• 30 Mar 2009 9:35 AM | Deleted user

    Cherry Blossoms and a Small Reunion

    By Kuniko Noguchi

    It was an email from my Australian friend that opened my eyes to the coming of spring: yes, cherry blossoms. Christopher, who was my class mate at UNSW and now working in South Korea, planned to come to Tokyo over the weekend to view cherry blossoms!DSCF2436.JPG

    I usually choose the traditional places when I take my non-Japanese friends around. This time I chose Chidorigafuchi, the very famous cherry blossom viewing spot around the Imperial Palace. If you have walked around Chidorigafuchi at this time of year, you know that there are hundreds of beautiful cherry blossoms along the Imperial Moat with high-rises in the background. I told him that this place is popular among Japanese because we can enjoy the nice contrast between tradition/nature and civilization, and his reply was: “Japanese like this sort of contrast, but it is a bit disappointing that skyscrapers impair the scenery”. His opinion gave a new and interesting insight into Japan for me, who hadn’t thought of things quite like that. It also reminded me that other visitors from Australia and US said the same thing when they saw the townscape in Kyoto and Sensouji in Asakusa. 

    DSCF2453.JPGHaving said that, he seemed to be fascinated with the beauty of the flowers, and enjoyed the seasonal events marking the arrival of spring. They were not in full bloom last weekend, but we enjoyed some white and pink cherry blossoms and of course this small reunion of friends in Tokyo.

    I don’t know if you have already viewed cherry blossoms around the city, but please remember that we will have another chance to enjoy this great Japanese tradition together this Saturday, April 4th. I have more to talk about, so please come and join me at Komazawa Olympic Park! See the details here.

  • 09 Mar 2009 6:47 PM | Deleted user
    In good time for your spring cleaning: free classified ads for Society members. Post items to give away or sell and request things you want. Members, please log in to view and post ads. Not a member? Why not join today?
  • 23 Feb 2009 11:11 PM | Deleted user

    The February Edition is available for your inspection

    Newsletter February 2009 Vol 31.pdf

  • 05 Feb 2009 9:27 AM | Deleted user
    The paparazzi at the Red Carpet Ball snapped fab photos of everyone who attended. Check the Portrait Studio & Roaming Photos to find your photos, which are available for purchase from Keyshots.
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  • 23 Jan 2009 8:30 AM | Deleted user
    The January edition of the newsletter is now online.
  • 09 Dec 2008 7:58 AM | Deleted user
    Join us for an elegant night of dancing, dining, drinking, and donations at the annual Australia Day Gala Ball, January 30th at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. This is the Society's premiere social event of the year. Tickets are available online or by e-mail to Please see the Event Calendar for further details.
  • 20 Oct 2008 2:12 PM | Deleted user
    The official BBQ photos can be found from the following link.  Click here!!

    If you have photos of your own that you would like to share, please feel free to use the FREE flickr pool.  Click here!!  If you share your photos with this group, your photos will appear on our homepage.

  • 22 Aug 2008 8:05 AM | Deleted user
    Over the summer, we've updated the website to offer some improvements and features, including RSS feeds for news and events, a member directory, and a discussion forum. Please log in, have a look, leave a comment, and enjoy the changes.
  • 28 May 2008 5:20 PM | Anonymous
    Easter at the OZ Embassy

    If you use Flickr and have photos of Society events, gatherings and members, please add them to the Australia Society Tokyo group pool. The pictures will appear in the slideshows and badges on our website.
  • 27 May 2008 7:32 PM | Anonymous

    2008-9 Office Bearers

    President: Michael Marlay
    Vice-President: Jacqui Bayne
    Treasurer: Maria Palmer
    Secretary: Judy Taylor-Boland

    Steering Committee Members

    Jason Buckley
    Mary Hanami
    Kristen McQuillin
    Kuniko Noguchi
    Tracey Northcott
    Jennifer Prowse
    Alison Quinlivan
    Rob Quinlivan
    Alison Reynolds
    Jodie Riley
    Craig Saphin
    Mary Saphin
    Tony Scimonello
    David Taylor

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