Hiroba Newsletter



@*Hiroba is Japanese for an open space or public square 


May 2012 Edition

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



Golden Week


Golden Week runs from the end of April to early May and is one of the three main holiday periods observed in Japan (the other two being Obon in August and the New Year break). Golden Week contains a number of public holidays - Showa Day on April 29, Constitution Memorial Day on May 3, Greenery Day on May 4 and Children's Day on May 5. In 2012, if employees are able to take leave on May 1st and 2nd as well, the holiday period extends to nine days off.


Many Japanese use Golden Week to return to their hometown if they live or work in another prefecture, or travel to tourist spots and other places in Japan. Highways become congested especially at the beginning and end of Golden Week, and the carriages of the shinkansen or bullet trains fill to standing room only.


Airfares and travel packages are more expensive during this peak period due to the high demand, but many Japanese travel nonetheless, especially those who are not able to take long vacations at other times of the year. Some popular international destinations include South Korea, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.



Onsens (hot springs) are one of the many popular leisure destinations for people during Golden Week



Upcoming Events




WA (kaiWA) is a casual get-together of Japanese and Australians held every second Thursday. Hosted and organised by the JET Program Alumni Association of WA (JETAA WA), kaiWA is a great chance to practise your Japanese, make Japanese friends and learn more about teaching English in Japan on the JET Programme.


JETAA WA asks for a gold coin donation for participation and, as a non-profit organisation, uses donated funds to provide finger food for the evening.


kaiWA is held at 43 Below on the corner of Hay Street and Barrack Street in Perth, and will be held on May 17 and 31. It starts at 5:30pm and runs until about 8:30-9pm, so there is no need to worry if you canft be there at the starting time.


For more information on the JET Program Alumni Association of WA, please check their website http://jetaawa.com/ and for information on the JET Programme please check the following site. http://www.jetprogramme.org/




Chatterbox is another casual get-together of Australians and Japanese, held on Saturday afternoons at the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre from 2 to 4pm. For more details please call the Centre on 9385 9002 or visit their website http://www.hyogo.com.au/


The Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre also organises a number of other events, and are holding a Japanese language course for beginners on Saturday mornings, starting on May 12 and finishing on June 16. The course will focus on oral communication, and written communication will also be demonstrated for those interested. Please contact the Centre for more information.


Fragments of a Yesterday I Loved


gFragments of a Yesterday I Lovedh is an upcoming exhibition by Ayako Goto, in which she incorporates her grandmotherfs silk kimono. The exhibition runs from May 7 to May 30 at Kulcha, the peak body for multicultural arts in Western Australia. For more details please see the following link. http://www.kulcha.com.au/


The Consulate-General of Japan in Perth is not affiliated with events unless stated. For further details please contact the event organisers directly. The Consulate-General is not responsible for the content of linked websites.


If you know of any upcoming Japan-related events and would like to have them publicised in Hiroba, please e-mail details to info@pt.mofa.go.jp The decision to publicise will be at the discretion of the Consulate-General.




The Sixth International Manga Award

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan launched the International Manga Award in 2007 to further international exchange and mutual understanding through manga, and to.recognise artists who have contributed to the promotion of manga overseas. Applications for the Sixth International Manga Award are now being accepted, and are to be submitted by June 15. Gold and Silver Award Winners will be invited to Japan for the award ceremony in January 2013. Please see the following link for application guidelines, entry forms and another link which contains past winning entries. http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/announce/2012/4/0427_02.html


JABCC Essay Competition

Commemorating 50 years since its foundation, the Japan-Australia Business Co-operation Committee's 50th Anniversary Essay Contest is now open for professionals or students with an interest in the Japan-Australia relationship. The Committee welcomes productive views and suggestions on future directions in Australia-Japan relations - including trade, economy, education, culture and diplomacy - under the theme of "Revitalising the Australia-Japan Partnership in a Changing World". Entries close on Thursday, May 31. For more information please see the following link from the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry website. http://www.tokyo-cci.or.jp/ec/index-e.html


Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (Monbukagakusho) offers a number of scholarships to Australian citizens who wish to study at Japanese universities. The Undergraduate Category and Research Category scholarships are now open for applications ito be sent to the Embassy of Japan in Canberraj, and close on Friday, June 8. Examinations will take place on Tuesday, June 19 (at the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth for those sitting the exam in Perth) and successful applicants will depart for Japan in April or October next year. Further details including application guidelines and past examination papers are available at the Embassy of Japan in Australia website.



2012 International Essay Contest for Young People

This annual contest, organised by the Goi Peace Foundation based in Tokyo and UNESCO, is designed to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of youth from around the world to promote a culture of peace and sustainable development. People up to 25 years old are to write a short essay themed gCreating the Future We Want,h and share their story of inspiration that has affected their life and led them to make a change in the world.  Entries must be received by June 30, 2012, and first prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo in November.  For more details please check the following link.



Video Matsuri Contest 2012 and Art Speaks Japanese Comes Alive! Contest 2012

The Japan Foundation presents its Video Matsuri Contest 2012 and Art Speaks Japanese Comes Alive! Contest 2012. In the video contest, students are to produce a short film of up to three minutes. There are no restrictions on theme or style but all videos must include some Japanese language. In the art contest, students become familiar with a resource kit called Art Speaks Japanese, and create their own artwork based on that, again including some Japanese language. Entries for both contests close on September 28. More information on the video contest can be found at http://www.video-matsuri.jpf-sydney.net/ and information on the art contest (including past winners and photo galleries) at http://artalive.jpf-sydney.net/index.html.


Consulate-General News


Japan: Kingdom of Characters

Presented by the Japan Foundation and organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth, the "Japan: Kingdom of Characters" travelling exhibition was held at Gallery Central in Northbridge from April 17 to May 3.


The exhibition featured large figures of Ultraman, Gundam, Hello Kitty and others, as well as smaller figures and decade-by-decade display panels which not only introduced the manga and anime characters which found popularity in Japan from that time, but also highlighted various important historical events.


Some 1,700 people came to see the exhibition, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth would like to thank everyone for their interest.



A figure of Ultraman stands tall; behind him in the background are Hello Kitty and Gundam. To the right of the photo is Namisuke – a mascot for Suginami Ward in Tokyo



A closer look at Gundam


Meet the Ambassador


The Ambassador of Japan in Australia, His Excellency Mr Shigekazu Sato, attended an event titled gMeet the Ambassadorh held at the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre on April 24, while he was in Western Australia for an official visit. Members and friends of the Australia-Japan Society of Western Australia (AJSWA, http://www.ajswa.com.au/), JETAA WA, and the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre attended the function, where Ambassador Sato and President of AJSWA, Mr Ged Boylan, spoke to the crowd. Afterwards everyone mingled while enjoying the sausage sizzle and sushi.



Ambassador Sato (right) shows off the gift he received from Ashwin Cresswell. Ashwin travelled to Japan in March to meet his new friend Toshihito, who lost his family in the Great East Japan Earthquake


Watch Japan Now 


Shedding light on interesting people, figures and trends, gWatch Japan Nowh brings you compact and accessible updates.


"Night Schools" in the Affected Area Started the New Term (April 17, 2012)



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 will be open on all business days in May.


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

General Enquiries: 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm

Consular and Visa Enquiries: 9am to 12.30pm, 2pm to 4pm



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