Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Australian Arrow donates $50,000 to Frankston Hospital Women’s Health Unit

Australian Arrow (Yazaki) were the farsighted business who first suggested establishing the sister city relationship between Frankston and Susono in March 1980. Yazaki's worldwide headquarters are located in our Japanese sister city and their Oceania operations were established here in the City of Frankston in 1973.

Over the past 44 years Australian Arrow have supplied the technical design and production of electronic components and wire harnesses installed in every car manufactured in Australia, up until this year. With the unfortunate downturn in the Australia car industry, Australian Arrow will cease operations by the end of this month.

Australian Arrow are leaving, but they are also leaving a lasting legacy for the Frankston Mornington Peninsula community by generously donating $50,000 to Peninsula Health. The money will be used for a major refurbishment of the birthing suites at Frankston Hospital.

David Anderson, Colin Hampton, Craig O’Donohue, Mike Lush, Kim Holland,
Frankston Susono Friendship Association Chairperson Peter Patterson and Sharyn Hayles

Image courtesy of Jessica Mills, Peninsula Health Media

For a more detailed report, please follow the links below:

Peninsula Health website:


The Frankston Times online article:


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

2018 FSFA Japanese Festival

We are pleased to announce that our 2018 Japanese Festival will be held on Sunday 6th May, 2018 at Frankston High School's Senior Campus - Foot Street, Frankston. The Festival will open at 10.00 am and conclude at 4.00 pm.

In the next day or so we will be contacting participants from previous Festivals inviting their participation. If you wish to be involved in our Festival and do not receive information, then please email hasts@tpg.com.au

Save the date: Sunday 6th May, 2018

We look forward to another successful Festival!

Wadaiko Rindo Taiko Drumming Group

Japanese Festival School's Parade with Susono Mayor Kenji Takamura

Waverley Bonsai Group Display

Festival Market Stalls

Nekomimi Mode Cat Ear Sales

Susono Overseas Friendship Association Display

Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chadou)

We will be providing a wide range of performances, displays and hands on craft activities to celebrate Children's Day (held in Japan on 5th May each year).

Monday, 30 October 2017

Hanami Party - Sunday 29th October 2017

On Sunday 29th October we held a Hanami Party in our Japanese Garden at Frankston High School. Local Japanese families were invited along with members of the FSFA executive and families. The aim was to meet in an informal setting to celebrate Hanami and establish friendships with a view to networking for the future.

Drinks and a delicious range of foods (including sushi, karaage, gyoza, edamame, sandwiches, fruit platters, pancakes with red bean filling) were served and enjoyed by all.

Group photo in our Japanese Garden at Frankston High School

Meeting new and old friends

Pleased to meet you!

Enjoying some time in the Japanese Garden

Tonia Hast and Julie D'Arcy have both spent a year in Japan on exchange


We also farewelled William D'Arcy who has been selected to participate in a short term exchange to Susono City from 24 November until 26 January 2018. William is completing Year 11 at Padua College in Mornington and will travel to our sister city after finishing his examinations next month. He will attend Johoku Senior High School during his stay and we hope to hear from him during his time in Susono and we will post news and photos on our website.

William is the son of Julie D'Arcy, who was one of the first exchange students to Susono in 1983!

William D'Arcy will spend 2 months in Susono during his summer break before returning to start Year 12 studies.