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  • 10 Jan 2019 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese Maple (2hr Paint & Sip) 

    Have fun creating your very own masterpiece painting with acrylic on a 40x50cm canvas without ever having painted before!

    Our artists paint along with you demonstrating step-by-step from start-to-end how to paint the featured artwork while you enjoy the relaxing experience, sipping on a glass of your favourite beverage and socialising with friends.

    It’s all about Fun Art, not Fine Art!

    And remember, we are a BYO studio, so bring along your favourite bottle or two of liquid creativity to enjoy while you paint and sip with us on the day.

    You supply the wine and we’ll provide all the art materials, glassware and good vibes. Leave the rest to us!

    This is not your typical painting class!

    Japanese Maple (2hr Paint & Sip) - BYO Food & Drink

    Date and TimeThu. 10 January 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

    VenueCork & Canvas, 206 Clarendon Street South Melbourne, Vic 3205

    Cost: $50 Booking 

  • 05 Jan 2019 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Coma-Chi (Japan) & Plutonic Lab by Horse Bazaar

    Date and  Time:

    Sat., 05/01/2019, 8:00 pm –

    Sun., 06/01/2019, 1:00 am AEDT

    Venue: Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

    Cost: $7.77 Booking

    Special Guests: 2nd Thought x Zima


    Horse Bazaar presents regarded Japanese rapper Coma-Chi & Australian music producer, artist and performer Plutonic Lab.

    COMA-CHI is a pioneer of a female rapper in Japan who has awesome skills with experience, gathering respect from many people. She is a very talented artist with a rich groove feeling influenced by black music such as HIPHOP, R & B, JAZZ, Afrobeats and also having outstanding singing ability.

    Plutonic Lab’s latest LP “Deep Above The Noise” won best Hip-Hop Album at the VIC Music Awards 2016. The album was a Double J feature album and both singles “The Crib” ft. Guilty Simpson & “Sliced Bread” ft. Notes To Self BBRC added to rotation on national broadcaster Triple J. The album was also featured on several community radio stations nationally.

    Plutonic has toured across across Australia and at large festivals such as Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass & Internation- ally in the U.S, Canada, Japan, Singapore, UK & Europe.

    Plutonic has landed support from National broadcaster Triple J with placements in the ‘Hottest 100’ & the highly coveted ‘Triple J Feature Album’ placements multiple times.

    Join the two artists as they perform a special Horse Bazaar show with support from 2nd Thought x Zima.

  • 27 Dec 2018 4:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    ACMI presents Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    OPEN DAILY, except Christmas Day

    MUSEUM 10am–5pm

    CINEMAS until late

    Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia

    Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda


    A constant innovator, Sakamoto’s music has evolved in perfect harmony with his evolution as an artist and thinker

    27 Dec 2018 - 16 Jan 2019

    100 mins

    Full $18 Concession $14 Member $12 Group (10+) $12 and Seniors $8

    For more information, please click HERE

  • 18 Dec 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    "Discover Osaka"  Forum & Seminar 

    A delegation from Osaka is in Melbourne as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Melbourne-Osaka sister city relationship. This event, “Discover Osaka”, will include presentations by the Mayor of Osaka, Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN, Universal Studio Japan, and others. There will also be a panel discussion and the ceremonial signing of a Melbourne-Osaka joint statement.

    The event’s theme is “The urban appeal of Melbourne and Osaka: Promotional approaches of Osaka's tourism”. The organisers are the City of Melbourne, the City of Osaka, and the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau. The event is supported by JETRO Sydney.

    When: Tuesday 18 December 2018

    Where: Yarra Room, Level 2, Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC

    Schedule: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Forum 3:10pm – 4:40pm Seminar

    Cost: Free

    To register, email ga0005@city.osaka.lg.jp by Thursday 6 December with your full name, company, position, phone number and email address.

  • 12 Dec 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu : Book launch event

    Book launch event for Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu a non-fiction work by Andrew Thomson published by Ryan Publishing.

    Date and Venue:

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 5pm

    Lander & Rogers, 12thfloor, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne

    RSVP toandrew@mailthomson.com

    Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushumay be ordered from Ryan Publishing atwww.ryanpub.com.au/bridgetothegods.htm


  • 09 Dec 2018 3:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Wadaiko Rindo Annual Student Concert 

    Wadaiko Rindo, Japanese drumming team based in Melbourne will hold an annual students' concert on Sunday 9th December 2018 

    Date and Time: Sunday 9th December 2018

    11:00am-12:30pm- Beginner's & Intermediate class (Admission Free) 

    3:00pm-5:20pm-Advanced class & Special Guest Noriko Tadano (Shamisen) 

    Venue: Christine Strachan Theatre South Oakleigh College, Bakers Rd Oakleigh South


    Advance sales $22/ $16.5 (under 16) by 7th December   Booking 

    Door sales $25/$20 (under 16)    


  • 06 Dec 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Kokedama Workshop

    Date and Time: Thursday 6 December 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

    Venue: Yarraville Community Centre 59 Francis Street Yarraville

    Cost: $55  Booking

    Practice the Japanese art of binding plants into mini hanging works of art. Also known as ‘poor man’s bonsai’, Kokedama have been created in Japan for centuries. Learn the best plants to use, care instructions and creative ways to use them in your living spaces. With a bit of gentle persuasion and some coloured string you’ll create these stunning living art works ready to take home and display.

  • 05 Dec 2018 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese bookbinding 

    Date and Time:Wednesday 5 December 2018, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

    Venue:Yarraville Community Centre 59 Francis Street Yarraville


    Using beautiful handmade suminagashi marbled papers, Paperazzi Design studios resident paper artist Michelle Lackenby, will guide you through various Japanese bookbinding stitch techniques and patterns and show you how to create your very own books to take home. These journals make excellent gifts and can be used for a variety of purposes. Think photo books, writing journals, travel diaries – the possibilities are endless. Come along and have fun creating your very own handmade books using the Japanese binding stitch style. No experience necessary. 

  • 03 Dec 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    EY Australia M & A Seminar - Realising value through successful transactions

    To help you realize value in your M&A deals, EY is pleased to invite you to an Australia M&A seminar that will provide an update on M&A trends and outlook, and an understanding of current transaction analysis methods, foreign investment regulation and transaction tax issues. 

    More information, please click HERE

    Date and Time: Monday 3 December 5:00 pm Seminar 6:30 Cocktail Party

    Location: Level 23, Ernst & Young 8 Exhibition Street  Melbourne


    26 November 2018 (Mon)

    Mayuko Sakamoto ey.jbs@au.ey.com  

  • 02 Dec 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Sun. 2 December 2018

    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 


    Horse Bazaar

    397 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000   Booking 

    Adelaide Fringe pre show


    Absolutely Normal was one of the break-out hits at the Malthouse Theatre during this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was directed by Heath McIvor – the man behind Randy the purple puppet.

    This pre show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival contains new material and is even funnier and quirkier thank before.

    Welcome to the quirky and hilarious world of Showko – Australia’s favourite Japanese comedian. Kooky and off-beat, Showko’s blend of stand-up, ventriloquism and Rakugo (Japanese storytelling comedy) is hugely entertaining and utterly unique.

    Armed with stories from her childhood growing up in the kookiest culture on earth, as well as her adventures as a globetrotting comedian, Showko gives you a glimpse into the craziness that exists just below the surface of Japan that most foreigners never get to see.

    As a child, she escaped into a fantasy world of making and talking to puppets – now it’s her job. The world may be crazy, but Showko is absolutely normal.

    As seen on Australia’s Got Talent.
    As heard on ABC radio’s International Women’s Day debate 2017.

    "★★★★1/2" – Herald Sun

    “Absurdly hilarious.” – Melbourne Arts Fashion

    a complete hoot.” – Squirrel Comedy

    “Prepare to be enchanted!...mesmerized by her genuine excitement and the magic of storytelling and creation.” – Theatre Press, Melbourne

    Comedy can be an art form and not just a trade” – The Scotsman

    “Absolutely delightful. Silly and clever, as well as being unlike anything else on the Fringe... ” – Edinburgh Fringe Review

    *Ticket price includes one free drink.

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