1. MEET THE AMBASSADOR
Next Tuesday, 24 April 2012 (day before Anzac Day) from 1800-2000, we are honoured to welcome Japanese Ambassador Sato to Perth in a casual atmosphere at the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre in City Beach.
Drinks, sausage sizzle and snacks are provided. Attendance is $10 to cover expenses. Dress is smart casual.
Many thanks to AJSWA for organising this great opportunity to meet Ambassador Sato. We would love to introduce the Ambassador to our members and give him an idea of JETAAWA’s ambit of activities.
Details are on the attached pdf.
RSVPs are essential and must be received to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20 April 2012. This one is for JETAAWA members and guests only – sorry!
2. JAPAN: KINGDOM OF CHARACTERS exhibition (see attached)
From 17 April – 3 May 2012, Central Institute of Technology’s Gallery Central hosts this exhibition of anime and manga characters that have triggered worldwide crazes from the 1950s to the 2000s. Details are as attached.
3. DOCUMENTARY: ASHES TO HONEY
Ashes to Honey looks at the on-going struggle of a small fishing community on the island of Iwaishima to stop the power industry from building a nuclear power plant in their neighbourhood. These people have spent decades fighting to protect their marine environment and their simple way of life; staging demonstrations and obstructions while continuing their fishing, rice and seaweed harvesting; and also attempting organic food sustainability. Film Maker, Hitomi Kamanaka, also looks at Sweden’s deregulated power market and sustainable energy alternatives.
Ashes to Honey is screening is for one night only in Perth on Friday 20th April at The Bodhi Tree, Cnr Oxford St & Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn. Arrive by 6:15pm for 6:30 start. The duration of the event is from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Bookings are essential, as there only 80 seats available at the venue. $10 per person. http://www.trybooking.com/BHQW For more information, please go to the website for the event:http://www.bodhitree.net.au/events/ashes-to-honey Enquiries – 08 9444 9884
This documentary deserves wide viewing. There will be an opportunity for discussion afterwards, with guest speakers Robin Chapple (Greens MP),Akiko Stockton (from Fukushima), and a representative of WA Nuclear Free Alliance. There will also be a brief bracket of music by Anne Norman(shakuhachi) and Sanshi (didjeridoo).
4. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (starts in May)
(G) 83 mins
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a quiet yet enthralling documentary that chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo. For most of his 85 years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi. He works from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mould and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. Although his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro only seats ten diners, it is a phenomenon in Tokyo that has won the prestigious 3-Star Michelin review, making him the oldest Michelin chef alive. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and as a loving yet complicated father of two.
Jiro’s incomparable work ethic is the driving force behind JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, but the heart of this film is how that ambition has influenced his sons’ lives as well. Eldest son Yoshikazu is the heir apparent to the sushi empire, but Jiro is not ready to retire or to relinquish any of his responsibilities. With a famous father guiding and critiquing every decision, Yoshikazu is unable to reach his fullest potential. However, he is proud to learn from a true sushi master, thus revealing the inner struggle of how a dutiful son shows reverence to his father yet control over his own domain.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI explores the passion required to run and maintain a legendary sushi restaurant, and one son’s journey to eventually take his father’s place at the head of the culinary dynasty.
– Kenneth Turan, LA Times
‘It’s beautifully photographed and explained at every stage from market to table, a foodie’s dream night at the movies. The gentle shaping of the fish and sushi could lull you into a trance. A hungry trance.’
– Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
‘At the age of 85, the subject of this fascinating documentary not only dreams of sushi but still drives himself to make it better.’
– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
‘Jiro Ono makes sushi Dreams come true‘ – James Verniere, Boston Herald
‘I really wish Tokyo were closer.’ – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
‘A case study in the phenomenon of mastery.’ – Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
‘Gelb’s documentary about Jiro is beautiful, thoughtful and engrossing, drawing a portrait of a man who has turned an often slipshod craft into fine art.’ – Shawn Levy, Oregonian
‘a pleasant and often enlightening journey‘ – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
Don’t forget, kaiWA also continues each 2nd Thursday including this one, 19 April 2012.
43 Below (corner of Hay and Barrack streets), 1730-late. Gold coin donation.