Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- January 2024

New Year’s Message from the President

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024 and the year of the dragon!
I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year period.

Unfortunately, the recent earthquake on the west coast of Japan has resulted in a very difficult and sad start to 2024 for many in Japan, particularly those living in the worst hit areas around the Noto Peninsula.

Our hearts go out to all the people who have lost their lives or been affected by this disaster. Our condolences also go out to the people who lost their lives in the aircraft accident at Haneda airport on 2 January.

The AJS-QLD has an exciting calendar of events planned for 2024, including several annual favourites as well as some great new events. These include the very popular 'Evening in a Japanese Garden',the annual ‘Japan-Related Careers Evening’ as well as a number of networking and cultural events covering the Society’s core areas of culture, business and education. Please watch for more news on upcoming events via the website, enewsletter, Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to meeting you in 2024.

David Shield
President | Australia Japan Society - Queensland

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships
Applications for the 2024-2025 MEXT Scholarships are 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 Category 2024 – Open now

MEXT offers scholarships to teachers outside of Japan who wish to conduct research on school education at designated …

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The Way of Tea

The Way of Tea
6 Feb 2024 | presented by Brisbane City Council

Indulge in the ancient art of chado – the way of tea.

The artform of tea making has been long practiced in Japan. So too has the development of the specialist production processes that create the unique flavours of Japanese artisanal teas.

Delight all your senses with the subtle delicacy of …

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Visit to Takayama in Gifu Prefecture

Visit to Takayama in Gifu Prefecture
December 2023 | by Julie Yamamoto

In planning our two-week visit to Japan, I asked my son what he wanted to see – his answer was snow!

With the itinerary already tight and a season of tennis tournaments ahead, I decided to avoid a skiing and snowboarding adventure – instead, we opted for a one-night stay in Takayama in Gifu. …

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Visit to Nagashima Onsen Resort in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture

Visit to Nagashima Onsen Resort in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture
December 2023 | by Julie Yamamoto

When my husband and I lived in Nagoya (prior to 2009), we often went to Nagashima Sports Land on Sundays to play golf with our good friends who were expats from England.

After golf, we would head over to the Hotel Nagashima for lunch or afternoon tea. I was also familiar with the area …

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Variation and Autonomy The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters

Variation and Autonomy      The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters
to 21 Jan 2024

This exhibition, curated by Kyoji Takizawa from the print collection of the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, introduces the work of ten artists who explored a wide range of possibilities through prints and expanded the range of expression in contemporary art using the print medium in the 1970s.

The artists on show …

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AJS Corporate Member - Japan Holidays

Share the love – enjoy the ultimate Japan family holiday with the Japan Family Leisure Package.

Japan Holidays has unique tour itineraries designed to suit the travel needs of small families visiting places throughout the country, from northernmost Hokkaido to southernmost Okinawa.

These popular Japan Holidays Family Fun Holidays are leisurely paced to guarantee quality family time – truly relax and enjoy all that Japan has to offer.

Stay in classic Japanese style accommodation and soak in the local hot springs, engage with the friendly Japanese locals, learn local customs, traditions and history. A personal holiday experience, travelling with family in a destination of endless discovery and learning.

Japan Holidays offers a number of popular, family-friendly holidays plans to choose from.

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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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Perhaps a travel story, article, Japan-related book or movie review, recipe or photograph. We always welcome any suggestions from members. Please send your contributions to Go-Nichi to the following email address: newsletter@austjpnsoc.asn.au

The AJS e-newsletter is sent to members at the end of the first week in every month.

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
Treasurer and Past President -Ross McConachie
Honorary Secretary - Taeko Matsunaga
Andrew Hay (Past President)
Ross Humphreys (Past President)
Mark Bulley - Webmaster
Yuki Nishiyama
Kohei Tamura
Taeko Imura
Julie Yamamoto
Nicole Patterson
Leonie Kawamoto
Sara-Jane Seery
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