Nov
28
to Nov 29

Hutt Japan Day 2017 - Sunday 19th November 2017

Venue: Dowse Art Museum & Square, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt
Proposed time: 11am - 3pm

For the outside activities in the Square i.e. food festival, martial arts displays et al, it will be weather dependent. There will be some marquees available. There is no cancellation day.

This will be a mini-community festival to celebrate Japanese culture, language, arts, food, sports, businesses and activities in Lower Hutt and promote our sister city of Minoh, Osaka. It will be run by volunteers and supported by the Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust (HMHFT). Due to limited space, organisations, food trucks/stalls and clubs must register their interest online by Thursday 7th September 2017. Interested parties register your interest here:- http://www.huttminoh.org.nz/hutt-japan-day-2017/ - and put it in your diary to come along on the day!

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"JkaiWA" Japanese conversation class - 12 October
Oct
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

"JkaiWA" Japanese conversation class - 12 October

The next JKaiWa event will be held on Thursday 12 October from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Level 18, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street. RSVPs close at 5:00pm on Monday 9 October.

Numbers are limited so if you would like to take part, please RSVP by filling out the form at https://goo.gl/forms/qjdTbIRORiFSVVTg1 to confirm your place. This event is open to people with Japanese conversational ability who want to practice their language skills, so we encourage you to forward the attached flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC Facebook page.

日本人の方は、参加の有無を直接daijikataoka@gmail.comに送ってください。

If you know any Japanese native-speakers that would like to join in, please have them email Daiji at daijikataoka@gmail.com.

The Wellington Sakai Association will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. Entry will be free for Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) members.

JkaiWa is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, Wellington Sakai Association and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Sep
28
to Sep 30

"J-kenkyu" Advanced Japanese class - 28 September

  • Wellington City Council (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WSA will be having its next J-Kenkyuu meeting on Sept 28 Thurs. from 6pm-8:30pm at Wellington City Council, Committee Room Two. There is no fee to attend.

While there will be some parts of the meeting in English, a large part of the time will be spent either watching videos in Japanese or having discussions in Japanese on the assigned topic. Therefore, while it may be a little overwhelming for those with a Beginner level of Japanese, anyone who wants to learn is welcome.

The topic will be how the latest technical advances from Japan can be used to prevent shoplifting and terrorism.

Numbers are limited so please RSVP your attendance to this event to jkenkyuu@gmail.com.

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Sep
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

WSA AGM 2017/18

The 2016/17 AGM will be conducted on Monday 18 September at 6.30pm, in Committee Room One (directly opposite from our usual meeting place of Committee Room Two), Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street. The meeting is open to all 2016/17 financial members of WSA (membership fees for 2017/18 can be paid on the night).

Papers will be sent out 14 days prior as per the constitution. Please advise secretary@wellingtonsakai.org if you have any business you would like to be considered at the meeting.

Dinner (including a $10 subsidy for WSA members) will follow at Origami restaurant (158 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011). Please RSVP for both the meeting and/or the dinner to http://bit.ly/wsaagm1718

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Japan Film Festival - 'Ask this of Rikyu' movie screening
Sep
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Japan Film Festival - 'Ask this of Rikyu' movie screening

Wellington Sakai Association is excited to sponsor the opening night of the Wellington Japan Film Festival with a showing of  'Ask this of Rikyu' about the later years of Sen no Rikyū (千利休, 1522 – April 21, 1591), also known simply as Rikyū, who is considered the historical figure with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese "Way of Tea". While Rikyu is known to many, you may not know that he was born in Wellington's sister-city of Sakai.

Ask This of Rikyu (利休にたずねよ, Rikyu ni tazune yo) (rated M) was made in 2013 by Mitsutoshi Tanaka, starring kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizō XI, Rei Dan, Akira Emoto, and Seiji Fukushi. It is based on a novel by Kenichi Yamamoto.

Tickets are FREE and available via Eventfinder so get in quick! Seats are unallocated so you probably want to get there early on the night too. Tea ceremony demonstrations will be taking place in Paramount Theatre foyer ahead of the movie screening.

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Tsunami violin concert – 10 September
Sep
10
to Sep 11

Tsunami violin concert – 10 September

  • St Andrews on the Terrace (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The project - Bonds made of a Thousand Tones

This concert tour subtitled "Sen no neiro de tsunagu kizuna" (Bonds made of a thousand tones) is a part of the International Tsunami Violin Project. A world project involving a thousand violinists in relay, performing on the special 'Tsunami Violin' made in remembrance of the deceased and well wishing hopes to survivors of the 2011 Japan Earthquake.

New Zealand born and raised violin & piano duo - Isomura Brothers have been given the greatest privilege to perform on this special instrument for the first time in New Zealand.

The concert programme comprises of multiple New Zealand premier, International premier and tour exclusive arrangements of works by the most significant and influential composers of Japan such as Toru Takemitsu, Akira Ifukube (Composer of Godzilla) and Joe Hisaishi (Composer of Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Totoro). The programme will also feature a brand new arrangement for violin and piano of the world popular Final Fantasy series.

It will be a one of a kind festive event where the audience will hear both classical and popular culture music played on the same stage with the Tsunami Violin and piano!

Tsunami Violin - The Symbol of Hope

On the 11th of March 2011, a disastrous earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku region in Japan. More than 1,700 people died in Rikuzentakata town. But for the survivors, a lone miracle pine stands tall as a symbol of hope and strength and now travels the world as a part of a musical instrument.

The miracle pine is known as the "kiseki no ipponmatsu" was the only one that survived the tsunami out of the 70,000 trees that once stood on the coast of Rikuzentakata town. A violin craftsman based in Tokyo, Muneyuki Nakazawa, was granted a special permission to use a small amount of the miracle pine to create the sound post, and driftwood gathered from the coast after the tsunami to make the body of the violin. It was made in remembrance of the deceased and with the aspiration of hope to the survivors of the devastating tragedy.

The goal of the International Tsunami Violin Project is to pass on the history of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami to the audience through classical music.

Find out more about the Isomura Brothers & the Tsunami Violin Concert Tour on:
https://www.facebook.com/Tsunami-Violin-Concert-Tour-393090131088480/

Tickets are available on Eventfinda.
https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/tsunami-violin-concert/wellington

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Sep
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA - Japanese conversation class

The next JKaiWa event will be held on Thursday 7 September from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Level 18, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street. RSVPs close at 5:00pm on Monday 4 September.

Numbers are limited so if you would like to take part, please RSVP by filling out the form at https://goo.gl/forms/qjdTbIRORiFSVVTg1 to confirm your place. This event is open to people with Japanese conversational ability who want to practice their language skills, so we encourage you to forward the attached flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC Facebook page.

If you know any Japanese native-speakers that would like to join in, please have them email Daiji at daijikataoka@gmail.com.

The Wellington Sakai Association collects $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. Entry is free for WSA members.

JkaiWa is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, Wellington Sakai Association and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Jul
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

J-kenkyu - advanced Japanese conversation class

The next J-Kenkyuu meeting on  July 26 Wed. from 6pm-8:30pm at Wellington City Council, Committee Room Two. There is no fee to attend.

While there will be some parts of the meeting in English, a large part of the time will be spent either watching videos in Japanese or having discussions in Japanese on the assigned topic. Therefore, while it may be a little overwhelming for those with a Beginner level of Japanese, anyone who wants to learn is welcome.

The topic for July will be the struggles of working in the Anime industry in Japan. While Japan’s anime are well-known and loved around the world, there is a darker side to the anime industry: the poor working conditions. We will watch a video about those who love working on anime but are struggling to survive. The video will also touch on what the government is doing to improve the situation.

Numbers are limited so please RSVP your attendance to this event to jkenkyuu@gmail.com 

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JkaiWA - Japanese conversation class
Jul
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA - Japanese conversation class

  • Japan Information and Cultural Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

皆さん! こんにちは!The next JKaiWa event will be held on Thursday 13 July from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Level 18, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street. RSVPs close at 5:00pm on Monday 10 July.
Numbers are limited so if you would like to take part, please RSVP by filling out the form at https://goo.gl/forms/I6mXXp8J6N6q58fo2 to confirm your place. This event is open to p...eople with Japanese conversational ability who want to practice their language skills, so we encourage you to forward the attached flyer around.
The Wellington Sakai Association will collect a $2 entry at the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. Entry will be free for Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) members.
JkaiWa is organised by JETAA Wellington, Wellington Sakai Association and Japan Society of Wellington ウェリントン日本協会 and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Nov
24
2:00pm 2:00pm

Skype with Sakai

  • VZ003, Language Learning Centre, Victoria University of Wellington (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tying in with our "Day in the Life" photo exhibition at Wellington city library which launches on 18 November, we are planning a skype session with our sister city Sakai!

We will discuss our impressions of the shared photos, have general free conversation, and perform a song! Sakai are pulling out the big guns with "pokarekareana" so Wellington has to show our Japanese singing prowess with Japanese pop band SMAP's catchy hit single "Sekai ni hitostu dake no hana" (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/wellingtonsakai/posts/1243392495710958).

Come hang out in Wellington and chat to our sister city!

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Japan Festival 2016
Nov
20
to Nov 25

Japan Festival 2016

The 2016 Japan Festival will be held on Saturday 26 November,  encompass the Japan New Zealand Business Council conference on 24-25 November which will also be held in Wellington. More information to come.

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"A Day in the Life of Wellington and Sakai" photo exhibition
Nov
18
to Dec 3

"A Day in the Life of Wellington and Sakai" photo exhibition

  • Mezzanine Floor, Wellington Central Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Taking our cue from the book "A Day In The Life of America", in which 200 international photojournalists were sent throughout the USA on 2 May, 1986, to photograph ordinary people going about their daily life, Wellington Sakai Association is hosting a photo competition. Residents of Wellington and Sakai will take photos of their daily life - all on the same day (30 July). The resulting photo exhibition will be a fascinating comparative snapshot of the people, culture, fashion and lifestyle of the wide variety of people that make up the population of our sister cities.

Our aim is to promote our respective cities to each other, to strengthen our bonds and create awareness of our similarities as well as our unique differences, to foster intercultural interest and understanding. This project aims to involve the wider community which will in turn promote the associations and increase membership.

The competition was open to all photographers - amateur and professional alike. Finalists will be exhibited as part of the 2016 Wellington Japan Festival Week which runs from 18 November and were judged by Wellington City Councillor Simon Woolf. 

The finalists photographs will be exhibited at Wellington Central Library mezzanine floor from 18 November - 3 December.

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"A Day in the Life of Wellington and Sakai" photography exhibition opening
Nov
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

"A Day in the Life of Wellington and Sakai" photography exhibition opening

  • Mezzanine Floor, Wellington Central Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Taking our cue from the book "A Day In The Life of America", in which 200 international photojournalists were sent throughout the USA on 2 May, 1986, to photograph ordinary people going about their daily life, Wellington Sakai Association is hosting a photo competition. Residents of Wellington and Sakai will take photos of their daily life - all on the same day (which was 30 July). The resulting photo exhibition will be a fascinating comparative snapshot of the people, culture, fashion and lifestyle of the wide variety of people that make up the population of our sister cities.

Our aim is to promote our respective cities to each other, to strengthen our bonds and create awareness of our similarities as well as our unique differences, to foster intercultural interest and understanding. This project aims to involve the wider community which will in turn promote the associations and increase membership.

The competition was open to all photographers - amateur and professional alike. Finalists will be exhibited as part of Japan Festival Week which runs from 18 November and this event serves as the formal opening event where Wellington City Councillor Simon Woolf will judge, and the winners will be announced - the winners will recieve prizes to put towards photography related goods/supplies. 

The finalists photographs will be exhibited at Wellington Central Library mezzanine floor from 18 November - 3 December.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening - Please RSVP to president@wellingtonsakai.org for catering purposes. 

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JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)
Nov
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 10 November (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 9 November at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook pagewww.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)
Oct
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 13 October (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 12 October at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook pagewww.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Cherry blossom viewing picnic (date confirmed)
Oct
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

Cherry blossom viewing picnic (date confirmed)

Come join us for our annual cherry blossom viewing picnic, under cherry trees donated by our sister city of Japan. It's a great way to enjoy the early spring while learning a bit more about Japanese food traditions.

We will host a Japanese bento (lunch box) making competition for attendees following our bento class on 20 August. Prizes are bento boxes bought from Japan!

No cost. BYO lunch although some snacks will be provided.

In the case of bad weather a postponement date will be Sunday 2 October.

 

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JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)
Sep
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 8 September (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 7 September at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook pagewww.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Japanese 'bento' (lunch box) class
Aug
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Japanese 'bento' (lunch box) class

  • Central Wellington Library mezzanine floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Following on from the successful event held in 2015, Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) and JETAA Wellington are hosting a Japanese bento (lunch box) making workshop this August! Come along and learn how to make some impressive looking lunches.

In the workshop you will learn how to prepare some common bento dishes as well as get some great recipe ideas. Key items to build your bento will be brought to you thanks to TATSUHI, arguably one of the best Japanese restaurants in town. The focus will be decorative bento aka "deco-ben" with an emphasis on springtime and Sakai – we hope to make Zabaeko-kun (Sakai City mascot) onigiri (rice balls).

The event will be free for WSA and JETaa members, with a charge (TBC) for non-members.

Location - the mezzanine floor room of the Central Wellington library, 65 Victoria St.

Space is limited to 30 max - so please RSVP to hellokatybento@gmail.com

Following this class, in September once the cherry trees donated by Sakai City Council are in bloom, we will hold a cherry blossom viewing picnic, with a bento making competition! Best bentos will win some bento boxes sent from Japan.

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JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)
Aug
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 18 August (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 17 August at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook page www.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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"A Day in the Life" photo competition
Jul
30
7:30am 7:30am

"A Day in the Life" photo competition

Taking our cue from the book "A Day In The Life of America", in which 200 international photojournalists were sent throughout the USA on 2 May, 1986, to photograph ordinary people going about their daily life, we want residents of Wellington and Sakai to take photos of their daily life - all on the same day (30 July). The resulting photo exhibition will be a fascinating comparative snapshot of the people, culture, fashion and lifestyle of the wide variety of people that make up the population of our sister cities.

Our aim is to promote our respective cities to each other, to strengthen our bonds and create awareness of our similarities as well as our unique differences, to foster intercultural interest and und...erstanding. This project aims to involve the wider community which will in turn promote the associations and increase membership.

The competition is intended to be open to all photographers - amateur and professional alike. Finalists will be exhibited as part of Japan Festival Week which runs from 18 November and will be invited to a formal opening event hosted by the Wellington Mayor where the winner will be announced - the overall winner will recieve $1000 to put towards photography related goods/supplies.

What is this competition? We are looking for photos that show "daily life" in Wellington! The only criteria is that it must be taken in Wellington, and on 30 July (midnight to midnight!). Rain or shine! Citizens of our sister city in Sakai, Osaka will be taking photos of their daily life on the same day. Finalists photos will be exhibited in November 2016 as part of the bi-annual Wellington Japan Festival.

The "day in the life... of Wellington" will kick of with an optional breakfast at 7:30am to get the creative juices flowing and to discuss the type of photographs and the overall premise of the competition. Cost is $10, or free for Wellington Sakai Association members (see more about membership at http://www.wellingtonsakai.org/membership/). Venue is the CQ Hotel, places for breakfast are limited to register with vicepresident@wellingtonsakai.org fast to express your interest. There is no other cost to participate in the competition.

Entries (maximum of 5 (five) photos per individual) should be submitted to vicepresident@wellingtonsakai.org, by 5pm 6 August along with your contact details and identifying the location and title of each photo.

Additional terms and conditions:

Photograph entries that include people will need to obtain permission from their subjects and minors should not be photographed without parent/guardian permission. (While bearing in mind that it is generally lawful to take photographs of people in public places without their consent).

Wellington Sakai Association reserves the right to use all submitted photos in future promotional material and for display during the Wellington Japan Festival.

Photos will be enlarged to 8” x 12” for display at the Wellington Japan Festival. As such, to ensure the quality of enlarged prints submitted photos should be the largest file size possible.

By entering this competition, entrants agree to the use of their names, photographs and likeness for promotional/advertising purposes, and agree to make themselves reasonably available for this purpose.

Wellington is defined as as far north as the top of Tawa and up to but not including Petone.

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JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)
Jul
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 14 July (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 8 July at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook page www.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Wellington Marathon
Jun
26
6:30am 6:30am

Wellington Marathon

The joint press release from Wellington Marathon, Wellington Sakai Association and Wellington City Council:

Established in 1986, the annual June event has been Wellington’s major marathon event for 30 years. In recent years it has become New Zealand’s fastest growing marathon event, attracting some 5000 participants from more than a dozen countries to be one of the New Zealand’s "Big Five", alongside the Auckland, Queenstown, Rotorua and Christchurch marathons.

Based at Wellington’s much-loved Westpac Stadium, the event follows a flat, fast and scenic tour of the Harbour bays that is popular amongst elite and recreational runners and walkers alike. The event features something for everyone, including the Kids’ magic Mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon options. And it is the classic 42.2k full marathon that takes centre stage in 2016.

This year the Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon has teamed up with sister-city promotion agencies Wellington Sakai Association, Sakai Sister and Friendship City Council, Sakai Wellington Association, Wellington City Council, and Sakai City Government in a marathon running exchange. The first-placed Sakai woman in February’s Senshu Marathon won a trip to the 2016 Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon, and the first-placed woman in Wellington on June 26th will win a trip to the February 2017 Senshu Marathon.

"It’s a great thing for the event and for Wellington running," says event manager, Michael Jacques. "Japan has a very big marathon running culture and it’s great that the sister-city associations could see the potential in such an exchange."

The Wellington/Sakai sister-city relationship was established in 1994. Sakai is a port city within Osaka prefecture, which hosts the Senshu International City Marathon, which runs through Sakai and the other ten districts of the south part of Osaka, which used to be called ‘Senshu’. Around 5,000 runners participate to the full marathon.

In February’s Senshu International City Marathon, Wellington runner Tim Sutton finished second in the people’s race in 2hrs 42min. The first placed Sakai woman, Yumiko Tanaka, was also the first woman in Senshu’s people’s race and will be a favourite for the Wellington title too.

Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, says "Marathon running is an important connection between Sakai and Wellington. Connections between our cities are multi-dimensional, including sport, culture, education and the economy. Each citizen who visits our sister city strengthens the human bonds of friendship."

Michael Jacques also sees the exchange as a way for the event to help foster Wellington’s top marathoners, saying, "The trip to Japan is extra motivation for our best marathoners to turn out in their hometown marathon."

The idea is for the prize to alternate every year. "This first year it revolves around the first Wellington woman," says Jacques. "Next year it will be for the first Wellington man."

This year’s Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon is scheduled for Sunday 26th June and the Japanese prize is in addition to the annual event’s other major prize – a trip to the Paris Marathon. Every participant, regardless of ability or what distance they enter in the Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon, can go into a draw to win the Paris trip.

"All entrants have to do is finish and attend the prize giving!" says Jacques.

To be in to win visit wellingtonmarathon.kiwi for online entry and event information, or pick up an entry form at any Shoe Clinic store.

 

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JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)
Jun
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 9 June (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 3 June at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook page www.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Senshu marathon report: Tim Sutton
May
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

Senshu marathon report: Tim Sutton

  • Commitee Room Two, Wellington City Council (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you like one or more of the following:
-inspiring stores,
-free Japanese nibbles
-hearing about people's experience's in Japan (especially about Wellington's sister city Sakai)
-hanging out with like-minded people?

Then come along to this Wellington Sakai Association event next Wednesday 18 May from 6:30pm at the Wellington City Council (Committee Room Two) building on Wakefield Street. Be sure to RSVP to secretary@wellingtonsakai.org as nibbles will be provided and spaces are limited!

The Wellington - Sakai sister-city relationship was established in 1994. Sakai is a port city within Osaka prefecture, which hosts the Senshu International City Marathon. The Sakai city government has hosted a Wellington resident to run in the Senshu marathon as an ambassador for Wellington since 1994. In February’s event Wellington runner Tim Sutton finished second in the race in 2hrs 44min!

The Senshu marathon runs through Sakai and the other ten districts of the south part of Osaka, which used to be called ‘Senshu’. Around 4000 runners participate to the marathon.

WSA will also be announcing an exciting new step in the Wellington-Sakai sister-city running relationship!

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May
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 12 May (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 6 May at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook page www.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Apr
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 14 April (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 8 April at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook pagewww.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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Mar
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

CubaDupa 2016

🎉Want to participate in a Japanese festival parade? Get in the spirit with Japanese lanterns and drums!🎏
WSA is supporting a taiko matsuri performance by several local taiko groups at this years CubaDupa festival 19-20 March. 
WSA members will be carrying Japanese lanterns and playing some den-den taiko, accompanying the Taikoza taiko group down Cuba mall! (Den-den taiko are children's drums and no skill is required😅). 
The parade is on Saturday March 19 from 5-6pm, and the local groups will be performing on the central stage at 6pm. We would like a good crowd to create a true festival feeling so if you would like to be involved, please email secretary@wellingtonsakai.org.

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Mar
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening)

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evening) will be held on Thursday 10 March (from 6pm). Please RSVP and describe your Japanese level to jkaiwanz@gmail.com as soon as possible (but by 5pm, Wednesday 4 March at the latest) to confirm your place.

This event is open to everyone that wants to practice their Japanese conversation, so we encourage you to forward this flyer around your association and Japanese-speaking friends or share the link from the JICC facebook page www.facebook.com/JICC.NZ/

The Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) will collect a $2 entry on the door which will be used to provide light refreshments. The event is FREE for WSA members.

JkaiWA is organised by the Wellington JET Alumni Association, WSA and Japan Society of Wellington and supported by the Embassy of Japan and the Wellington City Council.

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新年会 (Shin-nen-kai) / New Year party
Feb
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

新年会 (Shin-nen-kai) / New Year party

Wellington Sakai Association would love for you to come along for a shin-nen-kai 新年会 (party to celebrate the start of the New Year) summer evening picnic to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of our sister-city relationship with Sakai in Katherine Mansfield Park where a number of trees and a mini kofun garden donated from Sakai are planted.

Please bring a plate of food to share, picnic blanket and anything you think you may need. Invite your friends and family to enjoy a great evening with us.

No need to RSVP, just bring some food/drink/friends to share :)

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