MARCH  2014

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On February 22, the Japan Festival was held in Forrest Place.  It was the first time that the festival was held on such a scale and the event proved to be very successful, attracting huge crowds all day. It was encouraging to see such strong interest in Japanese culture among the people of Perth and to have an opportunity to strengthen ties with the local Japanese community. In Japan, there are many festivals held throughout the year and you are likely to find a festival taking place somewhere in the country all year round. They are often held in tune with the seasons, with certain winter, summer, autumn and spring festival celebrations. Community involvement is a significant feature of Japanese festivals and it was fantastic to bring a taste of Japanese festival spirit to Perth thanks to the help of the festival stall holders, raffle sponsors and volunteers.


The Japan Festival would not have been possible without the generous support of the City of Perth, founding partner Rio Tinto, Woodside, the Japanese Association of WA and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry In Perth. Thank you to all who attended the event and made it a great success!



The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and Consul-General Funayama wearing hapi (Japanese festival jackets)


The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi speaking to the crowd


Mr Funayama addressing the crowd


Students of the Japanese School in Perth performing









Current Situation in East Asia and Bilateral Relations between Japan and Australia


You are invited to attend an Asia Research Centre Public Seminar titled “Current Situation in East Asia and Bilateral Relations between Japan and Australia” delivered by Mr Akira Imamura, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Canberra. The seminar will be chaired by Dr Rikki Kersten.


Wednesday 12th March, 2014

10:00 - 11:30am

Senate Room, Murdoch University




JETAA Quiz Night


The JET Alumni Association of Western Australia’s annual quiz night will be held on Thursday, 13th March with the assistance of the Japanese Studies Society at the University of Western Australia. There are great prizes on offer and all proceeds go to charity! Tables are of 8 people but don’t worry if you can’t fill a table – RSVP in smaller numbers and JETAAWA will match you up with some new allies.





MEXT Scholarships


Have you ever thought about studying at a Japanese university? Applications are now being accepted for the Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - MEXT) scholarships are now open for the Teacher Training Category and the Japanese Studies Category until March 17, 2014. See here for more details.





Ukiyo-E – Japanese Prints of the Floating World


From February 8 – June 28, Professor Ronald Berndt and Dr Catherine Berndt’s ukiyo-e collection will be displayed at UWA’s 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.




Attention Animators!


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

Entries open: February 1, 2014
Deadline: April 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 Perth’s 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



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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. Kuwakubo’s 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

Free entry




ParamodelParamodelic Graffiti


Photo: Paramodel


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

Free entry




Hirokazu Kore-EdaSoshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)

Japanese with English subtitles/ 120min/ PG


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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
Joondalup Pines: 8–13 April, 7.30pm, doors open 6.30pm

Tickets are available for purchase on the Perth Festival website.







(gaijū naigō)


This month’s phrase gaijū naigō, is a yojijukugo (four character phrase) that can be translated as ‘soft on the outside, hard on the inside.’ Gaijū is being gentle on the outside while naigō is to have strong convictions or a solid foundation. It is similar to the saying, ‘an iron fist in a velvet glove.’








Listen to Konnichiwa, a 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.


Street Style: Vol. 7 Winter 2014 (Feb 24)

Tech & Life: LED for Communications Infrastructure (Feb 17)

Food & Travel: Fukui (Feb 10)

Pop Culture: Up-and-coming creators in Japanese anime (Feb 3)

Kids Web Japan: Shokugan – the spread of the small toy world (Feb 3)


Also available on Web Japan is a downloadable version of the popular niponica magazine about Japanese culture. Current issue: niponica No. 11: Japanese Fabrics Have Their Global Reputation Wrapped Up.










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.


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’ 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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