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  • 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.

  • 24 Aug 2018 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Friday 24 August 8:00pm-10:00pm

    Venue:  Yarraville Community Centre, 59 Francis St, Yarraville, VIC 3013

    Cost: $65  Booking

    Description: Design and create 3 small plates - perfect for the dining table, as gifts or to display treasures. Choose a gaze in class and will contact you when your creation is ready to collect. 

    About the tutor:

    With 40 years experience, Shoko Mafune is a talent ceramicist. Early in her career Shoko completed a 4 year apprenticeship under a Japanese potter before going to Australia. Since then, Shoko has exhibited her artworks in Japan, Philippines and Australia. Shoko has been teaching her very popular pottery classes at YCC since 2012, with glowing reviews from all her students. 

  • 19 Aug 2018 4:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Asako 1+2

    Fast becoming Japan’s foremost cinematic observer of modern-day relationships, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi follows up MIFF 2016 hit Happy Hour with another perceptive look at life and love.

    Showing on Sunday 19, 4:30 pm 

    at Forum Theatre 154 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

    Please click here for more information 

  • 19 Aug 2018 12:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Udon Know How Much We Love Koshu!  by Supernormal Canteen

    Sun. 19 August 2018

    12:00 pm – 3:00 pm



    Supernormal Canteen

    157 Fitzroy Street

    Saint Kilda, VIC 3182


    Long-time friend and collaborator of Andrew McConnell’s, Phillip Moraghan (previously of Curly Flat Winery) and his wife Rika Shimo-Moraghan are giving us an insight into their favourite Japanese grape - Koshu.

    Koshu's a white wine grape, native to the Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan. It produces fresh, fragrant wines that are an excellent match for Japanese cuisine. You'll have the opportunity to taste a range of wines made from native Japanese grapes - from sparkling through to red - matched with a distinctive menu developed by Andrew and Head Chef, Tim Goegan.

    Dinner will be rounded out with a flight of Japanese whisky (including perrenial favourite Nikka) to complement dessert.

    Tickets are $125 and cover all food and beverage. 

  • 17 Aug 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Today, 89-year-old artist Yayoi Kusama is celebrated for her colourful polka-dot motifs. But her success and critical acceptance followed decades of struggle: against an abusive upbringing and lifelong mental illness; against a conservative Japanese art world; and against Western racism and sexism.

    Showing on Friday 17, 6:30 pm- 

    at Kino cinema Collins Place, 45 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

    Please click here for more information 

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