Australia-Japan Society (Tasmania) Inc.


Welcome to the Australia-Japan Society (Tasmania) Inc.

The Society is a nonpolitical, nonprofit organisation that assists Japanese and Australians (and Tasmanians in particular) 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.

Please join us or subscribe to our mailing list.

Upcoming events

    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Murray Street, Hobart 7000

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Ron Moss' new collection of haiku and ink paintings.

    Broken Starfish

    To be launched by Lyn Reeves

    "With poetry and ink paintings, Broken Starfish completely satisfies, while it leaves me waiting for the next volume from this remarkably talented artist and poet." - Ferris Gilli, Consulting Editor, The Heron's Nest

    "The best haiku reveal an absence of separation between the peot and that which inspires that peot. Ron Moss's haiku consistenty demonstrates this." - Christopher Herold, co-founder of The Herton's Nest.

    Please register for this event through Eventbrite.

    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 6:20 PM - 8:30 PM
    • State Cinema, 375 Elizabeth St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

    Weathering With You (天気の子) is the latest film by Makoto Shinkai, who wrote and directed Your Name (君の名は). And it's now screening at the State Cinema in Hobart!

    "The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…"

    Let's go and see it together. Tickets cost just $16.50 each on Tuesdays, but advance booking is recommended. Please buy your own tickets, then let's meet in the foyer of the cinema on Tuesday evening. You can find further information about the film here and you can purchase tickets online hereThe screening will be in Japanese, with English subtitles.

    No RSVP required, but you can register for this event via Facebook if you wish.

    • 7 Sep 2019
    • 8 Sep 2019
    • The Old Woolstore, 1 Macquarie St, Hobart, TAS 7000

    The Australian Tea Cultural Seminar (AUSTCS) is foremost a meeting point for tea lovers ­– industry professionals, educators and enthusiasts alike – to seek to answer questions such as:

    • Does a tea culture already exist in Australia?
    • If 'yes', what is it? How can we grow it?
    • If 'no', then are we mature enough to create a genuine and recognisable Australian tea culture? From which foundations?
    • From what other tea cultural influences?
    • How can Australian tea lovers support fellow Australians to experience the best this beverage has to offer?
    • How do we help members of the Australian community to understand the benefits of tea from a health perspective?
    • How do we encourage tea education to flourish from school and beyond?

    During the two-day event, a community of tea lovers will hear from specialists who have relevant experience and expertise in different realms and begin a discussion on what tea culture in Australia looks like and how we can grow it for the benefit of the tea-loving community.

    Tasmania is a destination to be reckoned with in 2019. Already famed for its natural beauty, historic sites and one of the world’s weirdest museums (aka MONA), it’s time it took the lead for tea.

    Come September, it will. Hobart plays host to the 2019 Australian Tea Cultural Seminar and we are pleased to announce it will be held in The Old Woolstore, a heritage-listed building steps from the city’s famous waterfront over the weekend of 7-8 September.

    International guest speaker

    Mari Shimizu

    Tokyo-born Mari Shimizu grew up on the umami sweetness of traditional Japanese green teas, but it took a taste of a Chinese tea to introduce her to tea as a profession. Travelling with her father, she “met a cup of Chinese tea in Hong Kong to which my father was assigned”. The magical brew? Iron Kannon, a full-flavoured, older style Taiwanese oolong, reminiscent of a Fujian Iron Goddess (tieguanyin).

    Captivated by the scent and aroma of this amber brew, so different from Japanese green tea, Mari decided to learn more and pursued a career in tea. More than 25 years later she shares with the Japanese community the pleasures of Chinese tea and its significance to and influence on Japanese tea culture.

    Mari is a certified tea instructor and adviser, writer and specialist tea guide and holds the position of Vice-Executive Chairman for the Japanese branch of the Chinese International Tea Cultural Institute (CITCI). Through her writing, classes and presentations she promotes the teas that have become so significant in her tea journey. She is also the founder of Ecochakai, an eco-friendly Chinese tea festival which is the largest of its kind in Japan.

    At AUSTCS 2019, Mari will present knowledge from both cultural aspects of Japanese and Chinese teas, from historical influences of China on Japanese tea culture to how modern Japan is engaging with traditional Chinese teas.

    For further information, please visit the website.

    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • University of Tasmania, Centenary Building, Harvard Seminar Room 1, Grosvenor Crescent, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005

    This talk will analyze the causes of Japan’s long-term economic recession which started following the real estate and stock market bubble burst of the 1990s and continued to recently, and provides remedies for this recession that could be useful for other Asian economies. Japan has suffered from sluggish economic growth and recession since the 1990s, a period dubbed Japan’s “Lost Decade”, although it is more than a decade. The People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and many other Asian countries may face similar problems in the future and are concerned by Japan’s long-term recession.

    The speaker will challenge the beliefs of some economists, such as Paul Krugman, that the Japanese economy is in a liquidity trap. The book argues that Japan’s economic stagnation stems from a vertical investment–saving (IS) curve rather than a liquidity trap and that monetary policy is ineffective for escalating its economic growth. The impact of fiscal policy has declined drastically, and the Japanese economy faces structural problems rather than a temporary downturn. These structural problems have many causes: an aging demographic (a frequently overlooked problem), local governments’ overreliance on transfers from the central government, high costs of energy due to a non- diversified energy basket as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and nuclear plant shutdowns, and Basel capital requirements that have made Japanese banks reluctant to lend money to start-up businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises. This latter issue has discouraged Japanese innovation and technological progress. This seminar addresses these issues in order to provides several remedies for Japan’s long-lasting recession, which can also provide useful lessons for other Asian economies.


    Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary is assistant professor of economics at the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, and visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo. He completed his master’s degree in energy economics from Tehran University, Iran, in 2011 and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in energy economics from Keio University in 2015. He was also a visiting scholar and visiting professor at several institutions and universities such as the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan (IEEJ) (2013–2015); the Credit Risk Database (CRD) association of Japan (2014–2015), and the Graduate School of Economics of The University of Tokyo (2016–2017).

    This lecture is jointly organised by the Asia Institute Tasmania and the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.

    Please register via Eventbrite if you would like to attend.

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 21 Sep 2019
    • Dechaineux Theatre, University of Tasmania 41 Hunter Street Hobart, TAS 7000

    The Japanese Film Festival travelling program will tour Hobart in September with three contemporary Japanese films, screening for free.


    Free. (Limited capacity; advanced booking recommended.) Bookings via Eventbrite:

    Mirai - Book here

    Dad's Lunchbox - Book here

    Every Day a Good Day - Book here


    Dechaineux Theatre, University of Tasmania, 41 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS 7000


    All films are in original Japanese audio with English subtitles

    Thursday, 19 September; 7pm

    MIRAI (未来のミライ)

    2018 / Anime,Family / 98 mins / Rating: PG

    Four-year-old Kun’s life gets turned upside down when he meets his new baby sister Mirai
    (meaning “future”). Having only known life as the apple of his parents' eyes, Kun immediately becomes jealous of Mirai, whose arrival has taken away his spotlight. One day, whilst sulking in the backyard, he finds a mysterious magical time-travelling gateway. Through it, he meets strangers from the past and future, including a teenage Mirai! Together, the two embark on a fantasy-filled adventure—uncovering their family’s history and the love that has been passed down through generations.

    Official Opening Reception:

    To formally welcome the Japanese Film Festival 2019 to Hobart, guests attending the screening of Mirai are also invited to an opening reception event prior to the screening, commencing at 6pm.

    Light refreshments will be available.

    Book here.


    Friday, 20 September; 7pm

    Dad's Lunchbox (パパのお弁当は世界一)

    2017 / Drama / 76 mins / Rating: Suitable for all ages

    Dad’s Lunch Box is a heart-warming story of a newly-divorced father who vows to make his daughter Midori’s lunch every day until she finishes high school. Meanwhile, Midori it still adjusting to the new dynamic with her father and dealing with the trials and tribulations of high school life–friends and boys at the top of the list.

    Based on a viral tweet that was retweeted by 80,000 people and received 260,000 likes,
    Masakazu Fukatsu’s debut feature film brings together a warm story of the growing bond
    between father and daughter, reinforcing the age-old sentiment that family connections are best built through food.

    Book here.


    Saturday, 21 September; 7pm

    Every Day a Good Day (日日是好日)

    2018 / Slice of Life, Drama / 100 mins / Rating: Suitable for all ages

    Noriko and Michiko are cousins about to graduate from university. Michiko is adventurous and graceful while Noriko is clumsy and shy—so when they begin tea ceremony lessons Noriko is understandably nervous. Their first lesson is difficult and their teacher is rigid, but the intricate fine details in the practice are fascinating enough for the girls to continue learning. While the lessons are only a hobby for Michiko, Noriko develops a passion for the practice and a deep connection to her teacher. Through the changing seasons of Noriko’s life, the ritual of tea ceremony becomes a safe place to meditate on the ups and downs of life.

    Every Day a Good Day is an elegant, moving tale that brings the world of tea ceremony to life; based on essayist Noriko Morishita’s book of the same name.

    Book here.


    Presented by
    The Japan Foundation, Sydney, with the support of the Australia-Japan Society of Tasmania Inc.

Past events

22 Aug 2019 JAPAN: ARCHIPELAGO OF THE HOUSE | Exhibition Opening
22 Aug 2019 China’s Belt and Road in the South Pacific: A Japanese Perspective on Threats and Opportunities for the West
3 Aug 2019 Fun language exchange at the State Cinema Cafe
20 Jul 2019 2019 AJS-TAS AGM
12 Jul 2019 Tour of Parliament House
11 Jul 2019 Same-Sex Marriage in Japan: If Taiwan can, so can we!?
6 Jul 2019 Fun language exchange at the State Cinema Cafe
19 Jun 2019 Study session at the New Sydney
1 Jun 2019 Language exchange at the State
28 May 2019 Teaching through Collaborative Online Learning | Japan and Australia
16 May 2019 Introduction to Japanese Language & Customs
15 May 2019 Language exchange in the pub
4 May 2019 Language exchange at the State
17 Apr 2019 Language exchange in the pub
15 Apr 2019 Tasmanian Kendo: recruitment session
13 Apr 2019 Heart Moon - kunanyi/Mt Wellington
12 Apr 2019 Heart Moon - Rosny Barn
6 Apr 2019 Language exchange at the State
31 Mar 2019 Ramen exchange at Bar Wamen
30 Mar 2019 Hobart Language Day
29 Mar 2019 GOLD GRASS CINEMA: Spirited Away
29 Mar 2019 Kyoto to nipaluna (Hobart) – Water, Fire, Earth and Nature
28 Mar 2019 Official opening: Kyoto to nipaluna (Hobart) – Water, Fire, Earth and Nature
20 Mar 2019 Language exchange in the pub
15 Mar 2019 Taiko Drum presents Wa-no-Hibiki
8 Mar 2019 Bilingual Quiz Evening
8 Mar 2019 Island Taiko Gathering 2019
2 Mar 2019 Language exchange at the State
27 Feb 2019 Social dinner at Panko Chan
22 Feb 2019 Koto & Harp Joint Concert
20 Feb 2019 Language exchange in the pub
14 Feb 2019 SUMMER SERIES: Zahatorte (JAPAN)
8 Feb 2019 In the Wake of Hokusai
2 Feb 2019 Language exchange at the State
31 Jan 2019 Antarctica in the Pub: Meet the Scientists
29 Jan 2019 Umitaka Maru BBQ @ Waterworks Reserve
29 Jan 2019 Umitaka Maru Research Vessel Visit
16 Jan 2019 Language exchange in the pub
5 Jan 2019 Language exchange at the State
19 Dec 2018 Language exchange in the pub
1 Dec 2018 Language exchange at the State
28 Nov 2018 Okonomiyaki Cooking Workshop
21 Nov 2018 Language exchange in the pub
3 Nov 2018 Language exchange at the State
24 Oct 2018 2019 JET Programme Information Session
24 Oct 2018 2019 JET Programme Information Session
19 Oct 2018 National Federation of Australia Japan Societies Biennial Conference
17 Oct 2018 Language exchange in the pub
6 Oct 2018 Language exchange at the State
4 Oct 2018 Sake tasting at Osaka Izakaya and Grill Restaurant
19 Sep 2018 Language exchange in the pub
1 Sep 2018 Language exchange at the State
27 Aug 2018 Japanese Traditional Performance by Jarrod Hoare
18 Aug 2018 Yurikamome Children's Choir
17 Aug 2018 Thirty-six Views of the Mountain
15 Aug 2018 Artist Talk with Aoi Kusudo at the Rosny Barn
15 Aug 2018 Japanese Film Festival Regional in Hobart
14 Aug 2018 Language exchange in the pub
4 Aug 2018 Language exchange at the State
28 Jul 2018 Fundraising Quiz Night for Rosny College Taiko Drum Group
23 Jul 2018 The Asia within: Tasmania in the Asian Century
19 Jul 2018 2018 AJS-TAS AGM
18 Jul 2018 Language exchange in the pub
20 Jun 2018 Language exchange in the pub
28 May 2018 RAMEN by Night
16 May 2018 Language exchange in the pub
8 May 2018 An 8 week course in Traditional Japanese Martial Arts
22 Apr 2018 Hobart Language Day
18 Apr 2018 Language exchange in the pub
21 Mar 2018 Language exchange in the pub
8 Mar 2018 Public lecture: Directions and Issues for Australia in International Trade
26 Feb 2018 Soba @ Callington celebratory drinks
25 Feb 2018 Soba @ Callington
25 Feb 2018 Bus transport to Soba @ Callington
21 Feb 2018 Language exchange in the pub
24 Jan 2018 Umitaka Maru BBQ @ Waterworks Reserve
24 Jan 2018 Umitaka Maru Research Vessel Visit
17 Jan 2018 Language exchange in the pub
12 Jan 2018 Japanese Harp Amongst the Lavender
25 Dec 2017 Aussie-style Japanese Christmas BBQ
20 Dec 2017 Language exchange in the pub
14 Dec 2017 2017 AJS-TAS Bōnenkai
19 Nov 2017 Japanese Whisky Event in Launceston
15 Nov 2017 Language exchange in the pub
14 Nov 2017 Public talk: Tailored Translations – Translating and Transporting Cosplay Costumes Across Texts, Cultures, and Dimensions
12 Nov 2017 Nihongo on Wheels: Masaaki's Sushi and the Huon Valley
4 Nov 2017 Fun, games and sweet things
2 Nov 2017 Monthly Social: The Homestead Tasmania
31 Oct 2017 Public lecture: Australia-Japan Relations in the context of Japan's snap elections
18 Oct 2017 Language exchange in the pub
16 Oct 2017 2017 JET Programme Information Session in Hobart (Evening)
12 Oct 2017 Monthly social: Bar Wa Izakaya
9 Oct 2017 Exhibition | Fashioning Play: Cosplay, Costume and Recreation
7 Oct 2017 Fun, games and sweet things
7 Oct 2017 Sunrise performance on Mt Nelson
20 Sep 2017 Language exchange in the pub
19 Sep 2017 Public lecture: Negotiating Gendered Identity in a Japanese Sports University Kendo Club
7 Sep 2017 Members and Friends Night
2 Sep 2017 Fun, games and sweet things

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