Level 3 The Ian Potter Southbank Centre 43 Sturt St Southbank

    Ensemble Three (Ken Murray guitar, Joel Brennan trumpet, Don Immel trombone)

    As one of the leading voices of his generation, Japanese-born Dai Fujikura's music has been performed by a host of leading ensembles and soloists all around the world. This program features a brand new work written for the Conservatorium's very own Ensemble Three, as well as works for percussion and mixed ensemble. It is our great honour to have Mr Fujikura join us for this performance and a post-concert Q&A.  

    The Performance Bar on Level 3 in the foyer of the Hanson Dyer Hall will be open 30 minutes prior to the performance time and during intermission. A selection of beer, wine, sparkling, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. 


  • 12 Apr 2019 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Just a Little Bit Oshare - Sake & Cheese Tasting by JETAA


    Many of us have been to wine tastings, tried beer flights, and have dabbled in some other spirits courses, but have you experienced Sake and cheese pairings?

    Cheese and sake share one important flavour profile: Umami. Described as a pleasant, comforting savoury sensation. Milk the Cow pairs a selection of Japanese sakes with cheeses and let them ignite each other’s flavours- while cheesemongers talk through each and every pairing.

    Date and Time: Friday 12 April 6:30 pm -8:30 pm 

    Venue: Milk the Cow 323 Lygon st, Carlton  

    Cost: $30  Booking

    Each ticket buys the attendee a carefully curated Sake & cheese flight. Additional drinks and cheese will be available for purchase at bar prices, please email any additional dietary requirements to maia.jetaa@gmail.com


  • 09 Apr 2019 10:30 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Kids Japanese Paper Cutting Art Workshop


    Calling all crafty kids! Spice up your school holidays with one of these fun workshops learning a new art all the way from Japan. These workshops are designed for kids under 10, we use safety scissors and you will create some Japanese themed paper art works. We do request an adult stay with their children please, and adults can do some artwork too if they like. Please purchase tickets for each child/adult participating. 

    Date and Time: Tue 9 April  10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    VenueMalvern Artists Society 1297-1299 High Street Malvern, VIC 3144  Booking


  • 01 Apr 2019 9:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Art of Japanese Archery 


    Date and Time: Monday 1 April - Friday 31 May 2019(9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm)

    VenueEntrance hall, Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne (Level 25, 570 Bourke St)

    Cost: Free

    This exhibition is about kyudo,  the Japanese martial art of archery presented by the Melbourne Kyudo Kai. It showcases the historical and cultural importance of this Japanese art through beautifully captured images of Kyudo, its equipment, and a harmonious collaboration with the art of Japanese calligraphy.  

    This exhibition is supported by the Tokyo based Kyudo photographer, Mr Koji Okuno as well as the Melbourne based Calligrapher, Ms Junko Azukawa


  • 28 Mar 2019 8:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Comedy Festival: " Welcome to Japan" by Waka 


    Japan’s quickest comedy export, Takashi Wakasugi (aka.Waka) was born and raised in Japan. In 2012 he studied in Sydney as an exchange student and jumped into the stand-up comedy world. Stuck in a chasm between Japanese and Western culture, Takashi brings a fresh perspective on Aussie life from the point-of-view of a Japanese person. On the same note, his insight into everyday life in Japan is sure to have you both fascinated and roaring with laughter. This Japanese humour will be so fresh for you and this show will definitely make you want to visit Japan.

    Date and Time28 March to 7 April 8:30pm- Sunday(7:30pm) 

    Venue: Greek centre 168 Lonsdale St Melbourne   Booking


  • 24 Mar 2019 3:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Infusion 2019


    Infusion is an inaugural musical program organised by Melbourne University Buddhist Studies Society in partnership with Friends of Vimokkharam Forest Hermitage. Infusion 2019 is a culmination of contemporary and traditional music of Asia, drawing upon instruments and ideas in collaboration to create music that reflects our 21st century global society. 

    This concert raises funds to support the rebuilding of the Vimokkharam Forest Hermitage in Kallista, which burnt down in 2014.

    Date and Time: Sunday 24 March 2019 at 3:30pm

    Please arrive early to allow time for registration and seating. Doors open at 3.00pm. Tickets are general admission only, no reserved seating. Dinner is included in the ticket price and will be available at the conclusion of the event at 5:30pm.

    Venue:  Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067

    The Convent is a 6 minutes walk away from the nearest bus stop: Clarke St/Johnston St on Route 200 & 207. Paid parking is available on St Heliers Street opposite the Abbotsford Convent.

    For more information and booking, please click Here


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