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Consul-General’s Commendation to the City of Burnside

On Monday 4 March, an award ceremony was held at the Burnside Library in Adelaide, South Australia, where Consul-General Matsunaga presented a certificate to the City of Burnside. Thirty four guests attended including Mayor Anne Monceaux (Mayor of the City of Burnside), three other elected members of the City of Burnside, The Honourable Andrew McLachlan CSC MLC, (President of the South Australian Legislative Council), Japanese teachers, as well as other members of Japan-related organisations.

The City of Burnside has been contributing to the promotion of Japanese culture through organising the annual event “Japanese Cultural Day” for the last 10 years, with the support of Australia-Japan Society of South Australia. Moreover, the venue of the award ceremony, Burnside Library, holds many Japanese books in its collection. In 2008, the library developed an online catalogue written in both Japanese and English for the books through the assistance of volunteers, which allowed both local Japanese people as well as Japanese language learners to conveniently utilise the system.

The City of Burnside was awarded the Consul-General’s commendation for their contribution in deepening mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Australia.
Consul-General's Commendation Hon Andrew McLachlan CSC MLC
Attendees Group Photo

Consul-General’s Award to Rosny College

On Saturday 16 February, an award ceremony was held in Hobart, Tasmania where Consul-General Matsunaga presented a certificate to Rosny College in recognition of its distinguished contributions to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Australia. Rosny College has been teaching taiko drumming since 2014, and last year its students went to Japan and visited local high schools.

Approximately 60 guests from across the Tasmania-Japan community attended the award ceremony in Hobart, including The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP, Minister for Disability Services and Community Development, and were treated to a taiko performance by the students.

Rosny College will continue its taiko drumming program, and further exchanges between Japan and Australia are expected as a result of this cultural initiative.
Consul-General Matsunaga with the Students Consul-General Presenting the Award
Taiko Performance Group Photo

Junior Wheelchair Camp and the Opening of the Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open

On Monday 14 January, Consul-General Matsunaga attended the Junior Wheelchair Camp and the Opening of the Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open at Hume Tennis & Community Centre, co-hosted by our consulate and Tennis Australia. Around 120 people participated in the event, which included not only the world-class wheelchair tennis players such as Shingo Kunieda and Yui Kamiji, but also junior wheelchair tennis players including the 3 invited from Japan as well as coaches and those involved in this year’s tennis tournaments.

At the event, the chef at the Consul-General's official residence provided Japanese food such as sushi rolls, okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancakes), and bite-sized steaks made using Japanese wagyu, providing an opportunity for the participants to understand Japanese food culture better.
Moreover, the wheelchair tennis episode of Ani x Para (Animation and Paralympic): Who is Your Hero? featuring Shingo Kunieda was screened at the venue. Ani x Para is a series of short animation works produced by the Japanese public broadcaster NHK in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, conveying the appeal of Paralympic sports through the unknown stories of athletes through Japanese anime. The wheelchair tennis episode screening was accompanied by a commentary by Mr Kunieda himself, which turned out to be a big success.

Both Consul-General Matsunaga’s opening remarks as well as Ms Kamiji’s interview highlighted the efforts and positive approaches taken by Japan to provide a diverse and inclusive society, in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Consul-General's Speech Shingo Kunieda's Interview
Ani x Para Yui Kamiji's Interview
Interviewing Junior Players Serving bite-sized steaks

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