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  • 08 Jan 2018 2:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Melbourne Symphony's violinist Isin Cakmakcioglu and Tokyo pianist Maki Ono will showcase a variety of master works from the classical repertoire as well as the outstanding contemporary Australian composition "Burst" by Howard Dillon. 

    Venue: Steinway Salon, Matsuo Hall, Hibiya Marine Building B1, 1-5-1 Yurakucho, Tokyo

    Date &Time: 8 January 2018, 14.30 door open, 15.00 start

    For more detail, https://www.facebook.com/tokyorecital

    Tokyo Recital in Celebration of "Australia Now" has received grant funding from the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • 23 Nov 2017 1:04 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    This year at JFF 2017, expect to find old tales with new tricks and classic plots with refreshing stories. Fresh faces will grace the silver screen, alongside veterans who’ll shock, delight, and melt hearts. 

    JFF kindly offers us 3 double passes for general screening. For further details, please check the e-newsletters!

  • 04 Nov 2017 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Mary and the Witch's Flower's premier is also taking place at the Madman Anime Festival Melbourne!

    For the tickets and more information, click their website.

  • 01 Nov 2017 11:30 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    From Counterculture to Subculture the Study of Social Movement in Japan after the 3.11 disaster

    This presentation discusses from a cultural perspective how young activists deconstruct conventional forms of organization and collective identity to construct alternative type of activism in contemporary Japan. Previous studies have regarded social movement as an organizational behavior based on collective political identity. However, the situation has drastically shifted after the 3.11 nuclear disaster. Some research shows that Japanese youth protesters no longer have definitive political membership and organizational principle in their activism. They tend to participate in demonstrations as individual and do not commit themselves to long-term participation in a particular activism. This presentation argues that the shift of youth movement has much to do with the decline of youth counterculture in the era of individualization. Youth’s participation in social movement does not show a shared ideology, principle, political style against the mainst ream, which counterculture used to have and differentiate into numerous kinds of subcultures with individualized fashion, preference and purpose of political participation.


    Kyoko Tominaga is associate professor in College of Social Sciences at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include social network of protesters, social movement sub-cultures and political mutual understanding among activists across borders.

    Date/Time: Wed 01 Nov / 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


    Monash University, Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, 12 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton Campus

    To RSVP by Friday 27 Oct or for further information and please email


  • 28 Oct 2017 4:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Save the Date : October 28 4:00 PM

    Tanabe Takeshi :The Big Bang Symphony with Ode to Handel’s Water Music

    Celebrate the opening of our first solo show with Japanese sculptor Tanabe Takeshi and the first sculpture show at Lesley Kehoe Galleries. Under the overriding concept of 'The Big Bang Symphony' Tanabe presents diverse series of works 'Dedicated to Handel's Water Music' and 'Locus of Time'. A regularly selected exhibitor at Sydney Sculpture By The Sea and with major works in public spaces in Asia, Tanabe's work is also represented in the Gibbs Sculpture Farm Collection in New Zealand.

    This very special event will be a celebration of art in all its forms: performance art with Butoh artist Yumi Umiumare; Handel arias with mezzo soprano Victoria Hodgkinson; and acclaimed Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo graciously sponsored by Asahishuzo and presented by Sake Master and Dassai Ambassador Melbourne's Andre Bishop.

    This will be a ticketed event. Please register your interest for an invitation and further information: gallery@kehoe.com.au.

  • 22 Oct 2017 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date & Time: Sunday 22 October, 5 pm (for 75 mins, no intermission)

    Venue: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton)

    Tickets: $20 (Online), $25 at the door

    Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/QYWW

  • 14 Oct 2017 9:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Presented by the Bonsai Society of Victoria Inc., the exhibition showcases a broad range of traditional Japanese styles as well as contemporary approaches to bonsai art

  • 13 Oct 2017 11:35 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    A lively group made their way to renowned Maedaya Izakaya on Bridge Rd Richmond to hear our resident Sake guy, Trevor Fleming present four different types of Nihonshu and enjoy beautifully matched dishes including Robbins Island Wagyu by Sake master and owner Toshi Maeda.

    From a warmed Honjozo to a super-premium Daiginjo, an Aussie Nama Genshu to a Cowboy Yamahai, the group were wowed by the contrast in styles, aromas and flavours of Japan’s most famous beverage.

    Thanks to Trevor, Toshi and the team at Maedaya for putting on a great event and check out www.sakejapan.com.au to buy the products featured on the night.

  • 28 Sep 2017 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Pop Up Event: Tomokazu Matsuyama - Baby it is cold outside

    One of the hottest young artists on the international contemporary art market, New York’s Tomokazu Matsuyama has created a museum quality show for his third solo exhibition in Melbourne at Lesley Kehoe Galleries. Beguiling curved canvases join quirky sculptures to create a stunning gallery installation. In tune with the current zeitgeist of remixing, the artist appropriates freely from his bi-cultural background: American Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting are in happy dalliance with traditional Kano School painting, Hokusai and ukiyoe with a loving reference to Ito Jakuchu’s famous rooster. The artist’s most pertinent commentary on the differing perspectives when cultures collide is perhaps found in the work #BFF Red Splash. Against an AbEx background, he has abstracted figures from Japan’s now art historically revered ‘shunga’ (spring pictures) complete with reference to the 19th century brown paper squares of censorship.

    Learn more during the evening with insightful commentary from Studio Director, Byron Bowman Kehoe (Tomokazu Matsuyama Studio New York).

    Sponsored by CHOYA

    Date: Thursday 28 September

    Time: 6:30pm ~ 8:30pm

    Venue: Lesley Kehoe Gallaries, Ground Floor (rear) 101 Collins St Melbourne
    (03) 9671 4311

    RSVP Essential from HERE.

    *Please enter 101 Collins St via the rear entrance at 112 Flinders Lane (next to flight center) after 6 PM

    *Evening Parking is available at the rear of 101 Collins St for a flat rate of $12 – Le Garage 111 Flinders Lane

    The Exhibition is open till 13 October, Tues - Friday, 11am ~ 5pm.

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