Sunshine Newsletter for May 2022

At the beginning of May, we used to have a lot of Japanese tourists in Cairns city. Unfortunately, Jetstar hasn't resumed direct flights between Japan and Cairns yet. The first flight to Japan since the COVID will schedule to take off in the middle of July so far. It's just around the corner. That will be Japan's summer holiday season; therefore, hopefully, we will have Japanese tourists back in Cairns, and you might have a chance to come across and have a chat with them.


Workshop & Kōryū-kai (gathering) :

I am sorry I could not prepare; threrefore, 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*** We will play a Kanji card game again. This game will force you to speak Japanese, for example, asking questions and answering to play the game. Through a chat with the game, you will be able to improve your Japanese communication skill. Also, the conversation will associate with Kanji skills, especially understanding and reading. Enjoy the Kanji game!

Time: 1:00 pm, Saturday, 14th May

***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, 14th May

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: 11th May


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。






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Taste of Japan – Freshwater @ 5th May

Taste of Japan is an event where you can experience Japan through Japanese foods, cultures, and arts. Don’t miss this great opportunity, which can encourage you to keep learning Japanese during this patient time when you cannot visit Japan.

Please check through the website for further information beforehand.

Date and time: Thursday, 5th May 2022, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm AEST

Entrance fee: $2 including a raffle ticket

Location: High Tea Trolley Freshwater Station (Kamerunga Road, Freshwater, QLD)

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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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