Japan Radio Wellington
Past and Current Programmes
11 and 18 January 2019: This week's interview is with Kohno Fumitaka, a rugby referee and rugby referee trainer. He will talk about his stay in Wellington and about rugby in NZ and Japan, including rugby refereeing education and forthcoming rugby World Cup in Japan. This is a repeat programme from August 2018.
28 December 2018 and 4 January 2019: Today’s interviewees are Ms Tomoko Nishikawa from Tobitate project and Mr Suguru Nakatake, a high school teacher from Japan. This is the second part of two programmes on this topic. Ms Nishikawa will introduce the new Japanese Government initiative to promote Japanese students to study abroad. It is a Public-Private Joint Scholarship program collaborating with foreign schools and universities. Its flagship project “TOBITATE Young Ambassador Program” aims to send 10,000 students by 2020 abroad as Young Ambassadors.
14 and 21 December 2018: Today’s interviewees are Ms Tomoko Nishikawa from Tobitate project and Mr Suguru Nakatake, a high school teacher from Japan. This is the first part of two programmes. Ms Nishikawa will introduce the new Japanese Government initiative to promote Japanese students to study abroad. It is a Public-Private Joint Scholarship program collaborating with foreign schools and universities. Its flagship project “TOBITATE Young Ambassador Program” aims to send 10,000 students by 2020 abroad as Young Ambassadors.
30 November and 7 December 2018: Today’s interviewee is Debbie Donnelly, a shibori artist teaching at Te Auaha (joint Institute of Creativity of Whitireia and WelTec). She talks about her Japanese mother, family history, her journey to a successful textile artist, and recent visits to Japan.
16 and 23 November 2018: Today’s interviewee is Masako Kato, a graphic design, animation, and web design student of Debbie Donnelly of Whitireia. Masako is graduating soon from Te Auaha (joint Institute of Creativity of Whitireia and WelTec). She talks about her studies in Japan and New Zealand, comparing her experiences in the two countries, and about her forthcoming art exhibition.
2 and 9 November 2018: Mayu Suzuki talks about her involvement in organizing the Japan Festival 2018, including various activities and performances. Interesting information for all planning to attend the Japan Festival on 24 November at TSB Arena. The festival will include chindon'ya (street musicians) and shamisen music. More information at https://japanfestivalwellington.org/
19 and 26 October 2018: Netsuke carver Owen Mapp and potter and jewellery designer Hanne Eriksen Mapp will tell about their experiences in Japan and how Japanese culture inspired their artistic careers. Owen often exhibits in Japan with netsuke carvers and his work is represented in Japanese books and with several netsuke in H.R.H. Prince and Princess Norihito Takamado collections. Hanne is a Danish ceramist and jewellery maker, who studied in Japan.
This radio programme is organised by the Japan Society of Wellington.
The Japan Society of Wellington promotes understanding of Japanese language, culture, and technology in the Wellington region. It holds monthly meetings at the Japan Information and Culture Centre on Willis Street. We wanted to reach out to a wider audience via radio and podcasts to inform about Japanese related events, associations, and businesses in Wellington, and to link together people interested in Japan, including Japanese living or studying here.
The show's content is mostly easy listening Japanese, with English explanations added, lots of traditional and modern music and often a specific theme per episode. Different episodes will feature different amounts of Japanese and English, and music.
Listeners can contact us for comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
The programme broadcasts fortnightly on Fridays, 6-6.30, with each episode repeated the following week.
Programme Producer: Ilkka Havukkala
Announcer, Interviewer, Theme Producer: Jerry Jewett
Interviewer, Theme Producer: Daiji Kataoka
We are grateful to Wellington City Council Arts and Culture Fund to have funded this pilot stage of the radio programme. We also want to thank Wellington Access Radio for their generous help.