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March 2015
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Discover the World of Sit-Down Comedy!
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You've heard of stand-up comedy, but how about sit-down comedy? Meet Canadian-born Katsura Sunshine, who is professionally trained in rakugo, the traditional Japanese art of sit-down comic storytelling. If you're anywhere near The Japan Foundation, Sydney later this month, be sure to catch Sunshine's rakugo show on March 28, or hear him open up about his experiences in the rakugo world at a talk event on March 26. And if you're in Adelaide on March 29 or Canberra on April 1, you'll also have a chance to catch shows by Sunshine, thanks to the Japan-Australia Friendship Association and The Australia-Japan Society ACT. Don't miss this great chance to catch rakugo in action!
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Buried Giant
Buried Giant is the latest novel from prize-winning writer Kazuo Ishiguro, who was born in Japan and raised in the UK from the age of five. Buried Giants is a meditative and touching look at the difference between individual and societal memory: "It occurred to me that the way an individual remembers and forgets is quite different to the way society does". Thanks to Allen & Unwin, we've got three copies to give away. Email jnewsletter@jpf.org.au with your name and address to be in the draw.
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Tokyo Void
The Japan Foundation, Sydney is proud to present 'Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence', an upcoming talk by Dr Heike Rahmann (RMIT University). Based on her recent co-authored book of the same name, this landscape architecture and design researcher takes Tokyo as a point of departure to explore the role of temporary vacant spaces in cities. This talk runs in conjunction with the 'Mono no aware: The Poignancy of Things' exhibition.
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Mono no aware Exhibition
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We're delighted that Sydney photographer Brett Boardman's stunning 'Mono no aware: The Poignancy of Things' exhibition is now on at The Japan Foundation Gallery. This sensitive and thought-provoking work is not to be missed! Until April 11.
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Art at Night in Chippendale
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If you're in our vicinity on March 19 (Thursday), grab a map and be part of Art Month 2015's 'Art At Night: Chippendale/Redfern'. From 6pm to 8pm, join hundreds of other local art lovers in exploring all the quirky galleries this area has to offer - including ours! 
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Zodiac
Print Exhibition
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In 2013, Melbourne-based printmakers Damon Kowarsky and Kyoko Imazu travelled to Japan with the support of a Facetnate! Travel Grant from The Japan Foundation, Sydney. See the resulting works in their 'Zodiac' exhibition at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, March 25 - June 26.
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Library News
& Reviews
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This month's feature is a new translation of Tales from a Mountain Cave by the late novelist and playwright, Hisashi Inoue. Consisting of several short stories within a shared narrative framework, this book explores the often fine line between truth and lies, and fact and fiction.
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Volunteer
of the Month
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February’s volunteer of the month is Chiyo Kamino, whose passion for sharing Japanese culture led her to volunteer with us, even though she was only in Australia temporarily. A big thank you to you, Chiyo, and best wishes on your return to Japan!
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Events
Near You
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Connect with Japan in your local area! Join a festival in Perth or Melbourne, catch concerts in Adelaide, Launceston, Geelong and Golden Plains, see quilts in Ballan, visit a pop culture convention in Hobart, see a French-Japanese film nationwide, and more!
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