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Japan Week 2013

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
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Celebrate Japanese culture in a week-long festival with events held in Brisbane and throughout South-East Queensland region. This year Japan Week will take place from Friday the 16th to Thursday the 22nd of August.

Coordinated by the Consulate-General of Japan in Brisbane, the Festival has a wide variety of events celebrating all things Japanese:

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Sakura Dance group - image from Japan Consultate website

Japanese Cultural Performances
Friday 16th August, 11:00am 5:00pm
Queen Street Mall Stage, Brisbane (Opposite Myer)

Enjoy a taste of traditional Japanese culture. Featuring an array of free displays and demonstrations including Japanese taiko music, traditional dance, sumo, and martial arts, you will experience the beauty, strength and joy inherent in these Japanese art forms.

Japan Trivia Night
Saturday 17th August, 6:30pm 10:30pm
Bleeding Heart Gallery, 166 Ann Street, Brisbane

Presented by the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association (JETAA) Queensland, and featuring questions prepared by legendary Quiz Masters Ken, Keith and Bob Parker, this event will test your knowledge of Japan, Australia and the world. Get your brains trust together (teams of up to six), grab your thinking cap and reserve your place!

Cost: $15 per person plus drinks. (Cover charge includes a cold platter of light refreshments and snacks. The gallery bar will be open all night. Please note, the bar does not serve food so you may want to get those brain cells charged up with a meal before you arrive!)

Trivia Teams: Teams will consist of up to six people. You are welcome to RSVP as a group, a couple or a single; if you have more than six or not enough for a team, JETAA will even out the numbers and make sure everyone has a team. Tables will be numbered and allocated prior to the event to assist with catering, and to get the fun started on time.

RSVP: By Friday 2nd August to

Japanese Cultural Day
Sunday 18th August, 11:00am 3:00pm
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha, Japanese Garden
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Mt Cootha Gardens - Image from Japan Consulate website

Experience a day of Japanese culture set amongst the beautiful Japanese Garden at Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Guests will have the chance to experience traditional arts such as the tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arranging, Japanese rice cake (mochi) making and traditional Japanese music featuring the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and koto (Japanese harp).

Approximate demonstration and performance times:

11:00am Calligraphy; Rice Cake Making
11:20am & 11:40am Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
12:00noon Flower Arranging; Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
12:20pm & 12:40pm Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
1:00pm Calligraphy; Rice Cake Making
2:00pm Flower Arranging
2:30pm Traditional Japanese Music

A Japan Travel Information Desk, kindly supported by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Nippon Travel Agency (NTA) will also be on hand throughout the day for you to pick up free travel brochures and receive advice about visiting Japan.

Ikebana Demonstrations
Wednesday 21st August, 11:00am 12:00noon
QUT Art Museum, 2 George St. Brisbane

This free display will feature live ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) demonstrations. A delicate art form based on harmony and balance, these displays are sure to impress.


For further details on Japan Week events please contact the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane on (07) 3221 5188.
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