Japanese "Sit-down" Comedy Show (Rakugo)
traditional Japanese ‘sit-down’ comedy
performance in English will be held at the State
Library of Western Australia. Known as rakugo in
Japanese, this performance of traditional comic
storytelling is part of the Japan Foundation's
travelling cultural performance series. The
performance will take place on two evenings in
March, details as follows:
State Library Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre,
Northbridge (entry via Francis Street)
22 & 23 March 2010
Time: 6:30pm (doors open 30 minutes prior to
Free (first-come-first-served basis - limit of 1
ticket per person will be distributed from 6:00pm
at the entrance to the theatre on the night
of the performance)
performer for these two shows will be Asakichi
Katsura (pictured below), who first performed
Rakugo in English in 2000 and has since appeared
all over the world in countries such as the USA
and Singapore. Katsura won the prestigious NHK
Comedy Performance award in 2001 and is skilled at
playing the Japanese flute.
Sato's Speech at the Rotary Club of Perth
On 19th February
2010, Consul-General Sato delivered a speech as
guest of honour at a luncheon given by the Rotary
Club of Perth. He discussed the Japanese
manufacturing industry with special emphasis on monozukuri.
Foreign Minister's Visit to Perth
for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Katsuya Okada visited
Perth on 20th and 21st March 2010. A bilateral meeting with Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs the
Hon Stephen Smith was held while Mr. Okada
was in Perth.
The Perth visit was part of Foreign Minister
Okada's visit to Australia. Mr Nakasone visited
Perth as the then Foreign Minister in May 2009.
Foreign Ministers of
Australia and Japan respectively, the Hon Stephen
Smith and Mr. Katsuya Okada
Programme Returnees' Reception
On Thursday the
25th of February, Consul- General Torao Sato
joined Mr Bill Marmion MLA, the Deputy Director of
CLAIR, Sydney, Mr Sugimoto, as well as many Perth
locals in welcoming back the JET returnees of 2009
at the residence of the Consul-General.
given by Consul-General Sato and Mr Bill Marmion,
before the toast was delivered by Mr Sugimoto.
Finally, the "show and tell" section of
the evening allowed the seven JET returnees to share
their experiences of working on the JET Programme
in Japan with those gathered at the reception.
with JET Alumni Association president, Mr Nick
John (centre) and secretary Mr Dave Millin (top
Multicultural Night Under the Stars
On the evening of
Saturday 27th February, the Bunbury Multicultural
Group hosted a Multicultural Night Under the
Stars at the Graeme Bricknell Memorial Music
Shell in Bunbury, two hours south of Perth by car.
This annual event
showcased a wide variety of cultures from around
the world via performances, food and information
Consulate-General of Japan at Perth had an
information stall which aimed to introduce Japan
and its culture. Brochures on the JET Programme
introducing the Japanese government's Japan
Exchange and Teaching Programme and Nippon
magazines introducing Japanese culture were
available, while traditional Japanese toys were
displayed at the stall.