WA and Hyogo


It is with immense pride that Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre once again joins forces with the Japan Festival committee to create the third Japan Festival in Perth.  The 2016 Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever and will hold even more significance for us as we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Hyogo – Western Australia Sister State relationship.

Established in 1981, the highly successful Sister State relationship with Hyogo Prefecture is WA’s longest and possibly most active.  The past 34 years have seen exchanges of students, teachers, government officials, artists, marathon runners, and even koalas!  Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre was opened to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the relationship and our aim is to bring a little bit of Hyogo to you all.  With this in mind we hope to contribute to the 2016 Japan Festival by bringing you an exciting performance direct from Hyogo Prefecture.  Watch this space for more information!!

On a personal note, although I only arrived in Perth a few months ago, I already feel so fortunate to see the energy and positive support amongst the community for all things Japanese.  The 2016 Japan Festival will not be the only Sister-State related event held next year, but it will certainly be a fantastic way to kick off the celebrations!  Please make sure you save the date, February 27, and join me and all of WA’s Japan enthusiasts at Japan Festival 2016.  See you there!


Masataka Onishi
Director, Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre