Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- January 2023

Welcome to 2023!

Dear members and friends of the Australia Japan Society Queensland.


Happy New Year!

The year of the Rabbit is here and the AJSQ is looking forward to bringing you more great events than ever in 2023.

So, I’m writing to all of you, to give you a sneak peek of what we’ve got cooking. Our free Webinars are back! …

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Introduction to David Shield, the new President of AJS - QLD

Introduction to David Shield, the new President of AJS - QLD
David has had a lifelong involvement with Japan.

He started to learn Japanese language when he was very young, encouraged by his mother, who was founder of the Japanese program at Lourdes Hill and one of the first Japanese teachers in Queensland.

He studied Japanese at high school and then completed a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language/Asian Studies at Griffith University. After completing …

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BrisAsia Festival 2023

BrisAsia Festival 2023
1st-19th Feb 2023

Running from Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, February 19 — with events also on January 13, 14 and 22 — the 2023 program boasts old favourites, new additions, and the fest's trademark mix of traditional and contemporary Asian arts.

It includes 27 events across 12 suburbs, and 400-plus artists.

Last year's laneway tea festival is back, this time in …

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BrisAsia – Kamishibai with Takako Nishibori

BrisAsia – Kamishibai with Takako Nishibori
18th Feb 2023

This enchanted re-imagining of the ancient art of Japanese storytelling, Kamishibai, features a performance by renowned koto master Takako Nishibori.

A wonderful way to introduce children to art, culture and science.

After the activity, why not explore the wetlands on a self-guided walk, bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful natural surroundings or join …

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BrisAsia Beats - Metropolis

BrisAsia Beats - Metropolis
18 February 2023

Hear performances from DJs and producers, while visual artists paint live against the backdrop of an inner-city laneway.

Metropolis honours the beating of the drum, modernised by electronic instruments designed and produced in Japan.

These instruments altered the history of sound, spreading across oceans and sparking movements in the streets world- wide. This dancing space is an …

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Old meets New - An exploration of Japanese traditional to modern Art

Old meets New - An exploration of Japanese traditional to modern Art
22 February 2023 – 26 March 2023 | presented by Brisbane Seinendan

Exhibition of Brisbane-based Japanese artists

Traditional Japanese Art 22 February – 12 March

Modern Art (Japanese Pop Culture) | 15 March – 26 March

Traditional Art - 22nd of February – 12th of March 1

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Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships - now open

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships - now open
The Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - MEXT) offers the following scholarships to Australian Citizens who wish to study at Japanese universities.

Teacher Training Students Category (OPEN) MEXT offers scholarships to teachers outside of Japan who wish to conduct research on school education at designated Japanese universities as “Teacher Training Students” under the Japanese Government (MEXT) …

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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 - David Shield
Immediate Past-President - Margaret Rackemann
Vice-President - Julie Yamamoto
Honorary Secretary - Taeko Matsunaga
Treasurer - Stephen Abbott
Andrew Hay (Past President)
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
Caitlin Schuster
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