Cairns – Japan Week 2020 – online!

1-8 NOV 2020

From November 1 to 8 please enjoy the variety of Japanese Culture. Good Vibes, Listen, Learn, Experience it Here!

Day 1: Japanese Drums, Shamisen, Shakuhachi: JAPAN (Yamabe Taishi, Asano Sho, Ishigaki Seizan)
Opening Remarks by Director Uchida Akira and Mayor Bob Manning
Day 2:Koto (Murai Miwako): KURANDA
Day 3:Yosakoi Dance (Fun): CAIRNS
Day 4:Tea Ceremony (Cairns tea ceremony club): CAIRNS
Day 5:Japanese Traditional Cakes (Matsushima Ben): KURANDA
Day 6:Japanese Drums (Drum ? Mugendai): CAIRNS
Day 7:Origami (Origami Cairns): CAIRNS
Day 8:J-Pop (Michiyo): JAPAN – “A Celebration of Japanese Culture”

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2020-11-02T14:16:04+10:00November 2nd, 2020|

Australia Japan Society FNQ Scholarship 2020-21 Cancellation

Iit is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2020-2021 Cairns Sister City Student Scholarship Program.

The AJS FNQ takes its members, supporters and friends health and wellbeing extremely seriously, therefore with this in mind and the current COVID-19, world troubling situation.

The program and activities for 2020 have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

With reference to committee meetings, we are hoping to set up teleconference facilities to continue the great work of the volunteers and the committee members will be advised of any action here separately.

2020-04-21T04:50:42+10:00April 21st, 2020|

Cairns and Japanese Sister City – 50th Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary milestone, the Mayor of Minami Town (formerly Hiwasa) and a delegation visited Cairns and took part in the Cairns Festival, held from 23rd August-1st Sept 2019.

The Mayor brought with him approx. 30 delegates from the Community and Minami Region including a group of traditional puppeteers who will offered a free traditional “Joururi Puppet” performance and experience, to the Cairns community on Sunday 25th August on the Cairns Esplanade with three afternoon puppet performances.

Also, as part of the events and celebrations for 50 years of friendship with Cairns, to further commemorate this special occasion, the Minami Town Tourist Association decided to welcome a Cairns citizen as a new member of “Minami Kame Family”. A character costume was created from a design inspired by the uniform colors of the Australia National Soccer and other sporting team.

The Minami Town Tourism Association invited the Town public to join into a contest for a costume design that would be suitable for a ‘Cairns’ turtle family member, with Ms. Kyoko Taniguchi, design being selected in Green and Yellow, a pendant and a belt buckle in the shape of Australia so that the location of Cairns City Queensland can shine and be identified.

The costume of a new Turtle family member for the Public Relations Character will be known as the “Kame Mate” Family (Turtle Family) of Minami Town Tourist Association in Tokushima Prefecture Japan. This was announced in the media at the Hiwasa Michi no Eki (Hiwasa Road Station) on the 17 July 2019.

There are currently 9 members of the Kame Family. The 10th new member is call “Kame Mate” and the person selected by the Minami Town Tourism Association was Jeff Haynes, Cairns Citizen, and President of Australia Japan Society Far North Queensland. The presentation of the costume to Jeff Haynes was on Friday 23rd August 2019 by Minami Town Mayor and Vice President of the Minami Town Tourism Association with the delegation and friends at a private dinner function.

“Kame (Turtle) Mate” means best friend in Australia and Jeff Haynes and his wife Makoto Kamatani Haynes from Cairns have visited and stayed in Minami Town on multiple occasions, therefore Jeff Haynes was an easy ‘Kame’ choice. Jeff will be expected to wear the new Kame-family costumes at various local events to promote the special 50 years friendship between Cairns and Minami Town Japan and the on-going promotion of the Cairns Japanese Sister City.

Jeff Haynes commented that the people of Minami Town have become special friends over the years, they are welcoming and hospitable, and it’s my privilege to be the International Cairns extended ‘Kame-Mate’ family.

2019-09-03T07:01:19+10:00September 3rd, 2019|
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