NEW YEAR GREETING FROM CONSUL-GENERAL FUNAYAMA
I would like to begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year, and health and happiness in 2014.
Since arriving in early August I have been fortunate to talk with many people, hearing their valued opinions. Such opportunities have given me a real sense of the fact that this great relationship between Japan and Western Australia exists as a result of the cumulative efforts and cooperation of all those who have gone before us. As we welcome in a new year, Ifd like to make a commitment to forging even closer ties between Japan and Western Australia to honor such efforts of our predecessors.
The biggest event since my arrival in Western Australia was the Federal Election. The election result saw the Liberal Party returned to power after 6 years, with the formation of the Abbott Government. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister David Johnston are some of the important Ministers from Western Australia in the Abbott Cabinet. Both Ministers are very friendly toward Japan, and I hope we might have the opportunity to have them attend Japan-related events here in Western Australia.
Prime Minister Abbott has indicated the importance of Japan to Australia, and at the beginning of October last year he held a meeting with Prime Minister Abe during the Brunei East Asia Summit. Prime Minister Abe said the Government of Japan attaches importance to Australia, and that he would like to cooperate with Prime Minister Abbott to further advance the gstrategic partnershiph between Japan and Australia and to elevate the bilateral relations to ga new stage.h Prime Minister Abbott said that Australia also values its relationship with Japan as Australiafs gbest friend in Asia,h and that he wants to jointly engage further in strengthening Japan-Australia relations going forward. Prime Minister Abbott expressed his intention to visit Japan as soon as possible this year, which can be seen as a move to make Japan-Australia relations even closer.
It stands to reason that as these kinds of moves are made to bring the Japan-Australia relationship closer, we can expect the Japan-Western Australia relationship to follow in kind, and become even closer. This year will see the Japan Festival in Perth, scheduled to be held in February, the 40th anniversary celebration for the Kagoshima - Perth sister city relationship, and the 30th anniversary celebration for the Adachi – Belmont sister city relationship. In addition, the ANZAC Centenary commemoration will be held in November, and the historical facts of the Japanese Warship Ibuki’s escort of ANZAC troops from Albany as they headed for Egypt in 1914, will be reaffirmed at that time. It is our desire at the Consulate-General of Japan to utilize events such as these to deepen exchange between Japan and Western Australia.
In closing, let me wish you all an excellent year in 2014. Thank you.
JENESYS2.0 GUEST POST
This month we are pleased to share a guest report from Ms Kathryn Casey who recently travelled to Japan as part of the JENESYS2.0 Pop Culture Program on a trip dedicated to Japanese fashion.
The JENESYS 2.0 program was such an amazing experience. The Japanese people were so respectful of each other and their community and were very welcoming. Many countries are becoming more and more westernised but Japan has such strong ties with their traditions, which makes it such a beautiful and unique place to visit.
JENESYS2.0 group Host family
The street fashion in Harajuku and Shibuya was so different and inspiration for me as an aspiring fashion designer. Also to have the opportunity to see Bunka Fashion University and several textile factories was so interesting and beneficial for my future career. I had such an incredible time and am extremely thankful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm already planning my next trip back!
Shibuya street fashion Wearing a kimono
Koala Project Presentation Day
Organised by Ms Yumiko Shaw and Ms Hiroko Koga, the Koala Project Presentation Day was held at Perth Modern School on December 17 to showcase the outcomes of the project. The Koala Project, which was featured in the July 2013 edition of Hiroba, was started by Ms Koga and supported by the Japan Foundation, Sydney. Ms Koga's Perth Modern students were inspired by the story of Sadako to send 1000 origami koalas to children in Fukushima who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake after learning about the disaster. The Koala Project succeeded in its aims to develop the students' intercultural capability and to help students realise the power of language in connecting the heart and soul.
A total of 100 students of Japanese at Perth Modern School spent six months folding the origami koala, writing messages in Japanese and filming a Japanese song which was delivered to fukushima by Ms Akiko Stockton, a WA representative of the Association of People From Fukushima. The gesture and the many hours put in to the project by the students and teachers involved was much appreciated by the students at Fukushima's Koriyama Xaverio School and the people of Fukushima prefecture. The students have been in contact and both schools are committed to ensuring the ongoing educational exchange.
The Koala Project Presentation also featured a lively Japanese dance and drum performance by the students of the Perth Japanese School which was a treat for attendees.
Ms Yumiko Shaw, Ms Hiroko Koga and Ms Yuko Fujimitsu
On December 17, the Honourable Peter Collier MLC Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs; Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council at Parliament House, held a scholarship presentation ceremony at Parliament House. Ms Brianna Harcus was awarded the 2014 Western Australian Japanese Studies Scholarship and Ms Rhiannon David was presented with the 2014 Western Australia/ Hyogo Prefecture Japanese Studies Scholarship. Speeches were given by the Hon Peter Collier MLC and Professor Sandra Wilson of Murdoch University. Congratulations to Brianna and Rhiannon, we wish you all the best with your studies in Japan!
The Hon Peter Collier MLC with Brianna Harcus and Rhiannon David
Japan Festival 2014
Mark your calendars! The Japan Festival will be held on February 22 at Forrest Place from 2-7pm. Entry to the festival is free but you can get 'Free General Admission Tickets' or 'Supporter Tickets' online to show your support and buy 'Raffle-Plus Tickets' to be in the draw to win some great prizes. Sponsors of the raffle include NOBU, ANIPLEX, Japan Airlines, H.I.S., Static Fluff Anime, Tokyo Underground and Yobe Cosplay. Click here for more ticket information.
If you are a business owner interested in contributing to the Japan Festival Raffle by giving a voucher, please contact the Japan Festival Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ukiyo-E – Japanese Prints of the Floating World
From February 8 – June 28 next year, Ronald and Catherine Berndtfs ukiyo-e collection will be displayed at UWAfs Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints emerged in the Edo period and developed into a popular, distinctive art form. They typically depicted everyday life in Kyoto and human subjects such as beautiful women and kabuki actors, later including landscape. The art form flourished in Japan and went on to inspire European impressionists including Van Gogh and Monet.
Image: Watanabe Nobukazu, Beautiful women viewing illustrated books and printed scrolls. RM and CH Berndt Collection.
The 15th International Animation Festival in Japan, Hiroshima 2014, will be held from August 21-25 next year. The call for entries to the Hiroshima 2014 competition has recently been announced. Short animated films up to 30 minutes long can be submitted from February 1 – April 1, 2014. There are four main prizes ranging from 300,000 - 1,000,000 yen. Last year the competition attracted over 2000 entries from 63 countries.
Entry fee: Free
open: February 1, 2014
Results expected: August 2014
You can find the competition regulations and entry form here.
Perth Festival 2014
Two Japanese art exhibitions and one Japanese film will feature in Perthfs 62nd International Arts Festival, the longest running multi-arts celebration in the Southern Hemisphere. Be sure to check them out!
Ryota Kuwakubo – The Tenth Sentiment
Photo: Keizo Kioku courtesy of NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Japan
The Tenth Sentiment draws you into a world of wonder that emerges right before your eyes. Hiding nothing from our view, Ryota Kuwakubo fills a room with everyday artifacts, and then catches them in the headlights of a single model train. Seamlessly amplified and animated into expansive vistas, you are immersed in moving shadows. Kuwakubofs mesmeric installations have enthralled audiences around the globe. This is the first time The Tenth Sentiment has been exhibited in Australia.
John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
6 February – 17 April
Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 1-5pm
Paramodel – Paramodelic Graffiti
With vivid imagination and meticulous design skills, Paramodel create wondrously immersive environments out of mass produced toys and brilliant blue plastic train tracks. Entire rooms become fantastical landscapes. Since 2001 artists Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano have collaborated under the name of Paramodel and now in this Australian exclusive they incorporate elements locally sourced in Perth to create an extraordinary diorama especially for the Festival at the John Curtin Gallery. This is the largest version of their installations of this kind ever and will use over 10,000 piece of train track!
John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
6 February – 17 April
Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 1-5pm
Hirokazu Kore-Eda – Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)
Japanese with English subtitles/ 120min/ PG
Two families are delivered the life changing news that their six-year-old sons were accidentally switched at birth and make the distressing decision to swap the two children back. An exploration of fatherhood and expectations, this eloquent film joyfully portrays the liberation gained by allowing your children to become their own person.
Somerville: 31 March–6 April, 7.30pm, doors open 6pm
Tickets are available for purchase on the Perth Festival website.
BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series
The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is a major international sporting event which will combine a unique festival of international competition and mass participation aquatic sport. The Japanese National Swim Team will travel to Perth to compete against Australia, China, South Africa and Brazil in the pool at Challenge Stadium. The event runs over three days, from Friday 31 January to Sunday 1 February and will also include a water polo competition and an open water swimming challenge, Swim the Swan, that all Western Australians can be a part of. For more information please see here.
PHRASE OF THE MONTH
This monthfs phrase yoko meshi, literally means ehorizontal ricef or in other words, ea meal eaten sideways.f It is an obscure and rarely-used term that is actually quite humorous and most of us can relate to it. It defines the unique stress induced by speaking a foreign language. It refers to the fact that Japanese is normally written vertically, whereas most other languages are written horizontally.
Listen Japan Now
Catch the Konnichiwa 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.
Trends in Japan: A paperless society (Dec 24)
Also available on Web Japan is a downloadable version of the popular niponica magazine about Japanese culture. Current issue: niponica No. 10: Quality with a Japanese Flair.
CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE CLASSES
ïWA (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 donft worry if you canft 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.
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 membersf 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.
Bonsai Society of WA display at the official residence of the Consul-General
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