I’ve discovered a wonderful way of getting a room full of Japanese students excited about Australian culture – introduce them to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
The local UNESCO Association invited me to speak about Australian Indigenous culture and Uluru to around 100 high school students and their teachers. The event ran for the whole weekend with other presenters also talking about international and cultural issues at panels and workshops. It was a great chance to promote our country and gave these young students the chance to learn about different cultures.
As the Australian Consul and Trade Commissioner based in Sapporo, I’m often invited to speak to students in Japan about a range of topics but learning about Uluru really inspired the young students. We generated a lot of discussion and they asked lots of good questions about Indigenous food, culture and history and Australian wildlife.
On the day we were also treated to three young Japanese digeridoo performers giving a demonstration. The young performers also spent some time with the students discussing their own experiences of Indigenous Australian culture.
I was really happy the day turned out so well and many thanks to Parks Australia for their generous assistance. Hopefully we’ve inspired some of these young students to one day make their own journey to Uluru and Australia.
Ian Brazier | Consul and Trade Commissioner
Australian Consulate, Sapporo