Japan and Friends Day – Gold Coast | POSTPONED

22nd March 2020 | presented by Japanese Society of Gold Coast

This is a family-friendly event that introduces traditional Japanese culture to Australia.

It will run from 10am to 4pm with various food and craft stalls, live entertainment by performers and interactive workshops. Japanese Drum, Classical Japanese Dance, Yosakoi Dance, Karate, Tea ceremony, Ikebana etc. will be performed on the stage to schedule.

There will be various food stalls, craft stalls, and a nostalgic fair stall at the outside area. Japanese beer will be sold and Japanese sake tasting will be available in the courtyard area.

Children can enjoy other activities at the fair stall such as a shooting game, ring toss and a lottery. There will also be a cooking demonstration performed and tasting will be available twice during the event.

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10AM – 4PM | Robina Community Centre

2020年のJapan & Friends Dayはロビーナコミュニティーセンターで開催致します。




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Van Gogh & Japan

25th March 2020 | Film Screening

Although Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why Van Gogh envied Japan.

One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction.

7:00 pm – 8:25 pm | New Farm Cinema

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AJS-Q & QJCCI Sake Tasting Event | POSTPONED

30th  April 2020

If you love sake or would like to learn more about it, this is the event for you.

Jointly hosted by the Australia Japan Society – Queensland (AJS-Q) and the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QJCCI) this event will provide an excellent opportunity for members and guest from our two organisations to network while sampling a variety of Japanese sakes and delicious canapés.

5:30pm to 7:30pm | DLA Piper Lawyers | Level 9, 480 Queen Street, City

(access via Adelaide street lobby)

Members – $40.00 | Non-members – $60

RSVP: Friday 24 April

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AJS Japanese Study Group | Now Moved Online!

From March 2020, we will postpone the person-to-person gatherings for the Group.

The group now uses an online conference call facility to maintain the regular Thu afternoon Study Group sessions.

For those not already on the email database for updates re upcoming get-togethers – both online and IRL, please feel free to let us know your preferred email address for updates at

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

Time: 1700-1800

The Edge is a great space – the group usually books one of the Window Bays overlooking the Brisbane River, providing a scenic, secure and quiet area to get-together.

What we study

  • The group generally discusses topics outlined in study notes that are sent out by email in the week before the group meets.
  • Members of the group receive the text notes (and accompanying audio if required), and then turn up to discuss those notes.
  • Generally, audio of the study notes is played first, followed by reading of the accompanying study notes – followed by discussion of the topics outlined.
  • Members can choose to just listen to the conversation or fully participate in the group conversation if they feel comfortable enough to do so.

Who can come?

The group is open to any individuals – either Japanese or Australian ( or other!) who wish to get-together for regular, organised sessions where the focus is on discussing Japan-related topics – in Japanese.

Japanese speakers of all levels are welcome, but to be able to participate fully in the group’s meetings, it would probably suit those who are fairly comfortable conversing freely in the Japanese language.

Coming along

To join the group, please just send your email details to

We will then add your email to our email database and each week – usually on the weekend before the group meets – an email is then sent to everyone in the group with the readings for the coming week.