This year, the Australia Japan Youth Cultural Exchange (AJYCE) Program between Western Australia and the Saitama Prefecture in Japan celebrated its 40th Anniversary.
This exchange program, an initiative associated with Rotary International, has seen over 1,000 young people between the ages of 18-35 experience home stay and cultural exchange in Western Australia and Japan over its course.
The Consul General of Japan in Western Australia, His Excellency Mr Masanobu Yoshii joined a number of dignitaries, past team leaders/members and other special guests, numbering well over 70 people at an anniversary party in early March at the Mt Lawley Golf Club to welcome the inbound team from Japan for 2016 and to hear of the success of the Australian team's visit to Saitama in January.
We also celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the program with a special cake cutting ceremony and the presentation of a book to the Japanese committee which comprised historical information of each of the teams which have participated in the program dating back to 1976.
The Australian team traveled to Saitama for a two week cultural experience in late January this year and had a fantastic time. The Australian team enjoyed cultural and educational exchange at a high school in Saitama, skiing in the mountains of Kusatsu, a dawn ceremony at the Zojo-ji Buddhist Temple in Tokyo amongst many other exciting cultural activities as a team and with their host families.
Strong friendships were made and the Australian team members enjoyed hosting their Japanese hosts during their stay in Perth. While here, the Japanese team enjoyed a 4 day tour of our south west region, a visit to the Perth Mint, Rottnest Island, Caversham Wildlife Park, afternoon tea at Parliament House among other activities and time spent with their host families.
The AJYCE committee is very proud of the success of the 2016 program and we are looking forward to building our team for 2017.
If you would like to see more of what the Australian and Japanese team members got to experience, please check out our Facebook page for photos and updates.
Great news! The 2016 AJYCE application cut off date has been extended to Friday the 6th of November. Make sure you get your application in to experience this incredible trip!
This tour, now in its 40th year, is a once in a lifetime opportunity and provides participants with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Japan, explore places tourist can not and develop international networks. For more information, message us on Facebook or visit us at www.ajyce.org !
The 2019 Australia-Japan Youth Cultural Exchange Program between Perth and Saitama, Japan is now open for applications!!
This annual program, now in its 4rd year, promises to be an outstanding life experience for the 12 young Australians (18 to 30 years) that are fortunate enough to participate.
Participants will experience Japanese home life, cuisine, history, cultural rituals, shopping, skiing and other incredible sights as well as having the opportunity to expand social and professional networks internationally with this respected Rotary International cultural exchange program. This is a limited opportunity so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. (Conditions apply)
For further information please contact us!
As part of the celebrations for the AJYCE 40th Anniversary, we thought it was time to update the look. We are very excited to launch our new AJYCE logo!!
The new logo includes the 'person'. The person is made up of various shapes and colours representing our two great nations. Despite these differences they all come together in unison to form the 'person' reflecting humanity and international peace. The person 'jumps reflecting the energy and the passion of youth.
This is a great logo for a great program that has changed many lives and bought two nations closer.
The 2016 Australia-Japan Youth Cultural Exchange Program between Perth and Saitama, Japan is now open for applications!!
This tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity and provides tour participants with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Japan and develop international networks. For more information, message us on facebook or use the contact details on the flyer below!
Now in its 40th year, this exchange program sends young Western Australians to Japan for a two week cultural exchange experience in January each year.