Public screening of the film ‘Star Sand’ by director Roger Pulver

5th June 2019

Roger Pulvers, acclaimed author, playwright, theatre and film director, translator and journalist, has published more than fifty books in Japanese and English, including novels such as The Death of Urashima Taro, General Yamashita’s Treasure, Star Sand, Liv and The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn.

In March he published his autobiography, The Unmaking of an American.

In 2017 the feature film of Star Sand, written and directed by him, had wide release throughout Japan.

The University of Queensland, St Lucia | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The screening will commence at 6pm, followed by a Q&A session with director Roger Pulvers.

This is a free event however please register to secure your seat.

Akira Isogawa Exhibition

to 30 June 2019 | Powerhouse Museum

Known for his fusion of Asian tradition with Australian ease, Akira Isogawa is one of our country’s most loved and celebrated designers. This exhibition is the first to explore his career of more than 25 years, revealing the background, impulses and cultural influences that have contributed to the making of a fashion original.

Akira Isogawa features a wide range of garments and outfits, mostly drawn from Isogawa’s extensive archive, a selection of which he has generously donated to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

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In one drop of water – exhibition

Jun 2019 – Dec 2020 | Art Gallery of NSW

Drawing on rich and diverse works from the Gallery collection, this exhibition explores the poetic, symbolic and social significance of water in Asian art.

The art of tea, the mixing of ink for calligraphy, the dyeing of cloth and the creation of porcelain are all dependent on water.

From ancient maritime trade routes to the sacred river Ganges and the filthy waters from which the pure lotus blossoms, to the contemporary world where rivers and streams are threatened with pollution and people move in vast numbers across the oceans  water is vital to us all.

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Time and Tide: Yasujiro Ozu by The Melbourne Cinematheque

8th–22nd May 2019

Often considered the most Japanese of filmmakers and a key influence on such contemporary Asian masters as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Hirokazu Koreeda, a closer examination of Yasujirō Ozu’s (1903-1963) formally rigorous and singular body of work reveals a complex artist exploring the tensions between Japan and the West, parents and their children, the individual and society, the infinite and the intimate, traditional forms of artistic expression and the modernist impulses inspired by 20th-century popular culture, Hollywood and abstract art.

This program of imported prints includes several of the defining films of this period including the achingly sombre Early Spring and the expressly chilly but exquisitely beautiful Tokyo Twilight, as well as two of the increasingly elegiac works he made in colour across the last years of his career: the truly delightful Good Morning and the contemplative Floating Weeds – both wistful and fascinating variations upon movies Ozu first made during the silent era.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque | Co-presented by the Japan Foundation

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IJET-30 in Cairns

28th-30th June 2019

The Japan Association of Translators (JAT) will hold its 30th International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET-30), its flagship professional-development-and-networking event, in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia on June 28-30, 2019.

This year, our theme is Life, Style, and Translation ― ことばを繋ぎ、未来を紡ぐ.

The Japan Association of Translators (JAT) was founded in 1985 to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among translators working between Japanese and English, and to establish and maintain professional standards in the industry. Membership is limited to individuals who are engaged in, or interested in, translation or interpretation.

The International Japanese-English Translation (IJET) Conference is JAT’s flagship professional development and networking event. First held in 1990, this annual two-day conference brings translators and interpreters together to network, share their experience and expertise, and further develop their professional skills. With the venue alternating between Japan and an English-speaking country each year, IJET has been held in locations throughout Japan and around the globe.

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