Australia-Japan Society of Tasmania Inc.


Welcome to the Australia-Japan Society of 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

    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Source Community Wholefoods, 12 French St, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005

    • 1 Jul 2024
    • 30 Oct 2024
    • Ishikawa, Japan

    42nd Japanese Language and Culture Course
    Kanazawa, JAPAN, 27 October to 8 November 2024

    These courses are organised by the Australia – Japan Society (ACT) and run by the Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange (IFIE) in April and October each year. We are now calling for applications for the October 2024 course.

    The courses run for 2 weeks from a Sunday afternoon to the Friday evening two weeks later and include intensive language lessons, cultural activities and home stay accommodation with a Japanese family. This latter is one of the outstanding features of the program and certainly gives a boost to the participants’ language skills.

    During the course, mornings are spent in formal language classes and, most afternoons, opportunities are provided to explore the local culture, either in organised classes and excursions or course participants are encouraged to explore Kanazawa by themselves or with other members of the group.

    The classes are tailored to the individual participant’s language skills – participants are assessed on the first day and placed in classes according to their language abilities. Beginner classes are available. There are excellent facilities and very helpful teachers at the Institute.

    There is a Youtube video about the various Ishikawa Foundation’s courses at The AJS two week course doesn’t, of course, cover the full range of activities shown for the longer courses in the video, but there are many common features.

    The total course cost per participant, including all course fees, books, cultural activities and accommodation for the duration of the course (but NOT including fares to and from Kanazawa, Japan), depending on fluctuations in the $/Yen ratio and the number of participants, is around $1,000 - $1,400. Participants are advised to allow about $35 - $50 per day for day-to-day expenses (bus fares, lunches, souvenirs etc) so the total cost for the two week experience, by the time you have travelled to and from Kanazawa, is probably going to be around $3,500.

    Applicants must be at least 20 years old, must be a member of an Australia – Japan Society or an affiliated organisation (or join one – JETAA, JLTAA and MLTAA are considered to be affiliated organisations) and must be prepared to stay in Japan for the duration of the course.

    This is a great chance to commence, refresh, improve or develop your Japanese language skills and, if your profession is appropriate, the cost may be tax deductible as a self-education expense.

    For a more detailed outline of the program and for homestay application forms contact Michael Hodgkin, the coordinator of the program at:

    Phone: 0438584943

    • 7 Jul 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • KIN Creative Space 20 Beach Rd, Kingston Beach TAS 7050, Australia

    Please join us in celebrating Japanese Tanabata - as known as Star Festival, on Sunday 7th July.

    We will be making ‘Tanzaku' using Origami, writing our wishes or favourite words in (Japanese) calligraphy on the Tanzaku and hanging it on bamboo grass.

    The bamboo grass and Tanzaku will be displayed at the KIN Creative Space and made available for you to take home.

    This workshop is suitable for all ages.

    Please click here for registrations.

    • 16 Aug 2024
    • 18 Aug 2024
    • Online

    The second Haiku Down Under conference will take place online via Zoom from Friday to Sunday, August 16-18, 2024. The theme for 2024 is A Sensory Journey.

    Haiku Down Under 2024 – A Sensory Journey is an initiative to connect writers primarily from New Zealand and Australia through workshops, presentations, writing sessions and readings. The aim is to celebrate our seasons, peoples and cultures, landscapes and seascapes, vernacular language, and flora and fauna.

    Please put the dates 16-18 August, 2024 in your diary and stay tuned for further details, which will be released on the website over coming weeks and months.

    Sign up for email updates here.

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