Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- October 2019

AJS-Q Presentation of Dr Fujiko Chamberlain Education Award

AJS-Q Presentation of Dr Fujiko Chamberlain Education Award
12 November 2019

Australia Japan Society - Qld members and guests are invited to attend the presentation of the Dr Fujiko Chamberlain Education Award at the Society's End of Year event.

The Award commemorates the contribution to education and Australia Japan relations by longstanding Committee member and Life Member of the AJS-Q, Dr Fujiko Chamberlain OAM, and will be presented to a student from Griffith University and a student from the University of Queensland.

6:30pm – 8:00pm

The event will be held at :
Clayton Utz | Level 28 | Riparian Plaza | 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane

RSVP by Friday 8 November to:
Numbers are limited

BIFF - Brisbane International Film Festival

BIFF - Brisbane International Film Festival

3 – 13 October 2019

Join us for the largest celebration of film from 3 – 13 October. 11 days,100+ films, 65 venues, 28 events and more.

We’ve got premieres, award-winners, headliners, tear-jerkers and spine-chillers you won’t want to miss.

Whether you’re after a strikingly dark comedy that wrestles with mob rule; a kindergarten teacher who’s as handy with a zombie-dispatching shovel as she is a ukulele, or cinema classics to make your heart swell; BIFF is back for 11 spectacular days and nights of cinema.

Japanese films include Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda’s Palme d’Or–winning film, Shoplifters, the ghost story – Our House, and First Love – Japanese pulp director Takashi Miike signature madcap, gangster romp.

Grab a friend and settle in for the largest celebration of film in Queensland.

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Applications for the 2020 JET Programme now open

Applications for the 2020 JET Programme now open

Applications for the 2020 JET Programme now open

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations.

The JET Programme invites young college graduates from around the world to participate in internationalisation initiatives and be involved in foreign language education at Japan’s local government offices, Boards of Education, elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools.

The JET Programme has gained high acclaim both domestically and overseas for being one of the world’s largest international exchange programmes. We hope that all people involved in the JET Programme, both the participants and the local people with whom they live and work with, will build an international network and become successful in today’s global society.

Application Deadline | 5PM Friday 15 November 2019 (AEDT)

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JETAA - Hanami in the Park

JETAA - Hanami in the Park
13th October 2019

JETAA QLD invites you to join us at our annual Hanami picnic beneath the beautiful Jacarandas at New Farm Park.

As always, there will be games and lots of great company. Family and friends are very welcome and the park has a wonderful playground nearby for little ones that need to burn off that extra energy.

BYO food, drinks, picnic rugs, etc.

New Farm Park | from 11:30 am

JETAA QLD hopes to be under the giant fig near the Rotunda or that general area. ( look for the JETAA banner)

Please note that the event will be postponed in the case of rain.

For further information please contact the JET Alumni Association (QLD):

Kinyu Ink Studio Exhibition VI

Kinyu Ink Studio Exhibition VI

Kinyu Ink Studio Exhibition VI

6th October 2019

Kinyu Ink Studio is a school founded and run by Sensei Yumiko Kigoshi. Yumiko is a Master painter, and is founder and director of the Qld Kinyu Sumi-e Academy (a local branch of the International Sumi-e Association); and is also an 8th Dan calligrapher with the prestigious Syogeiin school of Japanese calligraphy.

Bringing these two ancient and complimentary arts together, Yumiko teaches both calligraphy and Japanese Ink Brush painting under the banner of “Kinyu Ink Studio”.
This is the collection of student works as presented at the sixth annual Kinyu student exhibition in Brisbane.

2-4 PM | Brisbane Institute of Art | 41 Grafton Street, Windsor, Brisbane

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The Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition: Japan and Australia

The Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition: Japan and Australia
19 September – 10 November 2019 | Caloundra Regional Gallery

The exhibition showcases the diversity and dynamism of printmaking in all its forms from Australia and Japan.

The exhibition features artists associated with two leading organisations: the Kyoto Hanga Executive of Western Japan and the Print Council of Australia.

Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive program of printmaking workshops.

Free | Registration appreciated

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UQ Taiko Annual Concert

UQ Taiko Annual Concert
26th October 2019

UQ Taiko will be debuting new, innovative works written by members of the team, as well as showcasing performances from many new additions to the team.

Tickets are FREE but must be booked to secure seats.

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Japanese Film Festival 2019

Japanese Film Festival 2019

The Japanese Film Festival in Australia (JFF) is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. The JFF started in 1997 with three free film screenings by former Festival Director Masafumi Konomi and is now one of the largest celebrations of Japanese films in the world.

Event Cinemas (Brisbane City Myer Centre)

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AJS Japanese Study Group

The AJS Qld maintains a regular study group, which meets each Thursday at The Edge, State Library of Queensland.

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