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  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 03 Mar 2019 9:45 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Kurosawa films at Healesville Mini Film Festival

    It is no exaggeration to say that Akira Kurosawa was one of the most important and influential film directors of all time. Born in 1910, he started making movies in 1935, and became famous with the release of Rashomon in 1951, winning the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival.

    This festival will be a rare opportunity to see three of his finest films all including Toshiro Mifune, concluding with perhaps his most loved film, Rashomon, which brought Kurosawa to the attention of western audiences.

    Dates: Sun 03 Mar 2019

    Venue: Healesville Memorial Hall 235 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville

    Session Times:

    9.45am: Yojimbo (Japan, 1961, M, 110 mins)

    11.45am: Lunch break

    1.10pm: Sanjuro (Japan, 1962, PG, 95 mins)

    3.15pm: Rashomon (Japan, 1950, PG, 88 mins)

    5.15pm: Close

    Cost:$36 for 3 films or $14.50 per film

    Fore more information, please click HERE

  • 02 Mar 2019 4:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Winds of Okinawan Colours Special Charity Concert

    6 young Okinawan performers will bring their grooves to Melbourne! 

    Come and see them paint the stage with their beautiful and colourful Okinawan music and dance!

    They will also be collaborating with Lindsay Dugan (Guest Shakuhachi player) and local Okinawa music band, Ichimadin!

    There will also be a mini Okinawa Festival Market place where you can enjoy Okinawan foods and drinks plus purchase some Okinawa inspired and collaborative art crafts created by our talented local artists!

    You will no doubt feel like you are in Okinawa on the night!  For more information, please click HERE

    Date & Time

    Date: Saturday 2 March 2019

    Door Open: 4:30 pm

    Show start: 6:00 pm


    Church of All Nations in Carlton

    180 Palmerston St, Carlton, VIC 3053


    Adult: $28

    Senior/Children (13-18 yrs)/ Student: $23

    (Students required concession card)

    Children (6-12 yrs) :$12

    Children (under 5 yrs): Free (no seat provided)

    (Children will require ticket if they require a seat)

    Family Discount (2 x Adults and 2 x Children (under 12yrs): $65  Booking

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