Sunshine Newsletter for June 2022

June has come! Recently we have seen more and more tourists in the city, unfortunately not including Japanese, though. Jetstar has sold direct flights from Cairns to Japan for the late July; therefore, the time will be around the corner when you, as an oversea tourist, will be able to visit Japan soon. We have to see how things pan out. We would first and foremost enjoy this beautiful cool weather for a while, whereas it's getting hot in Japan.


Workshop & Kōryū-kai (gathering) :

I am so sorry I could not prepare for this; therefore, no workshop and Kōryū-kai will be held this month.

If you have any ideas/requests about future workshops, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.



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*** Last month, we played ‘Go Fish’ with Kanji cards. It was great and helped participants learn those kanji in a fun way. Therefore, we will do this again. It will support participants deeply remember and be able to use the kanji practically. Enjoy the Kanji game!

Time: 1:00 pm, Saturday, 11th June

***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, 11th June

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 / RSVP: 8th June


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。






今月(こんげつ)も漢字(かんじ)を使(つか)いながら、先月(せんげつ)と同(おな)じカードゲーム「Go Fish!」をします。「Go Fish!」は評判(ひょうばん)もよくて、おしゃべりもたくさんできました。再度(さいど)チャレンジです!




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:

​ Cairns Japan Bon dance festival 2022

Cairns Japan Bon dance festival in Esplanade will be held on 13th August (Sat), 2022! It seems like we have retrieved our lives back to normal like one before the COVID-19. As my memory is correct, we usually had this festival in September; however, bon dance festivals in Japan are held in the middle of August. Now we will have one at the same time as Japanese people do in Japan this year. That's great. Get this schedule in your journal now!

They has just started announcing this festival and inviting food stall tenants/sponsors; therefore, we should look forward to finding what stalls they will have this year.

Date and time: Saturday, 13th August 2022, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEST

Location: Cairns Esplanade





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Yoko O’Brien オブライエン陽子(ようこ)

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