The Society celebrated another very successful ‘Evening in a Japanese Garden’ event on Saturday 7 October.

One hundred guests were temporarily transported to Japan as they enjoyed a twilight picnic on the lawns of the Japanese Garden in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens before being treated to an evening of Japanese cultural performances.

The AJS-QLD was delighted to welcome the Consul-General of Japan, Brisbane Mr Junji GOMAKUBO (Patron of the Society) and Mr Dale Arvidsson Curator – Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens and High Profile Parks BCC, as our special guests for the evening.

Thank you to all our performers including the University of Queensland Taiko Drum Group who this year incorporated a flute and singing in their performance.

The Sakura Dancers were a vision in their exquisitely coloured kimonos as they danced beside the central pond edged with flowering Iris. The final performance for the evening was a koto recital by AJS -QLD President David Shield whose performance included several traditional Japanese pieces and finished with a piece inspired by the flamenco.

Thank you to the staff at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens for all their work in preparation for the event and to the AJS-QLD Committee members who contributed to this wonderful annual event.


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