Why Learn Japanese? 2018

Why Learn Japanese? 2015


Event Report

The ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum was held on Thursday 31 May at The Robert Blackwood Hall in Monash University’s Clayton Campus. It was well supported with 517 students and 35 teachers from 18 schools in both metropolitan and regional areas attending the day.

As has become tradition, the event opened to the sounds of the magnificent Wadaiko Rindo Drummers echoing throughout the Robert Blackwood Hall. This set the scene for an exciting day of performances and guest speakers. The drummers returned later in the morning program to present a drumming workshop with participants selected from the audience.

The morning session also included a manga drawing workshop presented by Kenny Chan and a cultural performance by A.YA. The winning DVD from our inaugural ‘JLTAV Idol’ Video Contest was also announced. Various guest speakers also shared their experiences of Japan and of learning the language. Our thanks are extended to Sarah Holloway from Matcha Maiden and Julian Ryall who is a journalist.

We were fortunate to have Jarrod Hoare as our amazing MC for the day. Jarrod is a kyogen and rakugo specialist from Adelaide who has a strong connection with Japan. We thank Jarrod for generously giving his time to support our event. Jarrod will return to Melbourne on Wednesday 5 September to present workshops to students. Details of these workshops have been included in this newsletter.

We greatly appreciate the ongoing support of Japanese language education in Victorian schools provided by the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne. Zilla Bailey from the Information and Culture Section provided the opening address and encouraged students to continue with their Japanese studies.

The success of the day is attributed to the hardworking JLTAV committee members. Many thanks are extended to our committee along with Yoshiko Glenton from the JLTAV Office for organising the day. Thanks also to the members of the committee who assisted on the day.

The JLTAV committee would also like to acknowledge the continued support of the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education (MCJLE) and sincerely thank Anne de Kretser and Hiroko Liu for there assistance in organising the event.

We hope the material presented at this year’s ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum helps to motivate and encourage students to continue with their Japanese studies into VCE and beyond.

Nathan Lane


JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)


This event is aimed to encourage students to study Japanese in senior years. This event has always been well-received, because of its inspiring speeches from guest speakers who are non-native Japanese speakers, who have lived in Japan and continued to use Japanese in Australia and worldwide and also the fascinating cultural demonstrations. Best suited for students in years 8 to 10, as they approach the end of compulsory language studies. 

Cost: $7.70 per student (includes $0.70 GST)

Please make sure you or your school is a member of the JLTAV for 2018.

This activity is provided with funding support from the Department of Education and Training.


Location: Monash University Clayton Campus – Sir Robert Blackwood Concert Hall


Application procedure

  1. Complete the online registration form:
  2. Before pressing submit, print the form (it is a TAX INVOICE) and organise the payment by Thursday 10th May. Late applications are not accepted.
  3. Please send the payment advice to jltav@jltav.org.au. No paper advice required. Please only register once and wait until after the closing date to receive registration confirmation from the JLTAV Office
  4. You will receive confirmation from the JLTAV office by Friday 18th May.
  5. You will receive tickets and a letter from us prior to the event.

Payment details

** EFT only **

  • Account Name: JLTAV Inc
  • EFT to BSB: 033-034 Account Number: 61-1599 *The bank details have changed.*
  • your school reference: section of Net-Banking form
  • If you are sending money from your personal account, please write the name of your school in the reference section of Net-banking form.
  • If your students are paying to attend please collect all money first and register as a class and not individually
  • It is the individual teacher’s responsibility to follow up the registration payment with the finance department of their school

Other notes

Some other things that might need to be considered…

  1. arrange a school trip form
  2. inform school admin plus students and other teachers
  3. book a bus
  4. ask other teachers to come with the group &
  5. arrange lunch

We are looking forward to seeing you and your students at the venue!


9:45-9:55             Taiko Performance                      Wadaiko Rindo

9:55-10:00          Welcome                                        Nathan Lane

Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne           Ms Zilla Bailey

10:00-10:20        Taiko Workshop                           Wadaiko Rindo

10:25-10:30         Speaker (video presentation)    Matcha Maiden

10:30-11:00        Manga workshop                          Kenny Chan

11:00-11:05         Speaker (video presentation)    TBC

11:10-11:40         Recess

Calligraphy                                                                Miho Leitch

11:40-12:10         Cultural Performance                  Jarrod Hoare

12:10-12:35         WGKA Karate Academy              Nick Andrianakis

12:35-12:45        Lucky Draw/JLTAV Idol Contest Winner

The ‘Why Learn Japanese’ Student Forum was supported by the Victorian Government


To download the program, click here