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Sunshine Newsletter for April 2021

April is the start of a school year and a financial year in Japan. We will have the Easter on the first weekend of April this year; therefore, we can feel a new time will start as well. I always think what I can do something new when I have a chance. We can make use of this timing. Think about the second new year resolution!


Workshop & Kōryū-kai (gathering) :

We will have a workshop and Kōryū-kai this month. The topic will be Japanese ink brush art which is called Boku-ga in Japanese. We will have a guest teacher to help your challenge. You don’t need any materials for this; however, if you have a Japanese calligraphy brush and want to use it, please bring it.

This link shows what Boku-ga is. I hope you can get more clear images for Boku-ga. I have chosen bamboo arts for the link only.


We have limited space and materials, so if you would like to join, please let me know as soon as possible. As for materials, if you have your own brush you want to use, please let me know as well. You will have some practices first and then make a final art on Japanese washi paper.

I look forward to your participation. RSVP: 14th April

Time: 1:00 pm, Saturday, 17th April

Place: Sunshine Japanese classroom

Fee: $15


Oshaberi Club:

Oshaberi club (where you can practice your Japanese conversational skills with other participants who are interested in a certain topic) comprising two groups, one being elementary to pre-intermediate and the other being intermediate or higher. Please feel free to jump in and enjoy this fun challenge.

***GROUP 1: Intermediate or higher*** This month, we will have the same activity as the previous one, which is explaining a rough story of a book, a movie, a TV show, etc. The members did it well last time. Just see the image and speak Japanese from it, instead of translating from English. It’s going to be fun!

Time: 1:00 pm, Saturday, 24th April

***GROUP 2: Elementary to pre-intermediate*** Don’t hesitate, and just give a go! Let’s talk about your most previous trip to Japan, what you like, what you didn’t like, tell us what was interesting, fun, cool or new that you discovered. Bring some photos, prints, gift (Omiyage), trinket, anything that you brought back from your travels and let’s chat about it this Oshaberi club. Please come and join us.

Time: 3:00 pm, Saturday, 24th April

For both groups, please book your attendance so that I can organise the groups. Try to book at the earliest time to reserve your spot as you don’t want to miss out.

Place: Sunshine Japanese

Fee: $30

Enrolment: email Yoko at yoko@sunshinejapanese.com.au / RSVP: 21st April


メンバーのおしゃべりも とても自然(しぜん)な会話(かいわ)になってきました。










りょこうのしゃしんや 日本(にほん)のものをもってきて、みせてください。






News corner:

Nipponya 日本や

A new Japanese convenience store has opened in the Lake St. The shop has a variety of goods such as groceries, traditional good, knick-knacks, toys and more. What I want to try is sashimi. We can enjoy sashimi or make sushi at home. Check it out!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nipponya.fig


Japanese origami art exhibition

The First solo exhibition at Artview Gallery by talented local artist Hiromi Ashlin - ‘Tabidaci - New Journey’ will showcase over 30 stunning handcrafted works on paper. Traditional Japanese origami is fused with contemporary practice.

Time: 26th March - 1st May

Place: Artview Gallery (220 Toogood Rd, Bayview Heights)

Fee: free






Sunshine Japanese サンシャイン・ジャパニーズ

Yoko O’Brien オブライエン陽子(ようこ)

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