Misty Mountain, Shining Moon: Japanese landscape envisioned

to 12 Nov 2023 | Art Gallery of South Australia

From the austerity of brush and ink painting to vivid woodblock prints, Misty Mountain, Shining Moon expresses the beauty of the Japanese landscape as represented by some of the world’s most celebrated artists.

With a deep reverence for the natural world, Japanese artists have long appreciated the scenic beauty of the mountains and fertile plains of the archipelago, venerated as the abode of numinous deities. Presenting works of art made from the sixteenth century to the present day, Misty Mountain, Shining Moon offers an evolving dialogue between artists and nature.

10am-5pm | Art Gallery of South Australia | Galleries 19, 20, 21 | FREE

Learning Curve – Luxuries of the East and the West

25 August – 23 September 2023 | Art Gallery of New South Wales

Japan and France have more in common than meets the eye. Paris and Edo were amongst the largest cities in the world by the 17th century. Both societies had centralising rulers, who created palace and imposing urban spaces and precincts devoted to pleasures. Yet the luxuries and pleasures desired by these groups changed dramatically over time.

Over five weeks, co presenters Peter McNeil and Toby Slade will examine the changing concept of luxury across art, architecture, furniture, clothing and accessories, gems and jewels and the people who consumed, collected or simply lived a life of luxury.

Each lecture will be held on Friday and repeated on Saturday in the Domain Theatre.

Sessions will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm with a short 15-minute intermission. Tea and coffee will be provided during intermission.

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Japanaroo  – Sydney

9th to 24th September 2023

“Japanaroo” is a new initiative, which started in 2021, to promote exchange and collaboration between Japan and Australia across culture, food, tourism, education, career development, sports, and technology and innovation.

The 2022 event featured the  Matsuri Japan Festival at Chatswood Mall , the Japan Expo  at Sydney University oand a traditional Hokkaido barbecue dinner at Artarmon’s Robata Jones Japanese .

Elsewhere there were e origami and ikebana workshops, live music from Japanese artists, pop-up art exhibitions and intro aikido martial arts classes.

“Japanaroo” is managed under a public-private partnership led by Japanese and Australian organisations and companies across multiple sectors.

Organisations and companies interested in participating in “Japanaroo 2023” by organising events during this period are now invited to submit their Application Form (to be submitted via a Google account2 by Friday 25th August 2023).

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Cowra Sakura Matsuri 2023 – Cherry Blossom Festival

23 September 2023

Sakura Matsuri showcases Japanese culture through a range of activities and demonstrations.

With taiko drummers, sumo wrestlers, Japanese archery and sword demonstrations, origami, martial arts, singers, dancers, choir, kimono fashion parade, ikebana, tea ceremonies and more.

Stall holders will have a range of food and goods on offer, and there will be activities for children. It is a day for all the family to enjoy.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

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Japanese Film Festival 2023

The Japanese Film Festival in Australia (JFF) is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. The JFF started in 1997 with three free film screenings by former Festival Director Masafumi Konomi and is now one of the largest celebrations of Japanese films in the world.

In Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane, JFF 2023 will also feature a FREE Special Series of films by Kо̄ Nakahira, a pioneer of the international New Wave movement.

Tickets for latest releases are available now, so click below to view the full program and book your seat. Don’t miss out!

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Australian Sake Festival

30th Sep 2023

A fun-packed Japanese festival “Sake Festival” & “Edo Digital Art Exhibition” where visitors can taste Japanese sake and experience its traditional culture, will be held at QCarriageworks 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW

Sake stalls by multiple Australian distributors and Japanese sake breweries directly from Japan.

Food stalls by local restaurants, free Sake 101 seminars and food pairing sessions, and panel talks by Australian sake industry professionals.

12pm – 6pm | Carriageworks 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW

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AJBCC – 60TH Annual Joint Business Conference

8th-10th October 2023

The Australia-Japan Business Partnership – Looking To the Next 60 Years

Registration for AJBCC members to join our landmark 60th Annual Joint Business Conference in Melbourne from 8-10 October 2023,  is now open. Looking forward to showcasing the best of  Australia to our friends from the JABCC, in conjunction with our host, the Government of Victoria.

A 60th anniversary is a huge milestone. In Japan, it marks the completion of a full life-cycle and the contemplation of a new one. In similar vein, our theme,  The Australia-Japan Business Partnership: Looking to the Next Sixty Years, alludes to the successful past, but emphasises that this vital relationship is itself entering a new phase, and our focus needs to be firmly on what comes next.

The conference will be held at the CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, located on Olympic Blvd.

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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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Canberra Nara Candle Festival

4th November 2023

Enjoy the spectacular visual of 2000 shimmering candles at the 20th annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival to celebrate the Sister City relationship shared between Canberra and Nara, Japan.

4:00pm – 9:00pm | Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens

Visitors will be mesmerised by the sounds of Japanese music and enchanting lighting that highlights the features of the beautiful Peace Park. The festival brings a wide variety of Japanese and Australian culture with arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, origami, ikebana and kite flying.

The festival features Japanese cuisine, markets and stalls with visitors able to take part in various activities.

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JAPAN EXPO 2023 – Sydney Town Hall

18th Nov 2023

Japan’s leading food, tourism and culture exhibition.

  • exhibitors and presenters showcasing the best of Japan’s tourism, food, products and culture.
  • Conferences and Presentations
  • Japanese tea, sake, soba, miso, rice, bento, wagyu beef, natto , sweets and lot more for tasting and selling at a special price.
  • Cultural demonstrations and workshops by renowned artists. (Calligraphy, Ikebana, Origami, Kimono, Tea ceremony, Ghibri live song and more)
  • On stage, in addition to various cultural demonstrations and exhibitor presentations, there will be a traditional kagami biraki opening ceremony(the ritual of breaking open sake barrels)will be held at 11:00 a.m.

10am~4pm | Sydney Town Hall

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