Australia-Japan Society of NSW

Upcoming events

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Yukis at the Quay, Sydney
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    Japanese wine tasting night with complementary food!

    We are excited to plan a wine tasting led by an expert in Japanese wine, Denis Gastin, and a Japanese-born winemaker from the Hunter Valley, Atsuko Radcliffe, founder of Small Forest wines.

    Yuki's at the Quay will be the venue for a wonderful evening of wine tasting with matching Japanese dishes, including appetisers, tempura and Wagyu beef.

    Yuki's is a fine dining venue in the Overseas Passenger Terminal, with fabulous views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.

    Wines to be tasted include two from Small Forest, and others from Grace and Aruga Branca of Yamanashi, Japan.

    Note that registrations are limited to 30 people.

    Profile of leaders for wine tasting

    Denis Gastin grew up in Australia's Central and Northeast Victorian wine regions and has had a lifelong interest in wine.  Assignments as an Australian trade official in China and Japan opened up new wine vistas for him and, after leaving the government service, he has written extensively about the wine industry in Asia, as well as about Australian wine and other wine topics. Among others, he has been a judge at the Japan Wine Competition since its inception, and is a contributor to many industry magazines and publisher of the Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine.

    Atsuko Radcliffe is the first female winemaker in Japan, and the only Japanese winemaker to establish a wine brand in Australia – the name SMALL FOREST™ is a direct translation of her Japanese family name (Kobayashi) 小林. With some knowledge of sake as well, she brings a unique approach to winemaking. Her first vintage the 2014 Orange Shiraz has received numerous medals, including Silvers at the Orange Wine Show and the International Wine Challenge in London, and a Gold at the Sakura Award in Japan.

    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • North Sydney Oval

    Watch Women's Rugby Test Japan v Australia with AJS group

    The Japanese Women's Rugby team (Sakura Fifteens) is coming to NSW in July to play two tests against the Australian Women's rugby team the Wallaroos. World Rugby is committed to increase participation in the women's game and have a well funded global campaign.

    Australia vs Japan Women’s Rugby

    Test #1 Newcastle on Saturday 13th July at 3pm 

    Test #2 North Sydney Oval Friday 19th July at 7pm

    AJS-NSW is planning a group to attend the match on Friday 19th in North Sydney. Let us know you are coming by clicking REGISTER button to RSVP but please buy your own ticket via Ticketek here (only $20pp)

    After the game we will adjourn to a local pub.

    • 04 Sep 2019
    • Japan Foundation, Central Park 3F, Sydney

    This will be the Sydney launch of Cowra Voices, a storytelling project based in the Central West region of NSW, Australia.

    Beginning in February, 2018 and concluding in August, 2019 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout, this project aims to link people and places by creating a geo-location capable storytelling app–much like a heritage trail app–exploring Cowra’s unique story of civic peace and reconciliation.

    More details to follow.

Other Japan-related Events

April 12 – June 21, 2019 | Japan Foundation, Sydney

Coexistences - Portraits of Today's Japan

This photo exhibition brings together several of Laura Liverani’s portrait series from Japan: elderly cheerleaders, a school for senior models, women sumo wrestlers, tobi construction workers, full-body spandex suit enthusiasts and Hokkaido’s indigenous Ainu population. Six separate stories portray the lesser-known communities of today’s Japan. The people of every community portrayed, however distant from one another, all share a strong sense of group identity—an identity that is actively expressed in daily life.

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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, and publishes a quarterly newsletter, Tomodachi.

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