Australia Japan Innovation Alliance – Victoria

5th-6th October 2023 | AJBCV

Building Collaboration between the Australian and Japanese Innovation Ecosystems

Following on from the inaugural event held in Tokyo in October 2022, this is a two day event made up of Australian and Japanese stakeholders from the Australia Japan Innovation Ecosystems.

Leaders from Government, Industry, Universities, Venture Capital and Startups will gather to create the opportunity for learning and discussion around Research and Innovation.

Alongside this will be the largest scale Hybrid Matching Platform ever undertaken, between Australian Startups / Growth companies and Japanese Investors.

Investment Centre Victoria | Level 46, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne

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AJSQ Evening in the Gardens

7th October 2023

On Saturday 7th October the AJS-QLD will host its very popular annual ‘Evening in a Japanese Garden’ event in the beautiful Japanese Garden at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

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 hear from our special guest Mr GOMAKUBO Junji, Consul-General of Japan to Brisbane, before watching 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.

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

BYO picnic & blanket | Tickets available here

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 as it’s after hours.


Tickets available here

Secrets of Canva Success in Japan and Asia – AJS NSW

11 Oct 2023 | AJS NSW

Canva is an Australian-founded global success story in the design technology field. Since its start in 2012 it has seen fantastic growth. With a mission to empower the world to design, the company offers an online visual communication platform that is simple to use, plus a huge library of fonts, stock photography, illustrations and other digital assets. Canva is available in 100 languages and has users in 190 countries.

AJS-NSW members and friends have a unique opportunity to hear from key staff responsible for the Canva success in the Asian region, at an exclusive event in the Canva Surry Hills office.

6PM | The talk will be followed by networking over drinks.

Numbers are limited so prompt registration is recommended.

Register here.

In Conversation with Alison Watts, Japanese literary translator – AJS NSW

15 Oct 2023

Have you ever wondered what it takes to have a career in literary translation? It seems that many budding translators have that dream but very few find success.

Our conversation with Alison Watts will answer these questions and more. Alison is a long-term resident of Japan with a successful record in translation of modern Japanese literature.

Her translation of Michiko Aoyama’s What you are looking for is in the library (お探し物は図書室まで) has just been released, scoring a coveted review in The New York Times.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Online by Zoom

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AnimeGO Japan Pop Culture Festival Adelaide

29th October 2023  | Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA)

AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival is an event organised by the Japan Australia Friendship Association.

The AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival mission is to showcase cultural elements of Japan with a pop culture twist. Key aspects of Japanese Pop Culture include anime, manga, food, music and fashion. It aims to build a better understanding of Japanese culture for our local audience.

Following in the steps of its sister event, Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival, it aims to provide a range of authentic Japanese festival food and activities.

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