Archive for May, 2006

Japan, May 2006

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

We arefrom Sydney, NSW, andhave chosenSydney, Tokyoand Nagoya as our major zones of exchange for our firstMatch Box Project. Sydney & Nagoya are sister cities and NSW and Tokyo Metropolitan Government are sister states.

In May, Leanne and I travelled with Match Box Galleries to Japan. It was Leanne’s first venture to the land of the rising sun,whilst it was my 7th time.I have lived on and off in Japan for the past 12 years. We travelledto Fukushima where I was based for a year in 2002 and toTokyo and Nagoyato explore the art scenes andintroduce the Match Box Projects to future participants.

We met amazing people along the way. See our blog entries on Furudono, Tokyo and Nagoya

We thank the following for their support.

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Furudono - May 06

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

In Furudono, Fukushima, I introduced Leanne to my friends and traditional Japanese lifestyle and culture


Introducing Leanne to traditional Japanese Food, and The Australia-Japan Match Box Project to Furudono councilors, including the Mayor of Furudono.


Leanne recieving her first Match Boxes from Japan from Azuma-san, Director of the Furudono Board of Education, who we also thank for him and his staff’s generous time and hospitality during our stay in Furudono.


Leanne trying to play the Taiko!

Introducing the Match Box Projects to my special Friends in Furudono.


Match Box Gallery with Kakeda Sensei and her Nihon Bunyo Group (Traditional Japanese Dancing Group)




Whilst in Furudono, we introduced the young members of the community to Australian culture with Experience Australia activities at the local primary schools, kindergarten and Community Centre.


We went back to Furudono Kindergarten the next day where we were presented with wonderful gifts for our boxes.

The above activities were made possible thanks to Todd Tai, Ad Office, Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre, Macquarie University, and Qantas.

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