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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Empowering Asian Language Speakers Symposium

5th July 2024

This year’s theme is Asian Language teaching and Teacher Training in Australia.

The “Empowering Asian Language Speakers Symposium” organized by School of Languages and Cultures (facilitated by Dr Kayoko Hashimoto) turned out to be a great success in 2023. 80 people, from 12 universities, attended the symposium on the day.

The symposium will bring researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and community members of six major Asian languages in Australia —Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese – to share their experiences and insights into possible solutions.

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 132, The University of Queensland St.Lucia

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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.

Queensland Japan Sports Diplomacy Seminar and Networking Evening

16 Jul 2024

“Lessons Learnt from the 2020 Tokyo Games – how Queensland can learn from Japan to deliver a sustainable Games”

With the Brisbane Olympics approaching it is an important time to learn lessons from Japan about what worked for the Tokyo Olympics and what challenges were faced.

Join the Australia Japan Society Queensland for an informative evening of speakers and networking opportunities.

Tickets are free but expected to sell out quickly

Dress Code:- Business attire

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Clayton Utz . Level 28 Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle Street Brisbane

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In 2023, the AJSQ launched its sports diplomacy initiative as a reflection of the evolving role that sport is playing in further fostering deep people to people ties between Australia and Japan. The launch event was held at the office of Clayton Utz and brought together panellists from rugby union, baseball and Olympians. One of the main speakers that evening was Caitlin Byrne of Griffith University, the lead author of Australia’s Sports Diplomacy initiative (supported by the federal government).


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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