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  • 19 Oct 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Register for a 2-day program exploring the Australia-Japan relationship.

    Hosted by: The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Inc.

    Date and Time: Friday 19 October (10am-5pm) at Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surrey Hills NSW.

     Saturday 20 October (10am-4:30pm) at Aerial UTS Function Centre, Ultimo NSW.

    Fore more information, please click HERE 

  • 16 Oct 2018 12:22 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Members and guests enjoyed a delightful night out at the 2018 Spring Gala Dinner held at the Melbourne Crown Towers River Room on the evening of September 14.

    Ambassador Sumio Kusaka addressing guests at the Gala Dinner

    Once again the event was a prestigious social occasion for the Melbourne community, celebrating the achievements and friendships fostered by the rich and growing relationship between Australia and Japan in Victoria.

    The event was jointly hosted by Australia Japan Society of Victoria, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Japanese Society of Melbourne.

    Over 200 guests attended the Gala this year, bringing together senior representatives and community leaders from the business sector, the arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, government, sport and the wider community.

    Special guests included the Japanese Ambassador to Australia, Mr Sumio Kusaka, the Consul General of Japan to Melbourne, Mr Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, and the President of the Legislative Assembly in Victoria, the Hon Bruce Atkinson.

    We were also privileged to have the company of Mr Keisuke Honda, who recently joined the Melbourne Victory Football Club for the next stage of his outstanding career as an international football star. Honda-san has represented Japan in several international tournaments over many years, most recently in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and has played for marquee First Division league teams in Japan and Europe.

    Keisuke Honda of Melbourne Victory with Ambassador Kusaka and the Hon Bruce Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council of Victoria

    The guest speaker for the Gala Dinner was the celebrated engineer and advocate of the Australia-Japan relationship, Mr Mat Bowtell. Mat captured the attention – and the hearts – of every guest at the event with his amazing story of how he has applied his learnings as a Toyota executive and engineer to the design of low-cost robotic prosthetic limbs. His spirit of giving and sheer joy in his work and desire to contribute to the community was inspirational and instructive.

    Special Guest Speaker Mat Bowtell

    The event was once again a resounding success thanks to dedicated attention and professional conduct of the organising team led by Robyn Heraud and Deborah Vega. Many guests expressed their appreciation, and were already looking forward to next year’s Gala…

    Of course the event is also made possible through the generous support of our Member sponsors. In particular, Gold Sponsor: Bega Cheese Ltd; and Silver Sponsors – Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toyota, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Deloitte.

    In addition, lucky guests received prizes from:

    • Japan Airlines (2 return-flight tickets to Japan)
    • Crown Towers (Food and Beverage Voucher)
    • Peninsula Hot Springs (dine and bath voucher)
    • Mizuno Golf
    • Japanese Quality Whisky Society (Sake and Whisky Gift packs)
    • Saputo Dairy Australia (Gift Hamper)

    The AJSV and co-host organisations convey our sincere thanks to everyone that made this auspicious and thoroughly enjoyable evening possible. We all look forward to the next one!

  • 14 Oct 2018 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Sakura Picnic Day at Banksia Park Cherry Grove 

    Sunday 14th October 2018, 11am-2pm

    Date and Time: Sunday 14 October 11:00 am-14:00 

    Venue: Cherry Blossom Grove, Banksia Park, Bulleen 

    Cost: Entry by gold coin donation

    This community event will showcase Japanese cultural performances, traditional tea ceremony, activities for children and facilitated nature play activities amongst a mature cherry tree grove. The cherry grove was donated to Victoria in 1995 by the Government of Japan. 

    BYO Picnic, or sample Japanese cuisine from onsite food vendors. Japanese tea and sweets also available. 

    For more info click: Sakura Picnic Day

    This project was supported by Manningham’s Community Grant Program and Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne.

  • 28 Sep 2018 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date & Time: Friday 28 & Saturday 29 September, 7:30pm

    Venue: Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank   Booking

    This September, experience the music of one of the world’s most renowned video games in the Australian premiere of Final Symphony: Music from FINAL FANTASY®.

    Following sell-out concerts across the globe, Final Symphony features the celebrated music of composers Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu. The MSO will perform the award-winning music of FINAL FANTASY VI, VII and X under the masterful baton of conductor Eckehard Stier.

    Final Symphony offers a new orchestral concert experience, not just for gamers, but for lovers of beautiful music interpreted in a unique artistic manner.

    Experience the music of FINAL FANTASY as you‘ve never heard it before; without the screens and in full symphonic surrounds this September.

    “Although there are many game music concerts nowadays, what makes Final Symphony so different is how the original music is interpreted more freely, in an artistic manner. It offers something really new that’s not just for game fans.” Nobuo Uematsu, composer

    Final Symphony © & ℗ 2013-2018 Merregnon Studios. Licensed by Square Enix.

    FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark or trademark of Square Enix Group Co., Ltd.

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


    "Little Japanese Day"  is an annual family fun day organized by a volunteer committee in spring school holiday.  

    It is an admission free event with loads of fun activities for all Japanese families and Japanese culture lovers. ENTRY FREE♡

    Date: Friday, September 28th 2018 (AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday) 
    10:00 - 15:00
    Inflatable World Oakleigh
    4 Railway Ave, Oakleigh
    Nearby off street parking available 
    5 mins walking from Huntingdale Railway Station

    On the day:
    Stalls and retailers for Japanese handmade jewellery, artwork and crockery ware and many more
    Pop up massage saloon
    Workshop and stage performance
    Japanese "paper play" storytelling mini theatre 
    Swap and share table
    Fantastic door prizes
    Kids entertainment corner 
    Jumping castle for toddlers and huge bouncing play area for bigger kids

     Cafe will be open for drinks and snack. Looking forward to seeing your happy faces there!

  • 23 Sep 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: 23 September, 2pm-4pm

    Venue: Library at the Dock 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands 

    Tickets: $5

    Ichimadin Chiemi's sanshin buddies have been working so hard for this "Sanshin Buddies Show 2018". You can enjoy vairous Okinawan songs performed by Sanshin Buddies and Ichimadin. Ichimadin is also planning and preparing something fun for that day too! Please save the date (Sept 23), bring your family and friends to enjoy Okinawan vibes! 

  • 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. 

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