• 09 Jun 2014 8:01 AM | Anonymous
    Dear AST Members,

    Thank you to all members and friends of the AST who joined us at the Australian Embassy on May 17th for our Adult's Evening Picnic. It was a fantastic evening and the weather was perfect for enjoying a wonderful buffet and Aussie wines while listening to the American School in Japan Jazz Band in the embassy gardens. Keyshots photographer Junko has uploaded the photos she took on the night and they are available for viewing and purchase here:!i=3281032952&k=9SSK8gH

    Thank you to Mikiko at Wakanui Lamb Cuisine Juban ( and  Daisaku at Kenzo Estate Winery Hiroo 
    ( for donating dinner vouchers and wine for our raffle and congratulations to the lucky recipients too. Also thank you to our volunteers Nina, Yoko, Makiko, Mike, Tracey and Milton for ensuring the night went so smoothly. 

    Our next AST social event will be the Summer Wine Night at Roti Roppongi on August 22nd with Jeroboam Fine Wine Club and A Wines so please save the date.

    We will be holding a General Meeting at 18:30 on Tuesday June 17th at Oakwood Aoyama - thank you Keren - to vote on amendments to our constitution and the installation of our committee members. These amendments include allowing proxy votes for the committee member election at the AGM and a decrease in numbers required to make a quorum. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register. 

    Thank you very much and I hope to see you there.


    Sally Townsend
    AST President
  • 24 Mar 2014 2:19 PM | Anonymous
    Hi all,

    The main function of the AST is to organise enjoyable social events for Australians and friends living in Tokyo, Japan.  Whether you're in Tokyo for 2 weeks, 2 years, or permanently, our events are a great opportunity to meet people, make new friends, and make living away from home that much easier. The AST event schedule for the following year has been decided so put these in your diaries and hopefully you can join us!

     * AGM then Friday Night Drinks @ Oakwood Residences, Aoyama, Friday April 25th
     * Spring Adults Evening BBQ @ Australian Embassy Tokyo, Saturday May 17th
     * Annual Wine Tasting with Jeroboam Fine Wine Club & A Wines @ Roti Roppongi, Friday August 22nd
     * Annual Family BBQ @ Australian Embassy Tokyo, Saturday September 27th
     * Melbourne Cup Luncheon @ Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Tuesday November 4th
     * Australia Day Ball @ Conrad Tokyo, Saturday January 24th

    It's going to be a fun year ahead!

    Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Oakwood, Aoyama on Friday April 25th from 18:30. Come and join us for a quick meeting and then a few glasses of Australian wine and nibbles provided by the AST. Details will be up online shortly.

    AST sponsor Jeroboam Fine Wine Club, is hosting their annual New Zealand Wine Party at Wakanui on Thursday April 10th. Enjoy 20 premium from all over New Zealand along with Wakanui's fantastic cuisine. Tickets are available here:

    Finally, we have some new committee members we'd like to introduce: Our new Events Coordinator is Yoko Tanaka, a familiar face to members who attended any of our events last year, Mike Staff, aka our ball MC, and Kyoko Arita. Welcome to the committee and thank you so much for volunteering your time, skills and energy to the AST!

    We hope to see you soon!


    Sally Townsend
    AST President

  • 13 Jan 2014 11:44 AM | Deleted user
    Roger Federer First Practice - Australian Open 2014

    As a sports mad Melbournite, one thing I miss seeing every year is the Australian Open.

    We are quite fortunate to be able to host one of the 4 major tennis events of the year; the other 3 Grand Slams being the US Open, French Open, and the legendary Wimbledon

    Unforunately though, In Japan the Ausopen isn't readily accessible on free to air TV. But you can still follow the action on the official Ausopen website or smartphone app; and you may be lucky enough to find some venues in Tokyo to watch the major events.

    Considering Japan's current No.1 tennis play Kei Nishikori just won the Kooyong Classic down the road from Melbourne Park, I'm sure a lot of Japanese are supporting their greatest tennis player in the modern open era!

    All the online action, including live radio, can be found here:

    If you know a great venue in Tokyo to watch the finals then please let us know!

  • 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.

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