Date: 2017-05-22 09:57
The Embassy of Japan introduced some Japanese culture such as origami, calligraphy, special calligraphy performance by a calligrapher artist, Ren, water balloon fishing and traditional toys. We also distributed travel brochures promoting Japan as a tourist destination. One highlight of the day’s activities was the “mochi-tsuki” or rice pounding demonstrations and members of the public sampled the soft rice cakes that were made.
According to the ACT government who hosted the festival, approximately 68,555 people attended, signaling that spring had finally sprung in Canberra!
Chief of Protocol, Ms. Sally Mansfield of DFAT and Ambassador Akimoto toasted celebrating His Majesty's birthday. This year was the first year to host the emperor's birthday reception for Ambassador and Mrs. Akimoto.
The travelling exhibition Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art organised by the Japan Foundation was held at M66 Artspace in Canberra from July 65th to 77th. The work of 69 Japanese artists were introduced and was received well by visitors to the exhibition with many making comments such as &ldquo very interesting,&rdquo &ldquo it is a good exhibition&rdquo and &ldquo enjoyable.&rdquo The Embassy of Japan will also host other exhibitions and cultural performances in the future to introduce Japanese culture.
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The Embassy of Japan in conjunction with ANU Japan Institute and the Japan Foundation presented an Evening of Japanese Anime at the Coombs Theatre, ANU on 6th March. The 7559 animated Science Fiction film Summer Wars directed by Mamoru Hosoda was shown after an introductory lecture given by Dr Carol Hayes, ANU Japan Centre on ‘Portals, Avatars and Identity – Interconnectivity in the Anime of Mamoru Hosoda’. She spoke about the history of Japanese anime and characteristics commonly represented in Osamu Tezuka and Hayao Miyazaki’s Anime. Dr Hayes also gave insight into Hosoda’s anime ‘Summer Wars’ and its charm. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the depth of the film and its well-constructed storyline, and the end was met with tremendous applause.
At the Emperor&rsquo s birthday reception this year, there were also Taiko and Koto musical performances, and Japanese cuisine and sake were provided.
Kobe has also launched the multilanguage travel app Kobe Official Travel Guide by Navitime. User can browse online maps on their smartphones showing Kobe Free Wi-Fi access points, stations, tourist facilities, and other information. Certain features are also available to use offline. The app can be downloaded via Google Play and the App Store.
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This service provides free wireless access in all seven Kyūshū prefectures. Access is available at locations registered with the Kyūshū Free Wi-Fi Project via the Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi application. Kyūshū tourist information and discount coupons are available by downloading the Japan Travel Guide application.
Since his arrival in Canberra last October, Ambassador Akimoto has paid courtesy calls on various Australian political leaders such as Ms Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition, and Ms Katy Gallagher, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory. Ambassador Akimoto exchanged views with these leaders about domestic policies in Australia and Japan as well as our bilateral relations.