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  • 12 Dec 2009 5:02 PM | Deleted user

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                   Australia Society Tokyo eNewsletter December 2009

     Information

    From Australian Embassy: Pandemic (H1N1) Influenza 2009 and Australian Passport

    The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare have advised that foreigners in Japan who are defined as a designated priority group are eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccination.  If you are interested in receiving the H1N1 vaccination, please contact your local public health office or your primary care physician to inquire about vaccination eligibility and availability.  Read more>>> 

    R_hitomi03_fin.jpgFrom Boudoir: An Article and Special Offer for the Members

    As much as you may hate to think about it, Christmas is edging closer and once again the mad rush for finding the perfect gift begins.  Another CD…? A new perfume…?  All women love to be pampered and to feel special.   Read more>>> 

     Events

    Upcoming Events:

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    From Downunder with Love Gala Ball, January 29 2010

    Celebrate Australia Day in “007" style at the annual Australia Society Gala Ball - From Down Under with Love. Join us at the Grand Hyatt for a wonderful and fun filled evening of delicious food and drinks... Read more>>>

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    Aussies do Hakuba in Style, February 19-21 2010

    Join your friends from the Australia Society Tokyo for a night, or the entire weekend, as they travel to Hakuba for a family friendly weekend of skiing, fine food and fun.  Adults Y12,000 all inclusive with breakfast per night  Read more>>>

    Past Events:

    729940628_eZvsA-M.jpgThe 2009 Melbourne Cup Report by Tony Scimonello

    The Melbourne Cup is a 149 year old Australian Icon, it is the race that brings every corner of the nation to a stop.  This year The Australia Society Tokyo’s 8th annual Melbourne Cup Event was held at The Grand Hyatt Hotel Tokyo attended by 165 guests...Read more>>>

    Thanks to Our Melbourne Cup Sponsors

    Melbourne Cup 2009 was a great success and we would like to thank and acknowledge our Melbourne Cup sponsors.  Read more>>>

    mail22.jpgChildren's Christmas Party Report by Bindi Codrington

    Another huge success, the Australia Society Children's Christmas Party was held on Sunday 29 November at the embassy.  This well attended and popular event was enjoyed by all with lots of fun, laughter, games and a visit from Santa.  Read more>>> 

     What's on in Japan

    IMG_0866.JPGQuick and Easy Recipe: Ozouni---New Year’s Mochi Soup

     

    Japanese people cook and eat ‘Ozouni’ during the New Year period, in addition to ‘Osechi ryourii’, which is another typical New Year’s food.  While Osechi ryouri can be a little complicated to prepare, it takes only 10 minutes to cook Ozouni.   Read more>>>

     

     

     Seasons Greetings

     

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     We wish you all a safe and happy festive season 

      and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.    

              

    ~Australia Society Tokyo  Steering Committee~

     

     

  • 02 Dec 2009 11:35 PM | Deleted user

     

    2009 Melbourne Cup Report

                                              

                                                                                                                 By Tony Scimonello

     

     

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    The Melbourne Cup is a 149 year old Australian Icon, it is the race that brings every corner of the nation to a stop.

     

    This year The Australia Society Tokyo’s 8th annual Melbourne Cup Event was held at The Grand Hyatt Hotel Tokyo attended by 165 guests, organisers Jodie Riley and Tony Scimonello had the day kick off at 11.00 am.

     

    The Ball room of the Grand Hyatt hotel was like being back home at the races, ladies dolled up to the nines wearing stylish hats and outfits, men in suits with yellow rose button holes the traditional flower for the Melbourne cup and this year being a public holiday we saw more men attending at the event which is normally held on a working day.

     

     

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    Chef Budde and his culinary team at the Grand Hyatt had guests dining on Confit of Hokkaido salmon, Pearl barley risotto of seasonal mushrooms and the main course of slow cooked lamb shank on creamy mash potato and lentils.  Dessert was a decadent macadamia nut tart and ice cream, topped of with mini lamingtons and coffee.

    Beverages where free flowing with Domain Chandon sparkling wine, Cape Mentelle   Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Green point shiraz, 

      

    The race was telecast via the internet, courtesy of Jim Edstein from DSTVASIA  www.dstvasia.com.

     

    This year’s Fashion Show by up and coming Australian designer Leanne Yew www.tokyokaleidoscope.com was sponsored by Tokyo Physio.

     

    729942740_6NPpQ-Ti.jpgAndrew Dunlop the MC had people bidding for the Calcutta, followed by “Our Bookie” Rick Bower that had punters keen to place a bet on the race.   Fashion on the Fields best dressed lady was Laura Greenshields, Best dressed male was Stephen Greenal.

     

     

     

    Kerry Raftis of Kesyshots photography captured the day’s events busily snapping away.  Please check out the photos at: http://keyshots.smugmug.com/Events/2009-Events/Melbourne-Cup-Grand-Hyatt

     

     

    The Australia Society Tokyo would not be able to bring you this fabulous event or other events which raise money for charity if it were not for the support of our sponsors.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following:

     

     

     

    Qantas                               Allied Pickfords                    ANZ

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo            ANA Intercontinental            American Airlines

    The Peninsula                   Sin Den                                  Banner Japan

    Phoenix Hotel                    Oakwood                               Boudoir

    Tokyo Physio                     Gold Salon                            Beaute Absolue

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  • 02 Dec 2009 12:28 PM | Deleted user

                                               

                                                                    Kids Christmas Party Report

                                                                               By Bindi Codrington

    Another huge success, the Australia Society Children's Christmas Party was held on Sunday 29 November at the embassy.  This well attended and popular event was enjoyed by all with lots of fun, laughter, games and a visit from Santa.  We would like to thank our sponsors Boudoir and Keyshots and hope to see all our members in 2010 at the Easter BBQ.  Until then, the family committee wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday and a very merry Christmas.

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  • 27 Nov 2009 9:53 PM | Deleted user

     

    Quick and easy recipe: Ozouni---New Year’s mochi soup

     

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    Japanese people cook and eat ‘Ozouni’ during the New Year period, in addition to ‘Osechi ryourii’, which is another typical New Year’s food.  While Osechi ryouri can be a little complicated to prepare, it takes only 10 minutes to cook Ozouni.

     

    Ozouni has regional variations: Square rice cakes (‘omochi’ in Japanese) and dashi soup are the common Kanto-style, whereas round rice cakes and white miso soup are typical Kansai-style.  With the New Year’s holiday just a month away, now is a good time to learn how to cook Ozouni! Since we live in Tokyo, here is the recipe for the Kanto style. Hope that you enjoy the Ozouni and welcoming the New Year like the Japanese!

     

    Quick and easy recipe:

     

    Ingredients  serves 4

     

    Rice cake

    4-8 pieces (one or two pieces per serving)

    Chicken

    150g  Cut into bite-size pieces.

    Komatsuna*

    200g  Cut into 4 cm lengths

    Kamaboko

    Cut into 1cm wide.  Optional

    Dashi soup

    5 cups

    Soy sauce

    2 tbs

    Salt

    1/2 tsp

    *Komatsuna is a kind of dark green leafy vegetables.

     

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    Method

     

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    1.  Grill the rice cakes in the toaster oven or the grill until they are lightly

          brown.

     

     

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    2.  Heat the dashi soup in a pan and add soy sauce and salt.  Add chicken

         and komatsuna and simmer for a few minutes.

     

     

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    Pour into a cup, and garnish it with a slice of kamaboko.  Voila! Done! Bon Appétit!

     

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    Attention: Please be careful when eating rice cake, especially children and the elderly.  Every year, we see in the news that a few people have choked to death eating rice cake. 

     

     

     

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    Melbourne Cup 2009 was a great success and we would like to thank and acknowledge our Melbourne Cup sponsors.  

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  • 24 Nov 2009 6:22 PM | Deleted user

    Ball tickets are now on sale and for a limited time we are offering free membership to non-members when you buy your ball tickets.

    Reserve and pay for your ball tickets by Monday 14th December and receive one year free membership to the Australia Society Tokyo valid until December 2010. Ball tickets for non-members cost Y30,000 each.

    Visit the Events page for more details on the ball.

    To book tickets, complete the Ticket Reservation Form and send it via email to balltickets@australiasocietytokyo.com
    or post to Bianca Russell, 2-15-4 Apartment 201, Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062

     

     

     

     

     

  • 21 Nov 2009 10:29 AM | Deleted user

    Buy a gift voucher – get one to the same value for yourself FREE!

    This Christmas Boudoir Day Spa is the only salon, which keeps on giving!

     

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    As much as you may hate to think about it, Christmas is edging closer and once again the mad rush for finding the perfect gift begins.  Another CD…? A new perfume…?  All women love to be pampered and to feel special. 

    Give the gift of indulgence and relaxation. 

    Boudoir Day Spa gift certificates are voted the number 1 Christmas Gift, guaranteed to put a smile on your loved one’s face.  Be pampered in our luxurious beauty studios by Tokyo’s TOP beauty therapists. Boudoir has been serving the foreign community since 1999 and has the reputation of Tokyo’s premier beauty salon.  Owned by Australian Marilyn Klein, full English service and attention to detail is what sets Boudoir apart from the rest.

    All therapists hold international qualifications and have experienced working overseas.  Give your friends or family members the perfect indulgence. Give deserving staff some relaxation and pampering. Thank business associates or colleagues in a unique way.  

    Don't know what to choose? Nominate the amount and the lucky recipients of your gift can choose for themselves.  Select from our specially created Christmas packages or any other treatment on our menu.

    And don’t forget – Boudoir Day Spa will give YOU a present for buying a present. Hassle free – gift voucher can be purchased over the phone and delivered to your door, beautifully gift wrapped and ready for giving.

    There is no better way to revive your self than to get a top to toe makeover. So get yourself down to Boudoir Day Spa for the best Christmas gift and a pampering that will wake your inner goddess and have you on the right track for 2010!

    The perfect Christmas Gift packages…

    Hands up Beauty package - 5,000 yen Boudoir Spa Manicure plus a Shape and paint of toenails.

    Sexy Feet Beauty package - 10,000 yen Boudoir Spa Pedicure, Shape and paint of fingernails, Pedi foot file.

    Go Glow Beauty package - 12,000yen Rescue Remedy and eyebrow wax.

    The Ultimate Beauty package - 15,000 yen Rescue Remedy facial, Shape and paint of fingernails and toenails, paraffin wax treatment for hands and feet, eyebrow wax.

    Maison Kawai 101, 2-25-3 Jingumae, Shibuya Ku 150-0001. 

    Telephone 03 3478 5898   www.boudoirtokyo.com

     

     

    It’s party time!

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    The season of endless parties is almost with us.  Now it’s time to co-ordinate hair make-up and sexy LBD.  Should you opt for raunchy red lips or go for nude lips and smoky eyes, a touch of Kate Moss-esque cheek shimmer, or perhaps some body glitter?  The Boudoir team, have come up with their favorite beauty rituals to have you looking fabulous and ready to rock any Christmas Shindig!

    Beautiful skin – If your going out, you want to look good and the most important thing is beautiful skin.  Make sure you rest and get lots of sleep before the party season start.  By getting a goods night sleep, drinking lots of water and doing weekly facials at home will ensure you have that special glow all through the festive season.  Start now as Christmas is just around the corner.

    Lady in red
-Wearing a red dress or red lipstick fast puts you on the road to attention and so do red nails. This season go for classic reds, which have a blue base and a matte finish. Apply two coats for complete coverage and color depth, and then seal in the color with a topcoat.

    Get Shorty -
While your nail files are still out, it's time to talk length for winter '09. You want your nails to be just past the tip for a really smart look; you to team this nail length with a dark color Finish it off with a nice high-shine topcoat.

    Sexy Eyes – For make-up that lasts throughout your party season try having a lash tint, then adding a volumizing mascara.  This will leave your lashes looking dark and rich.  False eyelashes can be fun too!  You can get ¾ length ones which are really beautiful. Work them from the outer corner of your eye coming up to the middle.  Shu Uemura and Mac do some which have glitter through them, perfect for the party season.  Try doing a dark liquid line over the top of the eye at the root of the lash so it doesn’t look like a mess when you apply them.  Glitter is also great for making a small statement.  Try adding a little to the inside corner of the eye, just to add a sexy, subtle gleam.

    Luscious lips – With lips you either go all the way with a red glossy look or you go nude and natural, there is really no in between.  If you opt for red and glossy it’s important to go easy on the eyes.  Try a natural colored eye shadow with a sexy black eye liner.  A look Dita Von Teese does so well.  Nude lips?  Then definitely go for a smoky eye with heavy outer lashes.

    Twinkle like a star – Party make-up isn’t only about the face.  A sexy dress requires a dash of body shimmer.  Dust it on your cheekbones, cleavage, shoulders and legs.  You’ll be positively radiant when you do the party rounds.  As an added bonus you’ll glow in party pictures.

    The aftermath – The best way to remove your party make-up is with an oil-based eye make-up remover.  You can even use olive oil to rid offending make-up.

    Email boudoirtokyo@hotmail.com for more information.

    Boudoir Day Spa
    www.boudoirtokyo.com

     

  • 19 Nov 2009 8:30 PM | Deleted user

    Pandemic (H1N1) Influenza 2009

     

    The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare have advised that foreigners in Japan who are defined as a designated priority group are eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccination.  If you are interested in receiving the H1N1 vaccination, please contact your local public health office or your primary care physician to inquire about vaccination eligibility and availability. 

     

    A link to Japan’s Prefecture health websites is at: http://consular.australia.or.jp/influenzacallcentres.html

    Australians travelling or living overseas should read the Pandemic (H1N1) Influenza 2009 Travel Bulletin and the travel advice for their destination.  More information concerning the H1N1 Influenza can also be obtained from the Australian Department of Health and Aging and the Commonwealth Health Hotline.  Links are below.

     

    For more information in Japan please go to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare at  http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/influenza_a/index.html

    The Australian Embassy and Consulates have no in-house medical facilities.  We cannot provide medical treatment (including anti-viral medication).  Please make appropriate arrangements for access to healthcare and medication for you and your family.

     

    Australian Passport

     

    Make sure you don’t get caught at the last minute with an expired (or missing) passport before Christmas.  We encourage you to always know where your passport is stored and to be aware of when it expires.  Please be aware that most foreign countries require that you have a minimum of six months’ validity on your passport to be able gain entry into that country.  We recommend you renew your passport seven months before it is due to expire.

     

    For information on renewing your Australian passport in Japan please see: http://www.consular.australia.or.jp/passports.html

     

  • 11 Nov 2009 11:14 PM | Deleted user

     AST Committee   Australia Society Tokyo, eNewsletter, Nov. 2009

     News

    Member Survey Online through Nov 12

    Do you have three minutes right now to answer 10 questions? Help the steering committee know your views and plan better events in the upcoming year. Nancy Jenkins' questionnaire is now online for easier, faster answering.
    Click here to take our Member Survey online in a new window  
    or use this link: http://FreeOnlineSurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?sid=xroibg4r4jgaa3z664216

    logo_facebook.jpgConnect with AST Online

     

    We are dipping our toes into the social networking scene. If you are on Facebook or Flickr,

      logo_home_png.png                          come join our groups and share your photos, comments and discussions.  Should we have a

    presence on other SNS? Let us know.

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=180024698008
    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/australiasocietytokyo/

     

    What's on in Japan:

     

    DSCF3972_sh01.JPGLet's Explore Japanese Cuisine (1)

     

    Some of you may have watched Sumo match, but probably not many have tried ‘Chanko-nabe’.  Whether you have had it previously or not, today let’s take a Japanese cuisine exploration together and even try to learn more about Japanese culture!   Read more>>>

     

     Events

    Upcoming Events:

    Coffee Morning, November 26 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>>>

    Xmas Flyer.jpgChildren's Christmas Party,  November 29 2009

    Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 3 November. Reservations will also be accepted by email kids@australiasocietytokyo.com. Unfortunately, reservation emails received prior to this date and time will not be processed. Read more>>>


    Postcard.JPGFrom Downunder with Love Gala Ball, January 29 2010

    Celebrate Australia Day in “007" style at the annual Australia Society Gala Ball - From Down Under with Love. Join us at the Grand Hyatt for a wonderful and fun filled evening of delicious food and drinks... Read more>>>


    Aussies do Hakuba in Style, February 19-21 2010

    Australia Society Annual Ski Week end is in Hakuba next year, over the week end from Friday February 19 to Sunday February 21. Australia Society Member, and Owner of Hotel Phoenix, Adrian Bell is playing host this year, giving us run of house of his Hotel in Hakuba. Only Y12,000 per person per night including breakfast. Save the date now and what out for more details.

     Information

    新しいイメージ.JPGFrom Taiwan Satellite TV

    Thanks to Jim Edstein from www.taiwansatellite.tv for providing the Melbourne Cup Feed at the Hyatt Hotel.  Jim also provides the AFL NRL and Tri Nations and cricket and 130 TV channels on English IPTV services available to all expats in Japan.                                                 IPTV link  http://forum.taiwansatellite.tv/viewtopic.php?t=354     Read more>>>


    Yummy mummy image.jpgFrom Boudoir: Wow eyebrow, about face, and  mummy 911

    A great shaped eyebrow can transform your face from plain to fabulous!    A well-groomed eyebrow frames the eyes and also can give your eyes an instant eyelift!  The perfect shape is the one you were born with.  Basically most people suit a thick, full brow.  Read more>>>

  • 11 Nov 2009 9:34 AM | Deleted user

     

    Kiss and Tell

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    There’s nothing worse than a set of dry chapped lips.  That’s why lip balm is a must-have in every women’s make-up bag. Lips go through a bad time during cold and dry months. They have a tough time coping with the worst climatic conditions. Dry, chapped lips are the result of lack of moisture in the skin.  Lip balms are used to soften and moisturize the lips, making them smooth, soft and more kissable.  Lip balms help to keep the lips hydrated and maintains their shine.  No wonder so many women swear by the benefits of lip balms. Lip balms come in 3 forms - stick, tube and jars.

    Petroleum-based lip balms are not very effective and only provide a temporary relief for our lips. A great alternative to petroleum-based lip balm is a lip balm that uses Shea butter as one of its main ingredients. Shea butter has proved to be very effective in increasing the capacity of the lip skin cells to retain moisture. Shea butter possesses certain ingredients that are extremely useful in enabling the skin cells regain their elasticity, which in turn makes it possible for them to retain the moisture.

    Remember to apply daily for soft, moisturized beautiful lips.

     


    Get out of the cold!

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    Did you know your skin works as a barrier against elements, and when exposed to extreme weather changes can suffer terribly?                                                      

    During the winter months Boudoir’s therapists are constantly asked how to help clients keep their skin more hydrated, more radiant and less sensitive.

    It is natural for the skin to produce less oil in the winter, therefore leaving your face feeling rough and dry.  We recommend to exfoliate your face twice a week with a gentle exfoliant.  Try Gommage Grain D’eclat from the Guinot range.  We also recommend for you to use of a heavier moisturizing cream than the one you used in summer.

    Continual transition from the cold wintery weather outside to indoor heating can also be bad for the skin, especially Rosacea sufferers.  Rasacea is a condition where the skin becomes red and inflamed with small pustules or bumps.  The remedy is to cool skin with a refreshing spriz and avoid alcohol or spicy foods. Another skin type that suffers in this situation are people who are prone to dehydration.  Get a humidifier; it will help to hydrate the skin.  Winter is also a good time to drink lots of water or herbal teas.  You will find a water binding moisturizer will really help to plump up your skin cells.  Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient to look for when purchasing your winter moisturizer.

    People tend to stay home more in winter, curled up in front of the heater, which can leave your skin looking dull, lifeless and pale.  Boost radiance with Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants and remember a fake tan is a great beauty tool all year round!

    Sensitive and eczema-prone skins are usually dry, but go crazy in the winter.  Try to avoid having hot baths or showers, which can often worsen the irritation.  Keep the skin moisturized, try a hydrating mask like Guinot Mask Essential Nutri Confort.  A Boudoir best seller. This mask contains Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme, which are healing and soothing, plus Menthol extracts to brighten a dull complexion.  Use this mask twice a week to see the best results. Apply it to your lips if they are sore and dry.

    Pigmentation is a problem many women share.  Now the summer is over, winter is the best time to target this problem.  Our Boudoir professionals believe the best cure for pigmentation is to find a good dermatologist or plastic surgeon and have multiple laser treatments over the cold winter months.  Even though the weather is freezing outside, don’t forget your sunscreen and moisturize daily with a moisturizer containing glycolic or salicylic acids. Try Mayerling Lotion Forte, another Boudoir bestseller; imported exclusively from Dr Lawrence Ho, a Sydney based plastic surgeon who specializes in laser resurfacing of the skin.

    Last but not least we will tackle dry, cracked lips.  We recommend investing in a lip cream with a Vitamin A derivative, such as retinol, to help boost cell turnover and prevent a build up of dry skin. Also apply hour hydrating face mask to you lips twice weekly!

    03 3478 5898

    Boudoir Day Spa
    www.boudoirtokyo.com
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