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For seven days each February, Sapporo, Hokkaidofs capital and largest city, transforms into a winter wonderland with hundreds of spectacular snow statues and ice sculptures. Description: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/economy/apec/2010/venue/images/sapporo_img_009.jpgThe 64th Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from the 5-11 of this month. It is one of Japanfs largest winter events.


The festival is staged at three locations, Odori Park, Tsudome and Susukino. The 1.5km long Odori Park is situated alongside Sapporofs main avenue and is turned into a snow museum with a variety of snow and ice Description: photosculptures with international flavour. Concerts and the International Snow Statue Contest are held at the Odori site. The Tsudome venue is family-orientated and features snow rides and snow rafting along with more sculptures. Located in Sapporofs largest entertainment district, the Susukino site often features ice statues with Hokkaido delicacies such as salmon, cuttlefish and crab frozen inside the ice.


Volunteers and members of Japanfs Self-Defense Forces create the sculptures with thousands of truckloads of snow collected from local neighbourhoods.


The festival began in 1950 when six schools each created a snow sculpture in Odori Park. The event proved to be quite popular and has been held annually ever since. The Sapporo Snow Festival now attracts more than two million visitors a year.

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Snow sculpture of Melbournefs Flinders Street Station at Odori Park, Sapporo






Discover Japan! Visit Our Information and Culture Room


We welcome you to visit our newly opened Information and Culture Room which has origami and information on Japanese culture, tourism and education, as well as cultural and tourism DVDs playing. Special viewings for limited numbers can be arranged by request. The room is located near the entrance and is open during general Consulate hours (9am-1pm and 2-5pm, Monday to Friday) unless pre-booked for other events.  




Tom Hoad Cup Welcome Lunch  


On December 30, Consul-General Ishikawa hosted a welcome lunch for the Japanese Water Polo National Team who were in Perth to compete in the Tom Hoad Cup. Japan won two out of four games, coming in fourth place with the Fremantle Mariners taking first place.


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The Japanese National Water Polo Team and Consul-General Ishikawa


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Flag signed by the team






JETAA WA Okonomiyaki BBQ


JETAA WA is hosting its annual Okonomiyaki BBQ, a free and family-friendly event in Kings Park on Sunday, February 3. There will be games and activities (including suika-wari!) as well as plenty of Okonomiyaki on offer. Please RSVP by February 1 for catering purposes. See here for more details.

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AJS Lawn Bowls


The Australia-Japan Society is holding a Lawn Bowls event at Mosman Park Lawn Bowls Club on Tuesday February 12 at 6:15pm. It is open to members and non-members. Please click here for more information and RSVP by February 6.




Japan Photo Contest 


Japan Tourism Agency invites you to share your WOW! moments from your time in Japan for the chance to win some great prizes. If you travel to Japan and post a photo from your trip, you can win one of many cool experiences such as a trip to Japan and one day as the lord of a castle, a one-day ninja experience or all-you-can-eat-sushi at a Michelin Two Star Restaurant. Click here for a full list of prizes.

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The contest ends on February 15, 2013. For more information and to enter the contest, please click here.




Perth International Arts Festival 2013


The Perth International Arts Festival will run from February 8 – March 2 this year. Renowned pianists Philip Glass, Maki Namekawa and Sally Whitwell will perform the Philip Glass Complete Piano Etudes on Saturday February 16. Philip Glass has been at the forefront of modern music for over half a century. In this special performance of three parts, Glass is joined by Maki Namekawa and Sally Whitwell. Long-time collaborator Japanese pianist Maki Namekawa has established herself as a standout interpreter of Philip Glassf music and Australian pianist Sally Whitwellfs performance of his work won her the coveted ARIA for Best Classical Album in 2011. This extraordinary Perth Festival performance, celebrating and unveiling work by one of the defining composers of our time is truly a once in a lifetime event. Please click here for more information.









The word komorebi refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees. The interaction between sunlight and trees is a rarely thought about, but beautiful thing.


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Evergreen trees in Nagano Prefecture






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


Mokuiku (October 17)






Catch the eKonnichiwaf Japanese and English radio program on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm on 107.3 FM.


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/.


Kids Web Japan: Hi-tech – World’s Top Solar Car Technology (January 21)


Trends in Japan: Food & Travel – Tono (January 21)


Trends in Japan: Tech & Life – Water Plaza Kitakyushu (January 15)


Trends in Japan: Pop Culture – Novelty Cafes (January 15)


Trends in Japan: Street Style – Vol. 6 Autumn 2012 (January 7)


Kids Web Japan: What's Cool – Wadaiko: Japanese Drums Thundering & Dramatic Performance (December 25)


Also available on Web Japan is a downloadable version of the popular niponica magazine about Japanese culture. Current issue: "Delicious Japan".





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 every second Thursday at 43 Below on the corner of Hay Street and Barrack Street in Perth. 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 above and for information on the JET Programme please check the following site.





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.


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