Hiroba Newsletter

CONSULATE-GENERAL OF JAPAN 
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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@*Hiroba is the Japanese word meaning an open space or public square 

October 2010 Edition

Website of the Consulate-General of Japan, Perth WA : http://www.perth.au.emb-japan.go.jp/

anime (animated film, cartoon)

Japanese cartoons and animated films have a strong fan base worldwide. The Japanese word anime, the abbreviated form of animation, is used to refer to cartoon television series and animated films. Many anime originated from Japanese manga, or comic strips.   

Anime has gained popularity around the world, with hit TV series such as Astro Boy and Transformers in the 1980s and Neon Genesis Evangelion in the 1990s establishing a keen fan base in Australia. Recently, many of these anime have been made into feature length animated films by American and international film makers. In 2009, a computer-animated version of Astro Boy appeared at cinemas and two installments of Transformers have now been released as films since 2007.  Most recently, a film version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, called Evangelion, has been released, which continues on from the legendary anime TV series.  

For those of you wishing to check out some Japanese anime, don't miss the 1990 animated film Chibi Maruko Chan which will be screened this month at the 2010 Japanese Film Festival (see details in the "Upcoming Events'" section below). Chibi Maruko Chan is the story of Maruko Sakura, a young elementary school student who lives with her parents, elder sister and grandparents in the 1960s. It is the beginning of second semester at school and Maruko finds she has been placed in a class group with two overbearingly bold and domineering boys named Ohno and Sugiyama. The story follows Maruko's preparation for the school's athletics carnival and the assortment of predicaments that Maruko and her friends get themselves into. Chibi Maruko Chan is a timeless and culturally important part of television in Japan. Both fans of Japanese anime and those wishing to gain a greater understanding of Japanese culture will enjoy this feature length episode which provides an insight into the daily lives of Japanese families and school children.     

a scene from the anime film, Chibi Maruko Chan

© 1990 Chibi Maruko Chan Film Partners 

                                                                                                                                                           

Upcoming Events

2010 Japanese Film Festival

The Consulate-General of Japan at Perth, the State Library of Western Australia and the Japan Foundation are once again pleased to bring you the Japanese Film Festival, which will be held over six nights in late October. The line-up of films for this year's festival includes genres such as animation, comedy and family drama, covering storylines including TV game show, long-distance marathon running, post-war boom and family illness. It's set to be an exciting six nights of viewing with highlights including the animated film Chibi Maruko Chan, and the film which won on Oscar in the Foreign Language Film category at the 2009 Academy Awards, Departures. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles. Details of the festival are as follows:

Venue: State Library Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge (entry via Francis Street)

Dates: 18, 19, 22, 25, 26 & 29 October 2010

Screening Time: 7:00pm (doors open 30 minutes prior to screening)

Admission: Free admission by ticket only (limit of 1 ticket per person per film will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis prior to each screening at the entrance to the theatre from 6:30pm)

Film Details:

Monday 18 October, 7:00pm            About Her Brother  (126 mins, 2010, Family/Drama, Rated PG)

Tuesday 19 October, 7:00pm          Feel the Wind (133 mins, 2009, Drama/Sports, Rated PG)

Friday 22 October, 7:00pm              Always 2 (146 mins, 2007, Drama/Comedy, Rated PG)

Monday 25 October, 7:00pm           Happy Family Plan  (104 mins, 2000, Family/Drama, Rated PG)

Tuesday 26 October, 7:00pm          Chibi Maruko Chan (Movie) (98 mins, 1990, Animation, Rated G)

Friday 29 October, 7:00pm                 Departures (130mins, 2008, Drama, Rated M)

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a scene from Departures 

© 2008 Departures Film Partners 

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Spring Exhibition of Bonsai & Ikebana

The Bonsai Society of Western Australia is holding its annual exhibition of bonsai and ikebana (Japanese-style miniature potted trees and flower arrangement respectively) in October 2010.

Please see details of the spring exhibition as follows:

Venue:    Fremantle Town Hall
Dates:   Sat 30th October (9am - 8pm) and Sun 31st October (9am - 4pm)
Don't miss out on this chance to see the traditional Japanese art forms of bonsai and ikebana blossoming here in Perth. For further information, please visit the website of the Bonsai Society of Western Australia below.

http://members.iinet.net.au/~jold/bonsaisociety/

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an example of bonsai

© Bonsai Society of Western Australia 

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Japanese Cultural Festival

On Sunday 7th November 2010, a festival celebrating Japanese culture will be held at The Japanese School in Perth in City Beach. This annual event will introduce Japanese culture to the local community through traditional games, music, dance and so on. Popular Japanese food will also be sold throughout the day at various stalls. Scheduled events include performances by Japanese choirs, Japanese drumming, students' art displays and a mobile zoo. 

Details of the festival are as follows:

Date: Sunday 7th November, 2010

Time: 9am- 2:20pm

Location: 20 Kalinda Drive, City Beach, Perth

Why not enjoy a fun day out and make the most of this rare and unique opportunity to experience Japanese culture here in Perth, Western Australia. Hope to see you there!

The festival is sponsored by the Japanese School in Perth and is supported by the Japanese Association of WA, Japan Club, Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry In Perth (Inc), Australia-Japan Society (WA) Inc., Support Net Niji no Kai Inc., Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre, Weekend Japanese School and the Japan Australia News.     

For further details of this festival, please contact The Japanese School in Perth as follows:

Tel: 08-9285-1758 Fax: 08-9285-1787

E-mail: info@japaneseschool.wa.edu.au

Website: http://www.japaneseschool.wa.edu.au

Contact person: Mr Shinya Asao

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Notices@

Hiroshima City Scholarship

Hiroshima City Council and AFS Intercultural Programs Australia are offering a wonderful scholarship to one lucky student from Australia to participate in a one year cultural exchange programme on a partial scholarship to Hiroshima City in Japan from March 2011 until February 2012. 

Applicants must be enrolled in high school in Australia at the time of application and be aged between 15 and 18 at the time of participation in the programme. Applications should also be interested in living in Hiroshima and learning about peace. 

Applications close on 1st October 2010. If you are interested in applying, please contact AFS Intercultural Programs Australia via their website as follows:

www.afs.org.au

Australia Japan Youth Cultural Exchange 2011 

The Chairman of the Australia Japan Youth Cultural Exchange (AJYCE) 2011 is seeking interested young employees to participate in next yearfs Rotary delegation trip to Japan. The organizer is looking for Japan-related Australian/Japanese companies located in Perth, who would like to send one of their local staff members on the Exchange. Details of the Exchange are as follows:

Organization: Rotary International (annual exchange trip to Japan, held for the past 34 years)

Dates: 28th January- 13th February, 2011

Target participants: up to 10 young people (aged up to 30yrs) employed in a company which has a connection to Japan

Cost: $3,500 per person (to be paid by participant or by their company) includes: travel insurance, airfares, Rotary uniforms, meals, transfers, home-stay with Rotary host family in Saitama area, basic language and cultural training, cultural activities and sightseeing around Tokyo and surrounding Prefectures (includes visit to ski resort and Tokyo Disneyland)

Aim: to give Australian employees the chance to experience Japanese culture; to enrich the personal and working lives of Australians by learning about another country and its culture

Application Deadline: 29th October, 2010

For further information, please contact Mr Darren Meakins (Chairman of AJYCE 2011) on:

Mobile: 0418 956 727

Email: TL50@iinet.net.au

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2011 External Scholarships for Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Graduate Schools

Full scholarships are being offered by external organizations for academically exceptional overseas individuals to study at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Japan from September 2011. 

The external organization offering these scholarships is Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) - details as follows:

  • MEXT International Priority Graduate Programs (apply by November 30th 2010)

These scholarships provide necessary airfare, university fees and living expenses to individuals who have an outstanding academic record and exceptional English ability.

Applications should be posted directly to APU in Japan. For further information of these external scholarships and the relevant application forms, please access the following link:

http://www.apu.ac.jp/graduate/modules/admissions/index.php?id=48

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The NEW Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in 2010

The annual worldwide Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has now been revised to incorporate many improvements including an increase in the number of examination levels, meaning examinees can choose a more appropriate level (levels 1- 5) to suit their individual competency in Japanese. 

The 2010 JLPT will be held in Perth as follows:

Date:   Sunday 5th December, 2010

Venue: Curtin University of Technology, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102

Applications open: 2nd August, 2010

Contact details:

Ms Samantha Hornby
Ph: (08) 9266 7792
Fax: (08) 9266 3166

This examination, which evaluates and certifies Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers, is administered outside of Japan by The Japan Foundation. For further details of the examination, please see:

The official worldwide JLPT website:

http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html

The Japan Foundation, Sydney website:

http://www.jpf.org.au/jlpt/

And to sit the exam in Perth, visit the Curtin University website: 

http://humanities.curtin.edu.au/schools/SSAL/asian_languages/jlpt.cfm

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2011 JET Programme Applications

The application period for the 2011 round of the JET Programme opens in late September 2010. From October 2010, application packages will be available here at our Consulate-General, or they can be downloaded from the Embassy of Japan in Canberra website, with the application period closing in December 2010. Successful applicants for the 2011 Programme depart for Japan in both April and July 2011.

Further details of the Programme can be obtained from the Embassy of Japan in Australia (Canberra) website, below:

http://www.au.emb-japan.go.jp/e_web/JET.htm

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Consulate-General News@

2010 WA Universities Japan Culture Evening

On the evening of 27th August, 2010, a quiz night (WA Universities Japan Culture Evening) was held at Curtin University for Western Australian university students who are studying Japanese. The event was sponsored by the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre, the Consulate-General of Japan at Perth and others.

In its second year, this event is specifically for university students in Perth, providing students of the Japanese language and Japanese studies with a forum to test their knowledge of Japanese language and of Japan. The inaugural event was held last year at the University of Western Australia. 

The night was a huge success and started with opening speeches by Dr Kyoko Kawasaki, Head of Department of Asian Languages at Curtin University and Ms Sachiyo Matsuyama, Consul at the Consulate-General of Japan at Perth. Dr Hiroshi Hasegawa, Lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages at Curtin University acted as MC for the event, while Ms Melissa Luyke, Deputy Director of the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre delivered the closing congratulatory speech. Other than the quiz itself, consisting of Japan-related questions, a demonstration on how to make nigiri sushi, as well as a sushi bento dinner for all participants made up a fun evening for all concerned. 

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28th Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest 2010 for Secondary School Students in Australia

The closing date of this essay contest was Friday 10th September, so entries are now being read by judges who will decide which essays will be short listed to compete for prizes along with other essays from students throughout the country. 

This year's contest attracted a large number of applicants, with a total of 128 essays received from Western Australian students across Junior A, Junior B and Senior divisions. 

We would like to thank teachers across Western Australia for encouraging students to enter this essay contest. And, of course, a big thank you to all the students who took the time to write such wonderful essays. We hope that by entering this contest, that you have a greater awareness of Japan and its culture as well as a better understanding of Australia-Japan relations. 

For your information, below is the schedule for the remainder of the contest period.

5/11/2010: Short-listed essays will be sent from the Consulate-General of Japan at Perth to the Japanese Embassy in Canberra;

Early December : Final judging at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra will take place;

Early December : Announcement of the results on the Japanese Embassy's website;

February 2011: Award ceremony for Western Australian prize-winners to take place here at the Consulate-General of Japan at Perth.

Please note that only Western Australian prize-winners will be notified of their results.

 

Japan Brief 

NB - Japan Brief is an original production of the Foreign Press Center, Japan, and does not represent the views of the Government of Japan or that of any other body.

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Government and BOJ Decide on Additional Economic and Monetary Measures

Office Information  

Please note the Consulate-General will be closed on the following day:

Wednesday November 3: National Culture Day (Japanese national holiday)

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2:00pm - 5:00pm
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