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  • 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

  • 20 Mar 2019 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Museum of Fantasies and Folk Tales

    A celebration of works for violin and piano

    Following their dazzling performances in New York and Tokyo, violinist Isin Cakmakcioglu and pianist Maki Ono join forces in a recital of lyrical fantasies and rustic folk dances.

    Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg’s glorious violin sonatas, the evocative Distance de Fee by Toru Takemitsu, Olivier Messiaen’s mystic Fantaisie, flamboyant folk dances by Percy Grainger and Turkish composer Adnan Saygun along with Schumann and Tchaikovsky’s romantic jewels are exhibited in this program of masterpieces and rare treasures.

    Date and Time: Wednesday 20 March 7pm

    Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre 31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006 Primrose Potter Salon

    Duration: 2 hours (incl. interval)


    Standard $50 ($40 Concession)

    Student $35


  • 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.

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