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  • 11 Mar 2018 10:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo will be hosting the ANZAC Day service at Hodogaya Cemetery on Wednesday, April 25th. Representatives from the AST will lay wreaths at both the Australian and New Zealand sections of the Cemetery on behalf of our members. The service will start at 9am with light refreshments afterwards. For directions to the cemetery, please click here:

  • 11 Mar 2018 10:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Japan Australia New Zealand Society will hold the 16th Australian Ambassador’s Cup Golf Competition on May 29th at Dai Atsugi Country Club, Sakura Course. If you are interested in attending, please contact Tadashi Kanai here:tadashi.kanai@tbz.t-

  • 11 Mar 2018 10:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AST is working with WaNavi to present a series of life-skills workshops for our members. Dates and the location of each workshops will be announced closer to each date but we have 4 booked in for 2018:

    1) Earthquake Preparedness, April 8th

    2) Understanding Japanese Ingredients & Food Labeling May 19th

    3) Demystifying the Japanese Healthcare System, September 29th

    4) Understanding Japanese Etiquette, October 20th

  • 04 Dec 2016 4:02 PM | Anonymous
    Tickets are now on sale for our Australia Day 2017 Long Table Dinner at Salt by Luke Mangan on Thursday, January 26th! Please join us for a sit-down dinner at Salt with a specially prepared menu to be served with a selection of fine Australian wines.
    All inclusive tickets are JPY 18,000 for members but numbers are limited so be quick. Tickets can be purchased here:

    Sponsor & Event News

    Congratulations Qantas!

    One of our major sponsors,Qantas, will launch daily direct flights between Narita airport and Melbourne with the first flight on Friday December 16th . This is very welcome news - not only for Melbournites in Tokyo but because it illustrates the growing number of  tourists from Japan to Australia and outbound travel by Australians to Japan so great news for everyone! Congratulations to the Qantas team! For more information, please click here:

    AST sponsor Ian Gibbins, at the Swan & Lion British Deli & Bakery, is taking orders for Christmas puddings and mince pies. Ian's traditional puddings, pies, relishes, cakes and goodies for Christmas can be purchased at his shop in Kudan-minami or online here:

    Ian's Christmas puddings are available in small, medium and large and his mince pies are heavenly!

    The Pirates of Tokyo Bay show TONIGHT!

    AST emcee Mike Staffa is leader of the comedy improv group, The Pirates of Tokyo Bay. The Pirates fly all over the world performing and have a huge following here in Tokyo. Their 6 year anniversary show is on TONIGHT and tickets are still available. For one of the funniest live performances you'll see and with a free drink too, this will be one of the best JPY 3,000 you'll ever spend!. For more information, please see the Pirates' Facebook page for more details:

    Tickets can be purchased here:
  • 23 Feb 2016 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    The Tokyo International Literary Festival 2016 will be held in March and the Japanese version of one of Australia’s best-sellers, “The Secret River”, will be launched on March 4th at a special event supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation. Kate Grenville, the author, will be guest speaker at this event.

    ‘The Secret River’ has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize (2006) and has won many awards including the Commonwealth Writers Prize (2006). It is one of Australia’s best-sellers introducing a family arriving in Australia in the early 19th Century and their encounter with the Aboriginal people.

    Author Kate Grenville will be a guest speaker at the book launch event along with Ms Yukiko Konosu, a well-known translator of foreign literature. Ms Tomoko Ichitani, translator of the book, will moderate their discussion. 

    Venue: Hillside Banquet, Daikanyama
    Date/Time: 4 March 2016 19:00-21:30
    Fee: JPY3,000 (includes fee for purchase of Japanese book)
    Please RSVP to

    Details can be found here: and here:

    The Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, in conjunction with the Australian Embassy and Club Australia, is organising a trip to Minami-sanriku on May 28-29. The main event will be an Australian BBQ on Sunday as part of the annual Friendship Festival. This is an opportunity to continue the strong cultural exchanges between Australia and Minami-sanriku and support the local community. Other activities will include a visit to the tsunami affected areas and the Australia Friendship Learning Centre and library in Minami-sanriku, affectionately known as Koala House, and meeting with survivors and local fishermen. Funded by the ANZ Bank, Koala House was the first civic building that was rebuilt in Minami-sanriku after the tsunami. AST members are very welcome to join this trip and see for themselves the wonderful things that the Australian and New Zealand community in Japan is doing in this region. For more details about this trip, please contact the ANZCCJ Secretariat at

    SAVE THE DATE! Our next big event at the AST is our Spring Adult's Evening Picnic at the Australian Embassy on Saturday, May 7th.  This is one of the most popular events on the Tokyo social calendar and tickets sell out quickly every year. Information about ticket sales will be coming soon! 

    Our next Coffee Morning will be held on Monday April 11th at Oakwood Aoyama. Coffee Morning is a great way for people to meet up with fellow ex-pats in Tokyo, get information about Tokyo life and to make new friends. Our host is long-term Tokyo resident, Matthew de Wilde. To sign up for the next meeting, please click here:

    We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!


    Sally Townsend
    AST President


  • 11 Aug 2015 5:22 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to the members and friends who joined us at Roti Roppongi for our Annual Summer Wine Night. We were a thirsty bunch - 50 people got stuck into 61 bottles of wine! I hope you were all feeling OK the next day! Congratulations to the lucky winners of our door prizes too - thank you to Changing Space for the Cobram Estate Olive Oil and Jeroboam for the magnum of Yalumba The Signature 2006. Otsukaresama to Mick from A Wines who came down from cool Sapporo to a very hot Tokyo to pour his wines at the event.

    The next two months are very busy for the Australian community in Tokyo with many fun events coming up. Wine and food seems to be the common theme - surprise, surprise:)  Our next event is our annual Family & Friends BBQ at the Australian Embassy on Saturday, September 19th. Harry's Catering will be cooking up a storm with premium meat from AST sponsor JBS Australia, an ice-cream station for the kids, Aussie wine and beer, and entertainment by the very popular Guy Totaro. There will also be the chance to win a pair of tickets to our Melbourne Cup Luncheon through our charity auction on the day. This event is open to all members and friends of the AST and newcomers to Tokyo as well so please come and join us for a fun afternoon on the beautiful grounds of the Australian Embassy. For more information or to sign up. please click here:

    The crew at the Australian Embassy will be busy in September with the Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan hosting their annual Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party on Tuesday September 15th. This event is not only a wonderful opportunity to sample some of the Australian and New Zealand gourmet treats sold in Japan, but it's a great way to develop new business and social contacts. To sign up for this event, please click here:

    The NAB Tokyo Goannas Football Club is holding their annual wine night on Saturday August 29th at Roti Roppongi. You can sign up for this event on the Goannas Facebook page here: Enjoy 12 premium Aussie and NZ wines with Roti's delicious buffet dinner, meet some Goannas, and support the team without having to go out and play:) Sounds ideal!

    AST sponsor Jeroboam Fine Wine Club is hosting a dinner at Laputa Garden, Minami Aoyama, to welcome McLaren Vale winery "Wirra Wirra" to Japan. Tickets for this sit-down dinner are 10,000 yen and include dinner and 6 fantastic Wirra Wirra wines including Dead Ringer Cabernet Sauvignon and the much-loved Church Block. For more information or to sign up, please contact 

    Finally, a non-wine event....our next Coffee Morning will be on Monday August 17th at Oakwood Aoyama. Thank you Oakwood Japan for the use of your lovely venue. Coffee Morning is free and open to members and those new to Tokyo and thinking of joining the AST. 

    We hope to see you at an event soon.

    Have a great day!


    Sally Townsend
    AST President

  • 23 May 2015 5:11 PM | Anonymous

    Over 160 guests enjoyed our sell-out Spring Evening held in May at the Australian Embassy.

    AST members were entertained by the American School in Japan (ASIJ) Jazz band and indulged in premium Australian food and wine in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian Embassy garden.

    Guests were unanimous in saying it was such a lovely spring night to spend with so many members and celebrate all things Australian.

    Big thanks to Akiko at the Embassy and our hard working committee members for ensuring an excellent evening was had by all. Special thanks to all our sponsors also, in particular our main sponsor for this event JBS Australia.

    This is an annual event so make sure you get in early next year to reserve your seat at this highlight on the AST social calendar.

    Please support our generous sponsors listed below, who helped make the such a success:

  • 05 Feb 2015 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    Thanks to all who joined us at the AST Fire&Ice Ball at the Conrad Hotel. Photos taken on the evening by Kerry Raftis & her team at Keyshots are now available.

    View photos

    We hope to see you at our next event!

  • 29 Jan 2015 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    Happy Australia Day. For all those who celebrated with us on the 24th at the Australia Day Ball at Conrad Tokyo - thank you for coming along and we hope you had a great time. We are still recovering here:) 

    Our ball was really a fantastic night and it was all thanks to our team here at the AST, our very generous sponsors, and the wonderful members and friends of the AST who attended the event. We would like to thank our very talented performers: the American School in Japan Vocal Jazz Band, Sarah Alainn, Masaki Sunagawa, and of course Brad Holmes and the Hitmen. We were also very privileged to have Eddie Jones, head coach of the Japan national rugby team along as our special guest. Thanks to the sponsors who donated goods on the night, we were able to raise a lot of money for our charities, Heart Tokushima and Tokyo English Life Line. We've already invited ourselves around to the homes of the lucky winners of the 4kg of Riverina Angus Porterhouse and Yalumba wine for a bbq, and Ms. Oshima, if you haven't got anyone to accompany you to Australia on your business-class flight with Qantas, we have some volunteers here!

    The next AST Coffee Morning will be held on February 17th at Oakwood Aoyama. Our host Matthew is a long-term Tokyoite so for those of you who are new to Tokyo, please drop by for a coffee and chat. It's a fun morning and there are always some interesting members there. 

    Best regards,


    Sally Townsend
    AST President

  • 13 Aug 2014 8:18 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members & Friends of the AST,

    I hope you are well and if you're in Tokyo, staying cool, or if you've ventured somewhere cooler or more exotic for the school holidays, I hope you're having fun!

    It doesn't seem like that long ago that we were announcing the Australia Day Ball but it's already August and time to announce the sale of tickets for the Australia Society Tokyo Annual Family BBQ on September 13th in the Australian Embassy gardens. Come and join us for an afternoon of bbq and food by Harry's Catering, Aussie wine from Jeroboam, craft beer from Beer Cats, and a whole lot of fun. There will be entertainment for the children, live music, complimentary mini photo sessions with Keyshots Photography and some great prizes to be won in the charity raffle too. 60 tickets have already been sold since the weekend when the event information was added to the AST homepage so if you're interested in attending, I urge you to book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

    We have an early bird special for bookings of 10 that include a minimum of 4 adults. This ends August 31st so please email Nina at to take advantage of this deal.

    For those who are attending our (sold-out) AST Wine Tasting Evening at Roti on August 22nd, I look forward to catching up with you there. If not, I hope to see you at the BBQ! 



    Sally Townsend
    AST President

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