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  June 2023  Newsletter


President's Message

It’s a busy time of the year for AJS-NSW and no doubt, for our members, as the end of the Australian financial year approaches.

Our annual Student Awards night held on May 11 was very successful. Our Patron, Consul-General Tokuda, presented the AJS-NSW Award to seven outstanding students of Japanese studies, nominated by their universities, in front of their families and friends, as well as their lecturers. Students are awarded a cash prize plus one year’s membership of AJS-NSW. The ceremony was followed by much animated conversation and networking over drinks and bento. Thanks again to The Japan Foundation for hosting us. Photos of the evening are available on our social media channels.

Upcoming AJS-NSW events include the Austrade Update on June 22 (Thursday), an Afternoon of Japan-inspired Gardens with garden designer Ken Lamb on July 2 (Sunday), and another Shaberanaito Japanese speaking dinner on July 7 (Friday). Details on each below. More events are in the pipeline for August and September.

The Cowra Japanese Garden looked beautiful when I attended the Koyo Oration, this year by Mark Baillie, Chair of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, on May 29. Mark spoke about the foundation of the Garden fifty years ago and the key role played by his father John. The Garden and the nearby Japanese and Commonwealth War Cemeteries, along with the historic Cowra breakout site, are now symbols of the mutual respect and friendship Australia and Japan hold for each other. Cowra has scheduled their Sakura Matsuri for September 23/24 this year.

Our Board has made the decision to lift annual membership prices by a small amount from July 1 2023. This has become necessary due mainly to the increased price of our membership/website platform, a function essential to our operation by an all-volunteer Board. Also we now accept new member signups online and the prices have been revised to pro-rata to a round figure. Individual membership will rise from $40 to $42, with corporate membership rising from $300 to $360. I hope existing and prospective members will agree that these fees are still very reasonable compared to similar organizations.

Finally, Basketball NSW is urgently seeking a Team Attache to act as liaison between the Japanese Women's Basketball Team and the organizers of the Asia Cup qualifying event in Sydney. See below and contact us if interested.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!

Anita Byrnes

Upcoming Events

Event: Austrade Update, June 22

Austrade will update us on Australia's trade and investment promotion efforts with Japan. Join us to hear from three Austrade staff with extensive Japan background in agri-business and food, biotech and investment and international education promotion. Not be missed if you are considering entering or expanding in Japan, or looking for a Japanese investment partner. Register here.

Japan-Inspired Gardens, with Ken Lamb, July Member and garden designer Ken Lamb will show us how to design Japanese gardens incorporating Australian plants, among other things. Includes afternoon tea and a tour of his nursery. Limited numbers so be quick to sign up!

Shaberanaito, Japanese-speaking evening, July 7 (FridayLast Shaberanaito was so much fun that we and JETAA have scheduled another, again at Izakaya Masuya. The theme will be Tanabata – the Star Festival (星祭り). Again, early sign up (and payment!) is advised!

Community Info

IJSP (Ishikawa Japanese Studies Program) 24 Sep-6 Oct 2023

 In conjunction with the Australia-Japan Society (ACT)

The Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange (IFIE), is at last, post Covid, prepared to resume their two-week in-country course in Japanese language/culture in Kanazawa.

The course is open to any member of an Australia-Japan Society around Australia. Read more here.

Empowering Asian Language Speakers Symposium, 

University of Queensland, July 3 2023

Call for proposals and registration

The symposium will bring researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and community members of the six major Asia languages in Australia —including Japanese – to share their experiences and insights into possible solutions to the problem.

Japanese pop-culture events

SMASH! 2023 Sydney Manga and Anime Show 

July 1-2, ICC Sydney

SMASH! is an annual convention for all appreciators of Japanese pop culture.

Japan International MANGA Award (日本国際漫画賞)

The 17th Japan International MANGA Award is now open for submissions, until July 7th 2023. This is a Japanese government-sponsored competition for MANGA artists worldwide. 

Anime-Go Pop Culture Festival, Adelaide

Our sister Society JAFA in Adelaide also holds a pop culture festival in October, that includes the AnimeGO Short Film Competition! Find out how you can win $1,000 towards a trip to Japan and have your film screened at AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival!

Call out for a Team AttachE

FIBA Women’s Basketball Asia Cup 2023

The Japanese Women's National Basketball Team returns to Sydney for Asia Cup qualifying games between Monday, 26 June and Sunday, 2 July at Quaycentre in Sydney Olympic Park. Basketball NSW are seeking a Team Attache to liaise between the Japanese team and FIBA. Contact us immediately if you are interested!

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Some links for related communities:

National Federation of Australia-Japan Societies

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