J CENTRAL News & Events
July 2013
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International Koto Festival
Hands playing koto
If you have a soft spot for Japanese music or if you love exploring music in general, don't miss the International Koto Festival Concert in Sydney on August 3rd. Presented by the Koto Music Institute of Australia and proudly supported by JPF Sydney, this is a truly rare opportunity to see Hikaru and Kazue Sawai, living legends of Japan's most innovative school of koto music, perform alongside an all-star line-up of musicians including the Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble. Sounds good? Well, great news: we've got five double passes to give away! Email us at jnewsletter@jpf.org.au with your name and phone number to be in the draw. 
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Get ready for SMASH!
August 10 is fast approaching, and all of you pop-culture geeks out there know what this means! SMASH! is one of Sydney's most popular manga and anime conventions, and with a great line-up of international guests this year (including JPF guest Masakazu Morita) it's set to go off with a bang! We've got some giveaways in the works to celebrate - watch our FB page this month for details.
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Gerardi print
Printmaking Exhibition
Coming up next month in our gallery is "25x25: Contemporary Japanese & Australian Printmaking", an exhibition bringing together the works of 25 Japanese and 25 Sydney printmakers and showcasing a range of styles and techniques. Related events include intaglio and woodblock printing demos. Book early so you don't miss out!
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Library News & Reviews
New Books in the Library
Good news for art buffs - new this month is an anthology of reviews and criticism on avant-garde art in Japan, dating from postwar to the peak of the bubble period. If you prefer fiction, however, try The Navidad Incident, a quirky contemporary Japanese novel now available in both English and Japanese.
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of the Month
V for Volunteer
This month we would like to thank Misaki Ohashi for being an outstanding volunteer in our gallery. Her genuine and friendly nature coupled with an infectious smile and positive attitude had visitors warming up from the recent cold weather instantly. Thanks, Misaki!
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Contemporary Textiles
This month, try your hand at Ikebana and hear ABC Tokyo correspondent Mark Willacy talk about his new book in Brisbane, or join a floral workshop and check out contemporary Japanese textiles in Sydney.
Know of a Japan-related event coming up near you? Email us at jnewsletter@jpf.org.au.
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