Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- July 2022

Former Japanese Prime Minister ABE Shinzo

Former Japanese Prime Minister ABE Shinzo
The Committee and members of the Australia Japan Society of Queensland Inc. are shocked and deeply saddened at the news that former Japanese Prime Minister ABE Shinzo has died after been shot in Japan.

This was a senseless act and unrepresentative of Japan’s democratic and peaceful society.
We extend our sincerest condolences to the people of Japan at this difficult time.

Margaret Rackemann


Webinar with Japan Holidays

Webinar with Japan Holidays
4th August 2022

Celebrating the beauty of the Kumano Kodo Japan – our guest speaker Judy Luxton, Co-Founder of Japan Holidays shares the highlights of this magnificent, World-Heritage listed hiking trail with us!

Judy’s husband, Anthony Luxton, formed and commenced Japan holidays in 2007, having been highly successful in inbound business bringing Japanese to Australia since the 1980’s. Japan Holidays …

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AJS-QLD 50th Anniversary Business Forum

AJS-QLD 50th Anniversary Business Forum
19th August 2022

Come and join the Australia Japan Society Queensland for our 50th-anniversary business seminar. With addresses by Mr ONO Masuo, Consul-General of Japan, Brisbane and Mr UYAMA Fumitake ,Executive Director of Idemitsu Australia Resources, it will be a night to remember.

Listen to our great guest speakers talking about the future of the bilateral relationship from a business perspective and network with like-minded individuals.

Most importantly, come along and help us celebrate 50 years of being at the forefront of Australia-Japan relations!

Proudly sponsored by Clayton Utz.

Drinks and savouries to be served after the addresses

Members who wish to attend must register via Eventbrite to join the event

Register here | RSVP by COB Friday 12 August 2022

Enquiries: execsec@austjpnsoc.asn.au

AJS-QLD 50th Anniversary ‘Evening in a Japanese Garden’

AJS-QLD 50th Anniversary ‘Evening in a Japanese Garden’
3 September 2022

Back by popular demand, as part of our 50th-anniversary events, the Australia Japan Society Queensland is delighted to host our evening in the Mt Cootha Japanese garden again.

Bring your picnic and a blanket and get ready for a night of ethereal beauty that will make you think you're in Japan.

Enjoy traditional artists from across Brisbane …

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2022 National Conference

2022 National Conference
16th-18 September 2022

Tickets are now available for the 2022 Biennial Conference of the National Federation of Australia Japan Societies – to be held from the 16th-18 September 2022 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The conference will focus around the rejuvenated North Terrace hub of culture, education and government in Adelaide with UniSA and the Playford Hotel being two of the key venues.

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Warm up with some ramen recipes

Warm up with some ramen recipes
Bone Daddies, The Cookbook, was jointly authored by a Queensland Chef, Ross Shonhan, and will enable you to enjoy this ultimate comfort food at home with 100 recipes.

Alternatively, if that all seems too hard, it is a wonderful Coffee Table book which draws you into the warmth of ramen.

Ross Shonhan was born in Mackay and educated in outback …

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Chiharu Shiota - The Soul Trembles Talk: 1 Million Threads

Chiharu Shiota - The Soul Trembles Talk: 1 Million Threads
Live Talk | 13th July 2022

Get up close and personal with the intricate detail of Chiharu Shiota’s awe-inspiring installations, in this after-hours Gallery experience.

Join QAGOMA Staff for an exclusive behind the scenes talk about the technical mastery of Chiharu Shiota’s ‘The Soul Trembles’, held in the heart of the exhibition.

Speakers: Amanda Buxton (Assistant Registrar, QAGOMA) Chris Booth …

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Japanese internment in Australia during WWII

Japanese internment in Australia during WWII
7 August 2022

Join us at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries with special guest Dr Yuriko Nagata - honorary senior research fellow with the School of Languages and Cultures at University of Queensland - as she discusses the internment of Australian Japanese people during WWII and its consequences.

During World War II, many Japanese people were interned in Australia. The purpose …

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Japanese Cultural Day Opening Ceremony - part of Japan Week 2022

Japanese Cultural Day Opening Ceremony - part of Japan Week 2022
28 Aug 2022

Celebrate Japan Week in Brisbane with traditional Japanese music, tea ceremony, calligraphy, ikebana, kimono dressing. Toko-ton will open the event at the bandstand with an impressive and energetic display of taiko drumming.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens | Mt Coot-tha.

Further details to be advised shortly.

Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition

Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition
27-28th Aug 2022

Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland Inc. annual exhibition of Ikebana - the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong,

10am to 4pm | Admission $5

Mr Ross McKinnon AM will open the exhibition on Saturday 27 August 2022 at 10:15am. Free Ikebana demonstration at 10:30am daily Guided tours of the …

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Matsuri Brisbane 2022 - a day in real Japan

Matsuri Brisbane 2022 - a day in real Japan
3rd September 2022


Brisbane Japanese community group, Brisbane Seinendan Inc., is proud to announce the return of Japanese “matsuri” or festival spirit to Brisbane.

The annual Matsuri is a place where the wider community can embrace the spirit of our Brisbane Japanese community and to be an event which demonstrates the vibrancy of our local Japanese community now and …

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Takashi Wakasugi | Stay Home Stay [Japanese Boy Stuck In Oz]

Takashi Wakasugi | Stay Home Stay [Japanese Boy Stuck In Oz]
16 September 2022

Join Japan's favourite comedy export, Takashi Wakasugi, as he debuts his stand-up show at Good Chat Comedy Festival!

This show is about a Japanese boy living with an Aussie family together in the time of Corona.

He experienced so many unknown and unexpected things in Australian family life. He had some wonderful times and tough times. His …

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Friday Evening Thu 29th September 2022

details to be advised shortly

Japan Festival - Sunshine Coast 2022

Japan Festival - Sunshine Coast 2022
14 August 2022

A full day of Japan-related events and demonstrations, including Taiko Drumming, Martial arts demonstrations, Japanese Dancing, Anime cosplay contest, plus a range of Japanese food stalls.

Presented by the Happy Community Network Inc. NPO

$5.50 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | C.C.S.A. Hall, Nutley Street, Caloundra, QLD

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AJS Japanese Study Group | online

AJS Japanese Study Group | online
Regular Thu afternoon Study Group sessions - online via Zoom

All levels welcome - join in the conversation or just listen - its up to you!

The AJS Qld maintains a regular study group, which meets each Thursday.

Since March 2020, the group has moved online, and meets by Zoom each Thursday afternoon from:

1700-1800 hrs

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The Brisbane JSL Study Group 

The Brisbane JSL Study Group 
The Brisbane Japanese Sign Language Study group was founded in November 2020.

The purpose of the group is to facilitate sign language learning, promote deaf culture and act as a bridge for the deaf and disabled communities in the Australia-Japan partnership.

Its current activities include: Online JSL lessons twice a week in a 4-term study framework. All lessons are conducted …

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GPO Box 2036 | Brisbane | Qld | 4001
Chancellor: Her Excellency, The Governor of Queensland
Co-Patrons :
The Hon. The Premier of Queensland,
The Consul-General of Japan, Queensland


President - Margaret Rackemann
Immediate Past-President - Andrew Hay
Vice-President - David Shield
Honorary Secretary - Taeko Matsunaga
Treasurer - Stephen Abbott
Ross Humphreys - (Past President)
Ross McConachie - (Past President)
Mark Bulley - Webmaster
Tomomi Iwasaki
Yuki Nishiyama
Kohei Tamura
Taeko Imura
Julie Yamamoto
Nicole Patterson
Leonie Kawamoto
Sara-Jane Seery
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