42 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH JAPAN
The Australia Japan Association of SA Inc. was founded in 1967 by Toyohiro Tanaka to foster and promote friendship and understanding between the people of Australia and of Japan.
If you have an interest in Japan, have been to Japan or want to go there, if you are Japanese with a similar interest in Australia, and you want to make new friends, an AJA conversation meeting is the place to go.
AJA holds conversation meetings twice a month on the first Tuesday and the third Wednesday of each month from 6 pm at the Caffe Amore on the corner of Pirie and Pulteney Streets. Here Australians and Japanese of all ages meet to socialise, make some useful contacts and communicate in each other?s language.
Usually about 40-50 people attend our meetings and many friendships are formed in a pleasant cafe atmosphere where coffee or a meal is readily available. Formality is minimal and meetings end when the last people go home.
Some meetings run to a theme, such as a Melbourne Cup Hat night, a Kimono night, a quiz or even a ?Talk like a Pirate? night.
If you want more details of meetings, contact Jim or Kyoko or just turn up at the Caffe Amore on any meeting night.
As well as conversation meetings AJA holds a number of social functions during the year. These include a Christmas dinner and a dinner for the Annual General Meeting in August. Barbecues in the city parklands and picnics at the beach or in the hills to enjoy cherry blossom viewing or the autumn colours are also part of our calendar.
AJA coordinates the Japanese Community group for the Multicultural SA section of the annual Australia Day Parade and participates in a couple of local fairs.
The official newsletter of the AJA of SA is published about four times a year and provides a record of the Association?s activities. It is called Harmony after the Japanese kanji on our logo .
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Memberships are important for AJA to operate.
Many people who attend AJA meetings are tertiary students or on working holiday visas and so we have set our annual membership fee at a very low rate in order to encourage financial membership. You can help us to help you by becoming a financial member. Membership for Individuals is only $10 pa. Current benefits are listed below:
>> Members receive our news letter, Harmony, (by post if they are not on the internet) four times a year and receive a special discount price on social events.
>> All who attend on meeting nights can use the special AJA menu at the Caffe Amore, and until the end of this financial year can get 10% off the normal menu and all other non-alcoholic purchases. However, only members can get the discount at all other times, and for their whole table.
>> Adelaide University offers our members 5% off Japanese courses in their Professional and continuing Education (PCE) courses.
>> A membership card should be available later this year to assure benefits to members.
Further member benefits will be added as we develop them.
AJA?s fiscal year begins from the start of July and ends at the end of June the following year; however you can join AJA all year round and the membership is for 12 months. Get your membership form at a conversation meeting or contact Jim or Kyoko via email.
Other fundraising efforts include special functions, the occasional raffle, okonomiyaki making at local fairs, and donations from well-wishers and supporters.
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