Tag: Mie

Osaka’s Touch of Australia’s Great Wave

The 1970 Osaka World Expo was a boon for Japan’s second-largest city, then, like the rest of the country, enjoying the postwar boom that propelled Japan from the brink of destruction to being the No. 2 economic power in the world.
Better PavilionAustralia, too, was still enjoying unprecedented prosperity in 1970, and it showed with its amazing pavilion at the Osaka showcase.
The pavilion, modeled on Katsushika Hokusai‘s The Great Wave at Kanagawa, was at the end of the Expo donated to Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, which is Sydney’s sister city. It was supposed to be a symbol of the “eternal” friendship between Japan and Australia.
After almost 45 years, and picking up a giant platypus used in the 2005 Aichi World Expo along the way, the Australia Pavilion was condemned in November 2013 and will be demolished, though it currently remains in place.

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George and Noriko thunder Down Under

 日本人フュージョン・ミュージシャンコンビジョージ上川氏と多田野ノリコ氏が続けてオーストラリア全国の人々のハートを取り掴み先日人気番組「Australia’s Got Talent」決勝戦ですごく盛り上がった。

George Kamikawa and Noriko Tadano rock on “Australia’s Got Talent,” July 11, 2012.

 George Kamikawa and Noriko Tadano with their eclectic mix of blues and shamisen continued winning hearts across the Great Southern Land with another ripper performance in the second final on Australia’s Got Talent on Wednesday night (right about the time Nadeshiko Japan were giving the Matildas a footballing lesson!)
You bewdy, George and Noriko!

Japan in Melbourne Exclusive Interview with George and Noriko
George Kamikawa on Facebook
Noriko Tadano on Facebook