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  • 26 Oct 2009 1:36 PM | Deleted user

     

     AST Committee   Australia Society Tokyo, eNewsletter, Oct. 2009

     News

    Meet New Committee Members

    This autumn saw Australia Society Tokyo getting busier again with lots of events.  The Committee wanted more volunteers to enter the busy season, and fortunately three ladies joined us in September!  The newsletter editor has met them once and apparently they are interesting, amazing and so willing to help out with the committee.  Let’s try to learn more about them!  Read more>>>

     Events

    Upcoming Events:

    melbournecup2009.jpgThe 2009 Melbourne Cup Luncheon, November 3 2009

    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 promises to be bigger than ever and you are cordially invited to join in this spectacular event that is the Melbourne Cup.  Read more>>>

     


    Coffee Morning, October 22 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>>>

     What's on in Japan

    DSCF3603_sh01.JPGWhere shall we take the kids on the weekend?  (1)  Pokemon Centers

    Did you know that there exist stores called ‘Pokemon Center’ in Japan?  The editor, who is Japanese and has lived in Tokyo since birth, just happened to know them on the internet this summer.  Pokemon Centers are official retail stores selling Pokemon merchandise, card games, stuffed toys, and snacks, etc.  Read more>>> 

    DSCF3608.JPGWhere shall we take the kids on the weekend?  (2)  Halloween events in Tokyo

    When the editor was a child, they did not celebrate Halloween in Japan and some people didn’t even know what it was.  In the past several years, however, we saw celebration of Halloween permeating Japanese culture, and came to see more shops decorated with pumpkin ornaments and Halloween events/parties held in Tokyo.  Certainly this year is no exception!  To name a few...  Read more>>>

     

  • 26 Oct 2009 1:24 PM | Deleted user

     

    How to get a WOW Brow

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    Get your eyebrows looking great with 3 simple steps!

    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.  Never follow trends, always keep your brows natural and groomed.  Thinner brows look harsh.  The inner part of the brow should begin at the top of the nose; the arch should start at the outer edge of your cornea and then taper off finishing at the end of your eyes.

    Three steps to a perfect brow

    Come into Boudoir and have one of our professionals give you the perfect arch.  You can then follow this shape at home.  If you have a paler brow or any gaps we suggest getting a brow tint, it works as a perfect base to groom and perfect your arches.

    Pluck away re-growth weekly.  You’ll need to make sure you pluck in a bright light.  Be sure to pluck the hair underneath, that’s the re-growth.  If your not sure about a hair, then leave it there.  Always use a good set of tweezers and follow the shape given by your Boudoir brow artist.

    When grooming your brows, fill in color with a pencil or powder.  It’s best to choose a color that is slightly darker than your natural hair color and feather it in the direction of your growth.  Then brush over with a clean, dry toothbrush and your ready to go!

    What to do if…

    Your brows are unruly then you should never clip or trim your brows, leave that job to a professional.   To keep them in place use an eyebrow gel or hair gel. Don’t over use the product.  One coat is enough.

    If you have over plucked your brows, the best thing to do is to just let them grow back.  Sometimes brows never grow back.  In that case we would suggest permanent make-up.  Make sure you find a reputable artist and ask to see photos of their work.  If you don't do your research you may regret it as tattoo’s last forever.

     

    About face. 

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    Whether you wish to treat acne blemishes or to restore natural beauty to your skin, glycolic acid peels provide a safe and effective opportunity to smooth, beautify and rejuvenate your skin. Concentrations of glycolic acid can reach up to 50%, which gives you a chance to decide the strength of the glycolic acid peel you use. Typical glycolic acid peel procedures involve weekly facial peels for up to 6 weeks. When used in skin care products, glycolic acid is a natural exfoliant and moisturiser. It is the high acidity of glycolic acid that results in its excellent exfoliant properties. When applied to the skin, glycolic acid penetrates below the superficial layers of skin and breaks up the "glue" that holds these dead skin cells together. Once the superficial skin layers have been broken up, they can be removed, leaving a softer, smoother layer of skin beneath. Glycolic acid also draws moisturizers into the skin.  Many cosmetics product lines offer a complete skin care system.  Skin care systems ensure that the effects of glycolic acid reach their full potential, as well as neutralizing the corrosive potential of glycolic acid on the skin.

                                                    Glycolic Acid for Acne

    When using glycolic acid for daily skin care routines, it is often combined with salicylic acid. While glycolic acid breaks up dead skin cells, salicylic acid encourages their removal from your skin surface, opening pores and leaving skin feeling smooth and revitalized. Glycolic acid makes skin more sensitive to sunburn, so application of glycolic acid should always be followed up with sunscreen. If you are concerned about acne, make sure you choose a sunscreen that is "noncomedogenic" and oil-free.

    At Boudoir Day Spa our glycolic acid peels contain glycolic acid in a concentration of 20%.  Your skin immediately following a glycolic acid peel will look radiant and fresh. All our facial treatments commence with a glycolic acid peel by Mayerling Skin Renewal Systems.

    Book in for any of our wonderful facial treatments and receive 13,625 yen worth of FREE beauty treatments and products.

    Treat your skin to our Deep Cleansing Mayerling Facial 18,300 yen, 2-hour Guinot Hydradermie Lift Facial 21,000 yen or our Rescue Remedy Booster Facial 15,000 yen.  You’ll receive a free shape and paint of fingernails and toenails, plus our therapist will shape and arch your eyebrow to perfection!  Boudoir Day spa facials are the only solution to maintaining a radiant complexion and fabulous skin. 

    Plus you will receive for FREE

                 Shape and paint of fingernails                 2,300 yen                                                     

                      Shape and paint toenails                    2,900 yen                    

                      Eye brow shape                               3,700 yen                 

    Plus the first 20 people will receive a complimentary bottle of Guinot toner.  This wonderful body scrub will freshen the skin while removing impurities and smoothing the surface.  Valued at 3,675 yen

    Total value of FREE products and treatments 11,715 yen

     

    Mummy 911!

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    Attention all Yummy Mummy’s!

    Isn’t it time for you to have a well-deserved bit of “me time”?

    In the beginning it’s a foggy haze of diaper changes and middle of the night feeds followed by days spent chasing a toddler and tackling tantrums.  Then comes homework, school projects, after school activities, teenage angst and driver’s licenses.  
 
Life changes after you have kids and between the carrying, cuddling, shouting, shuttling, giggling, juggling, tightrope walk of mummy hood, where do you find the time to feel beautiful? 
 
We know that beauty is only skin deep and that beauty comes from within.  But sometimes putting your feet up and relaxing for 2 hours while your being pampered is good for you.

    What is a Yummy Mummy?

    A superwoman who fits into her size 6 jeans three weeks after giving birth (by scheduled C-section of course)? A sexy mama who shops for groceries in heels, closing deals on her cell phone while waggling finger puppets to stimulate her baby's growing cerebellum? Give me a break!

    Yummy is a state of mind.

    A true Yummy Mummy struggles to find the impossible balance between the single sexpot she used to be, the woman she's become, the professional she works hard to be, the wife she aspires to be and the mother she has to be. Basically, she's confused and exhausted.

    Forget CEO. THIS is the toughest job in the world.  Why didn't anyone warn us?  Can you relate?

    So forget about

    • •·        Making lunches
    • •·        Homework
    • •·        Tantrums
    • •·        Running around 
    • •·        Housework

    And think about taking a few hours away from the kids to pamper and rejuvenate yourself.  Boudoir Day Spa’s “Mummy 911” beauty package is designed to make all mummy’s feel absolutely yummy! This package is guaranteed to rejuvenate and make you feel absolutely fabulous from head to toe.  Now it’s time for all you hard working mums out there to put your feet up, relax and let the professionals at Boudoir Day Spa do what we do best…pamper! After dropping the children at school, come and enjoy a relaxing time at Boudoir Day Spa. 

    Your pampering experience will begin with our famous Rescue Remedy Facial.  Including a mild glycolic acid peel, this facial offers exceptional results for all skin types.  Guaranteed to bring back forgotten radiance in only 45 minutes!  PLUS we'll also give you a complimentary

    • •·        Eyebrow shape  3,675 yen
    • •·        Shape and paint of fingernails 2,205 yen
    • •·        Shape and paint of toenails 2,835 yen

    Total Value 23,625 yen

    Yummy Mummy’s price                     10,000 yen

     Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday !

    NO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS!

    From 10 am – 2 pm

    Call NOW only 3 spaces daily!

    03 3478 5898

    For more information on products and services contact Boudoir Day Spa on 03 3478 5898

    www.boudoirtokyo.com


    Boudoir Day Spa
    www.boudoirtokyo.com
  • 26 Oct 2009 1:12 PM | Deleted user

      

       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.

  • 14 Oct 2009 10:24 PM | Deleted user

     

    Did you know that there exist stores called ‘Pokemon Center’ in Japan?  The editor, who is Japanese and has lived in Tokyo since birth, just happened to know them on the internet this summer!

          

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    Pokemon Centers are official retail stores selling Pokemon merchandise, card games, stuffed toys, and snacks, etc.  They are like paradise for kids, Pokemon fans, and foreign travelers too.  TripAdvisor.com, travel guideDSCF3595.JPG and research site, did a survey on popular places in Japan for foreign travelers in 2008, and interestingly Pokemon Center was number 3, even ranked higher than Sensouji in Asakusa and the Golden pavilion in Kyoto.  They are not just in Tokyo, and they also have the stores in Sapporo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and New York. 

       

    If your kids (or even you yourself!) love pokemon, of if you are going to buy a Pokemon toy as Christmas gift, it would be worth visiting once!  Please see the websites below for more store information.

     

     

    Pokemon Center Tokyo

    http://www.pokemon.co.jp/pokecen/img/map_tokyo_english.pdf

     

    Pokemon Center Yokohama

    http://www.pokemon.co.jp/pokecen/img/map_english_yokohama.gif

     

    Pokemon Centers

    http://www.pokemon.co.jp/pokecen/english.html

  • 14 Oct 2009 10:21 PM | Deleted user

     

    When the editor was a child, they did not celebrate Halloween in Japan and some people didn’t even know what it was.  In the past several years, however, we saw celebration of Halloween permeating Japanese culture, and came to see more shops decorated with pumpkin ornaments and Halloween events/parties held in Tokyo.  Certainly this year is no exception!  To name a few...

     

     

    Date: Oct. 31 (Saturday)
    Place: Roppongi Hills Arena
     
     
    Disney's Halloween 2009
    Date: September 10 to November 3
    Place: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea
     
            
    Kawasaki Halloween 2009
    Date: Oct. 31 (Saturday)
    Place: The eastern area of JR Kawasaski station
     
     
    These Halloween events will typically feature various attractions such as Halloween parade, Halloween costumes class, and dance show, etc.  If interested, please check the websites above so you can fully enjoy the 2009 Halloween in Tokyo!
     
    Enjoy your Halloween celebration!
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • 14 Oct 2009 7:05 PM | Deleted user

     

    This autumn saw Australia Society Tokyo getting busier again with lots of events.  The Committee wanted more volunteers to enter the busy season, and fortunately three ladies joined us in September!  The newsletter editor has met them once and apparently they are interesting, amazing and so willing to help out with the committee.  Let’s try to learn more about them!

     

     

    Sophie Lappin

     

    My husband and I returned to Tokyo a year ago with our three children.  This is our third time to Japan, having lived in Yokohama for 2 years and Tokyo for almost a year.  We have also lived in Seoul and Singapore with our hometown, Sydney, thrown in between!

     

    Having been away from home for 10 years on and off, I have come to love the Australian Society events in these countries, there have been lots of laughs, wines, great Aussie food and plenty of memories.  With three small children and an events background in my previous life, I thought I could help in some way with the Family functions and why I am joining the Committee this year.

     

    We love living in Tokyo and hope to be here for many years to come, so I hope to continue to make the Family events as successful as they have been in the past (and look forward to seeing you all there!).

     

     

    Nancy Jenkins

     

    Arriving from Melbourne with my partner Richard earlier this year, this is our first expat tour and we have had an amazing first six months. There have been many frustrations and quite a few challenges, but there is so much about life in Tokyo we have fallen for. I spent the first few months doing my Forest Gump impression walking for hours a day exploring, getting lost and discovering where all the best gyozas and plate shops are in Tokyo. And yes, food does taste better if it’s on a nice new plate!

     

    Exploring the city on foot and bicycle I soon realized how compact it is and how easy it is to get around. Now we love getting out and about, discovering new places to eat, using our very basic Japanese and people watching. I love the seasonality here and the produce and the fact that everyone is obsessed with food. I have made some great friends and had many “only in Japan” moments. I look forward to getting more involved with the Society – particularly in organizing more foodie events so if you have any suggestions let me know.

     

     

    Bindi Codrington

     

    Hi my name is Bindi Codrington and I am thrilled to be on the Australian Society's committee organising the kids events.  I am originally from Sydney however have been living here in Tokyo since February 2009 and prior to that in Singapore for 2 years.  I am here with my husband, 3 gorgeous children and my dog.  Tokyo is a gorgeous cultural city and we have great fun being here.  I look forward to a fantastic year ahead with the society and meeting you at all our upcoming events.

  • 08 Oct 2009 1:02 PM | Deleted user
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    Tuesday 3rd November
    11 am - 4 pm
    Grand Hyatt Roppongi
    16,000/18,000 yen
    More details: Melbourne Cup Flyer (PDF)

  • 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.

     

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