Japanese cultural activities have been offered by Ms. Akiko Yamada and Mr. Carl Rathus at the Japanese Cultural Centre (JCC) since 1987. The centre is a reference point for persons seeking lessons or demonstrations in aspects of Japanese culture and there is a particular emphasis on cultural programs for schools.

The Japanese Cultural Centre conducts a special program for school groups of approximately 30 students at the Japanese Gardens in the Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, and also at schools upon special request. The centre offers students a rare opportunity to experience Japanese culture first-hand. Items offered for student participation include the Japanese tea ceremony; shakuhachi (bamboo flute) music; martial arts; Japanese calligraphy; an opportunity to wear kimono; folk dancing; kite making; and haiku (Japanese poetry).

Generally at least one month notice is required to arrange an event, and performance items are dependent on the availability of presenters.

For more information on the Japanese Cultural Centre or to make a booking please contact the centre via e-mail at

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