About the Centre
Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre was established in 1992 by the Hyogo Prefectural Government to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and Hyogo Prefecture.
The aims of the Centre are to promote understanding and exchange between Western Australia and Hyogo in a range of sectors, including education, government, culture, tourism, sports, and business.
The Centre assists in the facilitation of the Sister State relationship by providing a point of contact for Hyogo Prefectural Government within WA. We work closely with the WA Government and all local Japan related organisations and groups, such as the Consulate-General of Japan in Perth, Japan Foundation Sydney, Australia-Japan Society of WA, Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of WA, JETAAWA, Japanese Association, and Nijinokai, to name a few.
Our first office was located on the 25th floor of QV.1 with a stunning outlook over the Swan River. In 2009, the Centre reopened in the beautiful seaside suburb of City Beach where we enjoyed being neighbours with the Japanese School in Perth for almost ten years. Most recently the Centre has been housed in purpose-built new premises at the old Tuart College site in Tuart Hill, thanks to the Department of Education, WA.
Our new location is fresh, bright, and spacious, and offers Members and visitors state of the art facilities. With a traditional Japanese tatami room, extensive library of language and culture resources, lounge area, commercial-grade kitchen, classroom, lecture theatre, and Japanese garden, the Centre has the ability to bring together people of all ages and interests.
The Centre maintains the largest resource library of Japanese language and cultural materials in WA and offers school visit immersion workshops (within the Centre), adult Japanese language conversation classes, cultural workshops, film nights, exhibitions and displays, seminars, and the ever popular weekly Chatterbox language exchange social opportunity.
Hyogo Centre Facilities
Japanese Tatami Room
Hyogo Cultural Centre’s main attraction is the Japanese room with tatami mats and shoji screens. This room is utilised to display seasonal items or carry out various Japanese traditional performances such as Tea ceremony, Koto, and Japanese dance.
Hyogo Cultural Centre proudly maintains the largest resource library of Japanese language and cultural materials in Western Australia. We have a wealth of books, DVDs, CD Rom and audio materials. The general public is welcome to access the resources within the Centre while Members are able to borrow the items. Please view the Resources page to search for materials of interest to you.
Our seminar room can accommodate up to 40 people seated classroom-style with tables and chairs. You can use this room to study with the assistance of our large range of self-study materials. We also use this room for exhibitions, seminars, films, and workshops…it is a very versatile space.
We are well equipped to hold seminars, classes, mini concerts, exhibitions etc. There are Japanese cultural items (calligraphy, tea ceremony, ikebana….), media equipment (TV, VCR, DVD, Data projector, OHP…) and some display panels.
Using this Facility
Should you wish to hold a Japan related event at our centre, please feel free to discuss the possibility and further details with us.