JUNE  2013

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In 2006, former Consul-General Mr Hiroyuki Ariyoshi awarded Mr Charles Cugley, a researcher and guide at the Aviation Heritage Museum of WA, a Certificate of Merit to acknowledge his contribution made to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Australia and to convey respect for his remarkable efforts.  Mr Cugley researched the origin of a Red Cross Flag bearing the name of eleven Japanese officers from the 48th Cavalry Division of the Japanese army serving in Timor and nearby islands. In October 1945, following the end of the war, Japanese personnel were held in POW camps in Timor and Darwin awaiting repatriation to Japan. It is believed that the Red Cross Flag would have been flying in these camps and at some stage and that Lieutenant General Yamada, Major General Tanaka and the other officers wrote their names on the flag in appreciation of the work of the Red Cross and the fair treatment given to Japanese prisoners. The flag came into the possession of F/Lt Rex Cormie (who eventually retired as Wing Commander Cormie OBE) at Timor Island in 1945-6. The flag was donated by his son-in-law Wing Commander Gilbert to the RAAF Association’s Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek, WA. Faithful replicas of the flag, produced at Mr Cugley’s own expense, are on display at Australian Red Cross Perth and Red Cross headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.


Recently Mr Cugley made an update of the plaque displayed next to the replica flag in Tokyo and presented it along with Mr Bland, State President of RAAFA WA, to Consul-General Mr Ishikawa. We thank Mr Cugley and the many people who helped him with the ‘Flag of Peace’ project, the flag is a symbol of humanity and also of reconciliation between Japan and Australia.





Mr Graeme Bland and Mr Charles Cugley with Consul-General Ishikawa






Networking Dinner


On the 29th of May, Consul-General Ishikawa hosted a networking dinner for the committee members of the Austalia-Japan Society of WA, the JET Alumni Association of WA and the Japanese Language Teachers Association of WA. The dinner was also attended by various individuals who are actively involved with Japan-related events. Speeches were given by Consul-General Ishikawa, CLAIR Deputy Director Tsuyoshi Ito, AJS President Ged Boylan, JETAAWA President Nick John and JLTAWA President Rosanne Jacobs. Guests then enjoyed the opportunity to mingle during dinner. 







Parallel Nippon


The Consulate-General of Japan in Perth together with the Japan Foundation and the Architectural Institute of Japan, presents an overview of the amazing evolution of contemporary architecture in Japan from 1996-2006. Parallel Nippon is a world-class exhibition showcasing the work of some of Japan’s most influential architects.



8 – 27 June

Monday – Saturday

10:00am – 4:45pm


Gallery Central

12 Aberdeen St, Perth

(08) 9427 1318



A public lecture will be held by Thomas Daniell, Co-Curator of the exhibition and expert in Japanese architecture, followed by a Q&A session. Seats are limited, so please contact us to confirm availability on 9480 1800 or info@pt.mofa.go.jp. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!


Time/Date: June 12, 6pm-7:30pm

Venue: Central Institute of Technology
25 Aberdeen Street
Building 1, Lecture Theatre (Francis Street Entrance, Opposite State Library)





Study for free in Japan!


The Japanese Government’s Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – MEXT) offers scholarships to Australian citizens who wish to study at Japanese universities. Applications are now being accepted in the undergraduate and research categories. See here for more details.




Don’t miss out on these Scholarships for High School Students


Akito Sumibo – Full Scholarship

1 spot available! Short Program to Japan departing in 2013. Applications close July 1, 2013. For more information, click here.


Hiroshima City – Partial Scholarship

1 spot available! Year High School Program to Japan departing in 2014. Applications close July 1, 2013. For more information, click here.


MEXT – Partial Scholarship

8 Spots available! Short Program to Japan departing in October 2013. Applications close July 1, 2013. For more information, click here.




Art Speaks Japanese Contest


The Japan Foundation Art Speaks Japanese Contest for students of Japanese is now open. Create and display your own artwork inspired by the Art Speaks Japanese kit. Entries close September 27, 2013. See here for more details.



Video Matsuri Contest


Use your creative abilities to showcase your Japanese with a short film of up to 3 minutes for the Japan Foundation Video Matsuri Contest. The contest is now open and entries close September 27, 2013. See here for more details.






AJS Yakitori Night


Mark your diaries! On Tuesday, June 25, the Australia-Japan Society WA will be holding a Yakitori Night at Tenkadori Restaurant in Subiaco. Please see here for more details. 








(fuurin kazan)



Fuurin kazan is a yojijukugo (four character phrase) that literally means ‘wind, forest, fire, mountain’. The phrase actually comes from a centuries-old battle strategy used in the Sengoku period and can be better translated as ‘as swift as the wind, as silent as the forest, as fierce as the fire, as immovable as a mountain’. The concept behind fuurin kazan is that the key to victory is to judge a situation and act accordingly. When in battle, a warrior must know when to act aggressively, when to remain passive, when to observe and when to retreat. Over the years the phrase been used as a title for various films, television dramas and novels. It’s known as a great concept to live by.






Watch Japan Now


Shedding light on interesting people, figures and trends, Watch Japan Now brings you compact and accessible updates. http://fpcj.jp/modules/news25/.


Local Media in Disaster-hit Areas Send out Information to Support Reconstruction: Miyagi Prefecture, part 2 (May 10)

Local Media in Disaster-hit Areas Send out Information to Support Reconstruction: Miyagi Prefecture, part 1 (April 23)

Local Media in Disaster-hit Areas Send out Information to Support Reconstruction: Iwate Prefecture (April 9)




Listen Japan Now


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




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.


High-Tech Demolition Systems for High-Rises (March 25)

Children’s Fashion Magazines (March 25)


Also available on Web Japan is a downloadable version of the popular niponica magazine about Japanese culture. Current issue: niponica No. 9: Japanese Pop Culture.




Highlighting Japan


Highlighting Japan is a monthly online magazine published by the Public Relations Office of the Government of Japan. http://www.gov-online.go.jp/eng/publicity/book/hlj/.


Fostering Growth in Africa (April)

Lessons from Disasters (March)








WA (kaiWA) is a casual get-together of Japanese and Australians held every second Thursday. Hosted and organised by the JET Programme Alumni Association of WA (JETAA WA), kaiWA is a great chance to practice 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. It starts at 5:30pm and runs until about 8:30-9pm, so don’t worry if you can’t be there at the starting time.


For more information on the JET Programme Alumni Association of WA, please check their website above and for more 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 2-4pm. For more details please call the Centre on 9385 9002 or visit their website.




AJS Tomodachi Lunch


On the first Thursday of every month, the Australia-Japan Society of WA holds a Tomodachi Lunch. The lunch is held at 12:00pm at Jun Restaurant, 568 Hay Street, Perth. See here for more details.



Bonsai Society of WA and Bonsai Workshop Inc.


bonsai,households,nature,plants,treesMeetings 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’ tree. The Bonsai Society also holds regular workshops and other events. For more information please click 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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