The next J-KAI is on Wednesday 25th June, 6pm at the Metropolitan Hotel, 46 Grote St. J-KAI is on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
友達作りにはJAFAのJ-KAIがオススメ。Metropolitan Hotel(46 Grote St.)にて第４水曜日に開催されます。どなたでも気軽に参加してください。 入場は無料です。
Stallholder, display holder and performer registrations for Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival 2015 are NOW OPEN. Read the information below to apply.
The deadline for applications is March 30, 2015.
In order to make the festival a success, we need participation from the community in the way of Japan-related stalls, displays and performances. Read on for more information on how you can participate and make the 20th anniversary something really special.
We are searching for students with an interest in Japan (particularly creative art students and early childhood education students) to collaborate with us in a project to create colourful koinobori (Japanese carp streamer kites) to display as part of an art installation in April 2015, and then as part of a display at the 20th anniversary of Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival on Sunday, 3rd May 2015.
The goals of the project are as follows
- conduct workshops at primary schools and/or high schools to create up to 100 koinobori
- display koinobori as part of an art installation in the leadup to the festival
- display koinobori at Kodomo no Hi in 2015
JAFA's Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival is the biggest Japan festival in Adelaide with a 19-year history. Last year the event was attended by up to 5000 people. The day is filled with Japan-related performances, exhibitions, activities, stalls and plenty of Japanese food.
The festival is over for another year. Thanks to everyone who made the day such a big success.
Festival Feedback - 3 Question Survey
So we can respond to feedback and improve the festival experience for patrons, it would be greatly appreciated if you would take a minute to complete this 3 question survey. Positive feedback and/or constructive criticism more than welcome!
Click on the links to watch these excellent short films inspired by Japan and its culture.
While very popular and successful, it is time for the next generation to take over the organisation of "Kodomo no Hi".
Japanese drumming group 'Matsuri Taiko' (formerly Atsui no Taiko) formed in 2003 at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. The group was formed by Katie Seaman, who began teaching this group after gaining experience at Flinders Street School of Music.
As well as a highly accomplished performance group, Matsuri Taiko offer workshops for schools and businesses, 'Come and Try' sessions and ongoing classes.
Every month, JAFA sends out the "What's On" message, with information about Japan and Japan-related events happening in Adelaide.
To read this month's message, click here.
To subscribe, click here.
JAFA is putting together a team of volunteers to go to some of the most harshly affected areas to help with ongoing clean-up and relief efforts. The first team returned from Ishinomaki in September. Here is a report about the visit (article in English) (article in Japanese)
We will send the teams of volunteers to assist with an established relief organisation named Peace Boat. Since March 16th 2011 (5 days after the earthquake and tsunami hit) Peace Boat has been active in the city of Ishinomaki, one of the hardest hit cities on the coast of north-eastern Japan.
Click here to see photos of Paul Bilney's visit to Ishinomaki.
If you are interested in donating money to help send volunteers, click here. If you're interested in volunteering yourself, read on...
NEXT ROUND STARTS IN JUNE
The next round of Origami and Calligraphy Classes starts in June. Each round of classes will run for four consecutive weeks and cover origami, chigiri-e (torn washi paper painting), furoshiki cloth wrapping and calligraphy.
What: Origami and Calligraphy Classes
When: 1) (Sat) 2) (Sat) 3) (Sat) 4) (Sat) (four Saturdays) 1:30-3pm
Where: Cowandilla Primary School (1 Jenkins St. Cowandilla)
How much: $40 for JAFA members, $80 for non-members (Paid before the course begins)
Please note that all enrolments and payments must be completed one week before the first class. The class fee is nonrefundable once the round has begun.
Beginners are welcome as well as those with various levels of experience.
Your instructors will be Emiko Mayer and Machiko Dunphy. If you would like to register, please fill in your details here.
Read on for payment details.
In July, Paul Bilney came along to J-KAI to tell us his fascinating story about volunteering in the disaster zone in Ishinomaki. He has volunteered a total of three times in the region.
Click here to see photos of his second visit.
J-KAI4th Wednesday of every monthMetropolitan Hotel (46 Grote St.)