Australian artist, James Tapscott, founder and creative director of Globelight Inc., was invited to exhibit his work at this year’s Japan Arts Alp Festival in Shinano Omachi. James’ work, Arc ZERO, a ring of mist by day and an illuminated halo by night, framed the bridge to a temple so his experiences even included…

Applications for the inaugural Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue—AJYD 2017—are now open!   About the Dialogue The inaugural Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue will be held in Melbourne, Australia. 20 future leaders—10 from Australia and 10 from Japan—will be selected to attend AJYD 2017. Delegates will participate in an expert-led program of roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, cultural exchanges and…

  Summer school is probably not on top of most young people’s mind when they think of summer, but trust us, summer school in Asia is something you’ve got to do! Imagine yourself in July next year knocking back an Asahi or Korean Soju with classmates, feasting on amazing local food, or exploring the local surroundings on weekends in…

The following is a comprehensive guide I have created to help you understand the nitty-gritty details of job interviews in Japan. It covers details of the all-important handwritten resume, how you should look, as well as the ‘unspoken’ rules of Japanese interviews with regards to manners and expectations. Please bear in mind that the application process and level of…

‘A good craftsman never blames their tools’ It goes without saying. But let’s be honest: when it comes to study, your tools are really important. And with Japanese textbooks, you are spoilt for choice. But not all are created equal. With the next JLPT test fast approaching, your hefty time invested in learning a language demands the…

Living in the world’s most populous metropolitan city, Tokyo, I was lucky enough to interview Clarence Ma, a fourth year undergraduate Law/International Relations student from UNSW, who is currently studying at the University of Tokyo (Tōdai). Last year, he was one of the fortunate few to receive the New Colombo Plan Scholarship to Japan, each worth up to…

  Ladies and gentlemen, we have just landed in Narita Airport… The time is now 8PM. Coming off a 9-hour flight, sleep was the last thing on my mind as I touched down in Tokyo. I couldn’t even care about the language barriers and cultural challenges that awaited me. I was here, crossing the airstrip…

  Established in 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) is a Japanese government initiative dedicated to placing university graduates, regardless of their field, in Japanese kindergartens, elementary, junior high, and high schools. Successful applicants take up positions as either Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs). The aim of the…

Young Australians who spend time in Asia on university exchange are sometimes unsure how to utilise their new cultural and language skills upon returning home. It is easy to be Asia-engaged when an educational institution or other organisation is willing to pay for you to study overseas.  But what about when those opportunities are not…

  Seeking a career in the United Nations, but not sure how to get there? Well, the United Nations University (UNU) Office of the Rector is currently seeking highly qualified candidates to take part in their United Nations University fellowships programme, located in Tokyo. This opportunity is perfect for graduate level students and young professionals looking to…

  Studying the Japanese language since the age of eight while hearing my grandmother’s stories of working in Japan during the ‘60s and ‘70s had well and truly given me a taste for all things involving the Land of the Rising Sun. Teamed with my tertiary-level studies in politics and international relations, I became increasingly…

    Teaching is a valuable skill to have – communication and interpersonal skills are important attributes for most professional careers – but as a free-lance English teacher in Japan, what started as a skill-building opportunity resulted in a truly excellent life experience. I got to live in the amazing city that is Tokyo and…

  “Japan is back.” In uttering this dramatic statement on 22 February 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared his intention to shake the world’s third largest economy out of two decades of debilitating deflation and anemic economic growth. Dubbed the ‘world’s greatest economic experiment’, his policy of fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reform saw…

Interested in Japan? If so, how much would you jump at the chance to: Visit the factories of some of Japan’s famous manufacturers, like Toyota? Discuss the business of one of Japan’s largest trading houses at their Tokyo headquarters? Receive a briefing on bilateral relations from the Australian Ambassador to Japan? Attend an international relations…