CULTURAL TIES: Yukari Kennedy and Yukari Keizer celebrate the 2015 Japanese Children’s Festival in Coffs Harbour.
CULTURAL TIES: Yukari Kennedy and Yukari Keizer celebrate the 2015 Japanese Children’s Festival in Coffs Harbour.

Turning Japanese for milestone anniversary

COFFS Harbour's Australia-Japan Society will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a dinner at Opal Cove Resort on August 21.

A special guest for the evening will be the Consul-General of Japan, Masato Takaoka, and the evening will include a cello and flute recital.

The group was founded in 1990, two years after Coffs Harbour began a sister city relationship with the Japanese city of Sasebo, which is located on the island of Kyushu in the south of Japan.

The Society's aims are to foster understanding between the people of Australia and Japan in general and between the people of Coffs Harbour and Sasebo in particular, and the study of Japanese language and culture.

The society also began a youth exchange scheme with Seiwas Johsi Gakuim, the School of Heavenly Peace, in Sasebo.

Foundation member Pat Degens said they had organised seven trips to Sasebo.

"The Australia-Japan Society is pleased to have helped with the integration of Japanese residents into Coffs society," she added.

"We are strong supporters of the Festival of Japanese Children's Day each May and hold a film night each June.

The recital on August 21 will be provided by Stephanie Egan and Ursula Cooper, from Bishop Druitt College.

Tickets (adults $55 students $45) available from the Hope Chest (opposite C.ex Coffs) and Park Beach Music, or by sending a cheque with names to the Australia-Japan Society, PO Box 1257, Coffs Harbour, 2450, with stamped, addressed envelope.

For more information call 6652 2393.



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