Japanese Film Festival 2021

The Japanese Film Festival was held online last year, but it’s back in the cinemas for 2021! The opening film for this year will be Hokusai – a biographical drama about Katsushika Hokusai, one of the most well-known artists in Japanese history. Featuring a total of 28 films over 18 days, there is sure to be a movie for everyone. Details for tickets can be found here.

When: Thursday 18 November – Sunday 5 December 2021
For specific screening times of each film, please check the respective pages.

Where:Palace Kino Cinemas – 45 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
ACMI – Fed Square, Melbourne VIC 3000

Japanese Film Festival Poster

Memories of Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games

The exhibition Memories of Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games is currently running at the Consulate. The exhibition features the Olympians' memorabilia from the Games, including swimmer Peter Doak's bronze medal in the men’s 4×100-metre freestyle. Other items on display include the Australian Olympic Team uniform worn at the time, photographs, and other souvenir items.
Don’t miss this fantastic exhibition!

When: Friday 7 May – Friday 10 September
9am-1pm, 2-5pm (Closed 1pm-2pm)

Where: Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne
Level 25, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

The World of Mizuhiki

Mizuhiki is the traditional Japanese art of tying decorative knots using paper cords, often attached to envelopes and wrapped gifts that are given during special occasions. The tradition is said to have originated in 607, when Onono Imoko, a Japanese envoy to China, returned to Japan with a gift tied with red and white hemp cords. The material used for the knots have changed over time, and the shape of the knots have changed as well.
The exhibition The World of Mizuhiki explores various types of mizuhiki, both traditional and modern, created by a Japanese artist residing in Melbourne – Ms Anna Konecny. Anna has self-taught mizuhiki techniques and was the winner of the Traditional Arts & Culture category of What’s Your J-Talent? online competition organised by Japan Foundation, Sydney in 2020.
Her video entry can be viewed from here.

When: TBC

Where: Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne
Level 25, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000


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