Matsuri in Sydney
On 7 November, thousands of people gathered at Darling Harbour’s Palm Grove to attend the 7th Annual “Matsuri in Sydney” presented by Matsuri Inc. As with previous years, the festival aimed to introduce Japanese culture through live presentations of Taiko drums and shakuhachi, Bonodori and Soran dancing, karate demonstrations and J-Pop performances. Calligraphy, origami and flower arrangement workshops were also offered as well as a range of Japanese food, travel advice and tourism information.
35th Anniversary Events of the Nagoya-Sydney Sister City Relationship
On 1 November, “Nagoya Day” was held in Hyde Park to celebrate 35 years of the sister city friendship between Sydney and Nagoya. Sydneysiders were introduced to the regional food and culture of Nagoya and Japan. The Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, Mr Masato Takaoka, was invited to deliver an opening address. On 2 November, a tree planting ceremony was held at Nagoya Garden in Hyde Park to plant sasanqua camellia trees donated by Nagoya City.
Second Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students 2015
The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney would like to thank all the 584 students who entered the 2015 Contest. We received many strong entries this year, which made it difficult for our judges to reach their decision. However, after much careful deliberation, we are proud to announce the winners of the Second Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for New South Wales and Northern Territory Secondary School Students 2015!
Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation - Awarding Ceremony for Ms Cathy Jonak and Ms Sally Shimada
On 28 October, Ms Cathy Jonak and Ms Sally Shimada were presented with the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation by Consul-General Masato Takaoka, at the awarding ceremony held at his residence. The two teachers have been working for over forty years as pioneers of Japanese education in Australia.
Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation - Awarding Ceremony for Cr Jenny Dowell, Mayor of Lismore
On 8 October, the Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, Mr Masato Takaoka, presented the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation to Cr Jenny Dowell, Mayor of Lismore. The sister-city partnership established between Lismore and Yamato Takada in 1963 is the first and oldest sister-city relationship between Japan and Australia.
Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney
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