FOREIGN MINISTER’S COMMENDATION
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan awarded the City of Cockburn the Foreign Minister’s Commendation as a group recipient, in recognition of its ongoing commitment to commemorating Hiroshima Day, and for the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Australia. Acting Consul-General Toshio Ida presented the award to the Mayor, His Worship Logan Howlett JP at the City of Cockburn Hiroshima Day event on August 5. More than 50 students and staff from 17 local schools participated in the tree planting ceremony at Dixon Reserve.
JET PARTICIPANT UPDATE
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme aims to promote grass-roots internationalisation with 4,952 participants from forty countries this year. JETs are encouraged to be active members of their local community and Ariana Mason from Perth is doing just that, working hard to promote links between WA and Japan. Ariana, who moved to Miyagi Prefecture in 2014, was recently asked to present a \100,000 donation to the Amarume Unicycle Club from the Fukushima Society in Perth through the K.I.S.S. Project. The unicycle club currently has 28 members, with children ranging in age from 4-17 years. The children practice 3-4 hours on weekdays and 5 hours on weekends and have a dedicated coach who has been teaching them for 12 years. The Club often competes in competitions, performs at festivals and entertains the elderly in nursing homes. Their greatest achievement to date was in February 2015, when they were the champions at the Tokyo Unicycle competition, performing a wonderful piece on Disney’s Little Mermaid. They have traveled overseas for competitions, and have competitions every 2 months. The donated money will be used for competition transportation fees and costumes, which they make themselves. It’s great to see one of our Perth JETs involved with such a wonderful project.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL
The dates for the 20th Japanese Film Festival have been released! Catch the JFF Mini in Bunbury from October 19-21 and the full program in Perth from November 2-6. Check out the preview titles here.
2016 KUMAMOTO EARTHQUAKE DONATIONS
Following the earthquake centered in the Kumamoto region of Kumamoto Prefecture earlier this year, the Government of Japan decided to accept relief money from foreign governments, foreign individuals, companies and Japanese residents abroad. For more information on this, please click here.
JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST
Applications for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test are open until September 9, 2016. The test will be held on December 4, 2016 at Perth Modern School. For more information or to register, please click here.
FASCINATION: MAIKO, GEIKO, KYOTO
Julie Podstolski is an established Fremantle artist working in coloured pencils. Her new exhibition, ‘Fascination: Maiko, Geiko, Kyoto’ features new drawings investigating the mysterious, secretive and evocative world of maiko and geiko who live in Kyoto. Viewing Julie Podstolski’s work for the first time you could be forgiven for initially mistaking her exquisite drawings for photographs. The striking compositions and impeccable detail reveal a snapshot in time, captured by an objective observer. However on closer inspection the apparent sharpness softens, revealing intriguing layers of blending, blurring colour. Both the level of detail and mastery of her craft are astounding.
‘Fascination: Maiko, Geiko, Kyoto’ also features clay sculptures by invited Fremantle artist Robyn Varpins. Robyn's practice involves lovingly building clay into intimate expressions of the human form, and ranges from realistic to stylised. Her coloured clay figures created specifically for this exhibition respond to the Maiko and Geiko forms in Julie’s Kyoto drawings.
The exhibition will be open from September 17 to October 2 at Earlywork Art Gallery in South Fremantle. Julie will be delivering artist talks on Sunday 18 and 25 September at 1pm, discussing her coloured-pencil practice and unique insights into her experiences in Kyoto. For more information, click here.
PHRASE OF THE MONTH
This month’s phrase, ikigai, is a concept meaning ‘a reason for being’. It is believed that everyone has one, a thing that gets them up in the morning. Do you know your ikigai?
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 in the city. 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. 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. Click here for more details.
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 1:30-3:30pm. 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. 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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