Mark Bulley

Uni Kick Returns to Australia – AJS FNQ fundraising


In 2023, “Uni-Kick”, a young Japanese male (23), travelled from Melbourne to Cairns by “Kick Scooter”.

He met many people along the way and received lots of support.
His journey gave encouragement and inspiration to many people and himself.

Eight months after returning to Japan, “Uni-Kick” has returned to Australia in January 2024.

This new adventure has two purposes.

One is to visit the people who supported Uni-Kick on his last journey, and he would like to express his gratitude and thanks to them.

The other is to fulfill the dream of an 87-year-old man who he met in Mission Beach on his last trip. His dream is to go around Australia in a caravan however his family was worried of his age to travel on his own so Uni-Kick hand up to support to travel this time with Daddy (Nickname).

The Australia Japan Society in FNQ, a Cairns community volunteer group, organized the welcome event for the Uni-Kick arrival to Cairns in 2023.

The AJS Far North Queensland arranged another warm welcome for UNI-KICK, held at the Mini Car Rental property on Sunday 28th January.

Uni Kick spoke about the earthquake disaster in January in Noto Peninsula Ishikawa – his home base in Japan.

AJS FNQ Fundraising for Nota Peninsula Earthquake Disaster

On this trip, he expressed his wish to do fundraise for the people of the Noto Peninsula, the disaster-stricken area.

To support his wish, the AJS Far North Queensland has set up a fundraising account.

If you would like to donate to help people in Japan through Uni-Kick Fundraising, please send your contribution to this account.

Please donate to:
Australia Japan Society Far North Queensland
Westpac Bank / BSB 034-167 / Account 420731

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Taste of Japan – Event Report

During the evening of Thursday 5th May 2022, Freshwater Station came alive…

Wow, what an amazing, fantastically supported event with engagement through Japanese food, arts and craft, showing and connecting the Cairns / Japanese community.

The Japanese community came together with a social, spectacular of foods, drinks, art, craft, and other Japan related stalls, located on the iconic Freshwater Station platform. “Taste of Japan”. With efficient student volunteers from St Augustin’s College to help make the night a success, a long overdue experience.

Organisers were amazed by the hundreds of locals and visitors who came to support this event and see what Japan has to offer here in Cairns, and without travelling too far.

The Cairns community have a strong passion and support for Japan and local businesses and residents, knowing they are dearly missing family without the ease of direct travel from Cairns to Japan, just now.
The Australia Japan Society FNQ, wanted to thank local Japanese businesses, Japanese residents, and their families, for the great event, including Junko Hirose, of Barrons Kitchen and High Tea Trolley Bistro.

The Australia Japan Society FNQ (Cairns) is a local volunteer, not for profit society in Cairns for 40 years.

Simultaneously on the evening of 5.5.22, AJS organised an exclusive, VIP Bento Box Train Dinner for members and guests. The train bento box was served within the vintage Macarthur’s Car / train carriage permanently located at the station, special guests included Cairns Japan Director Tsuneki Matsuda, Cairns regional Council, Deputy Mayor Terry James, and local icon, Mr. Frank Lanza . Thirty people attended the dinner with AJS supporter Mr. Wayne Rees as the dinner train ticket inspector, clicking tickets, having fun and drawing tickets for prizes for those attending the main event.




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