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

    GET READY for the 5th Animaga Expo, a convention that celebrates anime, manga, gaming, and Japanese culture. We have competitions, special guests, and more. Come join us for a weekend of fun that you won't forget!

    For more information, please click HERE

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


    Sat, 11 Aug 10:00am-12:30pm

    Venue: Kami Paper 217 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065


    In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will create a unique style of Japanese art, cutting layers of different papers to reveal designs. You do not have to have any artistic skills to do this workshop!! 

    Robyn learned this traditional art form when she lived in the Japanese countryside and Tokyo for 6.5 years. She met her wonderful Japanese teacher at an exhibition and started having private lessons with her, they created designs inspired by traditional Japanese icons and events. 

    Come along and immerse yourself in this meditative, therapeutic art form and create your own A4 size artwork to take home.

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

    Japanese book binding workshop by Boroondara Libraries


    Mon. 6 August 2018

    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEST


    Kew Library

    Corner Cotham Road and Civic Drive

    Kew, VIC 3101


    Make and bind your own books using traditional Japanese Stab Stitch techniques in this hands-on workshop. Yours to keep at the end of the session.

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



    Thu. 2 August 2018

    4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 


    161 CELLARS

    161 Burke Road, Glen Iris, VIC 3146




    Sample the art of Japanese Whisky with a special in store tasting hosted by the house of Suntory.

    We are just a tad excited to get a limited allocation of some very popular and sort after Japanese Whiskies! And we want to share them with fellow whisky lovers! ......161 Cellars Style!

    Tickets include: Tasting of all Japanese whiskies listed below, and redeemable as an in store credit towards purchase on the night $$ !

    *Quantities are limited, first in first served.. Combination of whiskies featured can change without notice.

    **Age 18 years + ONLY

  • 28 Jul 2018 4:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese musicians from a variety of groups based in Melbourne will come together to raise funds to support the areas recently affected by the worst floods and landslides in Western Japan.


    Ichimadin, Wadaiko Rindo, Noriko Tadano, Natsuko Minegishi, Melbo-ren(Awaodori)

    A.YA+Melbourne Shinobue Kai, Australia Miyake Kai, Shome Shome Club(Hachijo & Kanju Daiko) and more! 

    We would like your support to help those who were affected by this event.

    Date and Time28 July at 16:30 door open for 17:00 start -19:00

    Venue: St. Philip’s Anglican Church146-148 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford

    Entry by donation 

  • 24 Jul 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the world’s best Japanese and  Chinese players including Japan’s upcoming stars Tomokazu Harimoto and Mima Ito.

    Below is the link to purchase the tickets through Table Tennis Victoria website for each competition days (under Quick Links , Get Tickets– Australian Open):

    Click HERE for more information. 

  • 13 Jul 2018 5:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Teen Movie Night - Mary and the Witch's flower


    Fri. 13 July 2018

    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Free entry  Register HERE


    Camberwell Library

    340 Camberwell Road 

    Camberwell, VIC 3124

    From Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi - animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo - comes a dazzling new adventure about a girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night. Rated PG

    *This is a special event for school students aged 12 to 18 years.

    Pizza and Japanese snacks provided.

  • 11 Jul 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Children's ORIGAMI Workshop ( 4th and 11th July)

    Kami Paper, 217 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

    2.0 hours

    Booking from HERE



    We delighted to share with you the availability of our workshop: Origami for Kids, with our paper artist, Michelle Lackenby

    Michelle is extremely personable and has over 25 years of experience in the creative industry with extensive skills and knowledge of paper arts and crafts.

    She teaches in workshops, Universities, corporate events, and runs many workshops for kids during school holidays. She's generous with her knowledge and has a great passion for all things paper.

    This class is kept to around 7 kids so our teacher can give them plenty of attention.

    11th July - Themed around animals

    To warm up, we will welcome the children with yummy homemade, all-natural, morning tea and let them introduce themselves a little before we start the class.

    Parents are expected to drop their children off. Please inform us of any allergies or special instructions.

    We encourage parents to have a nice morning, exploring Fitzroy, or exploring any of the legions of amazing cafes. One of our favorites is "Alimentary" at 251 Brunswick Street, which is located few minutes walk from us.

  • 08 Jul 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Earth School TANABATA Star Festival

    Celebrating Japanese Culture


    Sun, July 8, 2018

    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


    114 Woods St

    114 Woods Street 

    Newport, VIC 3015

    Book HERE

    About this Event

    Tanabata Japanese Star Festival! 

    *Tanzakus Wishing Tree

    *Kyaraben Bento Lunch with Etsyuka feim from Harapeko Kids

    *Chakai Sencha Tea Party 

    *Nendo Dango Permaculture Seed Balls with Miwako Okumura from Eat My Garden 

    *Hokusai Great Wave Watercolour Art 

    *Origami Make Your Own Star Mobile

    *Amanogawa Galaxy Sensory Tray

    *Bojutsu Staff Martial Arts 

  • 07 Jul 2018 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    An exhilarating concert of Japanese drumming featuring taiko ensembles from across Australia and Japan. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy this one-off event showcasing the energy and love of drumming that the participating groups bring to the Australian taiko stage.

    Special Guest: Hiro Hayashida (Japan)

    Hiro Hayashida is an internationally-renowned Katsugi Okedaiko performer who was a member of Kodo for seven years from 1985, and has been recognized highly all over the world for his new style and his musicality.

    Hayashida Sensei is an excellent performer, composer and producer and has an ability to create very difficult compositions even in the Taiko world. We are honoured that he accepted our invitation this year!

    Fourteen taiko teams will gather in Melbourne in July to participate in 2018's All Australian Wadaiko Festival. This biennial celebration brings together taiko groups for workshops, masterclasses and the opportunity to participate in a performance that showcases what each group brings to Australia's taiko scene. This concert also includes a collaborative piece learnt and practiced during the Festival.

    Booking HERE

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