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  March 2024  Newsletter


President's message

At AJS-NSW, 2024 has started with a bang and the next few months look busy with a diverse range of events planned.

The Shinnenkai (New Year Event) saw more than 40 members attend a casual dinner Izakaya-style at Nakano Darling in Haymarket. Three lucky members won prizes by completing a human bingo game. Photos of the event are available on our website here.

Coming up we are co-hosting a facilitated International Women’s Day talk and networking with the Australia Japan Businesswomen’s Network (AJBWN), with VIP speakers. The discussion will include personal experiences, insights, and anecdotes from the Japanese female speakers, providing valuable insights into navigating the Australia-Japan business sphere. All are welcome. There is still time to register -  see link.

The following week on March 13, our speaker will be Rurika Imahashi, Sydney Bureau Chief for Nikkei Inc. Imahashi-san reports on Australia, NZ and the Pacific for business readers in Japan and Asia; she will speak about what Japanese businesspeople want to know about Australia. The event will be held at the Canva Event Space in Surry Hills near Central and there will be plenty of time to engage with Imahashi-san and fellow members over drinks after the talk. Sign up here.

Our next Shaberanaito (Japanese-speaking evening) will be held on Friday March 22. This event, co-hosted with JETAA, is always popular, so sign up quickly as seats are limited. Again we will have delicious food prepared by Izakaya Masuya, and the price includes one drink.

May 14 is the date set for our Student Awards, one of our annual signature events. More details will be available in due course. AJS-NSW presents awards to outstanding students of Japanese Studies nominated by the seven universities in the Sydney region, and the event is always a highlight for their teachers, families and friends, as well as all those who support the teaching of Japanese language and studies in NSW.

Other events are also in the planning stage, so keep a watch on our website.

Anita Byrnes, President

Upcoming Events

Reporting from Australia for a Japanese business audience

March 13 6PM

Register here.

Don't miss an update from talented Japanese journalist from the Nikkei group, Rurika Imahashi, who will discuss the focus of her reporting from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. What do Japanese businesspeople want to know about the region?

The event will include networking over drinks.


March 22 Friday 6:30PM

Register here

Shaberanaito is on again! Join members of AJS and JETAA for Japanese conversation over dinner. (Image from previous event)

Supported Events & Community Info

Cowra Japanese Garden at Easter or in May

Headed to the Central West over Easter? Cowra's Japanese Garden will host Easter Sunday events, and then the fabulous autumn colours will be on display at the Koyo Autumn Festival (3-4 May 2024). See Facebook here.

Australian Jodo Championships

Fans and students of Jodo and Kendo will be interested in these Championships. Jodo is the art of fighting with a 4-foot round wooden staff, to defeat an opponent armed with a sword. A Japanese delegation will attend.

•    Date: 12 April – 14 April 2024 Details available on website.
•    Time: 0830 - 1630
•    Venue: Menai Indoor Sports Centre (southern Sydney)

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