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  • 04 Oct 2020 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Due to health concerns over COVID-19, the National Gallery of Victoria is currently closed to the public until 30 June. In the meantime, you can enjoy virtual tours of some of their exhibitions.

    Collecting Comme: This is an exhibition featuring designs from Rei Kawakubo,

    a famous Japanese fashion designer known for her fashion label Comme des

    Garçons. The exhibition explores Kawakubo’s key collections including those

    from Comme des Garçons, and commonly occurring themes in her designs.

    Japanese Modernism: Presented as part of Asia TOPA, this exhibition features

    major works by young female artists from the first half of the twentieth

    century. Types of works featured include paintings, fashion, accessories,

    popular culture, and interior design.

    When: Collecting Comme: Until Sunday 26 July

    Japanese Modernism: Until Sunday 4 October

    Cost: Free, start your virtual tour for ‘Collecting Comme’ and

    Japanese Modernism’ 



  • 31 Aug 2020 10:22 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Tottori Prefecture correspondingly organises its own annual manga competition, with the following three categories: 1-frame manga, 4-frame manga, and 4 to 24-page manga story. Any manga creators – amateur orprofessional, both Japanese and foreign nationals – are eligible to enter this contest.Submissions of works can be completed online, and the topic for this year’scompetition is ‘wind’. 

    Date: Wednesday 1 April – Monday 31 August

    For more information, please click HERE


  • 28 Jul 2020 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    The Japanese art collective known for creating immersive digital art experiences, teamLab has grown to become an international icon, with their creations featured prominently in global cities. In Time Out Tokyo article, you can explore Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson teamLab Borderless's most popular and breathtaking digital art installations.

  • 26 Jul 2020 4:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    As people are currently finding creative ways to spend time at home and staying safe, they are now offering fun, interactive online group painting classes that are taught in both English and Japanese! Many of the paintings include elements of Japanese culture, such as Mount Fuji with a Van Gogh touch, Tokyo Tower, and Cherry Blossoms. 

    Their friendly instructor's guide the group online step-by-step and an original masterpiece can be created right in your home. 

    They also have a few online classes for children such as anime character drawing and cute animal character drawing.  

     For the full schedule and sessions they offer at www.artbar.co.jp 


  • 25 Jul 2020 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Amezaiku is one of the traditional Japanese arts crafts. The candy is softened by heating to around 90 degrees, and is finely crafted with bare hands and traditional Japanese scissors. Amezaiku is created by cutting, pulling, and bending candy which is attached at the top of stick.

    You can view how they are made in the short video from NHK World’s “Unique Crafts!” introducing many wow moments of cutting-edge techniques using traditional Japanese know-how.


  • 25 Jul 2020 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    You can now spruce up your video calls with some beautiful backgrounds from Studio Ghibli films!

    Check out the full selection of gorgeous images on their website 


  • 19 Jul 2020 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    If you are missing traveling in Japan, don't worry! With these 360-degree virtual-reality YouTube videos from Simbosi, you can 'travel' through Japan without a plane ticket.

    Each video puts you in a different destination in Japan – go from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to Kyushu down south, then follow up with a trip to Japan's traditional crown jewel, Kyoto. Keep an eye out for historical facts in some of the videos – it's like having your own virtual tour guide


  • 11 Jul 2020 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)



    The Karuizawa Mokuhanga School is run by Terry McKenna, professional mokuhanga artist.  Now based in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, Terry also returns regularly to Australia and New Zealand to teach his popular workshops there.

    In this online workshop you will follow the process through from designing, transferring your design, carving, printing and editioning your first print. Whether you have created your own design or followed the one I’ve provided in this workshop, you will grasp the fundamentals of Japanese woodblock printing. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners through to experienced printmakers wanting to learn mokuhanga.

    For more information, please click HERE


  • 30 Jun 2020 11:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections, a film co-created by three acclaimed directors from Asia, is streaming for free worldwide until June 30.

    Co-produced by The Japan Foundation Asia Centre and Tokyo International Film Festival, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections centres around the theme "Living Together in Asia.” Crew and cast joined forces across national borders to reflect on the lives of characters who journey between Japan and Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia.


  • 30 May 2020 11:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)



    The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, School of Culture, History and Language is proud to present the TANKA Poetry Competition, an initiative by award-winning poet Noriko Tanaka. They would like to invite you and the community of Tanka lovers to contribute your poetry in either Japanese or English or both, in the following two categories:

    1. Individual Tanka on the theme of “Roots” – up to 5 poems

    2. Free themed 15 Poem English Tanka Sequence

    Submissions are open from 1 April 2020 to 30 May 2020. Please visit the TANKA Poetry Competition website to find out more.


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