Australia Japan Society - Qld Inc

Enewsletter- April 2024

Bonsai House Event 2024

Bonsai House Event 2024
The Society’s twilight event at the Bonsai House in Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on 22nd March 2024 was a brilliant evening showcasing the traditional Japanese arts of bonsai and koto.

Guests enjoyed a live koto concert in the dedicated performance space, sampled a variety of Japanese teas and sweets and learnt about the ancient art of bonsai from the …

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Direct From Japan Pop Up

Direct From Japan Pop Up
from 3rd May 2024

Completely open to the public, an opportunity to hear the stories of the Japanese artisans and take their work home.

Discover the exceptional artistry and rich traditions being kept alive by Japanese artisans.

Every piece in the collection is made to enjoy and cherish every day. They are as practical as they are …

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Artist in Residence: Hiromi Tango

Artist in Residence: Hiromi Tango
2 March – 11 August 2024 | Museum of Brisbane

花弁 Hanabira (Gentle Petal) is a community-led project that will transform Adelaide Street Pavilion into a vibrant sanctuary, inspiring healing and social connection.

Communities from across Brisbane and visitors alike will be invited to create beautiful blooms and buds inspired by flowers found in Meanjin/Brisbane from upcycled textiles and local …

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Japan Community of Queensland Inc TRIVIA NIGHT

Japan Community of Queensland Inc TRIVIA NIGHT
25 May 2024

The Japan Community of Queensland Inc TRIVIA NIGHT is back!!

JCQトリビアの夜! やったー!

Get a team together - or we'll find one for you! - and join us for a fantastic night of Japanese food, drinks, games, laughs, prizes, raffles and of course TRIVIA!

5:45 PM - 8:30 PM | Annerley Community Hall Multicultural Hub

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A Secretive Century - Monte Punshon’s Australia

A Secretive Century - Monte Punshon’s Australia
by Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Australia's modern transformation as revealed through the life of an extraordinary woman.

Monte grew up in a secretive century. She lived in a society where appearances mattered, and keeping them up often involved creating silence around ancestral origins, painful memories and personal desires.

Secretive Century In this imaginative biography, Tessa Morris-Suzuki brings to life a woman who …

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Matsuri Brisbane

Matsuri Brisbane
7th September 2024 | presented by Brisbane Seinendan

A one-day celebration at Whites Hill State College i— and taking place from 11am–5pm on Saturday, September 7th— it's Brisbane's own ode to the country that brought us sushi, katsu, yakitori, sake, matcha lattes and more.

Expect to find more than a few things from that list on offer, and plenty of …

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The Japan Kanji Aptitude Test - Kanken

The Japan Kanji Aptitude Test - Kanken
16th June | Brisbane

Commonly known as the Kanji Kentei (漢字検定), or the shorter Kanken (漢検), The Japan Kanji Aptitude Tests are conducted three times a year, and vary from level 10 (80 characters) to level 1 (6000 characters).

The test examines not only the ability to read and write kanji, but also the ability to understand their meanings, to …

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Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program

Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program
The 2024 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program is now open!

The scholarship program provides aspiring business leaders with the knowledge and skills to expand their capabilities.

There are more than 85 business scholarship placements on offer.

The training courses offered range from the Start Your Own Business Short Course, export training, project management, leadership training and more. To learn …

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Donations for Noto Peninsula Earthquake Relief

Donations for Noto Peninsula Earthquake Relief
On 1 January 2024, the Mw=7.5 Noto Peninsula Earthquake struck the Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan.

As of the time of writing, 168 people are known to have lost their lives, whilst up to 323 are currently missing.

The Consulate-General of Japan in Brisbane has opened a dedicated account for the receipt of disaster relief donations .

Donations made to …

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