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  • 11 Sep 2009 9:27 PM | Deleted user

     AST Committee   Australia Society Tokyo, eNewsletter, Sep. 2009

     News

    Australian Embassy Bulletin on Consular Matters 

    1.  Changes to Exemption Rules for Foreign Employment Income.  In the 2009-10 Federal Budget, the government announced changes to the exemption rules for foreign employment income derived by Australian residents.  The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website has information concerning these changes... Read more>>>

     Events

    Upcoming Events:

    Australia-Society-BBQ.jpgAustralia Society Autumn BBQ, September 12 2009

    Now that Summer is drawing to an end, join us under the stars in the Embassy garden for a night of fun with an Australian BBQ, ice cold beer and fine Australian wine.  Read more>>>

    For ticketing inquiries, please send mail to president@australiasocietytokyo.com or sign-up online at www.australiasocietytokyo.com (members only) 


    Coffee Morning, September 24 2009

    A great chance to meet Australian families in Tokyo.  Location: [Oakwood T-Cube Residence, Roppongi]
    Level 22 3-1-1 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo 
    Read more>>>

    Upcoming Events Update

    Please click here to see calender of upcoming events.

     What's on in Japan

    Mt. Takao Hike and Beer Garden

    As Mt. Takao was awarded three Michelin stars in 2007, it is getting more bustling with visitors, hikers, and foreign tourists.  “Located fifty minutes from the heart of Tokyo, Mt. Takao is covered by a beautiful forest that lets visitors enjoy both Japan’s subtropical and temperate natural features.  From the summit, there is a panoramic view of Tokyo” says Michelin Voyager Pratique Japon, Michelin’s simpler guide to Japan’s attractions. Read more>>> 

    DSCF3363 (2).JPGDay Trip to Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi

    put oxygen canister, headlight, and energy bar, etc into a backpack the night before Mt. Fuji climb trip and all seemed to be going fine, until I received a cancellation notice by email from the operator!  Read more>>>

     

  • 04 Sep 2009 10:29 PM | Deleted user

     

    Adults Autumn BBQ                   September 12                Australian Embassy Garden

    AFL Grand Final                        September 26                Embassy Bunker Bar

    NRL Grand Final                        October 4                              Embassy Bunker Bar

    Melbourne Cup                          November 3                   Grand Hyatt Hotel

    Family Christmas Party              December 6                   Australian Embassy, B2

    Australia Day Ball                      January 29                    Grand Hyatt Hotel

     

     

  • 03 Sep 2009 10:11 PM | Deleted user

     

    Day Trip to Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi

     

    By Kuniko Noguchi

     

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    I put oxygen canister, headlight, and energy bar, etc into a backpack the night before Mt. Fuji climb trip and all seemed to be going fine, until I received a cancellation notice by email from the operator!  The same thing happened two more times due to bad weather condition and I nearly gave up the attempt to climb Mt. Fuji.

     

    新しいイメージ1.JPGLate August, however, I had a visitor from Sydney and this gave me a chance to visit Mt. Fuji.  Since we didn’t have enough time to prepare for trekking, we just decided to go to 5th station.  I hadn’t been to 5th station since my primary school days and so practically I was a first time visitor too.  Like many of the tourists do, I wandered around it, enjoyed panoramic view of the lakes, and had ‘Houtou’, which is a local dish in Yamanashi prefecture, while enviously seeing the hikers who were going to start!

     

    新しいイメージ3.JPGWe then headed to Lake Kawaguchi early afternoon.  We explored the lake by round trip bus which goes to the tourist spots, and stopped by ‘Herb Pavilion’ and ‘Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway’ where we could view the whole lake.  We wanted to visit a few more places such as viewing spot of ‘Sakasa (upside down) Fuji’ (= ‘Reflection of Mt. Fuji in the lake’), but I also wanted to save time for ‘Shabu shabu’ dinner back in Shinjuku so I could give a lecture on Japanese dishes, referring to the movie ‘Lost in translation’. 

     

    This time, we chose to go to Lake Kawaguchi, but there’s more to discover in and around Mt. Fuji:  4 other lakes around Mt. Fuji, fruits picking, hot spring, and amusement park called ‘Fujikyu Hiland’, etc.  If you ever go to 5th station for sightseeing, it would be nice to choose and visit one of these places as well, depending on the number, the age, and the interest of people to go with.

     

  • 30 Aug 2009 8:34 PM | Deleted user

     

    Mt. Takao Hike and Beer Garden

    By Kuniko Noguchi

     

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     As Mt. Takao was awarded three Michelin stars in 2007, it is getting  

     more bustling with visitors, hikers, and foreign tourists.  “Located fifty

     minutes from the heart of Tokyo, Mt. Takao is covered by a beautiful

     forest that lets visitors enjoy both Japan’s subtropical and temperate

     natural features.  From the summit, there is a panoramic view of Tokyo”

     says Michelin Voyager Pratique Japon, Michelin’s simpler guide to Japan’s

     attractions.

     

     In addition to easy access from Shinjuku, this mountain appeals to

     people with several hiking trails, Yakuoin temple, a scenic cable car & lift

     rides, and particularly seasonal attractions:  Visitors enjoy 

     cherry blossoms in spring, colorful foliage in autumn, and beers in

     summer!  

     

    IMG_0455-1.JPG From July to September, a beer garden  

     called ‘Beer Mount’ opens at the

     observation deck at 500 meters

     from the ground which offers spectacle 

    view of Tokyo.  It is about 3,000 yen 

    for 2 hour all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet

    and entertains the visitors and weary hikers

     in the mountain retreat.

     

     

     To ensure a pleasant trip, safety should be utmost important as

     is  customary with all of hiking trips.  People should do hiking first,

     then finish the day at Beer Mount, and make sure to do a safe walk or

     take a cable car back to the station after drinking at Beer Mount. 

     

     Mt. Takao: http://www.takaotozan.co.jp/takaotozan_eng1/index2.htm

     Beer Mount:

     http://www.takaotozan.co.jp/takaotozan_eng1/beermnt/index.htm

     

  • 30 Aug 2009 8:10 PM | Deleted user

     

    1.  Changes to Exemption Rules for Foreign Employment Income.

    In the 2009-10 Federal Budget, the government announced changes to the exemption rules for foreign employment income derived by Australian residents.  The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website has information concerning these changes at
    http://www.ato.gov.au/taxprofessionals/content.asp?doc=/content/00201275.htm

    If you would like more information about the legislation behind these changes please refer to the Treasurer’s 2009 media release at: http://www.treasurer.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=pressreleases/2009/066.htm&pageID=003&min=wms&Year=&DocType=0

    If you would like more information about these changes and how they will affect the calculation of your tax please contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on +61-2-6216-1111 during business hours of 0830-1645, Monday to Friday (AEST).

    2.  Preparing for Emergencies

    Japan is prone to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and in some months typhoons and mudslides.  The Australian Government, through its consular officers, endeavours to assist Australians in emergency situations.  This does not, however, diminish the obligation of citizens to prepare for their own welfare.  The Embassy and Consulates are not evacuation centres and are not equipped to serve as refuges for significant numbers of Australians.  

    Your chances of surviving a severe earthquake (or other natural disaster) are enhanced if you make necessary preparations, including assembling an emergency kit to help you through the first days until Japanese Government assistance becomes available.  For more information and suggestions about the contents of emergency kits, please refer to: http://consular.australia.or.jp/pdf/preparing_for_emergencies.pdf

    Prepare now:
    1.        Read an earthquake information booklet - these are available from your local
    ward office
    2.        Assemble an earthquake emergency kit (see list of recommended inclusions in the link above)
    3.        Know the location of your closest evacuation centre
    4.        Learn how to shut off the gas and electricity
    5.        Make sure that furniture items are secure
    6.        Register your contact details with the Australian Embassy or Consulates
    7.        Photocopy passports and other important documents. Store copies away from home (eg. at work)
    8.        Learn how to contact the police, fire and rescue services in Japanese. Be able to provide your address in Japanese.

    If a tremor strikes:
    1.        Immediately turn off any heat sources that could cause fires
    2.        Check your immediate surroundings for fire, gas leaks, broken glass and other hazards
    3.        Take cover under a sturdy table or in a doorway and away from glass
    4.        If possible, open an external door to secure a means of escape after the earthquake
    5.        Don’t rush outside as falling roof tiles, glass and downed electrical wires can cause injury
    6.        If in a public area follow instructions from officials
    7.        Monitor the radio - radio stations in the Tokyo area that will have emergency information in English include the US Armed Forces station at 810AM and InterFM (76.1FM)
    8.        If driving, pull over to the left - keep the road clear for emergency vehicles
    9.        Call your family in Australia and ask them to let others know about your welfare.

    Australian Embassy Tokyo
    2-1-14 Mita Minato-ku
    Tokyo 108-8361

     

     

  • 08 Jun 2009 9:52 PM | Deleted user

     AST Committee   Australia Society Tokyo, eNewsletter, June 2009

     News

    IMG_0015.JPGPresident's Report to the 2009 AGM

    Over the past year, most of us have had a number of unexpected surprises that we could not have anticipated at this time last year. Sadly not all members’ surprises have been as positive as I have experienced in my first term as President of the Australia Society Tokyo. Read more>>>

    Advisory Notice regarding Latest Information concerning H1N1 Influenza

    The Australian Embassy in Tokyo released the following bulletin.  This is an ad hoc bulletin to advise Australians of the latest information concerning H1N1 influenza.  Read more>>>

    Time to renew your membership?

    Though the Society's membership system runs for a year from the date you joined, for many of our long-standing members June is membership renewal time.  Read more>>>

     Events

    Upcoming Events: Coffee Morning, June 25 2009

    A great chance to meet Australian families in Tokyo.  Read more>>>

    IMG_0016.JPGPast events: Annual General Meeting, May 29 2009

    All's well with the Australia Society as of our Annual General Meeting held May 29th. Presided over by President Michael Marlay and Secretary Judy Taylor-Boland, the meeting portion of the evening lasted a brief 10 minutes before moving on to dinner, drinks and discussion.  Read more>>>

     What's on in Japan

    IMG_0036.JPGHydrangea: Seasonal Feature in June

    A rainy season (‘Tsuyu’ in Japanese) lasts for about 40 days from early June through mid-July in Japan.  Surely, this gloomy season is not welcome to people, but there is seasonal feature which delights the eyes of people:  Hydrangea (‘Ajisai’ in Japanese).  Read more>>>

    IMG_5937.jpgAnzan Daruma Doll: A Unique Japanese Gift

    "So what shall we give?"  When we were thinking about a congratulatory gift for our Canadian yoga instructor who was an expectant mother at that time, somebody said "How about a safe delivery wishing daruma doll?"  Read more>>>

     

  • 05 Jun 2009 9:16 PM | Deleted user

     

    By Kuniko Noguchi

    “So what shall we give?”  When we were thinking about a congratulatory gift for our Canadian yoga instructor who was an expectant mother at that time, somebody said “How about a safe delivery wishing daruma doll?”  As you may know, ordinary daruma is red and round Japanese doll to wish for business prosperity, study achievements, election victory, etc, but what is ‘safe delivery wish daruma’?

     

    It is when she unwrapped the gift in front of us that I got to know exactly what it was like, and this moment was highlight of the present as well.  When she took it out of the box, we were curiously staring at the ‘female’ doll with 'Anzan' Japanese letters meaning ‘safe delivery’ written on its underpart.  Well, how did I know that it was a female daruma?  It’s because next moment we saw the baby daruma pulled out of the bottom of the mother, which sparked a peal of laughter.

     

    Needless to say, my instructor later gave birth to a cute baby boy IMG_5939.jpgsafely.  She told me that mother & baby darumas in the picture below had been watching him growing healthy.

     

  • 05 Jun 2009 8:30 PM | Deleted user

     

    By Kuniko Noguchi

     

    A rainy season (‘Tsuyu’ in Japanese) lasts for about 40 days from early June through mid-July in Japan.  Surely, this gloomy season is not welcome to people, but there is seasonal feature which delights the eyes of people:  Hydrangea (‘Ajisai’ in Japanese).  As Japanese people enjoy viewing cherry blossoms and autumn leaves in four seasons, they also love to see hydrangea in June.  There are many famous spots for viewing hydrangea in Tokyo and to name but a few:

     

    >Hakusan Jinja (Shrine)

    http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/traditional_tokyo/shrines/Hakusan+Jinja/2232

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    >Rikugien (Park)

    http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_08.html#rikugien

     

    >Toshimaen (Amusement Park)

    http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/tokyo_leisure/amusement_parks/Toshimaen/1771  

                                                                                          

    >Temples in Kamakura                                  

    http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/map/010_Kamakura.html  

     

    >Ajisai Train in Hakone

    http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/ajisai/ (in Japanese)

    http://www.hakone.or.jp/english/alacarte/hana_hyaku09_e.html

     

    新しいイメージ.JPGHakusan Jinja (Hakusan sta. on Toei Subway Mita Line) is just one stop away from Rikugien (Sengoku sta.), and so you can visit them on the same day.  Kamakura is also famous as an Ajisai viewing area, and among them, Hase-dera, Meigetsuin, and Jyoujuin are three major Ajisai temples.  The weather forecast says that the rainy season will start soon in Tokyo.  Then it’s that time of the year, when we can enjoy wet Ajisai!

     

     

     

  • 29 May 2009 12:26 PM | Deleted user
    Though the Society's membership system runs for a year from the date you joined, for many of our long-standing members June is membership renewal time.

    Why not take a minute to check your renewal date now? You can extend your membership in advance or if you have missed your renewal deadline, you can reactivate it up to 120 days after your renewal date.

    Renewing your Account
    1. Log into your account at http://www.australiasocietytokyo.com
    2. Click "View Profile" in the upper right hand corner of the page
    3.  Click that button on your profile page that says "Renew until (date)"Picture 2.png
    4. Confirm your details & click Next
    5. Choose your payment method: Online - you'll be sent to the PayPal site to follow the instructions there; Manual - please complete the bank transfer according to the directions.
    6. When your payment is complete, your membership will be active for the year.
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    • While your manual payment is being processed, your account will show a message that your membership renewal is initiated. When your bank transfer is received, we will manually update your account status, so please be patient.
    • If something has gone awry with your online payment you will see the Membership Renewal is Initiated message. To try online payment again, please click the Cancel button in that message then start the renewal process over.


  • 29 May 2009 5:24 AM | Deleted user

    May 29, 2009
    Michael Marlay, President
    Australia Society Tokyo


    Introduction

    Over the past year, most of us have had a number of unexpected surprises that we could not have anticipated at this time last year. Sadly not all members’ surprises have been as positive as I have experienced in my first term as President of the Australia Society Tokyo. After serving on the Executive Committee for the past six years, two of which as Vice President, in my first year as President I anticipated hours of additional work with little reward for what was being done. I expected that we would be able to donate little to charity and that our financial position would be challenged.

    Surprisingly none of what was expected happened. Instead we have donated ¥5.8 million to charity and are in a great financial position with just over ¥5.5 million cash balance. And while the hours certainly needed to be put in, the rewards were well worth it.

    I have to sincerely thank the Executive Committee and Ball Committee that served with me this year for facilitating all this. Special thanks also needs to go out to Ambassador Murray McLean, and the Embassy Representative that sits on the Executive Committee, Khadija Haq, without whose support many of our events would not have had a venue.
    Executive Committee 2008-2009
    Maria Palmer - Treasurer
    Kuniko Noguchi – Cultural Tours
    Mary Saphin – Adult Xmas Party
    Jacqui Bayne – VP / Membership
    Mary Hanami – Coffee Mornings
    Alison Reynolds – Kid’s Events
    Jennifer Prowse – Kid’s Events
    Kristen McQuillin – Webmaster
    Judy Taylor-Boland – Secretary / Ball
    Jodie Riley – Melbourne Cup
    Tracey Northcott - BBQ    Tony Sciminello – BBQ / Melbourne Cup
    David Taylor – Editor
    Craig Saphin – Contributor
    Robert Quinlivin – BBQ
    Alison Quinlivan – Kid’s Events
    Ball Chair - Anna Ruepert
    Embassy - Khadjia Haq
    Auditor - Jason Buckley

    Website
    At the beginning of the summer we invested in a new web site and through the outstanding efforts of our webmaster, Kristen, we were able to overcome a number of challenges previously faced by the Executive Committee when hosting events. Unfortunately at the same time we faced challenges with Paypal in the US which impacted the ability of a number of members to renew membership and pay for events. However, thanks to Maria’s determination and negotiating skills this was resolved. The website is now a place where membership can be easily updated and events easily registered for, and we now have a great tool that has the potential to be the hub of information for the Australian Community in Tokyo.

    Newsletter
    David has done an outstanding job putting out our Newsletters throughout the year, recently revamping the format to make it easier for members to read and extract more information as they need.

    Events
    With only two exceptions we were able to successfully host all planned events in the past year. In total, the volunteers on the Executive Committee hosted a total of 18 events, from the monthly Coffee Mornings to the Australia Day Gala Ball.
    April 26, 2009     Family Spring BBQ
    April 23, 2009     Coffee Morning
    April 04, 2009     Australian-style Hanami Picnic
    March 26, 2009     Coffee Morning
    February 26, 2009     Coffee Morning
    January 30, 2009     Australia Day Gala Ball
    December 07, 2008     Children's Christmas Party
    November 27, 2008     Coffee Morning
    November 04, 2008     Melbourne Cup Luncheon
    October 23, 2008     Coffee Morning
    October 18, 2008     Australia Society Autumn BBQ
    October 05, 2008     NRL GRAND FINAL - LIVE
    September 25, 2008     Coffee Morning
    September 21, 2008     Australia Society Family Sausage Sizzle
    July 02, 2008     State of Origin
    June 11, 2008     ANZCCJ: Toutai Kefu
    May 23, 2008     The Willow World (Geisha Dinner)
    May 15, 2008     Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    In general events achieved or exceeded our expected number of attendees, thanks also to our valued sponsors who helped with donations in kind or cash to make each event as affordable as possible. We would particularly like to thank Gito-san and the team at Qantas for continuing as our Principal Sponsor in these challenging times.

    Sponsors 2008-2009

    • QANTAS
    • Allied Pickfords
    • American Airlines
    • ANA Crowne Plaza Hotels
    • ANZ Banking Group
    • Asian Tigers/Euro Japan
    • Banner Financial Services
    • Boudoir Day Spa
    • Coca-Cola Japan
    • Enfour/TangoTown
    • Four Seasons Hotel at Chinzan-so
    • Global Dining
    • Grand Hyatt Tokyo
    • Great Aussie Foods
    • Greenpoint
    • Helping Hand Group
    • Hyatt Regency Hakone
    • Hyatt Regency Kyoto
    • J@pan Inc.
    • Jeroboam    
    • Keyshots
    • Macquarie Securities
    • Meat & Livestock Australia
    • National Australia Bank
    • New Zee
    • North West Shelf Shipping
    • Oakwood Serviced Apartments
    • Peninsula Tokyo
    • Qantas Holidays International
    • Riedel
    • Roti
    • Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo
    • Sheraton Tokyo Bay
    • Sin Restaurant
    • Terabyte Station
    • Tokyo American Club
    • Tokyo International Players
    • Village Cellars
    • WDI Corporation
    • YCAC

    Membership
    We currently have a total of 278 members with several still to renew. Jacqui is now working hard to ensure that all members can renew their membership to ensure that they can continue to be a part of the Australia Society Tokyo.

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