Australian Embassy

Visit to the Australia Library at Otemon Gakuin University and Ryukoku University

The Embassy’s Minister Counsellor, Claire Elias paid a visit to the Australia Library at Otemon Gakuin University during her trip to Kansai in early July.

(Photo: Australian Embassy Tokyo)

It is the only library in Japan specialising in Australia and has a large collection, including books donated by the Australia-Japan Foundation.

(Photo: Australian Embassy Tokyo)

Otemon Gakuin has a long relationship with Australia, having established the Centre for Australian Studies (currently the Centre for Australian and Asian Studies) in 1967. Ms Elias was delighted to see the study of Australia thriving in Japan.

As part of the celebrations of the 2022 NAIDOC week, Ms Elias also visited Ryukoku University in Kyoto. Associate Professor Yugo Tomonaga at Ryukoku University held a lecture launching the Japanese translation of Bruce Pascoe’s “Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture”.

(Photo: Ryukoku University )

Ms Elias gave opening remarks and participated in a lively discussion with the students after the lecture.