• 03 Jan 2014 12:42 PM | Deleted user
    Happy new year everyone... !!

    With a new year I usually update my calendars with public holidays.

    Here's a list of Japanese bank holidays according to The Bank of Japan :

    January 1 (Wed.) New Year's Day
    January 2 (Thurs.)-3 (Fri.) Bank Holiday
    January 13 (Mon.) Coming-of-Age Day
    February 11 (Tues.) National Foundation Day
    March 21 (Fri.) Vernal Equinox Day
    April 29 (Tues.) Showa Day
    May 3 (Sat.) Constitution Day
    May 4 (Sun.) Greenery Day
    May 5 (Mon.) Children's Day
    May 6 (Tues.) Greenery Day Observed
    July 21 (Mon.) Marine Day
    September 15 (Mon.) Respect-for-the-Aged Day
    September 23 (Tues.) Autumnal Equinox Day
    October 13 (Mon.) Health-Sports Day
    November 3 (Mon.) Culture Day
    November 23 (Sun.) Labor Thanksgiving Day
    November 24 (Mon.) Labor Thanksgiving Day Observed
    December 23 (Tues.) The Emperor's Birthday
    December 31 (Wed.) Bank Holiday

    Those of us on Apple OSX can subscribe to some iCal calendars at:

    I'm sure there are other days to mark on your calendars too!
    If there are more worth sharing please let us know.
  • 18 Dec 2013 8:53 PM | Deleted user

    Celebrating Christmas and end of year in Tokyo is very different from back in Australia. So here's some ideas for what you can do around Tokyo and Japan during this festive season.

    If you have any other great ideas or suggestions feel free to comment!
  • 03 May 2013 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    Woodhams Relocation Centre in Sydney, Australia are inviting you to join them for a free online seminar which will provide guidance on many of the practical questions facing buyers, including:

    -What’s happening in the market currently (prices, new selling and buying approaches, etc.)

    -What do we need to do, and when

    -Buying time lines

    -Financing – what’s available, on what terms

    -Taxation issues – stamp duty, land tax, capital gains, etc.

    -Legal matters – changes in real estate law, conveyancor or solicitor?

    -Risk Management – pitfalls to be aware of

    -Strategies – Buyer checklists, tips for buying off the plan etc.

    Click here to download the flyer 

    Click the following link to register for the webinar

  • 27 Apr 2013 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    Join ASIJ's three-week learning adventure that offers a unique opportunity for students to further their studies and to explore their passions and interests. Designed to enrich and complement our core curriculum, the Summer Passport Program offers new opportunities for present and visiting students alike.

    What's in store for the Summer Passport Program students this summer?

    •   NEW! For children currently in kindergarten or grade one we will be offering an English language development class.  Students who speak no English at all, or who are limited in English, are welcome to join.  We look forward to helping them build their English skills.

    •   Grades 1-2 and 3-4 Japanese Classes will explore three of Japan's World Heritage Sites. There will be hands on experiences using crafts, cooking and literature.

    •   Kindergartners will voyage to the bottom of the sea as they discover the wonders of the ocean...and they may even dig for buried treasure left by a pirate!

    •   Grade 1 - Dinosaurs rule!

    •   Grades 2-4 will "journey" to exciting destinations (Brazil and South Africa) and become cultural ambassadors.

    •   Grades 5 - 11 students are treated to an array of diverse classes - SAT, JV SAT, writing, reading development, Japanese culture, basic math, algebra, geometry, hands on science classes, robotics, Mac essentials, Photoshop, painting, drawing, woodworking, ceramics, guitar, creating music, basketball, soccer, Frisbee, fitness, and more....

    We continue to offer the Readak study skills program for students in grades 5-11. » Learn more

    Please visit our website ( and download the Summer Passport Brochure to find out specifics for all the classes.

    We believe we have something for everyone and hope you consider our program as you make your summer 2013 plans.

    Karen Rossetto
Program Director

    0422-345300 ext 520
  • 18 Apr 2013 11:00 PM | Anonymous


    Watercolour & Mixed Media




     Friday 24th May - 10am - 3pm

    Saturday 25th May – 10 am – 12 noon


    Hiroo Hilltop gardens - 402

    3-17-8 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku

     Please drop in for tea/ coffee and light refreshments!

     RSVP : Ella 080 4473 2106 /

     For more information/price list  and to view paintings visit:


     ‘ Ducks and sakura at Shinjuku Gyoen park ’ Tokyo ,2013. Watercolour.

    ‘Melting snow on the steps of the old gates of Zojoji Temple’ Tokyo , 2013. Watercolour.

  • 08 Apr 2013 9:37 PM | Anonymous
    You are invited to see what makes ASIJ such a special place:
Bring your children and spend an exciting day at The American School in Japan.

    •    Explore the outstanding, spacious facilities

    •    Ride the bus and enjoy snacks when you arrive

    •    Attend presentations by the Admissions Office and key faculty representatives

    •    See our students in action on the athletics field and on stage in our spring musical*

    Learn about recent initiatives at school. Meet and talk with experts from each division about ASIJ’s curriculum, student learning outcomes, college placements and the admissions process.

    RSVP requested, parking and bus service available - please contact the Admissions Office at or call 0422-34-5300 ext 720.

    *Please note that complimentary tickets for the 1pm performance of the high school spring musical Beauty and the Beast are available for interested families courtesy of the Admissions Office. These are available by reservation onlyundefinedplease let us know if you would like tickets when you RSVP for the Open Campus event.

  • 17 Feb 2013 8:26 PM | Anonymous

    Our friends at the Double Black Hotel are happy to be able to offer members of the Australia Society Tokyo a 15% discount off their published rate from 22 february until the end of the 2013 ski season.

    All you need to do is login to your Membership account at, follow the link and input the special discount code.

    Not yet a member? It is easy to join by following this link. Memberships start from only 3,000 yen.

  • 04 Nov 2012 6:47 PM | Anonymous

    This is the 20th year of the Blues Festival in Bridgetown WA and will have a line up of 42 acts.

    They will be streaming the festival on the 10 and 11 of November this year, linked from Their web site

    The main performance stage will have 6 cameras, video mixed and uploaded as Artist Sets or Brackets to create an almost live 24 hours of video.
    The video will be hosted through a cloud service provider so it will be available with fast access globally.
    The files will also remain in the Cloud service for a good period of time to view.

    A DVD will be produced from the quality video for purchase after the Festival or pre-order and save on the purchase.

    They are a small community of only about 3,000 people and the Festival needs to grow through this online delivery to stay sustainable.

  • 16 Aug 2012 9:56 PM | Anonymous
    Greetings to all our Members, Future Members and friends,

    I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Australia Society Tokyo and to help make it even more attractive for all our members and prospective members. The AST is run by a very capable group of volunteers who put in a lot of effort to arrange and hold enjoyable events and activities for our members.

    Martin Giles has taken on the role of Vice President and we are both looking forward to making the AST even better. I encourage all those in our membership who are interested in helping out or have ideas for events to contact us at any time because the AST really is a Society of the members, for the members, and by the members.

    I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at our upcoming events. There is a Wine Event on Friday  (Aug 17th) at Roti in Roppongi, and the Family BBQ will be held at the Australian Embassy on September 22nd. Feel free to bring colleagues and friends, too. Then of course the big ones: the Melbourne Cup Day Event in November and the Australia Day Ball in January 2013. The Kids' Christmas Party will be held as usual in early December. Last but not least, our monthly Coffee Mornings are also great for meeting people and having a chat in the morning. Check our website for more details about all our events.

    I really hope you will all help us spread the word about the Australia Society Tokyo and its purpose.

    Alex Byrne
    President - Australia Society Tokyo

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