Australia-Japan Society (Tasmania) Inc.


Welcome to AJS-TAS

The Australia-Japan Society (Tasmania) Inc is a nonpolitical, nonprofit organisation that assists Australians (in particular, Tasmanians) and Japanese in understanding each other’s culture.

The Society is involved in the organisation of numerous activities in various educational, cultural, social and commercial contexts. Visiting Japanese nationals are welcome to participate in our activities, as are any Australians with an interest in Japan.

Membership is open to individuals, families, educational institutions, companies and government agencies interested in widening their understanding of Japan and its people, and who wish to share their common interest with others, in a friendly, social and productive way.

Upcoming events

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 20 Aug 2018
    • Salamanca Market & Hobart Town Hall

    The City of Hobart will warmly welcome a delegation from its sister city of 41 years – Yaizu in Japan.

    The Mayor of Yaizu, Mr Hiromichi Nakano will be visiting along with the highly reputable Yurikamome Children’s Choir.

    The choir will be performing twice whilst in Hobart and you are cordially invited to attend both of these free events, the details of which are below:

    1) Saturday 18 August, 12.30-1.00pm, Salamanca Market (near to the City of Hobart Information Booth – see red star on map below).

    The Lord Mayor, Alderman Ron Christie will be introducing the choir to the audience for this short performance (weather permitting).

    2) Monday 20 August, 3.15 – 5.15pm, Hobart Town Hall Ballroom, 50 Macquarie Street (see flyer below).

    Given the close relationships between many schools in Yaizu and Greater Hobart through student exchanges and homestays, Mount Carmel College and St Virgil’s College choirs will be performing alongside the Yurikamome Choir.

    Both events are free, and no RSVPs are required.

    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • University of Tasmania, Hobart

    For one night only Jarrod is offering this unique show to the community in a family friendly and free performance.

    A multi-lingual entertainer, Jarrod educates and inspires through performing arts, specialising in traditional Japanese comic theatre (Kyōgen) and traditional comic storytelling (Rakugo). He was the proud recipient of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Japan Travel Fund, thanks to Arts South Australia.

    In Japan, Jarrod had the honour of training under Kyōgen legend, Mr Senzaburo Shigeyama in Kyoto and Rakugo masters, Mr Katsura Asakichi and Mr Katsura Kaishi in Osaka. Jarrod also studied Kamishibai at the Kyoto International Manga Museum with the artist Rakkyomu.

    Majoring in Japanese language at Griffith University, and having lived in Japan for several years, Jarrod is a confident communicator in Japanese, with a distinct Kansai accent!

    Jarrod is also an experienced children’s educator, having enjoyed various roles as an Adventure Tour Guide, Kindergarten Teacher and Outdoor Instructor. Jarrod also works as a professional presenter, MC and actor. Having worked on many Japanese films and crazy TV shows, he’s lucky to have survived! Jarrod’s passion lies in developing bridges of cultural and artistic exchange between Australia and Japan.

    His deep understanding of Japanese culture, along with his fluent Japanese language abilities, means that Jarrod can perform effortlessly in both Japanese and English, tailoring his performance to best suit each audience.

    Throughout Australia, Japan and beyond, Jarrod tailors interactive performances and workshops to suit the needs of students, teachers, festivals and community groups. The performance will be presented in English and interpretation of parts in Japanese.

    Please register for this event via Eventbrite

    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 20 Oct 2018
    • Sydney, NSW

    19th-20th October 2018 | Sydney | hosted by AJS NSW

    The Conference theme is: Australia and Japan: Deeper understanding, New dimensions.

    The Conference is open to anyone interested in the Australia-Japan relationship and an exciting program is being prepared that will appeal to a wide range of people. Delegates from Australia-Japan Societies around Australia and from Japan-Australia Societies (JAS) in Japan will be in attendance.

    Registrations are now open. Visit the Conference page

    Please note: a block of hotel rooms is available until 31 August at convenient Rydges Hotels. 

    The Conference program will be updated on the Conference webpage over the coming months. NFAJS looks forward to seeing attendees in Sydney in October!

    • 8 Mar 2019
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • Bicheno, Tasmania

    In 2019 the Island Taiko Gathering will take place in the beautiful seaside town of Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast.

    Keep your eyes on the Facebook page for more details as they become available. And don't forget to book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment (there’s a harp convention on in town the same weekend!).

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