Happy “Australia Day” everyone. We hope you are enjoying the heat and we have some super info for you in this edition:
1. ESL job opportunity
The Japanese School in Perth has informed us that they are looking for an ESL teacher to start March/April, when the new Japanese school year starts. The school is in City Beach. The main requirements, in order of importance, are:
1) ESL qualification
2) Good Japanese (not necessarily fluent, and not necessarily specialised, but good enough in a practical sense to roughly interpret between local and Japanese teachers if required)
3) WA teaching qualification
If you are interested, please contact the JSP at email@example.com and let them know “Ken sent me”. Just kidding, let them know you are an ex-JET and JETAAWA told you about the position.
Please let us know if you are thinking of applying but not sure if you satisfy enough of 1, 2 and 3, and we’ll point you in the right direction.
Each month the Consulate-General emails out Hiroba, an informational e-zine. There are always lots of neat events and photos featured (including us!) and other general info. If you’d like to subscribe, please visit http://www.perth.au.emb-japan.go.jp/hiroba.htm. Thanks!
3. School festival recap
Thanks again to those who participated in our gyoza stall at the Cha-cha-charity event at the Japanese School in November. We donated all our profits, making us the highest donor of all the stalls. In total, the event apparently raised an amazing $30,522.65!
We haven’t forgotten that there are still a lot of people doing it hard in northern Japan, especially now that it’s winter. Fukushima JETs have been selling tshirts to raise funds for the disaster relief efforts. They are ‘i Akabeko Fukushima shirts’, the akabeko being the symbol of aizu, and Fukushima. More info about (and orders for) the tshirts are here http://fukushimatshirt.blogspot.com/p/english.html
5. Upcoming events
Over Feb-March we will likely have an okonomiyaki family BBQ, the official returnees’ reception at the CG, our mega quiz night with JAPSSOC and the AGM. Stay tuned or email us for details!
kaiWA is on on break today, 26 January, but is back for February on Thursday 9 and 23, as always from 530-late at 43 Below, corner of Hay and Barrack. Come along and meet new people and try out your rusty Japanese/English!
For the culture vultures:
The White Divers of Broome
By Hilary Bell
28 January – 16 February 2012
In the boom times of 1912 Broome, Sydney Pigott is a wealthy pearling master looking for a way around the White Australia Policy, anxious to keep his cheap Asian workers – and his high profits.
Webber, Sanders and Beasily are the cream of the British Navy deep sea divers. Hired by Pigott, they arrive in Broome naïvely convinced they’ll prove their skills when they hit the hazardous seas and collect the precious mother-of-pearl. But desperate Asian crews, shadowy alliances and the ruthless environment of Broome are against the white divers from the beginning.
From the brothels to the ballrooms to the deep seas, it’s a cutthroat world and trust is hard to find.
Inspired by the book of the same name by John Bailey, The White Divers of Broome is a celebration of boom time Broome and its exotic clash of cultures. Be captivated by a stirring account of greed, betrayal, loyalty and survival that resonates through the years.
This production also includes all scenes between the Japanese characters Nishi (played by Yutaka Izumihara) and Yukiko (played by Miyuki Lotz) to be spoken in Japanese with English sub-titles.
Venue: Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
Director: Kate Cherry
Featuring: Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Nick Candy, Adriane Daff, Kylie Farmer [Kaarljilba Kaardn], Michelle Fornasier, Stuart Halusz, Sean Hawkins, Yutaka Izumihara, Miyuki Lotz, Greg McNeill, Kenneth Moraleda, Jo Morris, Tom O’Sullivan, Ian Toyne
Tickets: Standard $69.50 / Concession $54.50 / Previews $52.50 / Family Package $158 / Groups 8+ $53.50 (plus 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets purchased) / Students $29.50
Warning: Some coarse language and adult themes.