Society marks anniversary
THE cultural differences and similarities between Japan and Australia were a topic of keen conversation at a dinner to mark a significant milestone in relations between the two countries.
The Australia-Japan Society marked its 21st anniversary in fine style at the Big Windmill restaurant and with the Japanese consul Hiroyuki Yamada as the guest of honour. He took a class at Bishop Druitt College and visited the Botanic Garden to inspect progress on the Japanese garden prior to the dinner.
Professor Baden Offord, who has returned to SCU after 10 months working in Japan, spoke passionately about his experience and the curiosity of Japanese students about the Australian environment and how our multicultural society works in harmony.
Society president Patricia Degens said the group was buoyed by the anniversary celebrations and was hoping to screen more Japanese films in the coming year.