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  • 17 May 2018 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Fly me to the moon, And let me play among the stars. Let me see what Spring is like On Jupiter and Mars. In other words, hold my hand...

    ——Lisa OnoFly me to the moon


    Lisa Ono, the most successful Japanese-Brazilian Bossa Nova singer is coming to Australia to celebrate her 30 years success of making music. Lisa Ono spent her childhood in Brazil until she became 10 years old. She started singing and playing the guitar when she was 15 years old, and her debut as a professional Bossa Nova singer was in 1989. Her natural voice, rhythmic guitar playing, and her charming smile led her to a huge success which also promoted Bossa Nova in Japan.

    She has performed with many top musicians such as the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Jazz Samba giant Joao Donato, and has been performing enthusiastically in New York, Brazil and Asian countries. The album Dream, which was released in 1999, sold more than 2 hundred thousand copies in Japan, and since then she has been known as a determined figure in the Japanese Bossa Nova community.

    Lisa as the most respected singer of "Petty Bourgeoisie", her music becomes the hallmark of hotels, restaurants, cafes. As a representative of Bossa Nova, Lisa presents the unique beauty of a mature woman that is embedded in her lazy hoarse voice. The Classical Pieces are <La Vie En Rose>, <Take Me Home Country Roads>, <Jambalaya>, <Catupiry>, <Quizas Quizas Quizas> etc.

    A great concert would rescue your ears from the bustle of the city and set your soul free for a while. Don’t miss out!

    [CONCERT INFORMATION]

    Date: 17 MAY 2018 19:30PM

    Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre

    Tickets: From $59

    Tickets available on: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2018/lisa-ono/


  • 27 Apr 2018 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform the extraordinary scores by Hisaishi, conducted by the composer himself, while montages from the renowned Miyazaki films including Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke , My Neighbor Totoro and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away among others, play on a huge screen at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.

    As longstanding friends and collaborators, Hisaishi and Miyazaki have worked together for over thirty years, including nine films from renowned production house Studio Ghibli.

    Tickets are selling fast!

    Performance at Hamer Hall on

    Friday 27 April, 7:30 pm

    Saturday 28 April, 7:30 pm (Waitlist only)

    For more information and purchasing tickets, click HERE.

  • 27 Mar 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    In this workshop you’ll learn a variety of Japanese binding stitch techniques and patterns and create your very own books to take home.

    The techniques covered include simple Japanese stitch, Japanese stab binding, Hemp stitch and tortoise shell binding. Each technique builds on the last and all notes and materials will be supplied so you can create your own set of soft cover books to take home.

    Date&Time: Tuesday 27 March, 5:00pm~7:00pm

    Place: Yo Bendigo, 45 Munday Street, Bendigo

    Cost: $11

    Booking through HERE.

  • 23 Mar 2018 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Design and create a nest of 3 small bowls, perfect for dips or olives. These creations will be the talk of your next antipasto platter. Choose a glaze in class and we will contact you when your creation is ready to collect. Tutor – Shoko Mafune.

    Date & Time: Friday 23 March from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Place: Yarraville Community Centre, 59 Francis Street, Yarraville

    Cost: $69

    For more information and booking, click HERE.

  • 20 Mar 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    To celebrate Cultural Diversity week, come and watch Emerald create beautiful works of art and learn simple floral design techniques. Free, bookings necessary.

    Date & Time: Tue. 20 March 2018, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Location: Ascot Vale Library, 165 Union Rd, Ascot Vale

    Booking: Click HERE.

  • 20 Mar 2018 5:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    In this 2.5 hour workshop with Paperazzi Design Studio you will learn the art of Paper Marbling. This class will cover traditional marbling techniques, free-form techniques, different marbling mixtures and material marbling!

    Come along and have fun creating your very own marbled paper, material marbling and book edge marbling demonstration.

    No experience necessary and all materials will be provided

    Date& Time: Tuesday 20 March, 5:00pm~7:30pm

    Place: Yo Bendigo, 45 Munday St, Bendigo

    Cost: $11

    Booking through HERE.


  • 20 Mar 2018 2:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Enjoy freshly brewed Japanese tea and paired sweets with Harumi Oshitani from Okei-san. Learn how to brew your own delicious tea at home.

    DATE AND TIME: Tue., 20/03/2018, 2:00 pm

    LOCATION: Coburg Library, Corner Victoria and Louisa Streets, Coburg

    For registration, click HERE.



  • 06 Mar 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Matcha, the powdered green tea used in Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony is currently booming in popularity throughout Japan and the rest of the world. This workshop will introduce you to the spiritual heart behind the fad and give you the essence of knowledge to begin integrate it into your life.

    Chanoyu has been ever so slowly evolving for 800 years and a proper chaji (Tea Ceremony) takes about 3 years to learn and once you’ve learnt it, 5 hours to perform. That level of dedication is a serious undertaking. This 3 hour workshop will give you the very first, fundamental skills to make and drink a bowl of matcha.

    The workshop will cover:

    The history and production of matcha.

    The fundamentals of making and serving a bowl of tea.

    How to handle and care for your equipment.

    How to select and store matcha.

    Date & Time: Tue. 6 March 2018, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm 

    Location: The Botanical Store, 70 High Street, Northcote

    Cost: $75

    For registration, click HERE



  • 25 Feb 2018 11:30 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    メルボルン夏祭り - 25th Feb 2018 at Federation Square


  • 22 Feb 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    After a successful first edition in 2017, Gymnastics Australia is once again excited to host the World Cup Gymnastics Melbourne in 2018. As a part of the FIG’s new World Cup format for the 2017-2020 Olympic Cycle, Australia won the right to host a stop on the Individual Apparatus World Cup circuit, staging the first event in Melbourne in February 2017. Melbourne will continue to host this event for the next three years for both Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. 

    The competition features athletes from sixteen countries all over the world competing across two days of Qualifications on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February, with the top eight athletes on each apparatus advancing to the Finals, to be held on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February.

    There are 4 Japanese gymnasts competing for the event.

    • Keisuke Asato

    • Kazuyuki Takeda

    • Kohei Kameyama

    • Hidetaka Miyachi


    For more information and purchasing tickets, click HERE.

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