Chiharu Shiota – The Soul Trembles at GOMA

to 3 Oct 2022

The Soul Trembles’ highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s artistic practice. She’s renowned internationally for her transformative, large-scale installations constructed from millions of fine threads that cluster in space or form complex webs that spill from wall to floor to ceiling. Shiota’s beautiful and disquieting works express the intangible: memories, dreams, anxiety and silence.

Curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ is the largest solo exhibition of the artist’s work to date and centres on these seductive constructions, contextualising them with works on paper, sculpture and documentation of the artist’s performance and theatre practice.

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AJS-QLD 50th Anniversary Business Forum

19th August 2022

Keynote addresses by:

Mr ONO Masuo | Consul-General of Japan, Brisbane &
Mr UYAMA Fumitake  | Executive Director of Idemitsu Australia Pty Ltd , President of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Brisbane (JCCIB)

6:00pm – 8:00pm (6:15pm start)

Clayton Utz | Level 28 Riparian Plaza | 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Drinks and savouries to be served after the addresses

Members who wish to attend must register via Eventbrite to join the event

RSVP by COB Friday 12 August 2022


UQ Japan Exchange – Japan Networking Night

23rd August 2022

UQ Japan Exchange is proud to present its Japan Networking Night for 2022 – bringing together students engaged with and interested in Japan and its relationship with Australia alongside the wider Japan-engaged community in Queensland for an evening of networking.

Whether you study Japanese or are looking to meet other students and professionals involved with one of Australia’s most important trade and diplomatic partners, all are welcome. We will be greatly privileged to be joined by Ms. MASUDA Chieko, Deputy Consul-General of Japan in Brisbane, for what is sure to be a night of stimulating discussions and new connections.

This event is free and kindly supported by the HASS Faculty at UQ. The event is fully open to non-members, UQ students & staff, and members of the general public.

6 pm to 8 pm | Global Change Institute (GCI) Atrium, Building 20 UQ St Lucia Campus

Registration is required here.

Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition

27-28th Aug 2022

Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland Inc. annual exhibition of Ikebana – the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, Brisbane

 10am to 4pm | Admission $5

Mr Ross McKinnon AM will open the exhibition on Saturday 27 August 2022 at 10:15am.

Free Ikebana demonstration at 10:30am daily
Guided tours of the exhibition at 11:30am and 2:30pm daily
Hands-on Ikebana class at 1:30pm daily ($5)
Ikebana containers and related materials for sale from 11:30am daily

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Japan Week 2022 – Cultural Day Opening Ceremony

28 Aug 2022

Celebrate all things Japanese at Japanese Cultural Day at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. There’s lots of free events to check out including calligraphy, tea ceremonies, bonsai displays, ikebana, musical performances, food trucks and more!

Grab an event programme from the Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre on the event day.

This event is made in partnership with Brisbane City Council and the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens | Mt Coot-tha | 10:00am to 4:00pm

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AJS-QLD 50th Anniversary ‘Evening in a Japanese Garden’

3 September 2022

On Saturday 3 September the AJS-Q will host a very special 50th Anniversary event in the beautiful Japanese Garden at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

The Governor of Queensland Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, who is Chancellor of the Society, together with the Consul -General of Japan in Brisbane Mr Masuo ONO, who is a Patron of the Society, will attend this special event.

Join us from 5:30pm and enjoy warm spring breezes through the trees and the soothing sound of water running over stones as you take a twilight stroll through the Japanese garden.

Then, as evening falls, settle in for a picnic on the lawn and watch traditional Japanese dancers, taiko drummers and a koto performance amidst 100’s of twinkling lights.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Japanese cultural performances in a very special setting.

AJS-Q Members $15 | Non-members $25

5:30pm – 8:30pm  | Japanese Garden – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

BYO picnic & blanket

PLEASE NOTE:  Guests MUST provide their own food and beverages.
There will be NO food or beverages for sale at the event or in the Gardens precinct.


Japan’s Railways- Celebrating 150 years, with Ken and Keith Parker

12 September 2022

The Australia Japan Society – Queensland is delighted to host an evening with Ken and Keith Parker, to celebrate the sesquicentennial (150 years) of railways in Japan!

Keith and Ken have a keen interest in Japanese Railways. Between the two of them, they have ridden on about 90 percent of all of the railway lines in Japan!

Ken and Keith will provide some background on Japan’s Railways and will then speak about some of their favourite lines.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | online – free, registration required

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2022 NFAJS National Conference

16th-18th Sep 2022

Tickets are now available for the 2022 Biennial Conference of the National Federation of Australia Japan Societies – to be held from the 16th-18 September 2022 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The conference will focus around the rejuvenated North Terrace hub of culture, education and government in Adelaide with UniSA and the Playford Hotel being two of the key venues.

The conference promises to showcase the stories of South Australia’s relationship with Japan including premium food and beverage, manufacturing, sport, cultural links, education, government ties and the exciting potential of the recently announced Australian Space Agency.

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Takashi Wakasugi | Stay Home Stay [Japanese Boy Stuck In Oz]

16 September 2022

Join Japan’s favourite comedy export, Takashi Wakasugi, as he debuts his stand-up show at Good Chat Comedy Festival!

This show is about a Japanese boy living with an Aussie family together in the time of Corona. He experienced so many unknown and unexpected things in Australian family life. He had some wonderful times and tough times. His girlfriend broke up with him (of course). No government support. Could not see parents. But he still loves Australia.

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Good Chat Comedy Club, 52 Petrie Terrace

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Japanese internment in Australia during WWII

30th October 2022

Join us at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries with special guest Dr Yuriko Nagata – honorary senior research fellow with the School of Languages and Cultures at University of Queensland – as she discusses the internment of Australian Japanese people during WWII and its consequences.

During World War II, many Japanese people were interned in Australia. The purpose of internment was to identify and detain those who threatened the safety or defence of Australia and allay growing public concerns about a Japanese invasion. Most interns were civilian men, but some women and children were also interned in camps around Australia, often in remote locations.

10:30 am – 11:30 am | Anzac Square Memorial Galleries, Brisbane

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