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December 2013

31st Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest
Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday 17 December, the Awards Ceremony for the 31st Japan-Australia Relations Essay Contest, open to high school students nationally, was held at the Official Residence of the Consulate-General. 10 of the 14 winners from NSW attended the ceremony along with their parents, teachers and principals. The students were awarded their prizes and a certificate of commendation by Acting Consul-General Mr Toshiaki Kobayashi.


The First Prize winners in the Junior B and Senior divisions went to Mr Timothy Eddy, of Southern Cross K-12, and Ms Cecilia Le, of Sydney Girls High School, respectively. Both winners receive a return airfare to Japan, donated by the Contest’s sponsor Japan Airlines.


We would once again like to thank all the official sponsors of the Essay Contest and extend our Congratulations to the all the prize winners and their schools.

 

For the full list of 2013 prize winners, please visit the Embassy of Japan's website.

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Acting Consul-General Kobayashi

Japan Expo and Matsuri in Sydney
On Saturday 14 December at Tumbalong Park in Sydney, the Japan Expo and Matsuri was a great success. A very good crowd enjoyed the day. The event was organised by the Japan Club of Sydney, Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Japanese Society in Sydney, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) and the Japan Foundation in collaboration with the Consulate-General of Japan.

Ikebana demonstration

From the Consulate, Acting Consul-General Kobayashi gave the opening address, and at the Traditional Japan booth the consulate supported Mrs Kuniko Nakano give an ikebana demonstration which was very well received.


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Acting Consul-General Kobayashi

Tokyo Travel & Food Seminar
On 12 December, Tokyo Metropolitan Government conducted a ‘Tokyo Travel & Food Seminar’ in Sydney to introduce Tokyo’s cuisine and tourist attractions. In his speech at the seminar, Acting Consul-General Toshiaki Kobayashi explained that Tokyo is a city which blends the convenience of modern living with historic culture and traditions. He also spoke of the ties of friendship that are formed through the sister-state relationship between Tokyo and NSW.


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2013 JET Programme Returnees

Reception for 2013 JET Programme Returnees and JET Alumni Association NSW

On 11 December, a reception was held at the official residence to welcome home JET participants who returned to Sydney in 2013. Members of JETAA NSW also attended..

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Acting Consul-General Kobayashi

Emperor's Birthday Reception
The Emperor’s Birthday Reception was held under clear skies on 3 December. After the Japanese and Australian National Anthems were played, Acting Consul-General Kobayashi gave a speech in which he looked back over 2013 noting developments in a wide range of fields including politics, economics and culture. This was followed by the Deputy Premier of NSW the Hon. Andrew Stoner’s speech and the toast.


Ikebana demonstration

Around 270 people attended the event and conversation flourished.

November 2013

Naomi Campbell at the consul-general’s residence –
a tea ceremony and donation

On 30 November, international supermodel Naomi Campbell visited the consul-general’s residence and took part in a tea ceremony performed by Urasenke Tankokai in Sydney. It was a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, and Naomi said that she would ‘just like to go through the day like this’.


Naomi Campbell with Acting Consul-General Toshiaki Kobayashi

After the ceremony, it was announced that Naomi’s charity ‘Fashion For Relief’ was donating 191,000 pounds (approximately AUD343,000) in support of the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster. In her remarks, Naomi spoke warmly of how she had always felt welcome in Japan, a country that had been important in her career. The donation will be passed on by the consulate to the Japanese Red Cross.

October 2013

Seminar for junior high school students in Suginami
On 18 October, junior high school students from Suginami (a ward in Tokyo) visited the consulate. Acting Consul-General Toshiaki Kobayashi gave an overview of Australia and introduced the role of the consulate-general.


September 2013

 

20th Anniversary of the Sister City Relationship Between Hurstville and Shiroishi City

On 30 September, Acting Consul-General Toshiaki Kobayashi attended the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Hurstville and Shiroishi City. In his remarks, Mr Kobayashi congratulated the two parties on their 20 years of exchange and expressed his hope that Japan-Australia sister-city relationships, which go back 50 years, would develop even further in the future.

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Japan Endless Discovery Seminar
On 10 September, a tourism seminar was held in Sydney by Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Toyama, Takayama, Okinawa and Hiroshima. Acting Consul-General Toshiaki Kobayashi told participants that visitors to Japan could enjoy different scenery at any time of the year thanks to Japan’s four distinct seasons.

August 2013

CLAIR Forum 2013
On 5 August, the Consul-General attended the Japan- Australia Sister Cities 50th Anniversary Forum, and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the grassroots exchange which began with Lismore and Yamatotakada. The forum looked at the history of sister cities between Australia and Japan.


July 2013

JET Programme Farewell Reception

On 16 July, a reception for the 27th JET Programme participations and member of JETAA NSW was held at the Consul-General's official residence. The Consul-General encouraged participants who travelled to Japan in late July.


May 2013

Wakayama promotional event

Wakayama Soirée
On 7 May, Dr Kohara welcomed the Governor of Wakayama Prefecture, Mr Yoshinobu Nisaka, to his official residence where a Wakayama promotional event was held using umeshu (Japanese plum wine) and food products from the prefecture.

April 2013

 

Award Ceremony for Shinji Ono, Western Sydney Wanderers FC
On 23 April, an award ceremony for Shinji Ono, marquee player for Western Sydney Wanderers FC, was held at the residence of the Consul-General. In a speech at the ceremony, Consul-General Kohara commended Mr Ono for his active role in creating a bridge between Australia and Japan through soccer.

 

 

March 2013

 

JS Shirase

From 18 to 24 March, the Icebreaker JS Shirase docked at the Port of Sydney, and the Consul-General Dr. Kohara received a salute on board.


 

 

Captain Matsuda, Commanding Officer of the JS Shirase, presented a medal to the Consul-General.

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2013 NSW State Open Championships
From 15 to 17 March, 2013 NSW State Open Championships Individual was held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, and the Consulate-General Dr. Kohara encouraged the Japanese athletes.

February 2013

 

Japan Cultural Expo
On 9 February, the Consul-General attended the opening ceremony for the Japan Cultural Expo at the Dundas Community Centre


 

 

January 2013

 

30th Japan-Australia Relations Essay Awards

On 31 January, the Awards Ceremony for the NSW/NT winners of 30th Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest was held at the Consul-General's official residence.

 

 

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Reception for 2012 JET Programme Returnees and JET Alumni Association NSW
On 22 January, a reception for the 2012 JET Programme returnees and members of JETAA NSW was held at the Consul-General's official residence.

December 2012

Japanese Festival in Sydney

'Matsuri in Sydney' was held at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour on Saturday 15 December.

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The Emperor's Birthday Reception
On 4 December, the Emperor's Birthday Reception was held at the Consul-General's official residence.

Dr Charles 'Rowley' Richards [right] and Mr Barton Richardson [second right], former POWs, were among those who attended the reception.

November 2012



11th SKIF World Championships Sydney 2012

On 23 November, the Consul-General attended the opening ceremony for the 11th SKIF World Championship Sydney 2012 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

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20th Anniversary of the Sister City Relationship between Lake Macquarie and Hakodate City
On 15 November, Consul-General Kohara attended the celebrations for the anniversary of the sister city relationship between Lake Macquarie and Hakodate City in Lake Macquaire.

August 2012

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CLAIR Forum 2012

On 17 August, the Consul-General attended the 2012 Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Forum at the UTS Centre for Local Government.


July 2012

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Utagawa Hiroshige – 53 Stations of the Tokaido Exhibition
Consul-General Kohara attended the opening ceremony of the Japan Foundation ukiyo-e exhibition “Utagawa Hiroshige: 53 Stations of the Tokaido” to commemorate the 30th Anniversary between Taito City and Manly.

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Australia-Japan Society Awards for University Students
On July 10, the Consul-General attended the AJS awards ceremony for university students and also gave a lecture entitled “The Japan-Australia Partnership in the Asia-Pacific Region”.

 

 

June 2012

“Japan: Kingdom of Characters” Exhibition in Darwin
On 14 June, Consul-General Kohara, along with Northern Territory Chief Minister Henderson, attended the opening of the Japan Foundation’s “Japan: Kingdom of Characters” exhibition at the  Northern Territory Library. It is the first Japan Foundation event to be held in Darwin.

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The 6th Inoue Yasushi Awards Ceremony
On 1 June, the Consul-General attended the 6th Inoue Yasushi Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

 

May 2012

Unveiling of the plaque commemorating the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney
The Consul-General attended the public unveiling ceremony of the plaque commemorating the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour on May 28.

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“Rebuilding Tohoku” Photo Exhibition, Wollongong University
On 21 May, Consul-General Kohara attended the opening of the “Rebuilding Tohoku” Exhibition which was on display at the University of Wollongong

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Opening of the Ken Done Art Exhibition
The Consul-General attended the opening of the exhibition depicting the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour by the well known Australian artist Ken Done at Mosman Art Gallery on 18 May.

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Lecture at Macquarie University
On 16 May, Consul-General Kohara gave a lecture at Macquarie University entitled “The Japan-Australia Partnership in the Asia-Pacific Region”

April 2012

Consul-General Awards Ceremony
On 20 April, the Consul-General gave awards for recognition of service to Japan Club President, Ms Chalker, and former Japan Club president, Mr Miyashita.

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Ikenobō 550th Year Anniversary
The Consul-General attended the ceremony for the 550th Year Anniversary of the Ikenobō, the oldest school of Ikebana (flower arranging) held on 12 April.

March 2012

29th Essay Contest Awards Ceremony

On 19 March the Awards Ceremony for the 29th Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for secondary school students was held at the Consul-General’s residence.

3.11 Commemorative Reception

On 16 March, a commemorative reception was held at the Consul-General’s residence to mark one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The reception was attended by around 110 people. Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of New South Wales was the guest of honour and addressed the reception. Also attending were members of the Fire and Rescue NSW  who were among the earliest to arrive in Japan after the disaster to help with the immediate rescue efforts.
(Photo: Her Excellency the Governor of NSW with Consul-General Kohara and Mrs Kohara.

February 2012

Japanese saké and food promotion

A reception to promote Japanese saké and food was held in Sydney on 15 February. Around 240 people attended. Among the attendees was NSW Deputy Premier Stoner. Saké producers who came especially from Japan gave explanations about Japanese saké.
(Photo: NSW Deputy Premier Stoner [third from right] and members of the NSW Parliament with Japanese saké producers.)

JENESYS FBC.AU Farewell Reception

On 14 February, participants on the JENESYS Future Business Counterparts from Australia (FBC.AU) were invited to the Consul-General’s residence for a pre-orientation and farewell reception.

January 2012

Commencement Ceremony for the International Class at the Sydney Japanese School

On 17 January, Dr Kohara attended the Commencement Ceremony (Japanese, nyugakushiki) for the International Class at the Sydney Japanese School.

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