Information from Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne

Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printing – Lectures and Demonstrations.

Between Sunday the 20th and Wednesday the 23rd of March, Ukiyo-e woodblock printing lectures and demonstrations were held at the National Gallery of Victoria. Those events were sponsored by the Japan Foundation as part of their efforts to promote Japanese culture.

The Acting Consul-General of Japan, Mr. Yasufumi Kotake, made a speech at the first lecture and demonstration and led the participants in a minute’s silence in recognition of the victims of the Tohoku Pacific Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami. In his speech he spoke about the history of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and introduced the ukiyo-e specialists from Japan.

The three lectures and two workshops were attended by more than 300 people. It was a wonderful occasion to practice making ukiyo-e woodblock prints and to promote cultural understanding.


Seminar for Japanese people interested in working for international organizations

On Tuesday 22nd March, a seminar for Japanese people interested in working for international
organizations was held by Mr Jingushi, Deputy Director of the International Organisations
Personnel Centre of the Japanese Foreign Ministry at the Japan Information & Cultural Centre in
Some 20 people attended the seminar and Mr Jingushi’s presentation was followed by a question and
answer session.

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