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 materials. Visitors are encouraged to participate in facilitated sessions, or simply drop-in and engage in self-guided activities.

As the seasons change, the handmade flowers will be added to the walls of the gallery, creating an abundant garden reflecting community engagement.

What flowers will you grow in our healing garden?

10am–5pm | Adelaide Street Pavilion, Level 3, City Hall  | Free

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Direct From Japan Pop Up

from 3rd May 2024

Completely open to the public, this is an incredible 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 beautiful.

You’ll find work from artists you won’t find anywhere outside Japan, alongside work from local Japanese artists in Brisbane. If the aromas of Japanese incense and cypress don’t make you want to stay, maybe our free Japanese tea and snacks will.

As you sip your tea, you’ll find a range of gift-ready items including chopsticks, tea, matcha, incense and candles, as well as our entire range of homewares including Japanese ceramics, bento boxes, washi paper lamps, delicate glassware and Japanese knives.

The entire OKAERI collection will be available to purchase, along with a number of items exclusive to the pop up and local works from Brisbane-based Japanese artisans.

Open 10am to 6pm every Friday-Monday in May | Free | 266 Montague Road West End

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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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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 use them correctly in sentences, and to identify correct stroke order. Although the test was originally developed for native Japanese speakers, non-native speakers may also take the tests.

The test is administered by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation (日本漢字能力検定協会, Nihon Kanji Nōryoku Kentei Kyōkai)

Levels from 7 upwards are Ministry approved. Though designed for Japanese students, it is equally possible for non-natives to take and pass these exams.

Brisbane Test Centre | The exam in Brisbane is conducted by Tak’s Tutoring

Test Centre | Coorparoo Secondary College, (Cnr Stanley Street East & Cavendish Road, Coorparoo

Registration is required by 6th May 2024

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JLPT in Brisbane- July

7th July 24

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (formerly Association of International Education, Japan) since 1984 as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers.

From July 2024, the Brisbane test site will be at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus (NOT Nathan campus as previously).

Applications from both in-state and interstate will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis to March 21 (Thu) 5pm AEDT or until capacity is reached, whichever occurs first.

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 things to see and do as well.

Admission is free and, like every great cultural festival, you can expect a little bit of everything that makes Japan so ace.

 11am–5pm | Whites Hill State College, 138 Burn Street, Camp Hill | FREE

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