AUSTRALIA JAPAN YOUTH CULTURAL EXCHANGE
This year, the Australia Japan Youth Cultural Exchange (AJYCE) Program between the City of Perth and Saitama Prefecture in Japan celebrated its 40th Anniversary. This exchange program, an initiative associated with Rotary International, has seen over 1,000 young people between the ages of 18-35 experience home stay in Perth and Japan over its course. More than 70 people attended an anniversary party in early March at the Mt Lawley Golf Club to welcome the inbound team from Japan for 2016. The Australian team traveled to Saitama for a two week cultural experience in late January this year and had a fantastic time. Strong friendships were made and the Australian team members enjoyed hosting their Japanese hosts during their stay in Perth. While here, the Japanese team enjoyed a 4 day tour of our south west region, a visit to the Perth Mint, Rottnest Island, Caversham Wildlife Park, and afternoon tea at Parliament House among other activities and time spent with their host families.
The AJYCE committee will shortly commence advertising for Australian team members for the 2017 program. If you are interested in participating in this program or know someone who might be, please contact AJYCE Secretary Ben Wholagan on 0400 685 543 or email@example.com or visit the program website.
2016 AJYCE Welcome Party
AMBASSADOR’S OFFICIAL VISIT TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ambassador Sumio Kusaka made an official visit to Western Australia with his wife from the 9th to the 13th of April. Ambassador Kusaka shared opinions with a large range of people. In Broome he met with members of the Japanese-descent community and other city residents. In Perth he met with Her Excellency The Hon Kerry Sanderson AO and The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, and many other state politicians, and met many representatives of companies involved in the mining and resource energy sectors. Ambassador Kusaka also visited a range of facilities including HMAS Stirling naval base.
Courtesy visit to Her Excellency The Hon Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia
Courtesy visit to The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia
2016 KUMAMOTO EARTHQUAKE DONATIONS
Following the earthquakes that struck Kumamoto from April 14, 2016, donations are being accepted as follows by the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Kumamoto Prefectural Government.
■ Consulate-General of Japan in Perth (until June 30, 2016)
1. Account for Accepting Donations
2. The Consulate-General is also accepting cash donations at
reception (U22/Level 2, 111 Colin Street, West Perth).
People donating to the Consulate-General account who would like a letter of receipt for their own records are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name, date of donation, amount of donation, and if possible, your postal address.
■ Donating to the Japanese Red Cross directly:
Note 1: Donations to the Japanese Red Cross Society will be used by the Japanese Red Cross Society directly, in aid activities in the affected area of the Kumamoto Earthquake (kyuenkin). If you would prefer your donation to be passed on directly to the victims of the disaster (gienkin), please notify the Japan Red Cross Society at the email below, and provide the required information as listed.
Note 2: Donations will be received until June 15, 2016.
Note 3: Receipts are not issued for donations. If you would like to request a receipt please contact the Japan Red Cross Society at the following email, and provide the required information as listed.
■ Donating to Kumamoto Prefectural Government:
UNCOMMON THREAD EXHIBITION
Claire Beausein is a contemporary Australian Artist who works across several media including handmade paper, assemblage, oil on canvas and sculpture. In 2015 Claire travelled to Japan for a residency at Awagami, a washi paper mill set in a remote village on Shikoku Island. For six weeks she learned how to make different types of washi paper and many traditional Japanese techniques associated with it. Claire soaked up the landscape of forested mountains punctuated by rivers and temples, and studied art, spirituality and the culture of the people. With contemporary use of traditional Japanese techniques, she has created a new body of work that reflects upon nature and spirituality linked with place. Claire’s upcoming exhibition, Uncommon thread, is informed by her interest and research into Japanese Buddhist and Shinto philosophies, her time in Japan and its cultural links with her hometown of Broome. It will be held at Linton and Kay Galleries, Subiaco from July 30th until August 21st with the official opening at 6pm on the evening of Thursday the 4th of August. For more information, please click here.
‘Indigo Bay’ 2016 indigo dyed handmade washi paper
PHRASE OF THE MONTH
(mono no aware)
This month’s phrase, mono no aware, is translated as the ‘pathos of things’. It is a term describing the transience of all things – a wistful awareness that beauty fades. The sight of cherry blossoms evokes this emotion.
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. 18 – Blending Technology with Tradition: Amazing Paper in 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.
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 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.
Website of the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth
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Closed: May 4, 2016 - Greenery Day
Closed: May 4, 2016 - Greenery Day
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