Consul-General Mr Koichi Funayama and his wife, Mrs Miho Funayama, together with the staff of the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your generous support throughout 2014.
Please note that our office will be closed from December 25 – January 4.
Late last month, washi, Japanese handmade paper, was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. UNESCO recognition of this traditional craft which dates back to the eighth century, is welcomed by Saitama, Gifu and Shimane prefectures, who each produce their own unique style of washi – hosokawa-shi, honmino-shi and sekishu-banshi respectively. Handmade paper-making skills have been passed down in these areas thanks to the efforts of craftspeople, preservation societies and local municipalities.
Washi is used to make various items including calligraphy paper, letter paper, books, sake labels, paper screens, sliding doors and room dividers. It is made with mulberry fiber using traditional techniques. The outer bark of the mulberry plant is soaked for days before being boiled to remove dirt and other impurities. The fibre is beaten by hand, mixed with mucilage in water and then filtered through a bamboo grid, to later be dried on boards under the sun. This process generally means washi is stronger than paper made with wood pulp.
Japan has twenty-two UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage registrations and is committed to preserving traditions for future generations.
Celebration of the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan Reception
A reception was held on December 4 to celebrate the 81st birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. Speeches were given by Consul-General Funayama, the Premier’s Representative, the Honourable Dr Mike Nahan MLA, and the Opposition Leader’s Representative, Mr Ben Wyatt MLA. Toasts were made to both Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. Emperor Akihito is the 125th Emperor of Japan and is the Emperor of the Heisei Period, which began in 1989.
World of Food Festival
On Sunday 30 November, the Consulate-General participated in the 4th Consular Corps World of Food Festival at the Government House Gardens. The event attracted many people and several countries were represented. It was a pleasure to be involved and share Japanese cuisine with the Perth community alongside JETAAWA and others. Our stall offered some delicious curry rice and yakisoba (stir-fried noodles) while JETAAWA sold kakigori (shaved ice flavoured with syrup), proving popular in the heat. Takoyaki (octopus balls), maki sushi and Ramune (lemon soda) were also served. Japanese School students performed ‘Nanchu-soran’ on stage. We would like to express our gratitude to JETAAWA, the Japanese School and others for their cooperation with this event.
Mr Hideo Shinozuka, Mr Will Perera, Mrs Miho Funayama, Mr Koichi Funayama, the Hon Dr Mike Nahan MLA, HE the Hon Kerry Sanderson AO, Mr Syarief Syamsuri, Mrs Ella Syamsuri, and Dr Nyuk Nahan
PHRASE OF THE MONTH
This month’s phrase, seiryoku zenyou translates as ‘good use of energy’ or ‘maximum efficiency.’ It is used in various martial arts disciplines to indicate maximum effect for minimal effort, and in an everyday sense, to mean build steadily for the future.
Listen to Konnichiwa, a Japanese and English radio program on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm on 107.3 FM.
Read the latest issue of niponica, a popular magazine about Japanese culture, niponica No. 13 – Mount Fuji, Symbol of Japan.
CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE CLASSES
会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.
Perth Kimono Club
The Perth Kimono Club aims to bring together people living in or visiting Perth who wish to share the joy and beauty of wearing a Japanese kimono. You may have been wearing kimono all your life or you may have never worn one before, either way you are still welcome to join. Click here to find out more about the club and upcoming events.
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