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Australia-Japan Society of NSW

Upcoming events

    • 22 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • KPMG. Level 38, Tower Three, International Tower Sydney, 300 Barangaroo Ave

    Austrade Update

    Please join us for an evening with Austrade executives who will provide an update on Australia's trade and investment promotion efforts with Japan.

    Austrade works to assist both Australian exporters who wish to start or expand their business in Japan, and potential investors to identify and take up investment opportunities in Australia. Austrade also provides assistance for international students and school groups under the Study Australia banner.

    We will be joined by a number of Austrade staff who can speak to different aspects of the important Australia-Japan trade and investment relationship.

    Speaker bios

    David Lawson, Assistant General Manager, Trade (Agri/Food/Consumer)

    David joined Austrade in 1997. He has had a number of postings in Japan, first in Sendai from 2001, in Tokyo from 2015 and in Osaka from 2016. In Osaka he was Consul-General and Dean of the Kansai Diplomatic Corps. He was also the inaugural Consul-General and Trade Commissioner in Mongolia, from 2012, and earlier was posted to San Francisco as Senior Trade Commissioner.

    David has a degree in Asian Studies and Economics from ANU and a Masters in Commercialization of Science and Technology from Adelaide University.

    David will be joined by other staff:

    Rika Sasaki, Senior Adviser, Asia Desk – Investment, Investment and Sectors Division of Austrade. Rika has been with Austrade since 1992, first in Tokyo and latterly in Sydney, and through her career she has gained special expertise in promoting Australia's life sciences capability.

    Iori Forsyth, Study Australia Partnership Manager (Senior Advisor), International Education Trade Division. Iori manages a national educational partnership initiative, promoting Australia as a destination of choice for international education, in partnership with the state and territory government study bodies.

    The presentation will be followed by a networking reception.

    The event is hosted at the offices of corporate member KPMG at Barangaroo.

    Registrations are now open. Sign up online and pay either by Paypal (link from registration) or direct to our bank account.

    • 02 Jul 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Imperial Garden Landscapes/Hidden Orient Nursery, 206 Forest Way Belrose
    • 17

    Japan-inspired Gardens with Ken Lamb

    Talk and nursery tour with afternoon tea

    Join a small group of AJS members and friends for an afternoon of Japanese gardens at Imperial Gardens Landscape in Belrose. Hosted by founder and garden designer Ken Lamb and his staff, we will spend an interactive hour learning about Japanese gardens, followed by afternoon tea, and an inspiring tour of his nursery.

    The cost includes a generous afternoon tea. There is ample parking onsite.

    Numbers are limited to 20 people, so early signup is recommended.

    Host bio

    AJS member Ken Lamb is founder and chief designer at Imperial Gardens Landscape, one of Australia’s premier oriental garden design companies. He has almost 40 years of experience specialising in the design, construction and project management of Oriental gardens and water features, in the private and public sector. Public gardens designed by Ken include the Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden, the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbor, and the Westmead Children’s Hospital Japanese Garden.

    Ken is a Board Member and was the inaugural Director of the International Association of Japanese Gardens in 1994 and was the host of the 12th International Symposium of Japanese Gardens in Sydney in 2012.

    • 07 Jul 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Izakaya Masuya (Ground Floor, 12-14 O’Connell St, Sydney 2000)
    • 26


    Japanese Speaking Night


    "Shaberanaito" (Japanese speaking night) is back again and we are holding it on Tanabata (Star Festival)! Join AJS NSW and JETAA NSW members and friends to speak Japanese while eating delicious Japanese food!

    Thanks to the success from our last Shaberanaito event, this time we will again hold the event at Izakaya Masuya (Ground Floor, 12-14 O’Connell St, Sydney 2000). We will also have the entire restaurant to ourselves (貸し切り). 

    Date: Friday 7 July 2023 - Tanabata Festival (aka. Star Festival)

    Time: 6:30pm Start (Doors open from 6:00pm)

    Location:  Izakaya Masuya (Ground Floor, 12-14 O’Connell St, Sydney 2000)

    Cost: $50pp (AJS NSW + JETAA Members & Guests), $55pp (non-members)

    Registration Closes: Monday 3 July 2023 or until spots are filled (max 40 people so sign up quick!)

    The registration includes a set menu and a free drink. The restaurant has flagged an increase in costs, so we appreciate your understanding in accommodating the rising costs.

    Register HERE and pay online (Paypal or to the AJS-NSW bank account).

    AJS NSW & JETAA NSW Membership

    If you are interested to join AJS NSW as a member, sign up here.

    JETAA is the Alumni Association of the JET Programme, a Japanese government initiative aimed at promoting international exchange between Japan and the world. Alumni of the JET Programme are automatically a member of JETAA. If you're interested to find out more about JETAA NSW and sign up for its newsletters (non-JETAA NSW members are welcome too), please visit here.


    Free First Drink (Beer, Wine, Sake etc)

    1. NEW SUSHI PLATTER (temari sushi • saba battera sushi • spicy tuna roll • toro taku roll)
    2. TEMPURA PLATTER - FRIED FOOD / SKEWERS (Prawn & Whiting Fish • Kakiage)
    5. WARM ZENZAI (Red Bean Soup with Mochi), PINEAPPLE & GYOKURO GREEN TEA 

    *subject to change.

    The restaurant will conduct a quiz with prizes that includes bluefin tuna with natto (黒鮪の納豆添え), grilled bluefin tuna (黒鮪のカマ焼き), egg sake (卵酒), and a book! 

    If you would like to contribute a door prize, please get in touch with us (

    Images of Izakaya Masuya


    Menu - Picture of Izakaya Masuya, Sydney - Tripadvisor



About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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PO Box R937, Royal Exchange NSW 1225

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