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        Australia Society Tokyo eNewsletter May 2010

     News

    President's Report 2010 by Michael Marlay

    This year the Society made efforts to focus more on our support of local charity by allocating proceeds from each of our annual events, rather than soley allocate the proceeds of our annual Australia Day Ball.  In what was a challenging year for the Ball, this certainly proved a smart move and has allowed us to accrue 4.5 million yen for charity.  Read more>>>  

    President's Farewell Message by Michael Marlay

    After two years as Australia Society Tokyo President, and about six on the Committee, this is my last contribution to the Society’s Newsletter (at least for the next year or so). While I am not one of those relocating from Tokyo at this stage, work is taking up more and more time and as a result I do not feel that I am able to contribute to the Society to the level that it deserves.  Read more>>>

     Events

    Upcoming Events:

    Family Spring BBQ, May 16, 2010 - SOLD OUT

    Get out your picnic blankets... Come and enjoy the end of spring with a BBQ picnic, drinks and games at the Australian Embassy gardens  Read more>>> 

    Coffee Morning,  May 27, 2010

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

    Annual General Meeting, May 2010

     

    Details to be announced soon.

     

     What's on in Japan

    Boudoir Day Spa: Special Offer for Members

    Our faces reveal a lot about our personalities and the way we live.  Our laughter lines, freckles, wrinkles, bright eyes give our faces character.  It’s important to take care of your skin from your early 20’s and do not neglect your facial requirements.   Read more>>>

    Fishing?  Dining?  A Seafood Chain Izakaya in Japan by Kuniko Noguchi

    “Can you find an interesting and unusual restaurant to go to?"  One of my Australian friends said so when he told me that he would visit me in Tokyo.  “Well, hmmm.  An interesting and unusual restaurant…”  Then I just came up with ‘Zauo’, a seafood chain izakaya in Japan, which has a large wooden fishing boat in the center surrounded by fish pool area!  Read more>>>

     

     

     

     

  • 05 May 2010 11:27 AM | Deleted user

     

    Fishing?  Dining?  A Seafood Chain Izakaya in Japan by Kuniko Noguchi

    “Can you find an interesting and unusual restaurant to go to?"

     

    One of my Australian friends said so when he told me that he would visit me in Tokyo.  “Well, hmmm.  An interesting and unusual restaurant…”  Then I just came up with ‘Zauo’, a seafood chain izakaya in Japan, which has a large wooden fishing boat in the center surrounded by fish pool area!

     

     

    The main attraction is not only their unique setting but also fun activities:  Diners can rent fishing rods and catch their own for dinner.  The fishes in the tank vary in prices and kinds, and the fish you caught will be prepared to your liking, grilled, sashimi or BBQ. 

     

    If you don’t try fishing, you can simply pick up the menu, but definitely it is part of the fun to try this Zauo fishing experience.  Actually, I saw lots of families, couples, and friends squealing with delight, when they were successful in fishing. 

     

    The pictures here were taken in Shinjuku branch, but they have other branches in Kameido, Tsunashima in Yokohama and Saitama etc. 

     

     

    Zauo: http://www.zauo.com/contents/zauo_top.html  (in Japanese)

     

  • 13 Apr 2010 11:41 PM | Deleted user

     

    Your skin throughout the years!

    Our faces reveal a lot about our personalities and the way we live.  Our laughter lines, freckles, wrinkles, bright eyes give our faces character.  It’s important to take care of your skin from your early 20’s and do not neglect your facial requirements.  The condition of our skin is a gauge of inner health - reflecting both our emotional and physical well-being.  Tending to your outer beauty needs and inner health will result in a radiant complexion and paves the way to growing old gracefully.  By the time we reach 50, our cell turnover will have decreased by 50%, the skin will have become considerably thinner and it’ll be less resilient.  So all you youngsters out there - start taking care of your skin NOW!  Invest in proper skincare products and treat your skin to regular facials treatments. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

    After 20’s – After those pimple-plagued teenage years, your skin can go through a calm patch.  Young people tend to not use sunscreen and only start to use good moisturizers after they see the first signs of ageing.  Keep dry skin and wrinkles at bay by investing in high end products and start using an eye crème in order to maintain your young beautiful skin for longer!

    After 30’s – Fine lines and wrinkles will start to appear due to the degeneration of collagen and elastin, the key components of the skins connective tissue support system.  The skin around the contour of your eyes becomes thinner and more delicate, you may even begin to notice some pigmentation marks, age spots and broken veins and an overall drier feeling to your skin. Monthly facials are essential and never leave home without your broad-spectrum sunscreen.

    After 40’s – Lines deepen and frown lines appear, this is due to the loss of elastin, your skin may also lose its cushion-like ability to bounce back.  During the early stages of menopause, you may find that your skin becomes more sensitive and spotty due to hormone fluctuations. Lucky for us, botox and laser treatments can really help keep your skin looking younger in our 40’s. Remember 40 is the new 30!

    After 50’s – Post menopause, your hormonal levels plummet and you will find your skin is drier, with more deeply etched lines and wrinkles.  Sun and age spots appear and the skin begins to sag. Don’t give into gravity.  When you are applying skincare preparations, always work in upward motions. Try a Thermage treatment, which will replace the lost collagen and elastin. It’s pricey but worth every cent and easier than going under the knife.

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  • 13 Apr 2010 11:27 PM | Deleted user

     

    President's Farewell Message By Michael Marlay

    After two years as Australia Society Tokyo President, and about six on the Committee, this is my last contribution to the Society’s Newsletter (at least for the next year or so). While I am not one of those relocating from Tokyo at this stage, work is taking up more and more time and as a result I do not feel that I am able to contribute to the Society to the level that it deserves. Sadly I am not the only one in this situation, as the past year has been a challenge for many fellow volunteers on the Society’s Committee. I know many have wanted to do more and continue to make the Society a fun, Australian inspired, social outlet for the international community in Tokyo. However a number of Committee members have been reassigned and several are under increased work pressure also. As such if you are interested in being a part of the Society’s Committee and volunteering a little of your time please let us know.
     
    With the AGM now postponed to a date to be determined, the next focus is on the Family BBQ that Sophie and Bindi are hosting in the Australian Embassy Gardens on May 16th. Members and friends can register now, with more information available on the Society’s web site. This is always one of my favorite events of the year and a great opportunity to escape the concrete than is too prevalent in Tokyo and enjoy an Aussie inspired BBQ on the grass at the Embassy. It will certainly be a memorable event for me to call my last, before handing over to the President elect at the AGM.
     
    I would like to thank all members for their support at our events, all of our sponsors for helping us donate around Y10 million to charities over the past two years, and last but not least all those who have served on the Committee with me. It has been a great challenges and a great deal of fun. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to sever again in the future once life allows a little more time in the day.

    Cheers,

    Michael Marlay

  • 13 Apr 2010 11:25 PM | Deleted user

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                       Australia Society Tokyo eNewsletter March 2010

     Events

    Upcoming Events:

    Coffee Morning,  March 25, 2010

     A great chance to meet Australian families in Tokyo.  [Oakwood T-Cube Residence, Roppongi]  Read more>>>

    Past Events:

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    2010 Australia Day Ball Report by Kiren Richardson

    Dressed to kill, scores of Tokyo’s finest turned out for the annual Australia Day Ball, with a Bond-esque “From Down Under with Lovetheme, on Friday, January 29.  Around 270 guests mingled over martinis (shaken, of course), Champagne and canapés...Read more>>>

     

    IMG_1395_sh01.JPGThe Australia Society's Annual Ski Weekend By Michael Marlay

    The Australia Society's Annual Ski Weekend was held over a wonderful sunny weekend in February, providing a great escape from the daily grind of Tokyo for those that attended. With the Phoenix Hotel as our host, Australia Society members travelled to the mount village of Hakuba, just outside of Nagano, and home to the Winter Olympics in 1998.  Read more>>> 

     What's on in Japan

    IMG_0954.JPG2010 Tokyo Marathon by Kuniko Noguchi

    Sunday, February 28---It was rainy and the cold weather returned after we had started to see the signs of spring approaching in previous days.  Rain was not welcome, especially for those who wanted to make their efforts bear fruit on the day.  It was Tokyo Marathon race day!   Nippon Television was broadcasting the Tokyo Marathon race live from 9am onwards...Read more>>>

     

     Information

    beauty sleep.jpgBoudoir Day Spa: Special Offer for Members and 'Counting Sheep?'

    This month  “Feel like a true Diva at Boudoir Day Spa with our “Glamour puss” beauty package and get 9,200 yen worth of FREE treatments and products!”  Let our Boudoir Professionals pamper you from “Top to Toe” with this wonderful beauty package, guaranteed to make you feel like a Queen!   Read more>>>

     

     

  • 05 Mar 2010 11:04 PM | Deleted user

    2010 Tokyo Marathon

    Sunday, February 28---It was rainy and the cold weather returned after we had started to see the signs of spring approaching in previous days.  Rain was not welcome, especially for those who wanted to make their efforts bear fruit on the day.  It was Tokyo Marathon race day!

    Nippon Television was broadcasting the Tokyo Marathon race live from 9am onwards and, like the Olympic Games marathon or Hakone marathon relay, they were exclusively covering the leading group which left the rest far behind.  It is interesting to watch these elite athletes running, but there is another way to enjoy the Tokyo Marathon.  So I decided to see ‘the real Tokyo Marathon’ and rushed to the race course!

     

    IMG_0881.JPGI arrived at Nihonbashi, which was around the 30 km point.  It was drizzling and some runners were starting to show fatigue.  This was the third time I had gone to watch the Tokyo Marathon, and I had noticed that from this 30 km point onward it becomes challenging for most of the runners, and even those who responded to the cheers of spectators at Ginza seemed to want to save energy for the rest of the course.  I noticed some people starting to walk for a while, going down to the toilets of the subway stations to ease some discomfort, as in this area particularly, aid stations were busy and bustling to ease the runners’ fatigue.  The stream of runners were grabbing snacks and drinks as they passed, and so the volunteers were kept busy putting chocolates in the trays, passing drinks to runners, and even peeling bananas to make it easier for participants to eat them!

     

    It was interesting to see ordinary runners striving for a best time, to which we were easily able to relate, but there is more to it than just the running.  It was hilarious to see some runners wearing peculiar costumes, and every year we see Super Mario, cartoon characters, samurai, and others that are ‘unclassifiable’. This year a Japanese girl-group dressed like Michael Jackson added to what struck me as fancy dress parade.  Moreover, if you are media-savvy you can also spot celebrities in the crowd such as Japanese comedians, actresses and high-profile politicians such as the governor of Miyazaki (a former comedian) and Muneo Suzuki, an LDP politician.  Furthermore, if you are really lucky, you might spot Michael, the president of Australia Society as well!

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    The snowy rain and low temperature of 5 degrees in the morning made the 2010 Tokyo Marathon more challenging for everyone but, nevertheless, the overall result was a good turnout.  Out of 32,080 starters 30,182 runners finished the full marathon (94.1%), and of all the disabled runners entering 100% finished.  With the number of applicants increasing every year, there were 311,441 applicants in total for both full and 10 km marathons this year and draw ratio was around 8.9 times.  With the increasing interest in running in Japan, the Tokyo Marathon is likely to be more spectacular next year!

     

                  

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    2010 Australia Day Ball Report by Kiren Richardson

     

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    KEZ_8053.JPGDressed to kill, scores of Tokyo’s finest turned out for the annual Australia Day Ball, with a Bond-esque “From Down Under with Lovetheme, on Friday, January 29.

     

    Around 270 guests mingled over martinis (shaken, of course), Champagne and canapés and looked over auction items as the evening of intrigue and entertainment kicked off at the Grand Hyatt’s Grand Ballroom in Roppongi.

     

    As they moved into the stylishly decorated dining room, Sydney-based cover band Jelly Bean Jam set the mood with a 007 theme medley. Renowned Japanese belly dancer Huyela delighted the crowd and whet appetites with a sultry performance before the first course was served.

     

     

    The meal featured an array of mouthwatering dishes, including gold-speckled risotto and succulent beef, accompanied by a selection of outstanding wines. A pear and kiwi pudding drew the courses to a delicious close.

     

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    Guest of honor Alistair Murray McLean OAM, Australian Ambassador to Japan, gave a brief welcome and led a lively rendition of the Australian national anthem. Lucky door prize winners were drawn, followed by the raffle winners. More than 700 raffle tickets were sold, raising an estimated ¥700,000. A wonderful spur of the moment gesture, initiated by one of the ball guests, of collecting spare change in his top hat, led to another ¥20,000 in donations for this year’s charity, local orphanage Fukudenkai (www.fukudenkai.or.jp)

     

     

    After dinner, the live auction created a whirl of bidding competition across the room over several fabulous one-of-a-kind items, which were showcased by the glamorous, golden Bond girls. After the final item was sold to the highest bidder, guests danced the hours away to popular hits played with gusto by Jelly Bean Jam.

     

    Midnight struck and, as other parties across town packed up and guests headed for last trains and taxis home, the Aussie Ball remained in full swing. Guests refueled with a special late-night snack of meat pies, sausage rolls and sweets brought in from Australia.

     

    The merriment finally concluded around 2 a.m., with a handful of energetic partygoers heading out to other venues in the neighborhood.

     

    The Australia Society Tokyo would like to offer its heartfelt thanks to primary sponsor Qantas, platinum sponsors Allied Pickford, American Airlines, ANZ Banking Corporation, Grand Hyatt, ANA Intercontinental Tokyo, Meat and Livestock Australia, National Australia Bank, Peninsula and Sin Den and all the others who generously supported this fundraising effort and other regular events throughout 2009 and the start of this year. The ball raised more than ¥3million for Fukudenkai.

     

  • 01 Mar 2010 8:19 PM | Deleted user

     

    The Australia Society's Annual Ski Weekend by Michael Marlay

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    The Australia Society's Annual Ski Weekend was held over a wonderful sunny weekend in February, providing a great escape from the daily grind of Tokyo for those that attended. With the Phoenix Hotel as our host, Australia Society members travelled to the mount village of Hakuba, just outside of Nagano, and home to the Winter Olympics in 1998.

    Families and friends enjoyed near spring ski conditions during, many skiing for the first time and making use of the excellent English ski instruction available through Evergreen and a number of other tour operators. By the afternoon on Saturday, most were up skiing and exploring some of the 200+ ski runs available.

    After returning to the comfort of the Phoenix, most enjoyed a relaxing Japanese bath with views onto the snow cover wilderness. While the children were taken care of at a special early dinner seating, most adults gathered in the bar to start drinking their way through the hotel's excellent Aussie inspired wine list. Once the kids were tucked in, the adults tucked into a outstanding meal prepared by Chef Michael Newby, enjoying the evening until the wee hours. Those not too heavy headed, managed to make in back for more lessons and more skiing on the Sunday, while some, including the Pres decided a leisurely breakfast and plenty of coffee were in order.                                      

    We do it all again next year, bigger and better than ever!

    Cheers MICHAEL


     

  • 01 Mar 2010 7:59 PM | Deleted user

     

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    Counting sheep?

     

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    If you’re having problems sleeping and catching the zzzzz’s then this article is for you.

    Going from Night Owl to Early Bird -Start a sleep schedule.  Who says bedtime is just for kids.  Force yourself to be in bed at an earlier time.

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