Hiroba Newsletter

CONSULATE-GENERAL OF JAPAN 
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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July 2012 Edition

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

 

 

Climbing Mount Fuji

 

 

The official climbing season for Mount Fuji, Japan's most revered mountain and tallest at 3,776 meters, starts on July 1 and finishes on August 31. Mountain lodges and other facilities operate during this period and buses which travel to half way up the mountain are frequent.

        Mount Fuji from Lake Yamanaka

 

Mount Fuji, or Fujisan in Japanese, is a well-known symbol of Japan and is frequently featured in art and photographs. One world-renowned example of art is Katsushika Hokusai's "36 Views of Mount Fuji," a beautiful collection of ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) created in the early 19th century that depict Mount Fuji in different seasons and from a variety of different places and distances.

Approaching the summit of Mount Fuji

 

Fujisan is about 100 kilometers south-west of Tokyo and is located on the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures. Many people drive or take a bus to the fifth stop up the mountain and begin their climb from there, timing their ascent to witness the sunrise from the summit. This can be done by staying at one of the mountain lodges higher up for a couple of hours in the night and then proceeding to the top, while others may start their climb later in the evening and head straight up. It takes about five to seven hours from the fifth stop to the summit and between two to four hours to climb back down. The time taken depends on the person and the number of climbers - it is particularly crowded during the school holidays and the Obon period in mid-August, and if planning to stay at a lodge during these peak times a reservation is recommended.

 

Average temperatures at the summit in July and August are around five degrees, and are considerably cooler than temperatures at the base of the mountain so climbers need to prepare in appropriate clothing, equipment, water and so on. In addition to photographs and video, those wishing to commemorate the experience can buy certificates or postcards and send them from the highest post office in Japan. You can also purchase your own traditional walking staff or tsue but be sure to declare them to customs if you wish to bring such items back to Australia.

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

TOHOKU – Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers

 

The Consulate-General of Japan in Perth is proud to be part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season and to announce an upcoming exhibition titled gTOHOKU – Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographersh.

 

This travelling exhibition, presented by the Japan Foundation, consists of works by nine photographers and one group of photographers which together portray the past, present and future of the people and culture of the Tohoku Region in northern Japan. Works ranging from photographs taken in the 1940s to those taken in recent years will be on display, and the exhibition aims to give people throughout the world a feel for the enduring fascination of Tohoku.

 

Japanese culture traces its roots to the Jomon period of the tenth to third centuries BC, and the essence of Jomon culture remains vibrant in Tohoku today. This exhibition is not a report on the extent of the disaster or on the progress of reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake which struck the region in March 2011, but an effort to introduce to the world the land of the Tohoku region, its people and lifestyles.

 

Venue:                    Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Dates:                      Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 27, 2012

Times:                     Weekdays 9am – 5pm, Saturdays 11am – 3pm, closed on Sundays

Admission:             Free of charge

 

Around Inagaki, Tsugaru-shi

Ichiro Kojima

1960

560 x 457, Gelatin Silver Print

Courtesy of Hiroko Kojima

 

 

 

Statue of Osawabutsu, Ourani Sanpou Koujin, Dewa Sanzan

Masatoshi Naito

1981-82

1046 x 740 Lambda print

Courtesy of Artist

 

Ikebana Classes

Sponsored by the Australia-Japan Society of WA, ikebana classes will be held at the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre on Wednesday mornings from July 11 to September 12. Please click here for an application form and more information.

 

 

 

kaiWA

‰ï 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.

 

kaiWA is held at 43 Below on the corner of Hay Street and Barrack Street in Perth, and will be held on July 12 and 26. It starts at 5:30pm and runs until about 8:30-9pm, so there is no need to worry if you canft be there at the starting time.

 

For more information on the JET Program Alumni Association of WA, please check their website above and for information on the JET Programme please check the following site.

 

 

Chatterbox

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.

 

 

Meetings of the Bonsai Society of WA and Bonsai Workshop Inc.

Meetings of the Bonsai Society of WA are held on the last Monday of each month and include demonstrations, lectures, films, advice and a display of members' trees. The Bonsai Society also holds regular workshops and other events; for more information please click on the above link.

 

Meetings of the Bonsai Workshop Inc. are held on the last Saturday of each month. Members can bring their trees to work on, receive advice and watch others at work. For more information please click on the above link.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Notices

 

Thirtieth Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest

Conducted by the Embassy of Japan and Consulates-General of Japan in Australia, this annual contest for students between Years 7 and 12 is now open for applications. Students are to answer an essay question on Japan or Japan-Australia relations, with the first prize winners receiving a round trip ticket to Japan or other prizes. Applications close Monday, August 20. More details can be found at the Embassy of Japan webpage: http://www.au.emb-japan.go.jp/e-web/education_essay.html

 

 

Kizuna 2012 Short Program to Japan

The Kizuna Project is a new program launched by the Japanese government which aims to promote understanding of Japanfs reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake. More than 200 Australian students (between 15 and 18 years old) and educators will participate in the two week short program to Japan in 2012, departing in December.

Participants will visit areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and learn about the reconstruction efforts, as well as take part in a homestay. Applications close Wednesday, July 25. For more information please check here.

 

43rd Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest 2012

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the Western Australia State Final of the 43rd Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest. Teachers of Year 11 and 12 students who meet the eligibility criteria are to apply on their behalf by Wednesday, August 1. The State Final will be held on Sunday, August 26, and first place winners will receive a return airfare ticket to Sydney to take part in the National Contest in October. For more information please click here.

 

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 here and information on the art contest (including past winners and photo galleries) here.

 

Consulate-General News

JET Programme 2012/2013 Participants Q&A Night

 

On Friday June 22nd participants in the 2012/2013 Japanese Exchange  and Teaching (JET) Programme intake from Western Australia attended a question and answer session held at the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth.  After discussing their concerns or queries with Consulate staff and knowledgeable members of the JET Association Alumni of Western Australia (JETAAWA) the six participants were invited continue the discussion at a local Japanese restaurant.

The participants seemed to enjoy themselves and asked former JET participants about their experiences and recommendations for living and working in Japan. Participants from WA will be arriving in early August at their host communities in various parts of Japan to assist in English language instruction at public schools and participate in the promotion of international understanding in their host communities for at least twelve months.

For links with further information about the JET Programme or JETAA Western Australia click here.

 

 

Watch Japan Now

 

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

 

 

Dance course becomes compulsory curriculum in junior high schools (June 5, 2012)

 

To deal with adversity -- Japanese companies go global (June 25, 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 

 

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