Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- March 2021

Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake

Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake
At 2:46pm on 11 March, 2011 The Great East Japan Earthquake and resultant tsunami devastated the northeastern region of Honshu, Japan’s main island, and caused critical damage to the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.

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AJS-Q Bento Dinner at Mizu Japanese Restaurant

AJS-Q Bento Dinner at Mizu Japanese Restaurant
21 March 2021

Enjoy an evening with members of AJS-Q for a casual bento dinner at Mizu Japanese restaurant, 2 Macquarie St Newstead. The event is open to anyone who has a strong interest in Japan.

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Member Profile  - David Shield

Member Profile  - David Shield
The Society is fortunate to have many talented individuals within the membership base.

This month we are profiling Mr David Shield.

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Japanese Sign Language Workshop for World Hearing Day

Japanese Sign Language Workshop for World Hearing Day
13th March 2020

A unique opportunity to learn Japanese Sign Language and learn about Japanese Deaf culture. Guest Speaker: Ms. Chikako Hara

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Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke Exhibition Tour

Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke Exhibition Tour
12 Feb – March 14, 2021

Enjoy contemporary wooden netsuke in Australia with a touring exhibition by The Japan Foundation.

As kimono culture flourished during the Edo period (1603-1868), netsuke, small carvings, were created as toggles to hold pouches and cases containing tobacco and medicine in place on the obi sash worn with the kimono. What began as functional pieces to prevent those little suspended containers from falling to the ground evolved into small but highly creative carvings. Today, classic netsuke have gained international acclaim as remarkably detailed carvings.

Contemporary netsuke incorporating new subject matter and approaches have also been attracting attention. This traveling exhibition showcases contemporary netsuke carved of wood by living netsuke carvers in Japan, plus netsuke created by contemporary artists such as Izumi Kato. It also includes wooden netsuke that visitors may touch. Through this exhibition, visitors will appreciate the sophisticated skills and playful minds behind contemporary netsuke as well as its formal beauty and contemporaneity.

Caloundra Regional Gallery | Free

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AJS Japanese Study Group | online

AJS Japanese Study Group | now moved online!
From March 2020, the person-to-person gatherings for the Group were cancelled.

The group now uses an online conference call facility to maintain the regular Thu afternoon Study Group sessions.

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