Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- June 2023

Webinar - An Evening with Kaori Kato - Art, Fashion and Origami

Webinar - An Evening with Kaori Kato - Art, Fashion and Origami
14th June 2023 | online via Zoom

Join the Australia-Japan Society Qld in an evening with Kaori Kato as we discuss her illustrious career in origami art and fashion.

Kaori Kato obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Honours) in 2009 and a master’s degree in Visual Art in 2010 from the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) at the University of Melbourne. Kato’s works have been included in several exhibitions nationwide in Australia, in both solo and group shows.

Kato returned to Japan in 2013, and has since had her work displayed at a number of local and international shows.

Kato is currently based in the town of Obihiro in Hokkaido, the northernmost part of Japan.

7:30 PM-8:30 PM | Free

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An Evening at Brisbane’s ‘Bonsai House’ - July

An Evening at Brisbane’s ‘Bonsai House’ - July
28th July 2023

Join us for a very special evening event at Brisbane’s new Bonsai House, the latest addition to the Japanese Garden precinct at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

Wander through this beautiful, Japan-themed space and hear about the ancient art of bonsai from the dedicated experts who tend this impressive collection.

Then, enjoy sushi, miso soup, Japanese tea …

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AJS-QLD Annual Careers Evening

AJS-QLD Annual Careers Evening
10th August 2023

In August (Japan Month) the Society will jointly host its Annual Careers Evening with the Consulate General of Japan.

Come and hear from an impressive line up of speakers as they share how they have used Japanese language in their various careers.

A representative from the Consulate General of Japan will speak about the JET Program and there will be …

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Australia Japan Dinner

Australia Japan Dinner
August - Date TBA

In August (Japan Month) the AJS-QLD, together with other Australia Japan organisations, will host the Australia Japan Dinner.

The event will provide an opportunity for representatives from a number of Australia Japan related organisations in South East Queensland to come together and hear from our keynote speaker and celebrate our shared interest in Japan.

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AJSQ-QLD President and Past Presidents visit Saitama and Kobe

AJSQ-QLD President and Past Presidents visit Saitama and Kobe
The AJS-QLD President and two Past Presidents have recently visited Japan and met with representatives from Kobe City and Saitama Prefectural Government.

Past President Ross Humphreys met with Vice Mayors of Kobe City and representatives from the Kobe Japan Australia Society (KAJS). Immediate Past President Margaret Rackemann met with members of Kobe City Government’s International Department, representatives from the KJAS …

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Sogetsu Ikebana - 60 years in Qld

Sogetsu Ikebana - 60 years in Qld
24th August 2023 | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane

60 years of Sogetsu Ikebana in Queensland at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane from 4pm on Thursday 24 August 2023 with a livestreamed Ikebana demonstration from Tokyo in GOMA Cinema A followed by a celebratory party at the GOMA Bistro.

Master Instructor of Sogetsu HQ Nakamura Sozan will …

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JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)

JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
Test date: July 2 (Sun), 2023

Please note - Brisbane will NOT be offering the test this July.

Canberra will be the only city to offer the July JLPT in 2023 in Australia.

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is the largest-scale Japanese language test in the world. Since 1984, The Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services have continued …

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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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After more Japan-related Events and Happenings around Australia?

Visit the National Federation of Australia Japan Societies for all the latest info.

The National Federation of Australia Japan Societies is the national body representing all the Australia Japan Societies around Australia.

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Co-Patrons :
The Hon. The Premier of Queensland,
The Consul-General of Japan, Queensland


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Immediate Past-President - Margaret Rackemann
Vice-President - Julie Yamamoto
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