Australia-Japan Society of NSW

    • 28 Aug 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online by Zoom

    Kimono beyond the borders of Japan

    with Kyoko Hodgkinson

    Continuing with our Zoom culture series, we welcome Kyoko Hodgkinson, a Grand Master in Kimono dressing and a Japan Tradition Technique Association Instructor.

    Kyoko will talk about kimono dressing, how kimono style has transformed over the past 50 years to today, and how we can enjoy kimono in our busy modern life, and more. She says, “Kimono is there to be enjoyed by everyone, not only by people with Japanese heritage. You will be amazed by how versatile the kimono is and how divine they can make you feel.”

    Kyoko is an engaging speaker. There will be plenty of images throughout the talk and time for Q&A.


    Kyoko founded Kimono Australia as the first overseas certified kimono dressing school certified by The Japan Tradition Technique Instructor Association (JTTI). JTTI has  44 certified kimono schools and private practices around Japan. Her goal is to expand knowledge and awareness of Japanese culture through teaching Kimono dressing. Her Kimono Australia website is here:

    Kyoko teaches local Australian students how to dress in kimono authentically. She is also a kimono stylist eg for special occasions and gives expert presentations.

    Kyoko organises a variety of kimono based events throughout the year for all kimono enthusiasts in Sydney!

    How to sign up

    Sign up at the registration page. Your registration will be confirmed and the day before the event a Zoom link will be sent out to registered participants.

    The event is suitable for all ages and it is free to attend.

    • 02 Sep 2022
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Common Room, 4th Floor, New Law Building Sydney Law School and online

    Global Sports Law: Hot Topics in Australia and Japan

    September 2nd (Hybrid event)

    Japanese Baseball and the World: the Australia Connection September 3rd (In-person talk)

    Held together with the Sydney Law School and ANJeL, and as part of Japanaroo, this symposium brings together experts and practitioners in sports law and governance from Japan and Australia to discuss the big legal issues currently shaping the global sports landscape.   

    The panel, moderated by Mr. Micah Burch, Senior Lecturer, Sydney Law School, will examine the governance of sporting organisations and the regulation of labour mobility in the context of a globalised sports world. Panel participants  and their topics are:

    Corporate Governance in Australian Sport
    Professor Deborah Healey, University of New South Wales

    Professor Healey is the Director of the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre and the Editor of the Sports Law Journal.  She has more than 30 years of experience serving on the boards of major sports governance organizations.  

    The Transfer System in Nippon Professional Baseball
    Mr. Shoichi Sugiyama, Partner, Field-R Law Offices (Tokyo)
    Mr. Sugiyama counsels the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association and the Japan Sports Arbitration Agency (the independent dispute resolution body for sport-related disputes in Japan). He has lectured widely on sports law in Japan.

    Global Labour Mobility and Nippon Professional Baseball: Murakami to Nomo, Ichiro and Ohtani

    Dr. Matt Nichol, Lecturer, Central Queensland University (Melbourne)  
    Dr. Nichol’s research uses approaches to labour law and regulatory theory to understand the regulation of labour in professional team sports. Dr. Nichol’s specialty is in domestic and global labour regulation and labour mobility in baseball and he is on the board of directors of Baseball Victoria.

    Registration for the symposium is here. You can attend either in-person or online.

    The following day September 3rd, at 2:40PM, as part of the Japanaroo Japan Expo at the Great Hall of Sydney University, Dr. Matt Nichol and Micah Burch will give a lively presentation on what makes Japanese baseball so wonderful; how it has gone global; and the Australia-Japan baseball relationship’s past, present, and future.

    Dr. Nichol (CQU Melbourne, Director - Baseball Victoria Board) is an international expert in domestic and global labour regulation and labour mobility in baseball.  From 2010 to 2019 Dr. Nichol worked for the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League as a liaison and interpreter for Japanese players, coaches and staff from the NPB’s Saitama Seibu Lions.

    Micah Burch (Sydney Law School, Wests Boomers Baseball Club) teaches international sports law and introduction to Japanese law at Sydney University and played baseball at Kanazawa University in the early 90s. 

    Admission to Japan Expo is free, but please register here.

    • 04 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Online by Zoom

    Thirst Exhibition curator talk

    Contemporary Asian Craftmanship & Cultural Exchange

    In advance of the Thirst Exhibition of contemporary crafts and ceramics, curator Marge Hwang, founder of Overdue Studio, will give a talk introducing contemporary Asian craftsmanship.

    She will showcase one of the exhibition's 15 ceramicists, Ricca Okano, and discuss her work in some depth. She will then introduce Wendy Lin, a Japanese tea master, to talk about the importance of handcrafted teaware in the tea ceremony. This will be followed by Yoko Kawada, talking about the history of Kintsugi (the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold/silver dusted lacquer).

    This will be an online Zoom talk, free to attend.

    The Thirst Exhibition is part of the Sydney Design Week and will be held at Between Lines in Newtown, from 17th September. The group exhibition will feature 100 unique handcrafted wares by contemporary ceramicists from Japan, Taiwan and Korea. The curator says, "the re-emergence of this ancient art is a natural response to our single-use, throw-away culture, and we have a thirst for change."

    How to sign up

    Sign up using the Register button. Your registration will be confirmed and the day before the event a Zoom link will be sent out to registered participants.

    • 07 Sep 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Occidental Hotel, 43 York St Sydney

    Japanaroo 2022


    Japan Trivia Night with JETAA NSW and AJS NSW

    Get ready to test your knowledge on all things Japan!  Join JETAA and AJS friends in a fun Japan-themed Trivia Night during Japanaroo 2022.

        Gather a team and have a fun-filled night!
         Variety of prizes to be won!
         Hosted by the people at iQ Trivia, who do regular Trivia nights all over Sydney and Canberra.
    • Prices: Teams of up to 6 people: $66.00. Individuals: $13.00. This is a participation fee; drinks and food are on your own account. Sign up and pay online now.
    • If you register as an individual, we will organize you into mixed teams.

    We look forward to seeing you for a fabulous fun night!

    • 08 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Macquarie University, Building 3YA Theatre (10 Hadenfeld Avenue)

    Japanese Pop Culture event & film screening

    in conjunction with Macquarie Uni

    In a joint event with Macquarie University's Japanese Program and as part of the Japanaroo festival of all things Japan, AJS-NSW invites you to a combined film-screening, discussion panel, and audience-participation cosplay/Japanese street fashion contest.

    Anyone is welcome to join Macquarie students and local people to celebrate Japanese pop culture fandom in Australia.

    The event will focus on a screening of the 2004 film Kamikaze Girls (下妻物語). This will be followed by a panel discussion about cosplay and Japanese street fashion fandom in Australia. Dr. Tom Baudinette of Macquarie will lead the discussion.

    Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in cosplay or Japanese street fashion (such as Lolita, ageha, etc) with a prize of a Kinokuniya Book Voucher awarded to the most impressive costume and most impressive street fashion costume. A photo space will be established where audience members may have professional photos taken of their costumes prior to the commencement and conclusion of the film screening.

    The event is free to attend. Parking is available at the university in the evenings, or of course it is a short walk from Macquarie University train station.

    Please register at the Eventbrite link here.

    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 18 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Adelaide, UniSA City Campus and various

    Conference of the National Federation of Australia-Japan Societies

    The National Conference of the Federation of Australia-Japan Societies for 2022 will be held in Adelaide on Friday 16th - Sunday 18th September 2022.

    The Conference theme is: New Frontiers.

    The Conference is open to anyone interested in the Australia-Japan relationship. The first day will focus on business, including the exciting potential of the recently announced Australian Space Agency, a keynote speech from astronaut Dr. Mamoru Mohri, and business matching opportunities with Japanese companies.

    In addition the conference will showcase the stories of South Australia’s relationship with Japan including premium food and beverage, manufacturing, sport, cultural links, education, and sister city relationships.

    There will be a Reception and a Gala Dinner and an optional winery tour on Sunday.

    Discounted tickets are available to AJS members (click here for membership form if you are not a member). For additional details and to register, go to the Conference webpage at Members should email us for the member discount code.

    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 9:45 AM
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre, Ken Nakajima Place, COWRA NSW

     The Cowra Sakura Matsuri 2022 will be held 24-25 September, and you’re invited!

    The Sakura Matsuri will be held this year after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Let the promise of spring blossoms and the inspiring and powerful beat of the taiko drums draw you to Cowra! The festival is organized by the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre; the Garden forms part of the Cowra Peace Precinct, an historic area managed by Cowra Shire.

    Some AJS members have planned to go so please let us know if you will also be there, by email. Prompt decision is recommended however since accommodation that weekend is tight in Cowra!

    For AJS, the festival and associated events at the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre will include:

    Saturday 24 September - Sakura Matsuri

    A day showcasing the spring blossom and Japanese Cultural displays and activities including tea ceremonies, martial arts displays, sumo wrestling, traditional music & dancing, taiko drummers, bonsai demonstrations and much more.

    Gates are open 8.30 am - 5.00 pm, festival activities are scheduled between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

    Saturday Evening 24 September – Sakura Matsuri Cocktail Party

    Commencing at 6.30 pm. (You should be a member of AJS to attend)

    Sunday 25 September - Service of Respect at the Australian & Japanese War Cemeteries

    Commencing at 10.00 am.


    • Getting there:      Self-drive (about 4 hours from Sydney)
    • Accommodation: Self-book. Cowra Visitor's Centre (Cowra Tourism) keeps a list of available accommodation)
    • Entry fee: Entry fee to Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, payable at gate or in advance see Trybooking website
    • Meet at:  Cowra Gardens car park, 24 Sep (Sat), 9.45 am

Past events

17 Jul 2022 Roger Pulvers – The Amazing Japanese Sense of Humour
23 Jun 2022 The Australia-Japan Security Partnership, with John Langtry
17 Jun 2022 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito F2F...日本語でしゃべらナイト
18 May 2022 2022 Student Awards Night
01 May 2022 Bushwalk at North Head Quarantine Station
31 Mar 2022 New Members Welcome Event
09 Mar 2022 An Educator's Journey: Three decades in Japan, Zoom event
08 Feb 2022 Meet Libby Hathorn, children's book author, and Sadami Konchi, illustrator, of famous Basho tale
29 Dec 2021 Zoom Culture Series: New Year (Oshogatsu) Ikebana
24 Nov 2021 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2021
31 Oct 2021 Zoom Culture Series: Meet an Australian netsuke artist
19 Oct 2021 Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics: Behind the scenes
10 Oct 2021 Zoom Culture Series: Making wagashi (Japanese sweets)
25 Aug 2021 Pandemic Pressure Points: Economics, Governance and Society in Japan
23 Jul 2021 Olympics Trivia Night by Zoom
04 Jun 2021 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito F2F...日本語でしゃべらナイト
25 May 2021 2021 Student Awards Night
21 Apr 2021 AJS Business Series with Fujitsu Oceania CEO, Graeme Beardsell
05 Mar 2021 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito by Zoom...日本語でしゃべらナイト (Zoom版)
28 Dec 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Osechi Ryori (Japanese New Year dishes)
03 Dec 2020 Walking in Japan with John McBride
23 Nov 2020 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020
22 Nov 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Kimono with Tae Gessner
06 Nov 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Bonsai with an Expert, Megumi Bennett
30 Oct 2020 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito by Zoom...日本語でしゃべらナイト (Zoom版)
17 Oct 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Japanese Wrapping with Yoshie Kumagai
29 Sep 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Meet manga-style comic book artist Queenie Chan
28 Feb 2020 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito for 2020...日本語でしゃべらナイト
25 Nov 2019 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019
08 Nov 2019 Supported Event : Inoue Yasushi Award and Culture Event
06 Nov 2019 Japan Supernatural Exhibition - Talk, Tour and Drinks
04 Sep 2019 Sydney Launch of Cowra Voices
06 Aug 2019 AJS+JETAA Trivia Night
19 Jul 2019 Watch Japan v Australia Women's Rugby in North Sydney
25 Jun 2019 Japanese Wine Tasting Dinner
31 May 2019 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito for 2019...日本語でしゃべらナイト
19 May 2019 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
14 May 2019 2019 Student Awards Night
03 Apr 2019 An Evening with Bruce Miller AO, former Ambassador to Japan
27 Mar 2019 Joint Dinner / Konshinkai - with AJBCC Future Leaders
28 Feb 2019 Australia-Japan Foundation - Tips for Grants
21 Nov 2018 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018
09 Nov 2018 Supported Event : Inoue Yasushi Award and Culture Event
19 Oct 2018 National Conference of the Federation of Australia-Japan Societies
23 Aug 2018 Sustainability in business with Dr. David Cooke, Konica Minolta
06 Jul 2018 Shaberanaito...日本語でしゃべらナイト
19 Jun 2018 Australia and Japan: Stronger defence ties - what does it mean?
28 May 2018 2018 Student Awards Night
16 May 2018 Japanese Sake Tasting Event
21 Feb 2018 Calligraphy Performance and Workshop with Ren Yano, Plus AJS new venue celebration
09 Feb 2018 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito for 2018...日本語でしゃべらナイト
19 Dec 2017 Supported event: Innovation Dojo Finale Pitch Night
21 Nov 2017 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM)
08 Nov 2017 Japan's Future Workforce, with Debra Hazelton, Mizuho Financial Group
20 Oct 2017 Supported Event : Inoue Yasushi Award and Culture Event
16 Oct 2017 New highs in Australian tourism to Japan, with Kana Wakabayashi of JNTO
26 Sep 2017 Supported Event: Australia, Japan & International Economic Outlook Seminar 2017
17 Sep 2017 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
14 Sep 2017 Mister Minit – the Japan experience
14 Jul 2017 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito 日本語でしゃべらナイト
22 Jun 2017 Japanese Whisky Tasting Event
25 May 2017 Innovation - Solving Big Problems for Australia-Japan
27 Apr 2017 2017 University Awards Night
07 Apr 2017 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito 日本語でしゃべらナイト
28 Feb 2017 Japan and Australia in the Trump Era
20 Nov 2016 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
16 Nov 2016 Sydney Modern Project & Tsukioka Print Exhibition
18 Oct 2016 A conversation with Adam Liaw, Masterchef winner and food presenter
07 Oct 2016 Supported Event : Inoue Yasushi Award and Culture Event
10 Aug 2016 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
21 Jul 2016 UNIQLO's Australian Advance, with Sho Miyasaka, UNIQLO Australia CEO
08 Jun 2016 2016 University Awards Night; Consul-General Takaoka keynote "Japan, Australia and the G7 Summit"
07 Apr 2016 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
21 Mar 2016 Supported Event: Australia, Japan & International Economic Outlook Seminar 2016
16 Mar 2016 Volunteering in Tohoku - after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – John Black
02 Feb 2016 Asia Region Funds Passport - Financial Services Council, CEO Sally Loane
22 Nov 2015 Save the Date- Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
04 Nov 2015 Shaberanaito : 日本語でしゃべらナイト
18 Sep 2015 Culture Program: "Inoue Yasushi & the Four Seasons in Japan"
13 Aug 2015 "How Japan Can Save the World" with Roger Pulvers
30 Jul 2015 Shaberanaito : 日本語でしゃべらナイト
14 Jul 2015 Japan through the Lens of a Global Investor
16 Jun 2015 From exchange student to Executive VP of Mitsui Australia - Wendy Holdenson
19 May 2015 2015 University Awards Night with keynote speech by Consul-General Takaoka
09 Apr 2015 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
21 Mar 2015 Twilight Barefoot Bowling
17 Mar 2015 Supported Event: ABENOMICS THE JAPANESE ECONOMY OUTLOOK seminar
26 Feb 2015 Learning from Japan about an Ageing Society
17 Feb 2015 Theatre Party: Yasukichi Murakami: Through a Distant Lens
24 Nov 2014 AJS-NSW AGM
16 Nov 2014 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
12 Nov 2014 AJS Business Series: R&D activities of Canon in Australia
31 Oct 2014 Supported Culture Event: Inoue Yasushi Award and Film Night
23 Oct 2014 Sports Business in Japan: The Next Six Years will be full of Opportunities!
15 Oct 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
23 Jul 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
09 Jul 2014 Food safety/security trends and the Japan - Australia Economic Partnership
18 Jun 2014 Making Japan Still Matter for Australians - the New Colombo Plan and Effective Strategies for the Future
21 May 2014 2014 University Awards, with Presentation by Consul-General Takaoka on PM Abbott's recent Japan visit
22 Mar 2014 Twilight Barefoot Bowling
11 Mar 2014 March 11 - Tohoku - 3 years on!
19 Feb 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
13 Nov 2013 Nikkei-Australians: Change and contributions
07 Nov 2013 "JAPAN: THE AWAKENING" - JETRO Sydney Business Promotion Symposium, 7th November 2013 -- an AJS-NSW supported event
12 Oct 2013 Japanese Cooking Event & Wine tasting, with chef Yoshiko Takeuchi
20 Sep 2013 Supported Culture Event: Inoue Yasushi Award - Hirayama Ikuo and the Silk Road - Poetry and Concert
20 Aug 2013 AJS Business Series - Encouraging Japanese investment in Australia, Jane Madden of Austrade
08 Aug 2013 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
02 Jul 2013 'Fukushima' with Mark Willacy, ABC North Asia correspondent
11 Jun 2013 AJS Business Series - High-speed rail: What Australia can learn from the Japanese experience
21 May 2013 University Awards & Presentation 'Japan is Back!' by Consul-General of Japan in Sydney Dr. Kohara
04 Apr 2013 Supported Event: Australia, Japan & Intl Economic Outlook Seminar
06 Mar 2013 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
08 Dec 2012 Watch Baseball - Sydney Blue Sox vs Canberra Cavalry - with Hanshin players
26 Nov 2012 AJS-NSW AGM (Annual General Meeting)
01 Nov 2012 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
26 Sep 2012 "Australia’s Approach to the Asian Century", Guest Speaker former diplomat Mr. Richard Woolcott
24 Sep 2012 Welcome Dinner - Toyama Japan - Australia Society (JAS)
29 Aug 2012 AJS Business Series - Japanese M&A in Australia: an Update
10 Jul 2012 University Awards & Presentation by Consul-General 'Issues in Japan and the Australia-Japan relationship'
04 Jul 2012 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
14 Jun 2012 AJS Business Series: 'Securing Japan's Energy and Resources'
01 Jun 2012 Supported Event: Japanese culture evening - Inoue Yasushi Award and Concert
04 Apr 2012 Shaberanaito: English-Speaking Only! 英語でしゃべらナイト
27 Mar 2012 Supported Event: Austrade-JETRO "Opening the Door to Business with Japan"
22 Mar 2012 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲大阪春場所の観戦パーティ
08 Mar 2012 AJS Business Series: 'After the Japan Disaster - Business Impacts and Outlook', Elizabeth Masamune, Austrade
01 Mar 2012 Supported Event: University of Sydney Law School - Disaster Prevention and Management
24 Nov 2011 Supported Event: Australia & Japan Economic Outlook Conference
10 Nov 2011 Shaberanaito: Japanese Speaking Evening
21 Sep 2011 Acclaimed Food Manga Writer Tetsu Kariya Returns
14 Aug 2011 Sake and Ume-shu Tasting with Angus Beef BBQ
28 Jul 2011 AJS Business Series: 'Australia-Japan: A Forgotten Economic Relationship?' Prof. the Hon. Stephen Martin of CEDA
24 Jun 2011 University Awards & Presentation Consul-General "Japan and Japan-Australia Relations after the East Japan Earthquake Disaster"
29 Apr 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Charity Concert
19 Apr 2011 Japan’s Economic Outlook: Impact of Recent Disasters
15 Apr 2011 Japanese literature evening - Inoue Yasushi Award and Exhibition Opening
12 Apr 2011 Supported event:Exploring Japanese language and culture- J-movie “Departures”
22 Mar 2011 Supported Event: Fantasy and Imagination: Exploring Japanese Creative Writings
12 Mar 2011 Sound of Beauty Concert
31 Jan 2011 Supported event: Japanese language classes
24 Nov 2010 Supported Event: Kanagawa Business Seminar
22 Nov 2010 Japanese Film Festival
18 Nov 2010 Sumo Watching Party
18 Nov 2010 Supported Event: Australia & Japan Economic Outlook Conference
04 Nov 2010 External Event: Nagoya Day
27 Oct 2010 Investing in Australia - Managing Political Risk
12 Sep 2010 Wagyu Lunch in Megalong Valley
11 Aug 2010 Japan’s Food Manga - Tetsu Kariya Talks
23 Jun 2010 Japan Market Entry Success Stories
28 Apr 2010 Shaberanaito: Japanese Speaking Evening
07 Apr 2010 Art Lecture: Utamaro Japanese prints "Edo City: Crucible of Culture"
13 Mar 2010 Family Barefoot Bowling
24 Feb 2010 Working for a Japanese Company

About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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