Senshu Marathon 2015 Report - Andrew Wharton

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. 

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Japan Society of Wellington 55th Anniversary dinner - 11 August 2015

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.

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Furoshiki (風呂敷) event – 7 June 2015

Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Check out

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.