Past Events

past events

A Condolence Service for victims of the Japan earthquake disaster was held in Elder Park on Monday, 11th April 2011 at 5:30pm. The Acting Consul-General of Japan Yasufumi Kotake represented Japan at the ceremony, and Natsuko Yoshimoto, concert master of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performed. The ceremony was conducted by Buddhist and Christian priests. Thanks to all who attended.

Organised by the SA Japan Earthquake Appeal Committee

The Golden Week Japan Festival, "Kodomo no Hi" was held on Sunday, May 1st 2011 at Cowandilla Primary School.

See a video of last year's festival here.

The festival raised over $8000 for the Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal, and JAFA has decided to add some of its own funds to make the total donation $10,000.

Thanks to everyone involved for making the day such a big success.

To view videos of the festival from previous years, click here
Kodomo no Hi 2010
Kodomo no Hi 2009

We are now searching for subcommittee members to help organise next year's festival. If you are interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JAFA's annual Nabe Night is over for another year. Thanks to everyone who attended.

Keep the cold weather away at our annual "Nabe night"

Nabe (nabemono) is a soup/stew cooked at the table and enjoyed in the colder months.

This is what Sato Restaurant will be serving up for us...

寄せ鍋 (よせなべ) - hotpot with an assortment of ingredients (chicken, fish, seafood, vegetables etc.)
ハマチ (はまち) - “yellow tail”
茄子田楽 (なすでんがく) - grilled or oven-baked eggplant with sweet Miso sauce
焼き鶏 (やきとり) - yakitori
ご飯(ごはん)- rice
味噌汁 (みそしる)- miso soup
アイスクリー厶 ice cream

Friday, 10th August 2011 6:30 for 7pm
Sato Japanese Restaurant
(131 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide)
JAFA members $25.00
Non-members $30.00
RSVP: Monday 6th August

Booking and prepayment essential. Read on for payment details.


Four teams of international students will face off in a soccer tournament to be held in Adelaide.
JAFA and Nankatsu F.C. are involved so we really hope you will get along to this event and cheer the players on.

Quad Series Soccer Tournament
Cnr South Tce and Hutt Rd.
FINAL - 12 March 2011

Korea vs China       2.00pm

Japan vs Australia   4.00pm

BonenkaiWe hope you all enjoyed the End of Year Bonenkai Party on 4th December.

A strong crowd of 60 members and friends stayed well into the evening to celebrate our final get-together for 2009. Please find some pictures below.

Heather Smith gave us an amazing show of her enka talent, while our special guest Mr Santa Claus helped spread the Christmas cheer as we all worked on "forgetting the year".

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas an a Happy New Year.

良いお年を... See you in 2010!

BonenkaiFORGET THE YEAR 2010 with JAFA at our Bonenkai End-Of-Year Party. 

When: Wednesday, 8 December
Time: 6-9pm
Where: Metropolitan Hotel, 46 Grote Street, Adelaide
Cost: Members $5, Non-members $10

There will be a door prize ($100 gift voucher) donated by Shin Tokyo and a local band playing Japanese pop songs.  Platters of finger food will be served so it should be a great night. 

To help with catering, please let us know that you will be attending by registering here.

2002 Golden Week Japan FestivalOur major event each year is the Golden Week Japan Festival held to coincide with the holiday period in Japan. A well attended public event, the Kodomo no Hi celebration lets you enjoy a variety of exhibitions, displays and performances plus some great Japanese food! This year will be just as good with participants coming from Japan again.

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Diary Dates

Tuesday 17 September

Lisa Ono Live in Adelaide


Adelaide Town Hall


Saturday 21 September

Origami & Calligraphy Class

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Cowandilla Primary School

21 Jenkins St, Cowandilla 5033 


Wednesday 25 September


6:00pm - 9:00pm

Courtyard Bar

Metropolitan Hotel

46 Grote St, Adelaide 5000  


Saturday 5 October

Origami & Calligraphy Class

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Cowandilla Primary School

21 Jenkins St, Cowandilla 5033 



Sunday 6 October

Barossa Winery & BBQ

10:50am - 7:00pm

Ubertas Wines

Barossa Valley


Sunday 20 October

AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival

12:00pm - 9:00pm

Published Arthouse

11 Cannon St, Adelaide 5000