Many times before I left I was told “it’s not about the Marathon”. At the time I smiled and agreed but the competitor in me said otherwise, as far as I was concerned, it was “all about the Marathon”. In hindsight I was completely wrong. The Marathon is one of a multitude of different experiences and interactions within a culture that is so different to our own.Read More
Sakai City Council and Sakai Wellington Association prepared a newsletter about the sister city relationship to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Features messages from Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and WSA President Frances Yamada.Read More
Every year, the JET programme welcomes New Zealand graduates to Japan to work for a minimum of one year (up to a maximum of five) as an Assistant Language Teacher or Coordinator for International Relations.Read More
As part of the Sakai Wellington Educational Exchange (SWEE) 2015, WSA and Wellington Nakano Education Society (WNES) co-hosted Sakai City council staff and other Sakai City official representatives for dinner and discussion. It was a great opportunity to meet the new WSA liaison within Sakai City Council and discuss upcoming WSA projects.Read More
For just over 20 years, Wellington and Sakai have been sister cities. And for 20 years, the Wellington Nakano Educational Society (see WNES on Facebook) has been exchanging young secondary school students between schools and families here and in Sakai. Over this
The Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the Wellington City Council hosted the “Tohoku – through the eyes of Japanese photographers” Photo Exhibition which was on display on the mezzanine floor of the Wellington Central Library from 3 June to 2 July 2015 with free admission.Read More
Theme: Citizen Diplomacy – Its Power Locally and Globally
Becoming a more multicultural society
How to build relations through business and economic development, community work, art and culture
How to come together and work towards building closer relations with other countries
A successfull event, with marvellous food. Beautiful Japanese textile art decorations were provided by Debbie Donnelly (Programme Manager of Visual Arts and Design at Whitireia) and her team. Special Japanese style menu was designed by Win Lertpisitkul from Whitireia.
There were 25 guests from Japan Society, Wellington Sakai Association and Japan Information and Culture Centre (JICC), speakers from society past events including current WSA member and Japan Society past President Melda Townsley, and lots of friends and relatives. Tables were full and good time was had by all. Many thanks to Steve Logan and the Logan Brown Head Chef Shaun Clouston for extraordinary performance.Read More
Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furoshiki.
Sakai, Wellington's sister city is well-known for traditional fabric dying techniques, including those for chusen, the material commonly used for yukata (summer kimono).
Wellington Sakai Association (WSA) previously sourced some chusen from Sakai City, and ran this fun activity where people could learn some basic furoshiki wrapping techniques, and for a gold coin donation (no charge for WSA members), take home a piece of Sakai chusen fabric.
WSA previously ran a successful furoshiki stall at the 2014 Wellington Japan Festival.
This event was part of 'Japan Cultural Month' where various Japan-related organisations around Wellington ran events on the weekends held in the Mezzanine Room upstairs on level one of the Wellington City Library.
WSA also cooked Japanese savoury octopus balls "takoyaki" which are a well known snack from the Osaka region which were extremely popular!
Following the furoshiki event, Wellington Nakano Educational Society (WNES) hosted a short discussion for prospective home stay families ahead of a visit from Sakai City high-school students in late July - early August.
In 2010 Christine Jones was the Ambassador for Wellington at the Senshu International City Marathon in Sakai, Japan. Since then Christine has been keeping in regular contact with her host family, exchanging cards, gifts and emails. After years of talking about it finally Tamie (the mother) and Maya (the daughter) recently came to stay with Christine's family. They were in NZ for six nights, during which time Christine took them to Taupo for two nights where they had an excellent time together.Read More