Compassionate Grounds: Ten Years on in Tohoku

31 July to 21 August 2021 | Metro Arts, West End

“Compassionate Grounds: Ten Years on in Tohoku” is an exhibition of Japanese screen-based artworks that respond to the disaster and the transformed landscapes that represent irreversible loss and displacement.

Join Curator Emily Wakeling for a talk and screening at 3pm, 21st August (visit Metro Arts’ website closer to the date to RSVP). 

The exhibition features works by:

Masahiro Hasunuma
Chaco Kato
Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori
Masaharu Sato
Lieko Shiga
Motoyuki Shitamichi

Curated by AJS-Q member Emily Wakeling, a Queensland-based curator and art writer.

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AJS Careers Evening

10th August 2021

Come and listen to people who have learnt Japanese and have successfully utilized the language as part of their careers paths.

With strong trading ties between Japan and Australia, Japanese language skills will provide you with an edge in the workplace. There are so many industries in which Japanese language skills can prove to be a major advantage. Receive some valuable insights from those who have pursued fluency in the language, and utilised their Japanese skills across a number of industries.

A representative from the Consulate – General of Japan will also present information on next year’s JET Programme. The JET program is a Japanese Government initiative, and has provided the platform for hundreds of Queenslanders to work in Japan, and deepen their understanding of Japan.


David Shield
Candice Ungerer
Rebecca Curtis
Shannon Whiley from the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane

Presentations will be followed by a chance to chat with all presenters afterwards.

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Online event presented through Microsoft Teams

To join the event online:

It is not necessary to download the Microsoft Team App to join the event – just choose to join on from the web browser with the following link, just before start time : | After joining with the link, click “Continue on this browser”. 

A video on how to use Microsoft Teams is available to view here

Attendees will be asked to type their name on joining the event. Please make sure to check  audio and video settings (if you cannot hear/see check this first then check privacy and security settings on your computer. If this still doesn’t work close the site and reopen the link.) Select Join now and you should be in.


Japan Week – Brisbane 2021

August 2021 | date to be confirmed

Presented by the the Consulate-General of Japan in Brisbane.

Japanese culture-related activities will be spread out over August to ensure safety and social distancing so there will always be something fun and interesting to do!

On Sundays during the month of August, visitors will be able to experience traditional Japanese calligraphy, the tea ceremony, Japanese Songs, ikebana flower arrangement and Japanese rice-cake Making ‘mochi-tsuki’ at the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

Visitors will also get the chance to enjoy koto, shakuhachi and various other activities – follow the Consulate’s Facebook page for Japan Week 2021 news, event schedule updates and further event details, which are anticipated to be finalised soon..

Trivia and Lunch

28th August 2021

After a successful online trivia event last year, this year JETAAQLD and AJS-Q invite you to join us in-person for a delicious Mediterranean lunch and trivia.

The event will be hosted by our very talented quizmasters Keith & Ken Parker who skillfully mix questions about Japan, Australia and contemporary events.

Depending on numbers, we are planning to make teams of 4-6 members.

This event is limited to 28 participants, so get in quickly to secure your place.

Payment is required to confirm your reservation. Details for bank transfer will be sent via email upon completion of the registration form.

$35 per person | The Library Room at the Ovolo Hotel | Fortitude Valley



Matsuri Brisbane 2021

4th September 2021

Matsuri Brisbane 2021  – A day in real Japan

Brisbane Japanese community group, Brisbane Seinendan Inc., is proud to announce the return of Japanese “matsuri” or festival spirit to Brisbane

Matsuri will be back as bigger and better, with Japanese food and drink stalls, cultural activities, martial arts demonstrations and more…

In this Pandemic world, this event will make you feel like you are in Japan-  if only for a day-  for those who can’t return to Japan.


This event will run under a COVID-Safe Plan with check-in required before entering the venue.

Free Admission | Mount Gravatt Showground | 11AM – 5PM

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Sustainability, Longevity and Mobility’ – Virtual Conference

29 Sep 2021 – 1 Oct 2021

Sustainability, Longevity and Mobility’ – Virtual Conference | The University of Queensland

A series of disastrous catastrophes in 2018 saw summer heat waves, earthquakes, landslides and flooding take the lives of many and disrupt that of others in Japan. The 41 degrees reached in this year was declared a natural disaster by the Japanese government with 30,000 people hospitalised. This ‘new normal’ continued into 2019 where, just as Japan was bracing for its most violent storm in over 60 years, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattled many parts of the east coast. During the October storm 6 million people were advised to evacuate due to flooding and the possibility of landslides. In 2021, seismic events continue with a 7.1 magnitude ‘aftershock’ from the 2011 earthquake jolting the Tōhoku region.

The 2021 JSAA Conference will hold all sessions and events online. Only panel submissions will be accepted. A discussion forum to find willing panel co-presenters will be available online here.

Panel sessions will run for 60 minutes with 15 minutes for each presentation and a total of 15 minutes for questions at the end of the panel session.

UQ are also holding a free, online Postgraduate Workshop on 28 September titled “Navigating Asian Studies in a Post-COVID Environment.” Postgraduate students in Asian Studies and Japanese Studies are welcome to join us on the day. To register and learn more, please visit the workshop website.

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