Event Reports


2022 Event Reports

Conferral Ceremony of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, to Mr Philip John Cooper

On 11 March 2022, Consul-General Shimada presented the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, to Mr. Philip John Cooper for his significant contribution to the promotion of inter-regional exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and Australia. Mr Cooper was joined by family and friends for a reception followed by a dinner in Hobart.
Photo with Mr Philip John Cooper

2022 Melbourne Summer Festival

On Sunday 27 February, the 2022 Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival was held online due to the ongoing pandemic. Video messages were sent from the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Ros Spence MP and the Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Ms Viv Nguyen. A special message was received from the Australian Wheelchair Tennis Legend and the 2022 Australian of the Year, Mr Dylan Alcott OAM. Consul-General Shimada thanked everyone who has helped to make this online festival possible in his video message.

The online festival included performances of taiko, and yosakoi eisa dance, a special clip from a sake brewery from Niigata, interviews of former JET Programme participants, and a photo contest as well as a Kyara onigiri competition.


2022 Emperor’s Birthday Celebration Reception

On 17 February 2022, the Emperor’s Birthday Celebration Reception was held at the Consul-General’s residence. Approximately 260 people attended the event including state officials and politicians, local government representatives, members of the Victorian Consular Corps, Japanese cultural and educational organisations, and business representatives from Australia and Japan.

Following a speech by Consul-General Shimada, congratulatory messages were given by the guest of honour; Mr Steve Dimopoulos MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier (representing the Premier), and Mr Brad Battin MP (representing Leader of the Opposition).

The venue was decorated with ikebana displays and guests had the chance to see kyudo and live koto performances, and participate in a tea ceremony.

Additionally, Japanese food and drinks such as Japanese beer, matcha slushies, and Japanese probiotic milk beverages were served. Char-grilled Hida beef, strawberries, and sake were offered by Gifu prefecture, while Kyoto prefecture offered Gyokuro tea and wagashi. Japanese companies also exhibited a hydrogen fuel cell car and a plug-in hybrid vehicle, and distributed samples of healthcare products.