IMPROVE THE BODY AND MIND WITH GREEN TEA!

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IMPROVE THE BODY AND MIND WITH GREEN TEA!

Green tea is now experiencing a surge in popularity both in Japan and overseas. It is a beverage that is a part of everyday Japanese life as an accompaniment to meals or as a break-time thirst quencher. Recent research has revealed a wide variety of health benefits linked to the consumption of green tea.

REDUCED RISK OF CANCER

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The catechin compound found in green tea is said to reduce the risk of cancer.

• Men who drink 5 or more cups of green tea per day are approximately 50% less likely to develop progressive prostate cancer than men who drink less than a cup per day.

• Women who drink 5 or more cups of green tea per day are 21% less likely to develop stomach cancer than women who drink less than a cup per day.

• People who drink 5 or more cups of green tea per day significantly reduce their risk of developing liver cancer.

REDUCES STRESS

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Together with a range of other benefits, theanine is also said to help relieve stress.

CALMING EFFECTS

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Theanine, an amino acid which gives green tea its umami flavour, is a calmative. Parasympathetic nervous system activity, which is activated during relaxation, also increases for 40
minutes following intake of theanine.

POTENTIAL TO REDUCE RISK OF TRAUMA FROM EPILEPSY | EFFECTIVE AGAINST PARKINSON’S DISEASE

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100g of sencha contains approximately 20mg of caffeine – one third of the amount found in coffee. Daily intake of low concentration caffeine can potentially reduce the risk of trauma from epilepsy, and is also believed to be effective against Parkinson’s disease.

ORAL HEALTH

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Catechin has been shown to possess antibacterial qualities against cavities, which is said to prevent and remedy cavities. It is effective against the bacteria which causes periodontal disease. Catechin can also help to improve bad breath by slowing the oxidisation of fats and oils. The fluoride contained in green tea also helps to strengthen teeth.

INHIBITS ABSORPTION OF CHOLESTEROL | TRIGLYCERIDES

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Catechin inhibits the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides in the digestive tract. This reduces blood lipid (cholesterol and triglycerides) levels. Lowered blood lipid levels reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.


When traditional Japanese tea meets pure Australian environment, that’s when the story begins

Japanese Green Tea grown in Australia

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In Victorian Alpine Region, a 3-hour drive from Melbourne, Australian farmers are growing Japanese style green tea. The pure water supply, that stems from the Alpine National Park along with the unique climate and fertile soil, provides an ideal growing environment for green tea. Just like the craft of a good wine, green tea obtains taste and aroma that is in harmony with the land it is grown on. The domestic market demand for locally crafted tea has been increasing every year, as Australians welcome the green tea growing right in their own backyard. The Australian environment lacks tea related pests and diseases and thus fulfills a health-conscious demand of Australian customers.

Ito En and Oi Ocha

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In 2003, Ito En, the No.1 green tea company in Japan, started operating a tea factory in Wangaratta near the Alpine Region. In the past decade, traditional Japanese green tea has been produced from Australian grown tea leaves, with the Australian palate in mind. In 1989, Oi Ocha ITO EN’s agship brand was launched in Japan. The brand name “Oi Ocha!” means “It’s tea time!” or “Tea please!”. For Japanese people, almost every meal is accompanied by green tea; that’s one of their secrets to long healthy life. Even in a hot summer, it never lacks real-deal tea.
A chilled bottle of unsweetened green tea is a godsend: crisp, clean, and refreshing, not too bitter or astringent, but has subtle Umami taste. Oi Ocha iced green tea is now formulated with 100% Australian grown green tea, in doing so delivers a healthier lifestyle, a peace of mind, and also joy through Japanese culture to the local consumers.

What is in one bottle of Oi Ocha?

100% Australian grown green tea leaves
Less calories than 1 medium sized tomato
No added sugar
No added colours or flavours


Unique Styles of Hospitality

UNIQUE STYLES OF HOSPITALITY

A collection of quirky hotels

There are a quite a few “interesting” hotels in Japan – from the good, old-fashioned traditional ones passed down through generations, to those with visions of the not-too-distant future racing ahead of the pack. Might I suggest you make your next trip to Japan all about staying at (and experiencing) these “unique” hotels?


BED AND CRAFT

BECOME A MASTER’S APPRENTICE AT THIS HOTEL

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BED AND CRAFT is located in one of the most prominent wood carving towns in Japan and isn’t merely a place for weary travellers to rest. This hotel gives guests the opportunity to become apprentices to artisan wood carvers and lacquer artists by participating in one of the workshops. A quick trip into town reveals cafés and izakayas (Japanese pubs) to stop by, as well as other tourists, and locals to mingle with. Drop on by to experience a hotel that has taken over a whole region.

BED AND CRAFT
●Address: 1896-1 Inami, Nanto-shi, Toyama
●Web: www.bedandcraft.com
●Email: info@corare.net

HENN-NA HOTEL

MEMORIES MADE OF DREAMS

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“The receptionist is a robot?!” – Henn-na Hotel promises to continue changing with the times and is recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the first robot-staffed hotel” with its multi lingual robot. The hotel offers a comfortable place to stay using various different types of the latest technology. You’re guaranteed to have an everchanging experience weighted around the time of your stay and your particular needs.

HENN-NA HOTEL
●Locations: Hennna Hotel Maihama Tokyo Bay, Nishikasai, Ginza, Hamamatsucho, Asakusabashi, Haneda, Asakusa

KEIO PLAZA HOTEL TOKYO

THE PERFECT STAY

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Electric reclining beds? Electric-powered chairs? Look no further than the “Universal Designed Room” offered by the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, which aims to provide guests with “adjustability” and “adaptability” customisations to suit their needs. Other room types, such as the Japanesestyled tatami rooms, and “Luxury Fourth” rooms with 4 beds and 2 shower rooms, can also be found amongst a variety of others at this hotel.

KEIO PLAZA HOTEL TOKYO
●Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
●Web: www.keioplaza.com

THE MILLENNIALS

THE FUTURE OF LODGING

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Do you want to stay somewhere homely? Play for work? Travel while you work? Do these modern lifestyles appeal to you? The work spaces, kitchen, and other common facilities that can be used 24 hours a day make up 20% of this hotel. Sleep is only a small portion of this whole experience. The true value in a stay at this hotel is in the lifestyle it offers.

THE MILLENNIALS KYOTO / THE MILLENNIALS SHIBUYA
●Address: [Kyoto] 235 Yamazakicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyotoshi, Kyoto
[Shibuya] 1-20-13 Jinnan, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
●Web: www.themillennials.jp/enhome

HOTEL GRACERY SHINJUKU

BOOK A ROOM TO MEET GODZILLA

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There is only one hotel in the entire world where guests can get up close and personal with the one and only Godzilla – the HOTEL GRACERY SHINJUKU in Tokyo. This hotel features a “Godzilla Room” for a kaiju world experience, and another room with a Godzilla head poking outside. Zip over to Tokyo to see Godzilla for yourself!

HOTEL GRACERY SHINJUKU
●Address: 1-19-1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
●Web: shinjuku.gracery.com

BnA HOTEL KOENJI / BnA STUDIO AKIHABARA

SLEEP IN A MASTERPIECE

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A hotel where you can sleep in an artist’s creation. The concept behind the BnA HOTEL Koenji is “a hotel which incorporates the whole of Koenji with art rooms around the town” and the hotel is currently doing just that in a world first. The theme of the BnA STUDIO Akihabara is, “living with art, a next-generation Tokyo urban lifestyle”. Guests can stay in one of these rooms surrounded by the art of spirited artists.

BnA HOTEL KOENJI / BnA STUDIO AKIHABARA
●Address: [Koenji] 2-4-7 Koenjikita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
[Akihabara] 6-3-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
●Web: www.bna-hotel.com
●Email: info@bna-hotel.com
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019

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RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019

Wallabies “Once in a Lifetime Journey”

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From September 20th until November 2nd 2019, Japan will stage the first ever Rugby World Cup to take place in Asia. For those considering coming to Japan to support the Australian Wallabies, we’d like to offer information on what weather to expect during the tournament, how to access the venues and also local sightseeing recommendations. This will not just be a ‘once in every 4 years’ kind of trip, this will be a ‘Once in a Lifetime Journey’ to cherish.


QUALIFYING POOLS

MATCH 1 VS FIJI

September 21st (SUN)
Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido

①ACCESS TO THE STADIUM

If you’re heading to the venue from downtown Sapporo, it’s best to take the subway. From JR Sapporo Station, it’s a 13 minute ride to Fukuzumi Station which is also the terminus. After alighting, take exit 3 and you’ll reach Sapporo Dome after a 10 minute walk. For those flying into Hokkaido on the day of the match, the Sapporo Toshin bus service will run to Sapporo Dome at 15 minute intervals throughout the day with the trip taking approximately 45 minute

RECOMMENDED SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

One of the most famous sports venues in Japan is the home of the Nippon Ham Fighters baseball club. It is worth a visit alone to Sapporo to watch the automatic transformation of the dome from baseball diamond to rectangular rugby field. Before and after the game Sapporo has so much to see and do. The night life and food in Susukino should not be missed and Sapporo is famous for its crab, beer and ramen. What a great combination. Don’t miss Nijo Ichiba for fresh seafood or for amazing ramen. No trip to Sapporo is
complete without a visit to the Sapporo Beer museum and eat like a Mongol Warlord with a feast of Genghis Khan BBQ. Drop by Old Town Hokkaido to go back in time and for one of the best night views in Japan head up to Mt Moiwa.

SPECIAL NOTE – Don’t forget you may want to visit Kamaishi on the east coast of the main island. Kamaishi is one of the cities destroyed on the earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 2011. Kamaishi is a beautiful town with wonderful people who will make you feel so welcome as the host of the Fiji vs Uruguay match on the 25th Sept at the newly built Unosumai Memorial Stadium.

WEATHER CONDITIONS TO EXPECT

The tail end of September in Sapporo sees highs of under 20 degrees and lows of 14 degrees with a distinct feeling of autumn in the air. The high pressure systems in the Pacific start to weaken at this time of year causing changeable weather and the potential for a lot of rain.


QUALIFYING POOLS

MATCH 2 VS WALES

September 29th (SUN)
Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

②ACCESS TO THE STADIUM

The most convenient way to get to Tokyo Stadium is by train. During large scale events like this one, some of the rapid and semi-rapid trains make a special stop at Tobitakyu, which is the closest station to the stadium. This allows you to arrive within 20 minutes from Shinjuku Station on the Keio Line without requiring a transfer.

RECOMMENDED SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

As you take the train out on the Keio Line to Tobitakyu Station from the hectic and fast paced downtown area you will pass through some of the nicest suburbs in Tokyo. West Tokyo is famous for some of the busiest urban lanscapes with famous names such as Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku, home to the station that sees 3 million people a day pass through it. In the midst of all this you can still find Japanese serenity in Shinjuku Gyoen Park or Meiji Shrine. Between Tokyo and the stadium is one of the recommended places in Japan, Kichijoji. A cool and funky suburb and home to Harmonica Yokocho. “Yokocho” literally means “side alley” or “street” and are synonymous with Japan. A collection of all types of wonderful homestyle eating establishments where can have you own “culinary crawl” from shop to shop. Other highlights amongst just too many to list here are Golden Gai just near Kabukicho and Ebisu Yokocho, famous for being taken over by Masterchef Australia in 2017.

WEATHER CONDITIONS TO EXPECT

September in Tokyo sees average temperatures of 22 degrees and lows of 19 degrees along with calm conditions. However, with humidity still running at 70%, the last remnants of summer can still be felt at times and it can be a little sticky. Precipitation is also heaviest at this time of year so it’s a good idea to have some wet weather gear ready for both match day and any sightseeing.


QUALIFYING POOLS

MATCH 3 VS URUGUAY

October 5th (SUN)
Oita Stadium (Sports Park), Oita Prefecture

③ACCESS TO THE STADIUM

Getting to the stadium in Oita Sports Park requires taking a bus then a short walk. From JR Oita Station, buses leave from platform 3 or platform 6 and run to ‘Oita Sport Park East’, the nearest bus stop. The trip should take between 35 to 45 minutes and there will also be shuttle buses operating from JR Beppu Station during the event.

RECOMMENDED SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

A lot of Aussies think of Japan as being the area between Tokyo and Osaka (the Golden Route) or a ski resort in Hokkaido. Japan is incredibly diverse and around every corner is a new adventure. Welcome to “Hot Springs Heaven – Oita”. A truly unique Japanese experience awaits you. Downtown Miyakomachi is a great place to start and grab some local dishes. Being off the beaten track people from Oita pride themselves on their hospitality and it is not just Kobe that you find good beef. Oita has some of the best. Enjoy the outdoor hot springs at Suginoi with magnificent views over Beppu Bay. One of the “only in Japan” experiences is Jigoku Mushi – beautiful seafood and vegetables steamed in the natural hot springs. Don’t get caught out with staying away from Oita as you will be spending all your time travelling and not enjoying all that Oita has to offer. Trekking on the Kunisaki Peninsula and a very tasty Japanese BBQ at the newly opened Yakiniku Yokocho! Ask a local, they will love to help you.

WEATHER CONDITIONS TO EXPECT

October in Oita sees cooler air flowing into the local area with average temperatures below 20 degrees. However, warm air can also cover the region at times pushing daytime highs above 30 degrees. The weather is generally stable with few rainy days, but as it’s also typhoon season, be aware that heavy rain can also hit the region.


QUALIFYING POOLS

MATCH 4 VS GEORGIA

October 11th (FRI)
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture

④ACCESS TO THE STADIUM

For those who wish to access Ecopa Stadium using public transportation, JR Aino Station is the closest station and from there it’s a 15 minute walk to the venue. If you’re coming from Tokyo to Aino Station, get off at JR Kakegawa Station then take a Hamamatsu bound train on the Tokkaido main line and you’ll arrive in 5 minutes. If coming from Nagoya, at Hamamatsu Station change to the Okitsu bound train at on the main Tokkaido line and you’ll arrive at Aino Station in approximately 20 minutes.

RECOMMENDED SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

Japan has 47 prefectures, each with their own individual highlights. Shizuoka is the spiritual home of one of Japan’s biggest exports – green tea. The meticulously manicured tea plantations sit at the base of Mt Fuji and make for one of those holiday photos you have to see to believe. Just over an hour by bullet train from Tokyo, Shizuoka sits between the coastline and Mt Fuji. Kakegawa is the station you want which is closest to the stadium and is famous as a green tea town. Do not miss Honjin Dori – a collection of little restaurants and bars just 8 mins walk north of the station. Shizuoka is famous for its oden, a mixture of different foods in a steaming broth. Other must do’s are the Kakegawa Bird Park and the Mishima Skywalk for incredible views of Mt Fuji.

WEATHER CONDITIONS TO EXPECT

The weather in October in Shizuoka Prefecture sees average temperatures of 18 degrees and lows of 14 degrees and with little temperature variation between day and night, conditions are very comfortable. However, according to meteorological data taken from early October 2017, which corresponds to the same time of year the match will be played, days above 30 degrees are possible and measures to avoid heatstroke should be considered.


IF THEY PROGRESS TO THE KNOCK OUT MATCHES…

SEMI-FINAL AND FINAL

October 27th (SUN) & November 2nd (Sat)
Yokohama International Stadium, Kanagawa Prefecture

⑤ACCESS TO THE STADIUM

For those wishing to head to Yokohama International Stadium using public transportation, train is the best option. The 3 closest stations are JR Shin Yokohama, the Yokohama Municipal subway and JR Kozukue Station which require a further 14 minute, 12 minute or 7 minute walk respectively to the stadium. If coming from Tokyo to the venue, it takes 20 minutes on the bullet train to Shin Yokohama Station or, if travelling by regular train, take the JR Keihin Tohoku Line to Higashi Kanagawa Station (approximately 35 minutes) then transfer to a Hachioji bound train on the Yokohama Line and you’ll arrive in 10 minutes.

RECOMMENDED SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

Yokohama is truly a wonderful city with easy access, great food and excellent accommodation. In 1868 when Commodore Perry sailed into Yokohama Bay to open up the country after 100sof years of isolation it started the Meiji Revolution and the transformation of Japan. Parts of Yokohama have a distinctive western feel and if you are feeling nostalgic go and have a beer and a meal at the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club near Yamate Station. The oldest expat club in Japan and there is conjecture with Keio University that this is where rugby was born in Japan. If Australia finds itself playing in Yokohama on either of these weekends there is plenty for you to do and see. Here are a few examples for Yokohama.
1. Check out the unique experience of the Ramen Museum near Shin Yokohama Station. A tribute to the different types of the noodle dish from all over Japan set in a throwback to the 1950s and 60s.
2. Minato Mirai – harbour of the Future and the area around it. Great shopping and check out the view from the Landmark building. On a clear day you can see Mt Fuji.

WEATHER CONDITIONS TO EXPECT

In Yokohama over the course of the semi finals and final, the average temperature will be 15 degrees with lows of 12 degrees and you can definitely feel the coolness of autumn. However, daytime temperatures usually rise to 18 or 19 degrees making it feel very comfortable.