Canberra JETAA Inc E-mail for Week Ending 22 January 2010

  • Shinennkai – next week
  • Let’s Gateball
  • Oscar winning Japanese film at ARC
  • O-Shaberikai starts again in February 2010
  • News from Japan

Shinnenkai – next week

The JETAA Shinenkai will be held on Friday, 5 February 2010 at Coo Izakaya in Civic.

If you’d like to come along please let Andrea know at:


Places are limited

Let’s Gateball

All JETAA members and friends are invited to attend the annual Come-and-Try Gateball afternoon on Sunday, 31 January 2010 at the Canberra Croquet Club (Coronation Drive) from 3:30pm.

Gateball, which developed in Japan, is a team sport which is easy to learn and difficult to master. More information on Gateball is at

The Canberra Gateball team is looking to recruit some more regular players who either want to play casually or competitively (2010 includes club events, state championships and the world championships in Shanghai).

Closed, flat soled shoes are preferable, all other equipment will be provided.

Oscar winning Japanese film at ARC

The National Film and Sound Archive will be presenting the 2009 Best Foreign Film Oscar winner, Departures (Okuribito). There will be four screening sessions only on Thursday 7pm 28/01/2010, Sunday 2pm 31/1/2010, Thursday 7pm 4/2/2010 and Sunday 2pm 7/2/2010.

For more information please see
Enquiries: 02 6248 2000

(Okuribito) Dir: Yôjirô Takita, Japan, 2008, 130 mins, 35mm, (M)
Unemployed orchestral musician Daigo discovers he is the only candidate for a well-paid job as an ‘encoffiner’: one who ceremonially prepares the dead for cremation. In need of the money, but too embarrassed to tell his wife, he slowly learns the trade from aging boss Sasaki, and with time comes to find grace in his role in helping the living to say goodbye to the dead. The Japanese Six Feet Under and 2009 Best Foreign Film Oscar winner, in its Canberra-premiere season.

O-Shaberikai starts again in February 2010

The next O-Shaberikai will be held on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at the Holy Grail in Civic from 5.30pm onwards. Please do come along if you can.

For those who don’t know, the O-Shaberikai is a very informal monthly get-together where Japanese people staying in Canberra can meet Australians who have some interest in Japan. As it is informal, you’re not bound by time constraints so turning up late or leaving early is not a problem at all.

News from Japan

Political puppet master on trial:

Have a great week,

JETAA President

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