December 17, 2012
The Thirtieth Australia – Japan Relations Essay Contest Ceremony
On December 17, Consul-General Ishikawa hosted a small ceremony for the Western Australian award recipients of the Thirtieth Australia – Japan Relations Essay Contest Ceremony. The essay contest is held annually to encourage and develop a better understanding of Japan, and Australia-Japan relations, amongst Australian students. This year three Western Australian students were recognized for their achievements. In the Senior Division, Jonathan Israel from Perth Modern School received an ‘Outstanding’ mention for his essay. In the Junior B Division, Merceline Amalraj from Morley Senior High School was ‘Highly Commended’, as was Kohta Shimada from Eaton Community College in the Junior A Division. Perth Modern School and Kalamunda Senior High School were recognized by the Consul-General for their nomination as School of the Year.
December 6, 2012
The Emperor’s Birthday Reception
A reception was held on December 6 to celebrate the 79th birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. Speeches were given by Consul-General Ishikawa, the Premier’s Representative, the Honourable John Castrilli MLA, and the Opposition Leader’s Representative, the Honourable John Kobelke 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.
Recently the Japanese icebreaker, Shirase, arrived in Fremantle bound for its annual Japanese Antarctic expedition.
Shirase in Fremantle Port
Sake barrel opening ceremony on-board with Mr William Marmion, Minister for Water and Environment
November 23, 2012
Kizuna Project Pre-Departure Orientation and Casual Dinner
On November 23, Consul-General Ishikawa co-hosted a pre-departure orientation and casual dinner for the Kizuna Project with AFS Australia. The initiative launched by the Japanese government will see over 250 Australian students and teachers, including 33 from Western Australia, sent to Japan this month. The project aims at promoting global understanding of Japan’s revival efforts in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The participants will visit the areas affected by the earthquake to see and learn about the situation of Japan’s reconstruction from the disaster. They will also undertake some volunteer work to aid with the rebuilding of Tohoku.
A visiting delegation from Fukushima supported by the K.I.S.S. (Kids International School Support) Project attended the event. Guests were treated to a soba* making demonstration by soba master Mrs Sachiko Niitsuma, who has managed to relocate her soba restaurant which was affected by the earthquake.
The Consul-General wishes all participants a safe, happy and rewarding journey to Japan and looks forward to hearing about everyone’s experiences.
Consul-General Ishikawa addressing guests at the opening of the orientation
Group activities led by AFS Project Coordinator Rebecca Whitcomb
Soba* making demonstration by soba master Mrs Sachiko Niitsuma
*Soba is a thin style of noodle made from buckwheat flour. It has traditionally been an important dish in the Japanese diet due to its rich nutritional value. Soba contains all eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in wheat, and includes a type of polysaccharide that is easily digested. Soba noodles also contain antioxidants, including rutin and quercetin, and essential nutrients such as choline, thiamine and riboflavin.
November 18, 2012
World of Food Festival
On November 18 the Consular Corps held the World of Food Festival at Government House which attracted 11,000 people. The Consulate-General of Japan was happy to be involved and share Japanese cuisine with the Perth community. Our stall offered some delicious makizushi, oshizushi, yakisoba and takoyaki. We would like to express our gratitude to the Hyogo Cultural Centre, JETAAWA, The Japanese School, Japanese Association, Japan Club, and Niji No Kai for their cooperation with this event.
Mr and Mrs Castrilli、Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and
Multicultural Interests with Mr and Mrs Ishikawa
Many people enjoyed Japanese cuisine
Students of The Japanese School performing the Nanchu Soran folk dance