AUGUST  2015

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Hiking is an increasingly popular activity in Japan, loved by young and old. Each July and August, thousands of people from across the country and around the world gather to climb Mount Fuji, Japanfs tallest and most-revered mountain. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2013, Mount Fuji has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries. Today, it is an undoubtedly iconic symbol of Japan and itfs no wonder that itfs the countryfs most famous hiking destination.

The official Mount Fuji climbing season runs from the beginning of July to mid-September. Summer on the mountain is short with temperatures at the peak more than 20C cooler than the foothills. The climb is relatively easy for most people and there are four different routes to pick from, the most popular being the Lake Kawaguchi-Yoshida-guchi course. Mountain huts along the way are well-equipped and many hikers choose to stay in one overnight, continuing to the summit early in the morning to watch the sunrise.










City of Cockburn Hiroshima Day


 This year marked the 30th annual City of Cockburn tree-planting ceremony to commemorate Hiroshima Day on August 6. Consul-General Yoshii participated alongside City of Cockburn Mayor, Mr Logan Howlett, City of Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt and students from across the district. The event is held to convey the importance of peace to future generations and has seen hundreds of trees planted over the years.


Consul-General Yoshii planting a tree with Mayor Howlett and Mayor Pettitt








Bonsai Show


The Bonsai Workshop Inc. presents a Bonsai Show on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September at Morley Sport & Recreation Centre. Open from 10:00am-5:00pm, there will be demonstrations and sales all weekend. For more details please click here, and for more information about bonsai, see here.




Blurring Boundaries – the role of the artist in social history, responsibility and ethical choices


A free public lecture by Mayu Kanamori, titled 'Blurring Boundaries – the role of the artist in social history, responsibility and ethical choices' will be held at the University of Western Australia on September 29 at 6:00pm. Mayu, the 2015 Institute of Advanced Studies Artist-in-Residence, will challenge prescribed boundaries of the role of the artist in addressing social history, examine social responsibilities in making ethical choices pertaining to identity, diaspora, and imagined national and ethnic borders, and explore ways of working with culturally specific stories to make a contribution to the wider community.


For more details and to RSVP, please click here. 











This monthfs phrase, kamikakushi, translates to espirited away.f Formed from the words, egod(s)f and the verb eto hidef, it describes angered spirits causing the mysterious disappearance or death of an individual. The term is frequently used in modern fiction.








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. 15 – Japan, Land of Water.











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 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.




AJSWA 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.




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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