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       Australia Society Tokyo eNewsletter June 2010

     News

    President's Message by Trevor Reynolds

    Greetings!  I am Trevor Reynolds, your new president for this year. Thanks to all the members who attended the May AGM and voted for me to head up the organization for 2010-11.  I will do my best to continue the success AST has achieved over the years!  Read more>>>

    2010 Charity Report: Fukudenkai by Alison Reynolds

    To describe my visit to our designated charity, Fukudenkai, an orphanage in Hiroo, as humbling is an understatement. It is sad that these places exist the world over, but a reality we all must accept. What is especially heartbreaking is that once taken into care, due to the lack of foster care in Japan...Read more>>>

    YMCA/FCSC Charity Concert "NOCTURNE"

    "NOCTURNE" by kind permission of the Australian Ambassador, Mr. Murray McLean, OAM
    Thursday July 8th 2010 at the Australian Embassy 2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 
    Featuring performances by Narimichi Kawabata on Violin & Nobuko Baba on Koto  Read more>>>
     
    Tokyo Goannas Ball 2010
     
    "First, if you haven't signed up for the Ball the tickets are going quickly.
    This year it plans to be a cracker. It will have all the ingredients of a great Goanna Gig, Good Food, Music by Rowey, Josh and the Pres! And the normal Goanna Atmosphere. 
    Read more>>>

     Events

    Upcoming Events:

    Wine Challenge,  June 25, 2010  

    Last chance to sign up---registration closes Monday 21st                                                            Led By Ned Goodwin, Japan's only Master of Wine.  Join us for an evening of Blind tastings from Australia, New Zealand and others.  Get your friends together for an evening of fun and education. Take the wine challenge for a chance to win a prize.  Read more>>>

    Coffee Morning,  June 24, 2010

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

    Past Events:

    The Spring Family BBQ Report by Bindi Codrington and Sophie Lappin

    The Spring Family BBQ held on Sunday the 16th May was a great success.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  A sell out event with over 250 adults and children in attendance.  A beautiful sunny afternoon provided the perfect backdrop for a hula hoop and football competition...Read more>>>

     What's on in Japan

    Enzyme bath:  Japanese rejuvenating heat treatment by Kuniko Noguchi

    Though it is called enzyme bath (‘kouso buro’ in Japanese), the enzyme bath is not filled with hot water, but is covered with what looks like brown sand.  Actually this is a blend of finely shaved Hinoki tree chips and enzyme extracted from 110 kinds of plants, and they generate a natural source of heat by fermentation when they are mixed together.  Read more>>>

     

     

     
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    Enzyme Bath: Japanese rejuvenating heat treatment

     

    by Kuniko Noguchi 

     

           

     

     

    As Japanese people have become more conscious about the health benefits of body warming, heat treatment has come under the spotlight and enzyme bath is one option along with bedrock bath and germanium bath.  I discovered enzyme baths just 7 years ago, but surprisingly it has a long history: It originated in Hokkaido, gaining fame in 1972 when the bath was built in the Sapporo Olympic Village for overseas athletes, and now there are spas throughout the country.  

     

    Though it is called an enzyme bath (‘kouso buro’ in Japanese), the enzyme bath is not filled with hot water, but is covered with what looks like brown sand.  Actually this is a blend of finely shaved Hinoki tree chips and enzyme extracted from 110 kinds of plants, and they generate a natural source of heat by fermentation when they are mixed together.

    I visited the Wakou enzyme bath in Tsurumi, Yokohama, to report my actual experience of enzyme bath taking:  upon my arrival at the spa, I was given complimentary enzyme juice and escorted to changing room and from there to a big enzyme room which was charged with negative ion and enzyme’s smell.  The spa manager dug a trench to the depth of 40 cm, which fits one person in length, and then I settled in there and got covered from chin to toe.  From this moment until 10 minutes passed, it was ‘blissful moment’ and I felt the heat slowly wrapping my body.  From that time onwards, however it started to take a bit of patience, and I managed to stay there for 15-20 minutes while sweating out toxins, which is ideal time to spend in enzyme bath. 

     

     

                                  

     

    Enzyme bath offers numerous health benefits and to name a few…

     

    Improved digestion            ・Detoxification             ・Skin cleansing and smoothing 

    Improved circulation and immune system                                  Reduced fatigue and pains

     

    If you goggle enzyme bath even in English, you will get many results and know that there are spas even outside the country: two in US, a few in China, one in South Korea, and probably more.  It says in the websites of the spa in California that “enzyme bath is not recommended for individuals with high blood pressure, women during pregnancy or following the consumption of alcoholic beverages.”  Also, to make this treatment pleasant and safe, I recommend that you rest for a while and drink enough water after coming out of the bath and taking a shower.

     

     

     

    Cooperator in this article:

     

    The Wakou enzyme bath, in Tsurumi, Yokohama.

    http://www.ofuro-wakou.jp/index.html

     

     

    取材協力:天然酵素風呂 和光 鶴見店

    http://www.ofuro-wakou.jp/index.html

     

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    The Spring Family BBQ Report

    By Bindi Codrington and Sophie Lappin

    The Spring Family BBQ held on Sunday the 16th May was a great success.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  A sell out event with over 250 adults and children in attendance.  A beautiful sunny afternoon provided the perfect backdrop for a hula hoop and football competition, along with ice creams for the kids and some yummy steak and sausages on the bbq with fine Australian wines for the adults.  Make sure you get in early for this ever popular annual event in 2011.  The next family event is the Children`s Christmas Party in December.  Date TBA. 

    We look forward to seeing you at our next event.


    The Family Committee

                              

    Photos by Kerry Raftis – keyshots.com

     

  • 14 Jun 2010 10:17 PM | Anonymous
    A message from the Goannas,

    "First, if you haven't signed up for the Ball the tickets are going quickly.
    This year it plans to be a cracker. It will have all the ingredients of a great Goanna Gig, Good Food, Music by Rowey, Josh and the Pres! And the normal Goanna Atmosphere.

    We have eased the process of purchasing tickets by incorporating pay pal into the new site. No more of those lunch time rushes to the atm and the dreaded furikomi!  Best to do it now rather than miss out on a great event!"

    Saturday, 3rd of July 2010
    6pm to 10pm
    at the
    Australian Embassy

  • 08 Jun 2010 8:43 PM | Anonymous
    YMCA/FCSC 2010
    Charity Concert
    In Support of the YMCA's Challenged Children Project

    NOCTURNE

    by kind permission of the Australian Ambassador,
    Mr. Murray McLean, OAM

    Thursday July 8th 2010
    at the Australian Embassy
    2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo

    Featuring performances by
    Narimichi Kawabata on Violin
    &
    Nobuko Baba on Koto

    Tickets ¥10,000 Donation

    Doors open 19:00 for Start at 19:30
    (Please bring Photo ID)

    Contact 03-5367-6640
    or
    fcsc@ymcajapan.org
    for more information

    Click here for the YMCA NOCTURNE 2010 flyer to order tickets


  • 06 Jun 2010 12:29 AM | Deleted user

     

    2010 Charity report: Fukudenkai

     

    by Alison Reynolds

     

     

    To describe my visit to our designated charity, Fukudenkai, an orphanage in Hiroo, as humbling is an understatement. It is sad that these places exist the world over, but a reality we all must accept. What is especially heartbreaking is that once taken into care, due to the lack of foster care in Japan, the chances of these young children ever experiencing a family life is almost non-existent, they are usually there until age 18.

     

    As a government organisation, there is only money for the basics; for basic day-to-day care and essentials, but Fukudenkai does it best to create a positive and comfortable home for the children. It has 70 children in their care between 3 and 18 years old.  Of these 30 have some form of intellectual disability and the other children are there because of issues at home. Most have suffered some kind of abuse, be it mental, physical or sexual.

     

    As there is no money left over for any little treats for the children, they are extremely grateful for the support of the Australia Society Tokyo. We were able to give them a donation of Y2.8 m in the 2008-2009 year and they have used this money wisely to buy various items for the home such as new curtains, new tatami, bedding and other such items. They have also used the donation to purchase a few luxury items for the children, the kind of things we take for granted, a TV and DVD player, DVD’s, desks so the children have somewhere to do their homework, a day out to Disneyland – described as a lifetime experience for them. That certainly brought me back down to earth.

    For 2009-2010, the donation allocated for Fukudenkai is 4.5m.; substantially higher than last year, so I visited to ask if there was some special project we could help with, perhaps a playground or redecorating, perhaps something we could even get some of our members involved in.  I was told the government is going to rebuild starting September 2012, which is a four year project. As such our timing couldn’t have been better.

    As the government won’t provide a new playground or library/study centre in this rebuild. This is an ideal time for AST to be getting involved. We are looking into the practicalities of building a library/study centre. They are very excited about this prospect and have said they would name it ‘The Australia Society Tokyo Library’.

    If anyone has expertise in this area or would like to help out in any way please email Trevor at president@australiasocietytokyo.com or Alison at secretary@australiasociety.com

    As this is a long term project, we will also make a portion of the donation immediately available to support days out or trips to Disneyland particularly over the summer. If you or your company can offer any support to help these children have a few extra treats, please contact Alison as above.

    At the moment they are also looking for someone who can help with garden maintenance.  Again contact Alison if you’d like to get involved. It would be great if we could get a group together.

    On behalf of Fukudenkai, we would like to say Domo arigato gozaimasu to the Australia Society Tokyo and all its Sponsors.

    http://www.fukudenkai.or.jp/

     

  • 01 Jun 2010 11:47 PM | Deleted user

    President's Message

    by Trevor Reynolds

    Greetings!

    I am Trevor Reynolds, your new president for this year. Thanks to all the members who attended the May AGM and voted for me to head up the organization for 2010-11.  I will do my best to continue the success AST has achieved over the years!

    We had initially thought there was going to be a tough time getting the committee together this year as many committee members chose to step down. However, at the AGM we had a good turn out and over 30 attended and we now have a full committee.  

    I must give thanks to our outgoing President Michael Marley who has steered the committee over the last 2 years. I must also thank all the outgoing committee members; David Taylor, Tracey Northcott, Jodie Riley, Kuniko Noguchi and Kiren Richardson, whose time and efforts are greatly appreciated. I look forward to welcoming you to upcoming events and for you to enjoy them without having to work! (Well maybe a bit).  Also a big thanks to all of our sponsors from 2009-10.

    For those of you who I do not yet know, a wee bit about me. I am Canadian with an indefinitely renewable Australian visa and have established a home in Noosa, so I hope to do my best as a quasi Aussie! I also am a director of Banner Japan, Banner Asset Management Japan and Ebisu Finance Partners Pty. in Australia.   I have a lovely wife Alison (who perhaps more of you know) she is active in the school with our children Ella and Avana. We have lived in Japan on and off since 1990.  We also look forward to living permanently in Australia soon, not that we don’t like Japan but there is a vast pull to Australia for us.

    Together with the new committee, there are a load of events we want to organize this year. Many will be smaller in nature and we hope you will come to these events and have some fun as the AST is all about Australians, their families and friends having fun together in this challenging city.

    One of the biggest challenges the committee has is finding a greater variety of events. Going forward we would like to have more events that appeal to every aspect of the society. The committee is very open to other events – your suggestions and help are very welcome. If you have any special interests or skills you could share with members and would like to organize an event, please let me know president@australiasocietytokyo.com

    At the last kids BBQ event we had 252 people attend and we gave each member/ family a questionnaire on events and asked for suggestions on other events that AST could put on, only 20 came back. Of those we have tried to come up with a schedule based on the feedback of that survey for possible events over the year. These are:

     

    1.               June 25th Wine Tasting Stellato (headed by the only Master of Wine in Japan) - cost only 5,000!

    2.               Tokyo Bay Boat Trip July 

    3.               Golf trip - July / August - we have 16 slots.   (Course TBD)

    4.               Beer Garden July / Aug  

    5.               CASUAL -- Adult BBQ Sept.  (Date TBD at Embassy)

    6.               AFL Grand Final Saturday 25th September Kick-off in Melbourne is at 2.30pm (venue TBD)

    7.               NRL Grand Final Sunday 3 October Kick-off in Sydney - Time TBA (venue TBD)

    8.               Melbourne Cup Nov 2nd   - (venue TBD)

    9.               Bledisloe Cup Sat Nov. 9th   - (venue TBD)

    10.           Kids Christmas party Sat Dec 4th Embassy

    11.           Aussie Ball. Jan 2011

    Apart from the Melbourne cup and the Aussie Ball these are NOT set in stone; all these events need coordinators and on the day organizers, these volunteers are usually committee members and their families, help is always welcome!

    I would like everyone to know that AST, as it stands, is not in demise; it is a small but healthy organization that caters to the members at large who use the society. The most successful events have always been the children’s functions; they are usually sold out in 2 weeks.  The Adult functions tend to have more difficulty; I am sure this has to do with the heavy demands family, work and Tokyo places upon all of us. The next event is the Wine challenge on the 25th of June.  It will be lead by Ned Goodwin (who is Australian) and who is the only Master of Wine in Japan – so along with the tasting we will get a bit of wine knowledge!

    Finally, the Australian Society of Tokyo will remain The Australian Society of Tokyo as we are not holding NZ day events or any other country events for that matter.  Everything that has been said recently has been taken in and we will try to make things better going forward.  Your suggestions are very welcome. Please let me know president@australiasocietytokyo.com

    We look forward to everyone joining in to make AST and Tokyo life just a little bit better.

    Regards,
    Trevor Reynolds

    Special thanks to our Sponsors

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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>>>

     

     

     

     

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    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)

     

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