Event Archive - 2015
JFF Melbourne

26 November – 6 December 2015
ACMI & Hoyts Melbourne Central

Mizuhiki Workshop: A gift from the heart

Saturday 21 November 2015

Experience Japan’s art of gift-giving with this workshop. You will make beautiful Japanese decorations and write kanji to convey your message, and finally create a lovely handcrafted bookmark.

JFF Sydney & Parramatta

5 – 15 November 2015
Event Cinemas George Street & Parramatta

JFF Adelaide

30 October – 8 November 2015
Mercury Cinema

Lines on Paper

Demystifying Woodblock Prints and Manga

Talks & Workshop October 16 & 30 | November 2, 2015

If you love prints and manga, these events are for you. In conjunction with the exhibition, EDO GIGA: Comical Woodblock Prints from Japan (Part 2).

JFF Townsville

1 November 2015
Reading Cinemas, Townsville

JFF Perth & Fremantle

28 October – 1 November 2015
Hoyts Carousel & Hoyts Millennium


Edo Giga

Part II from 13 October to 2 November

The Japan Foundation, Sydney in cooperation with Kyoto International Manga Museum and International Manga Research Center brings the Edo Giga collection to Sydney.

JFF in Canberra

14 – 18 October 2015
Capitol Cinemas Manuka


JFF mini in Wellington

13 – 16 October 2015
Various cinemas, Wellington



JFF mini in Hobart

8, 12 & 14 October 2015
State Cinema, Hobart



Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy
Japan Update Culture Panel

October 13, 2015

From ‘Cool Japan’ to Hello Kitty, three experts from different fields explore the various shapes of Japan’s soft power. Presented in partnership with The Australian National University.

46th Japanese Language Speech Contest

The Australian Finals was held in Sydney on Saturday 10 October 2015.

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Shadow & Light
16 to 30 September 2015

Shadow & Light is an exhibition featuring exquisitely Japanese Noh masks crafted by Hideta Kitazawa.
Mask-carving Demonstration

17 September 2015
The Japan Foundation, Sydney


Japanese through ENKA Music

By Yoko Nishimura-Parke
Japanese Language and Culture Workshop: 12 September 1:30pm - 4:30pm

We welcome all Japanese learners from beginners to advanced level. Don’t miss out this rare opportunity to explore Japanese through music!

Edo Giga and Contemporary Manga
By Sookyung Yoo, PhD
Talk Event: 13 August, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Learn about the coloured woodblock prints that were specifically chosen for the Edo Giga exhibition at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney sponsors SMASH! 2015

8 - 9 August 2015

The Japan Foundation, Sydney is sponsoring Japanese voice actor Noriaki Sugiyama to guest star at SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show on August 8—9 at Rosehill Gardens.

Circle Calligraphy (Ensou) Workshop

Haruyo Morita
25 July 2015

Transcend is a collaborative contemporary art exhibition by painter Haruyo Morita and video artist Jennie Feyen, presented as part of the Contemporary Art Mini Series by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.


Haruyo Morita and Jennie Feyen
Exhibition: 9-30 July 2015

Spend your Saturday with an introduction to ensou, Japanese circle calligraphy meditation.
Artist Haruyo Morita will lead a 15 minute guided meditation which will create the Mu (the void) to help bring about peace of mind.

Illustration workshop for children

by Chris Yee
20 June 2015

MOpen to all primary school children aged 6-12 years old, this medium sized workshop will see kids working in groups to create their own comic book style stories.

Mad Love

Illustraton by Chris Yee
Exhibition: 11 June – 1 July

Mad Love is a new series of illustrations by Chris Yee which was created especially for The Japan Foundation, Sydney Contemporary Art Mini Series.

Tokyo Gardens

Photography by Naoto Ijichi
Exhibition: 6 May – 30 May 2015

Tokyo Gardens takes us on a visual tour of the Japanese capital’s gardens, photographed throughout the four seasons in both colour and black-and-white.

Mono no Aware : The Poignancy of Things

Photography by Brett Boardman
Exhibition: February 26 – April 11

Captured in Kyoto in 2011, this series of photographs reveals unexpected parallels between two examples of human shelter that are geographically close, yet worlds apart.

Katsura Sunshine On Stage

Rakugo show (in English)
4 Saturday, March 28 @ 2pm

A rare chance to see rakugo comic storytelling in action!

Stories Behind the Storytellers

Talk event
Katsura Sunshine & Dr Ian McArthur, moderated by Dr Carol Hayes (ANU)
Thursday, March 26 @ 6pm

Catch a glimpse behind the scenes of rakugo, and find out more about Australia’s century-old connection with this art form.

Japanese through RAKUGO

落語ワークショップ on 21 March 2015


Fukushima 4th Commemoration
11—15 March 2015
Gojyuan, Sydney
Cultural event
Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence

Public talk
By Dr Heike Rahmann (RMIT University)

March 14 (Saturday), 2pm – 3pm

Landscape architecture and design researcher Dr Heike Rahmann takes the dense urban environment as a point of departure to explore the role of temporary vacant spaces in cities.

Photographic Memory: the Making of Mono no aware

Artist Talk & Book Launch
By Brett Boardman
March 5 (Thursday), 6pm – 7pm
March 6 (Friday), 6pm – 7pm

Join Brett Boardman as he commemorates the opening of the ‘Mono no aware: The Poignancy of Things’ exhibition and the launch of his new limited-edition book of the same name.

How did architects respond immediately after 3/11?

2 – 20 February 2015
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane


We've Moved

Good news!
The Japan Foundation, Sydney is now in Central Park, and are welcoming library visitors and drop-ins!