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November 2011 Edition

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


Koyo – Colours of Autumn

Known as koyo in Japanese, the autumn change provides scenes of beauty that rival or even better those of the cherry blossoms in spring. Japanese maple leaves (momiji) turn the landscape into a vibrant yellow, orange and red, with changes in colour lasting about a month.

Koyo can be first seen in Japan in the Daisetsuzan range of mountains in Hokkaido Prefecture as early as September. The change in leaf colour slowly makes its way south through the Japanese archipelago, and also from higher to lower altitudes, drawing large crowds throughout the nation as they take part in momijigari, or viewing of the autumn leaves. Depending on location, koyo can be seen as late as mid-December, with a park in Atami City of Shizuoka Prefecture said to be the last place in Japan to exhibit this beautiful seasonal change.

Beautiful koyo is said to depend on various factors: among them are a significant difference between day and night time temperatures; land with a degree of inclination rather than being flat; sufficient moisture; and clean air. Often highlands, valleys and falls satisfy these conditions and account for many of the spots famous for autumn colours.

The following link from the Japan National Tourist Organization contains photos from famous viewing spots which peak in their beauty at various times in autumn.






2012 JET Programme Information Sessions

The application period for the 2012 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is now open. The Programme seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. The Programme aims to enhance foreign language education, and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike. The objectives of the Programme are achieved by offering participants the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private primary, junior high and senior high schools.

Information Sessions will be held in November as follows (please direct any enquiries to the Information and Culture Section on 9480 1800 or by email to info@pt.mofa.go.jp):

Wednesday, November 2, 1 – 1.45 pm, University of Western Australia, Social Sciences Lecture Room 1

Thursday, November 3, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus, Bdg 13.224

Friday, November 4, 12.30 – 1.30 pm, Murdoch University, ECL 3 Lecture Theatre

Monday, November 7, 1 – 2 pm, Curtin University, Lecture Theatre 302.001

2012 JET Programme application forms can be downloaded from the Embassy of Japan in Australia website, and must be posted to the Embassy in Canberra by Thursday, December 1. Successful applicants for the 2012 Programme will depart for Japan in April or July 2012.

For more information please view the Embassy of Japan in Australia website. http://www.au.emb-japan.go.jp/e-web/education_jet.html


Japan Careers Seminar

The JET Alumni Association of WA will hold their annual Japan Careers Seminar on Tuesday, November 8 at the University of Western Australia, in Social Sciences Lecture Room 1 from 6pm. Entry is free and the night is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in Japan-related careers or in participating in the JET Programme. Past JET participants now employed in various fields including at Japanese companies with offices in Perth or as teachers, translators and interpreters of the Japanese language, will speak at the event. Please address any enquiries to employ@jetaawa.com


2012 Future Business Counterparts

The application period for the 2012 Invitation Programme for Future Business Counterparts from Australia is also now open. An integral part of the JENESYS Programme, its aim is to provide young Australian professionals with information on business between Japan and Australia, through lectures on Japanese society, visits to major Japanese industries and interaction with Japanese people. Successful applicants will visit Japan from mid to late February 2012, with return airfares, accommodation and meals in Japan covered by the programme.

Applications must arrive at the Embassy in Canberra by Monday, November 21. For more information please view the following link.  http://www.perth.au.emb-japan.go.jp/2012_invitation_program_future_business_counterparts.html


JLPP International Translation Competition

The Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP) has launched its inaugural International Translation Competition with a view to discovering translators who can help spread modern Japanese literature throughout the world. Applicants are to translate two works – one novel and one critique/essay. The application period runs from September 1 to November 30, and more details can be found at the following link. http://www.jlpp.go.jp/en/competition/index.html


The 4th Japanese History Workshop Australia

Sponsored by the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Studies Association of Australia, Monash University and the Australia-Japan Society of WA, this three-day conference from November 30 to December 2 aims to promote understanding of Japanese history. For more information on what will be Australia's largest gathering of Japanese history specialists, please view the following link from the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University.



Consulate-General News


Japanese Film Festival 2011

Held from September 29 to October 7, the Japanese Film Festival 2011 showed seven Japanese films including animations, dramas, a sci-fi and a documentary. The Studio Ghibli-produced gArriettyh shown on the opening night and gSpace Battleship Yamatoh shown on the final night were especially popular, with both nights reaching full attendance. The Consulate-General of Japan would like to express its appreciation to everyone who came and showed an interest in Japanese film, and to the State Library of Western Australia for providing the venue. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the Japanese Film Festival in 2012. 

Actress Yui Aragaki in a scene from Ballad      © 2009 gBalladh Production Committee


Japan National Tourism Organization Seminar

The Japan National Tourism Organization held a seminar at a Perth hotel on October 11 for some 50 travel agents and others in the travel industry. The seminar began by presenting data on radiation levels in Japan and stressed that most of the country is safe to travel to. Presenters then told stories of ski resorts and hot springs including Niseko in Hokkaido Prefecture, Hakuba in Nagano Prefecture and Myogo Kogen in Niigata Prefecture, regaling the snow conditions and food specialties of each region.


Future Business Counterparts Meeting

23 past participants of the Invitation Programme for Future Business Counterparts from Australia, including nine people who visited Japan in June/July this year, gathered at the Official Residence of the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth on October 13. The 2011 participants spoke about their experiences while in Japan, which included viewing the production processes at a steel mill and a sake brewery, and a visit to the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. Participants said they were pleased with the content of the programme, saying that they were able to deepen their knowledge of Japan not only in economic and business terms but also in cultural terms.


School Visit to Ocean Road Primary School

Consul Sachiyo Matsuyama and other staff from the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth were invited to take part in Japanese Cultural Day held at Ocean Road Primary School on October 20. Classes of year 4fs, 5fs and 6fs were shown a DVD on Japan before learning how to make origami from newspapers and then origami paper. Consulate staff were impressed by the range of activities being held by the school throughout the day, which included sumo bouts, karate, screen printing and food stalls. Money raised was donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society, which in turn will be distributed to survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake.     

Students from Ocean Road Primary take part in making origami


       Watch Japan Now

Shedding light on interesting people, figures and trends, "Watch Japan Now" brings you compact and accessible updates.


A Tiny Community Revives from the Aftermath: Kogakuin Universityfs gRebuilding a Beautiful Vernacular Village in Tohokuh Project (October 21, 2011)


A New Wave of Spiritual Boom – Japanese reconsidering their lives and society after the Great East Japan Earthquake (October 14, 2011)  


Japanese Manufacturers Tackling gSuper-strong Yenh (October 3, 2011)  




Web Japan

Web Japan provides Japanophiles with a world of engrossing information on Japan in all fields, from traditional culture to the latest fashions. http://web-japan.org/


Office Information 

The Consulate-General of Japan in Perth will be closed on the following Japanese public holidays:

Thursday, November 3 (Culture Day)

Wednesday, November 23 (Labor Thanksgiving Day)


Opening Hours

Monday – Friday



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