As a result of a visit to various parts of Australia in l980 , Japanese painter Masami Yamada returned in 1983 with 30 of his works for a special exhibition , the catalogue for which is in the extensive collection of a new regular contributor to Little Darwin , art correspondent Ponsonby Willis . The front cover illustration is of a Kookaburra in a Japanese fan; a black Swan , also in a fan , is on the back .
A large folding screen of Ayer's Rock , Uluru , stood out in the exhibition . Subjects included Great Barrier Reef fish and coral ; a Cairns Pelican ; an outback hotel at Orange ; Broken Hill chairs ; the waterfront Seafood Restaurant at Manly, Sydney ; iron lacework at Albury ; the Hero of Waterloo Hotel, Sydney .
Arranged by the Australia-Japan Foundation , the exhibition toured widely , including Townsville ( Perc Tucker Art Gallery) , Cairns , Canberra. Yamada had also exhibited One Japanese Painter's Papua New Guinea in Tokyo, PNG and parts of Australia .