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  • 17 Sep 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Ranger from the Banksia Park and the Cherry Friends Society have applied for a "Pick My Project Grant" to make improvements to the cherry grove at Banksia Park. They are seeking $35,000 for a sprinkler system, chairs and a walking path. 

    Winning this grant relies on votes. So if you live near Banksia Park in Bulleen, then simply register online and vote for this fantastic project. When you register you can vote for 3 projects in their local community. So please click HERE and vote for this project! 

    Voting closes at 5pm, on Monday 17 September 2018.

  • 15 Sep 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Madman Anime Festival is being held on the weekend of September 15th and 16th, 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event is a celebration of anime and Japanese culture, brought to you by Australia’s biggest name in anime, Madman Entertainment, together with Australia’s #1 anime streaming service AnimeLab.

    With exciting international guests and exhibitors, cosplay, live stage performances, pop-up shops, screenings, and exclusive anime events, Madman Anime Festival will have something for all fans!

    Opening Hours: 

    10am - 6pm Saturday 
    10am - 5pm Sunday 

    For more information, please click HERE

  • 15 Sep 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Saturday 15, Sunday 16 September 10am-16:30

    Venue: 12 Daintree Rise, St Helena 3088

    Spring has sprung and Dianne Collins' annual open studio is this weekend. 

    In addition to demonstrations in the studio, the new Gallery space will also be exhibiting Chantal Stewart's Japanese Sumi-e inspired ink life drawings. 

    Sae of Angel Soup will be offering her beautiful handmade soaps and Minako of Minnie Sweets will join us on Sunday with her exquisite handmade Japanese sweets. 

    Please join us for this Japanese inspired celebration of Art & Spring! 

  • 10 Sep 2018 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    DATE AND TIMEMon. 10 September, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


    Melba Hall

    Royal Parade 

    Melbourne, VIC 3010

    Cost: Free   Register 

    Join trumpeter Nick Hewett (Australia/USA) and Head of Percussion, Peter Neville, for the world premier of a major new work by Michael Hanna, based on the work of the famous Japanese poet Matsuo Basho and featuring live calligraphy. The program also include an open forum with the artists. 

  • 03 Sep 2018 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Mon. 3 September 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 


    Wyndham Park Community Centre

    57 Kookaburra Avenue  #55 

    Werribee, VIC 3030

    Cost: Free 

    In this workshop, you'll be informed by a certified Japanese tea instructor about types of Japanese tea as well as how to brew the tea properly.

    About the teacher: Harumi Oshitani from Okei-san, Japanese Tea Plus is a certified Japanese tea instructor as well as a qualified tea education instructor who is based in Melbourne. One of her passion is to share her knowledge and experience with local people and to introduce a good quality Japanese tea in Australia. She also serves as a Japan Tea Goodwill Ambassador to Australia.  Click HERE for booking.

  • 31 Aug 2018 12:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Tanka, Haiku and Senryu Performance

    Date and Time: Friday 31 August 2018, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM 

    Venue:  4th Floor Linkway, John Medley Building,

                   University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, 3010



    Come and enjoy tanka poetry from Melbourne’s Japanese community in a special event with Mel-Tanka-Kai (Melbourne Tanka Group), Myron Lysenko, Dr Grant Caldwell and Dr Elizabeth Beaton.

    The Melbourne Tanka Group poets will share some of their work which has been translated for a new anthology, reading in Japanese with the English translation displayed simultaneously. There will be accompanying readings of haiku, senryu, and other poetry by Myron Lysenko, Dr Grant Caldwell and Dr Elizabeth Beaton. The Yukari Echo Japanese Women's Choir will perform.

  • 29 Aug 2018 1:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time

    Thursday 23 - Wednesday 29 August ;13:00- & 19:00-

    Venue: Cinema Nova; 380 Lygon St, Carlton 

    From master Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast) comes a time-twisting adventure following a small boy grappling with the arrival of a baby sister. 

    Inspired by Hosoda’s experiences with fatherhood (Mirai is named after his own daughter), this little anime gem is full of charm and beauty for all ages.

    Japanese language, English subtitles. For more information, please click HERE 

  • 26 Aug 2018 5:10 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time; Sunday 26 August, 5:10pm

    Venue: Shoya, 25 Market Ln, Melbourne

    Cost $10

    *Rakugo in Japanese*

    For booking, please email Showko

    More information, please click HERE

  • 25 Aug 2018 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    MASAMI KAWAGUCHI (Tokyo,Japan)
    Solo Australian Tour - Melbourne show
    Saturday 25th August, Thornbury Bowls Club
    + Summer Flake + Chris Smith + Sarah Mary Chadwick

    Masami Kawaguchi is a legendary Japanese underground psych guitarist. He has been a member of some of the great Japanese psych bands of the last 15 years - Los Doroncos (w/Doronco of infamous Les Rallizes Dénudés), Aihiyo (w/Keiji Haino), LSD March/LSD Pond (feat Bardo Pond), Miminokoto w/Suzuki Junzo & Acid Mothers Temple alumni

    On Saturday 25 August 2018 at 7:01pm

    Thornbury Bowls Club 27 Ballantyne Street, Thornbury   Booking 

  • 25 Aug 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Sat. 25 August  10:00 am – 4:00 pm 


    West Hawthorn Uniting Church Hall 10 Power Street 

    Hawthorn, Vic 3122 

    Cost: $65-$100 Booking

    The Calligraphy Society is pleased to welcome acclaimed artist and teacher, Junko Azukawa to teach "Japanese Brush Strokes with Sumi Ink". 

    In this course you will learn to feel and capture the meaning of objects from nature with your interpretation then you will express the objects variously with brush pressure, rhythm, tones and confidence in your strokes. You'll not only learn brush stroke techniques but also experience the whole process and understand yourself through your work.

    All materials will be provided by the tutor at a cost of $5. Please bring $5 in cash to the workshop

    All welcome, including CSV members and the general public.

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