Consulate Event Gallery


May 2024

Cowra Koyo Matsuri

Cowra Koyo Matsuri

On 3 May, Consul-General Tokuda visited Cowra and participated in the Koyo Matsuri, which was held at the Cowra Japanese Gardens. Together with Mayor Ruth Fagan, he laid flowers at the Australian and Japanese War Cemeteries.

April 2024

Sydney Japanese International School Entrance Ceremony

Sydney Japanese International School Entrance Ceremony

On 30 April, Consul-General Tokuda attended the Entrance Ceremony at Sydney Japanese International School.

ANZAC Day Commemoration Service

ANZAC Day Commemoration Service 2024

On 25 April, Consul-General Tokuda attended the ANZAC Day Commemoration Service organised by RSL NSW.

Judo with Gold-Medallist Takato Naohisa

Consul-General Tokuda with Gold-Medallist Takato Naohisa

On 13 April, Consul-General Tokuda attended a Judo event alongside gold-medallist Takato Naohisa.

23rd Jodo Championships

23rd Jodo Championships

On 12 April, Consul-General Tokuda attended the 23rd Jodo Championships, facilitated by Australian Kendo Renmei.

School Visit

St Columba's School Visit

On 10 April, Vice-Consul Tateno visited St. Columba’s Catholic College. She spoke about Japanese culture with Year 11 students who are studying Japanese and legal studies.

JET Programme Early-Arrival Participants Depart for Japan

JET Programme Early-Arrival Participants Depart for Japan

On 6 April, Consul Ikegaya saw off two early-arrival JET Programme participants from Sydney International Airport.

March 2024

46th Australian Kendo Championships

46th Australian Kendo Championships

On 31 March, Consul-General Tokuda attended the 46th Australian Kendo Championships organised by the NSW Kendo Association and Australian Kendo Renmei.

All-Australia Karate Championships

All-Australia Karate Championships

On 17 March, Consul-General Tokuda attended the All-Australia Karate Championships facilitated by the International Organisation Kempo Genbu Ryu.

Sydney Japanese International School Graduations

Sydney Japanese International School Graduations

On 15 March, Consul-General Tokuda attended the Sydney Japanese International School Graduation Ceremony.

Speech at New College, UNSW

Speech at New College, UNSW

On 13 March, Consul-General Tokuda attended the Lent Formal Dinner held at UNSW’s New College and gave a speech on Japan-Australia relations to more than 250 students, mainly in master’s and doctoral programs.

The 2024 JET Returnee Reception

2024 JET Returnee Reception

On 12 March, Consul-General Tokuda hosted the 2024 JET Returnee Reception at his official residence. After speeches by the Consul-General, Mr Angelo Mendoza, President of JET Alumni Association of NSW (JETAA NSW), and Ms Koizumi Sayoko, Deputy Executive Director of CLAIR Sydney, guests heard a thoughtful speech by Mr Tin-Lok Shea, a Partner at H&H Lawyers, who is a former Coordinator for International Relations on JET.

The event was an opportunity for academics, representatives from the Japanese business community, Japanese government organisations and the NSW Department of Education, and JETAA NSW committee members to enjoy a pleasant evening networking with the recent returnees. Chef Kodera, executive chef at the residence, prepared local dishes from each of the seven prefectures where the most recent returnees were posted and the home prefecture of Ms Koizumi from CLAIR to remind them of their hometowns in Japan.

February 2024

Emperor’s Birthday Reception

2024 Emperor's Birthday Reception

On 28 February, a reception was held at the Consul-General’s residence to celebrate the 64th birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. Guests included people from all walks of life, including key representatives of the NSW Government.

The formal proceedings began with the national anthems performed by the Sydney Japanese Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu, the artistic director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.

In his celebratory remarks, Consul-General Tokuda touched on the many aspects of Japan and Australia's close ties including politics, security, business and people-to-people exchange.

Next, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, Governor of NSW, followed by the Hon. Anoulack Chanthivong, Minister for Trade and Industry, representing the NSW Premier, both gave speeches. Governor Beazley’s remarks revealed her deep knowledge of Japan and included mention of a Japanese athlete active in wheelchair marathons and the Cowra Breakout which marks the 80th anniversary this year.

Emperor's Birthday Reception 2024

An additional element on this occasion was the conferment ceremony of the Imperial Decoration (Autumn 2023) for the Honourable Jonathan O’Dea, former Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly. Mr O’Dea received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of regional exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and Australia.

Emperor's Birthday Reception 2024


At the reception, food prepared by residence Chef Kodera and his team as well as drinks were served. Guests could also visit booths and displays introducing products and services of Japanese businesses. There were flowers by Ikebana International Sydney Chapter President Mrs Hiroko Prado and a bonsai by Mrs Megumi Bennett.

Emperor's Birthday Reception 2024


The companies listed below kindly contributed through booths and displays or by providing items as giveaways for guests.

ANA (All Nippon Airways)
JAL (Japan Airlines)
Lion (Kirin Beer)
Nippon Food Supplies (Takarashuzo Group)
Sapporo Beer
Toyota (display of Mirai hydrogen car)

Kikkoman (the soy sauce for sushi)
NH Foods (Omugi Gyu Angus for the roast beef)
LeTao cheesecake

From Japan
Akita Meijo Sake Brewery (Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture)
Kawatsuru Sake Brewery (Kanonji City, Kagawa Prefecture)

Japanese government organisations – CLAIR, JETRO and JNTO – also contributed booths and were part of the “All Japan” promotion.

The consulate would like to thank everyone for their support of the event.



Visit to University of New South Wales

Visit to UNSW

On 23 February, Consul-General Tokuda visited the University of New South Wales and exchanged views with Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, and his colleagues, for promoting academic cooperation.

Visit to Darwin

Darwin trip February 2024

From 18 to 20 February, Consul-General Tokuda visited Darwin in the Northern Territory and attended the Commemorative Service of the Bombing of Darwin Day, the Memorial Service for the I-124 Submarine Crew and the Commemorative Service of the Sinking of USS Peary, among other events.

He also paid courtesy calls and held discussions with His Honour Professor the Honourable Hugh Heggie PSM, Administrator of the Northern Territory, and the Honourable Eva Lawler, Chief Minister and Treasurer.

Inner West Kids Fest

Inner West Kids Fest

On 17 February, Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney participated in Inner West Kids Fest, organised by Inner West Council, and offered workshops of Origami and Sumi-e. Nearly 400 children enjoyed experiencing Japanese culture.

January 2024

Australia Day

Australia Day 2024 at Strathfield

On 26 February, Consul-General Tokuda attended an Australia Day event organised by the Strathfield Council.

Sydney Japanese International School Entrance Ceremony

Sydney Japanese International School Entrance Ceremony

On 18 January, Consul-General Tokuda attended the Entrance Ceremony at Sydney Japanese International School.