Tuesday, 12 December 2017

City of Frankston Wins Sister Cities Australia Award

We are very pleased to announce that the City of Frankston has been awarded the joint winner with the City of Blacktown, New South Wales in the recent Sister Cities Australia (SCA) National Awards - Community Involvement Category. Our entry was based on our 2016 Japanese Festival held at Frankston High School in April last year during the Susono delegation visit.

This prestigious national award is recognition for all the effort and great work put in to ensure such a successful Festival at such a great venue!

SCA Executive Member Christina Despoteris, who resides in Victoria, will visit Frankston to present the trophies, possibly sometime late next week. More details will be posted once arrangements have been confirmed.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Wadaiko Rindo taiko drumming group are regular participants at our Festivals
The Susono Overseas Friendship Association display and activities were insanely popular!
Our wonderful stall holders were kept very busy!
Green tea and yummy snacks
Aiki Shuren Dojo Aikido Demonstration
The hands on activities room was hugely popular - and also with the adults!
The Japanese Festival Schools Parade

Monday, 4 December 2017

William D'Arcy's Japan Adventure - Part 1

William D'Arcy is spending 2 months in Susono on a short term exchange. Here is his first report and pictures:

JAPAN IS CRAZY! Crazy good! I'm loving it here. Everyone I meet is amazing, the foods have been divine, even the weird stuff! I can’t understand a thing people are saying and I have no clue what's going on. It's great!

The plane ride over was maybe one of the scariest things I've done in a while. It was pretty strange to have to go through customs alone. Once on the plane it was good, but getting off the plane was quite a fright. I was a little late disembarking so by the time I got to the terminals everyone was already gone so it was empty, completely empty! But I made it out all in one piece. My first host mother Aiko was waiting for me and from there we went to my new home.

A nice little house out in the fields - I don't know exactly what they grow but it's a really nice location and the house is lovely. However, I soon came to the realisation that this particular family didn't speak English all too well, so communication is more of a guessing game, which is fine - just not what I was expecting which was a bit arrogant of me to expect English to be a prominent language here in Susono. But I don't mind - who needs to communicate anyways?!

I soon started my first week at my new Japanese high school. The school itself is huge, two 5 story buildings make up the classrooms and I find it strange to have to walk up 5 flights of stairs to get to class. At first, I was super nervous as I had no clue what to expect. On arrival I was treated like a celebrity - almost as if I was famous. My classmates were super friendly and were super easy to talk to. Some of them were even able to speak with me in English, some better than others. After a week at school here I've come to the conclusion that all my classmates and friends are crazy! They are all comedians making jokes left, right and centre, but not only are they crazy they are also some of the kindest, most thoughtful people ever! They always ensure I never go anywhere alone, I always have someone to walk and talk with on the train ride home and to and from my classes. What a lovely group of individuals.

Can't wait to see where this adventure goes next …

William arriving at Narita Airport, Tokyo

M-I-C, K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E!!

Special castle exhibition

BBQ at home with host family

Christmas decorations

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: