Friday, 31 May 2019

Frankston Susono Friendship Association - Bulletin No. 4

Frankston Susono Friendship Association

Bulletin No. 4

June 2019

Dear Members (Friends of FSFA),

Welcome to our old friends and new found friends to the FSFA monthly bulletin. It is a snapshot of our happenings and interesting things about Japan.

Don’t forget you are most welcome to attend our monthly FSFA Executive meetings.

They are held at 6.30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Location is the Acacia Room in the Frankston Council offices. Enter off Young Street.

The next meeting is this Tuesday 4 June 2019.

Japanese Garden

Please read the report on our website about the working bee to clean up the large amount of leaf litter.
Thanks to those members who helped on the day.

Box Hill Japan Festival

Thank you to those members who helped out at the Box Hill Japan Festival. Again, a detailed report is on our website.

Calendar of Events 2019/2020

The following is a list of key dates for events and activities over the next 2 years:



Scheduled Date

FSFA Committee Meetings
Frankston Council Chambers
First Tuesday each month @ 6.30 p.m.
Susono Tribute Garden Opening
Susono Way, Frankston
Late July 2019 – Date to be confirmed
2019 Susono Schools Visit
Hosts: Derinya Primary School
Wednesday 7th – Thursday 15th August
Sister Cities Australia Forum
To be determined
August 2019 – Date to be confirmed
FSFA Annual General Meeting
Frankston Council Chambers
3rd September 2019; 1st September 2020
Japanese Speech Contest
Monash University, Frankston
6th September 2019; 4th September 2020
Japanese Garden Working Bee
Frankston High Senior Campus
Sunday 6th October 2019
Japanese Garden Hanami Party
Frankston High Senior Campus
20th October 2019; 18th October 2020
Proclamation Anniversary
Various venues in Frankston
Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd February 2020
2020 Susono Delegation Visit
Various venues in Frankston
Thursday 26th to Monday 30th November
FSFA Japanese Festival
Frankston High Senior Campus
Sunday 29th November 2020
Frankston Delegation to Susono
Susono, Shizuoka, Japan
October 2021 – Dates to be confirmed

Keep an eye out for this TV show

On a recent trip to Europe with Qantas I had the good fortune to watch a great Japanese series called Miss Sherlock on the in-flight entertainment. Eight episodes of Series One have been made and hopefully a second series will be produced. The series is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Miss Sherlock is a female-led adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The show is primarily set in TokyoJapanIt is a co-production between HBO Asia and Hulu Japan. 

Miss Sherlock depicts "consulting detective" Sara "Sherlock" Shelly Futaba (YĆ«ko Takeuchi) solving various mysteries in modern-day Tokyo. Sherlock is assisted by her flatmate, Dr. Wato Tachibana (Shihori Kanjiya), a doctor who has recently returned from volunteering medical aid in Syria.

Because of Sherlock's keen observational and deduction skills, she is frequently asked by Inspector Gentaro Reimon of the Metropolitan Police to help with cases.

The two women spark a friendship and become partners in solving peculiar, perplexing crimes. The show retains the essential qualities of Sherlock Holmes, as the investigators employ insightful observation and reasoning skills in their new incarnation as strong women.
Although the series depicts a variety of crimes and perpetrators, Sherlock must deal with the secret organization, Stella Maris, who is behind some of the crimes they solve.
Other recurring characters include Kimi Hatano, the landlady where Sherlock lives, and Kento Futaba, the Prime Minister Secretary and Sherlock's older brother.


We welcome your thoughts on the bulletin and things we could include, etc. We all share a passion for Japan and its culture and traditions. This is one way we are using to share and spread the love.

Thank You and we look forward to keeping in touch.

Peter Patterson

On behalf of the Frankston Susono Friendship Association

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Japanese Garden Working Bee

With most of the leaves already having fallen, it was time to head into our Japanese Garden to clean up the large amount of leaf litter. There were also a number of the azalea bushes which needed the dead flowers removed before the raking and clean up began.

Lots of leaves from the 3 large cherry trees!

With thanks to Ralph Halnon, a member of the Australian Japanese Model Railway Group who have exhibited at many of our Japanese Festivals over the years. Ralph and his wife Robyn have attended our Executive Committee meetings and this morning Ralph traveled from Newport to attend our working bee! We greatly appreciate your support and friendship Ralph!

A much tidier garden after our working bee.

Also, a regular at our working bees has been Adrian Thomas who is on our Executive Committee and was one of our members who attended the Japan Festival in Box Hill last Sunday.

Simon, Ralph and Adrian

We also appreciated Frankston High School Senior Campus Principal Helen Wilson delivering a plate of delicious scones to keep up our energy levels during the morning.

Our small but efficient team after the clean up!

Footnote: My guess is that the overnight wind and rain has removed the remaining leaves and deposited them on the garden! Oh well, it looked good when we finished yesterday.

For more information, please visit our Japanese Garden page!

Monday, 20 May 2019

FSFA at the Japan Festival 2019 in Box Hill

FSFA Executive Committee members were at the Japan Festival 2019 at Box Hill Town Hall last Sunday 19 May to promote our Association. Our prime position in the Main Hall gave us excellent exposure to the many visitors at this very popular 20th Japan Festival organised by the Japan Club of Victoria.

Japan Festival Cosplay Contest

Our presence at the Japan Festival 2019 was designed to increase our exposure, promote our sister city relationship and its activities, and encourage new membership to our Association. We were able to distribute our promotional flyer, our 2020 Japanese Festival flyer and Calendar of Events and sign up many new members!

Tonia & Simon with promotional and Festival flyers

It was also a great opportunity to touch base with many of our Japanese Festival regulars and meet with many new and exciting performers leading up to our next Festival on 29 November 2020. Our Vice-Chairperson Simon Hast received many positive responses which will ensure our 2020 Japanese Festival will be bigger and better than ever!

Yosaki Soran, dynamic & energetic contemporary dance group performing

Our thanks to the committee members who were on deck to assist promoting our Association and to Tonia, Chie, Amy Rose and Mick who were great support at the Festival!

Simon, Tonia, Therese, Bob and Mick

Our next Executive Committee meeting will be on Tuesday 4 June at the Frankston City Council, Young Street, Frankston commencing at 6.30 p.m. Visitors are always made to feel very welcome - we may even have some of our newest members signed up at the Box Hill Japan Festival attend!