Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 2016 Tokyo Community News

May 2016 Tokyo Community News
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I hope you had a wonderful GW holiday. As we head into summer there are so many new and exciting events!

First let me thank you all for supporting SEVEN - a play about 7 women in 7 nations who have struggled for the rights of others. Serving as both producer and actor was a major challenge but well worth the effort. We raised close to 250,000yen for Resilience a local nonprofit working on DV and abuse issues. I will be posting more details soon on facebook and on my blog as well as the possibility of future social justice oriented shows.

I would like to invite you to join us next week at "Knights in White Wine" on May 18.
It is sure to be a fantastic night where we will be supporting Mirai no Mori, a local Japanese nonprofit creating life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected and orphaned Japanese children. This event is hosted by amateur cycling team, the Knights in White Lycra (KIWL). See more info about this and other amazing events below.

I have been posting information on organizations working on relief efforts in Equador and Kumamoto and will continue to share such info on my blog and on facebook.

I am now looking into new projects to start this summer/fall; if there is a chance we might be able to work together, send me an email!

Thank you again for sharing info and for your support of local community groups.


Join us on May 18 for "Knights in White Wine" - a wine event supporting Mirai no Mori, hosted by amateur cycling team, the Knights in White Lycra (KIWL)
The evening includes red and white wines accompanied by Roti’s Mediterranean inspired buffet. Party profits and 10% of wine ordered by guests will go to Mirai no Mori, a local Japanese nonprofit creating life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected and orphaned Japanese children.
"Knights in White Wine" - a night of fantastic wine supporting Mirai no Mori
Date / Time: 18 May 2016, 19:00 - 22:00
Location: Roti Roppongi
Access: Roppongi station (Oedo and and Hibiya lines)
Tickets: 8,000 per person/ paid in advance, 9,000 / paid at the door.
To reserve and pay in advance - please visit
Please reserve by May 12.
Limited to 50 people only - so please book ASAP
Find out more about this event and Mirai no Mori

 Please share widely.


Mirai no Mori
Updates on facebook:
Join us as a volunteer or summer camp staff
in English or Japanese you can also support the online funding campaign run by KiWL

Asian Rural Institute
the 2016 participant info is now online

Second Harvest Japan
to complete the relief for Kumamoto project 2HJ will need an additional ¥5 million. Please contact Charles at if you have questions about how your company or foundation can support.
Action Plan for Kumamoto

ピースボート災害ボランティアセンター (PBV) / Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center
Kumamoto updates on Facebook.

Information on nonprofit NGO events and opportunities.

TELL Events

TELL Pub Quiz
Wednesday, May 11, 8pm
Location: Hobgoblin, Shibuya
Donation: We’re asking for a donation of ¥1,000/person (more if you like!), and all proceeds will go to TELL, to support our provision of mental health services for the International and Japanese community.
To book a table for your team, please call Ben on 03-4550-1191, or email

The 17th TELL Charity Walk & Run will take place at the Tama River (Tamagawa) running course on Saturday, May 28th, Race times: 5k 10:00 am | 10k 10:30 am | walk 10:35 amand this year the focus of the event will be stigma.
Participants registration
or on-site from 8:30 am for ¥3,500 (adult), ¥2,500 (6-12 yrs old).

TELL is supporting the first World Eating Disorder Action Day on June 2nd


RIJ Lunch Club
Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 12:00
@ Suju

Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016. 19:00
Atsuko Tenma violin concert
Blue Rose Hall, Suntory Hall

Sunday, Oct 02nd, 2016 12:00
RIJ Palace Loop Run
Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate relay E.pdf

Friday, Oct 28th, 2016. 19:00
The Great Wine Bluff
Le Cordon Bleu



Peace Boat needs on board volunteers!
Peace Boat will be holding information sessions next weekend in Tokyo for people interested in joining as a volunteer interpreter / Communication Coordinator (CC) on future voyages - we hope to see anyone interested in this volunteer position at either of the sessions on May 13 or 14. Details below (in Japanese only)
5/13 地球一周!通訳ボランティア説明会【金曜夜】
5/14 地球一周!通訳ボランティア説明会【土曜午前】


Info sharing and other events

On May 26-27, 2016, the G7 Ise-Shima Summit will be held in Japan. As a member organisation of the Japan Civil Society Platform on the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit, Peace Boat will host sessions at the G7 Youth Summit (May 22) and the Civil Ise-Shima Summit (May 23-24), both to be held also in Mie Prefecture. See the below links for more information.



Temple University NGO management program.

Info Session  Saturday, May 14, 10:00-12:00 (English)
For Summer 2016 classes

Venue:TUJ Azabu Hall (Access)
Primarily for people taking courses at TUJ Continuing Education for the first time, but anyone welcome.

Tsuda International Training Program international development courses.
Information session info
5月11日 19:00~20:45

FEW events

Women Will: Women in Technology - Join us for our May monthly meeting and hear from Google Japan Chief Marketing Officer Miki Iwamura about her experiences in the tech industry in Japan.
Thursday May 12th / 19:00 - 22:00 / Members ¥2000 ( Associates ¥1500) / Non-members (Women only) ¥5000 / Students and Interns (Women only) ¥3000 (includes light buffet and beverages)Artists Rising: Artbar Tokyo and FEW - Let out your inner artist and enjoy delicious wine at this special painting session for FEW members and guests at Artbar Tokyo.
Saturday May 14th / 16:30 - 19:30 / Members ¥3500 / Non-members ¥4500FEW
CSS 2016: Women Rising
Join us for a transformational day-long event full of seminars, workshops and networking opportunities to help you take your career to the next level.
Saturday May 28th / 9:30 - 19:00 / Members ¥10,000 / Non-members (Women only) ¥12,000 / Non-member Students & Interns (Women only) ¥10,000 / Non-preregistered Attendees ¥15,000
Get more info:

More events

Monthly events from Tokyo Sinfonia
May 13, Friday, from 18:30 - doors open from 18:00
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (Yurakucho)
music -Danses Polonaises (Paderewski)
music - Concerto for Violin & Strings in F-sharp Minor (Wieniawski) - Tomoko Joho, violin solo
music - Bolero (Chopin)
Tickets (concert & cuisine):
Group ¥8,445 each • Single ¥9,335
Tokyo Sinfonia in June - Mozart Serenade champagne concert
June15 (Wed.) - Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tokyo Sinfonia in July - Wenzel Fuchs (Clarinet) champagne concert
July 13 (Wed.) - Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tokyo Sinfonia in August Belgian Serenade dinner-concert
August 5 (Fri.) - Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (Yurakucho)
Information Tel. (03) 3588 0738
Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
Paypal online (tickets@tokyosinfonia)

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Public Events
18:30-20:00 / May 24 (Tue), 2016 /Sophia University, Library Building, 9F, Rm 921
Learning about the Land of the Rising Sun in the Land of the Star of David: Japanese Studies in Israel
Ben-Ami Shillony
14:00-18:00 / May 22 (Sun), 2016 /Sophia University, Building 10, 3F, Rm 301
Crises in the Asia-Pacific: A workshop of presentations and discussion with “The Asia-Pacific Journal-Japan Focus"

Participants include Machiko Osawa, Huiyan Fu, Phoebe Holdgruen, David McNeill, Justin McCurry, Jeff Kingston, David H. Slater, Gavan McCormack, Mark Selden
18:30-20:00 / May 17 (Tue), 2016 /Sophia University,Building 10, 3F, Rm 301
Woman and Urban Family Medicine In the Momoyama Era: Evidence from the Honganji jinai in Ōsaka Tenma and Kyōto Rokujō
Andrew Goble
*** All in English / No registration necessary
TUJ events
Safeguarding Cyberspace: Examining Cybersecurity Roles through Law, Policy, and Business
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
11:30-18:30 Lunch will be provided.
Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo
9,000 yen for advance payment / 10,000 yen cash at the door
More information:

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Join us on May 18 for "Knights in White Wine"

Join us on May 18 for "Knights in White Wine" - a night of fantastic wine supporting Mirai no
Mori. hosted by amateur cycling team, the Knights in White Lycra (KIWL)
which as taken on working with the Mirai no Mori team this year.

The evening includes red & white wines accompanied by Roti’s Mediterranean

inspired buffet. Party proceeds and 10% of wine ordered will go to Mirai no
Mori, a local Japanese nonprofit creating life-changing outdoor programs
for abused, neglected and orphaned Japanese children.

  - please share widely with any one who might be interested.

"Knights in White Wine"

- a night of fantastic wine supporting Mirai no Mori

Date & Time: 18th May 2016, 19:00 - 22:00
Location: Roti Roppongi
Access: Roppongi station (Oedo and and Hibiya lines)
8,000 per person/ paid in advance, 9,000 / paid at the door.
To reserve and pay in advance - please visit

Please reserve by May 12.

Limited to 50 people only - so please book ASAP

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 2016

Information on nonprofit NGO events and opportunities.

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Performance  times
April 14 (Thurs) 7:30pm
April 15 (Fri) 7:30pm
April 16 (Sat) 2:00pm
April 16 (Sat) 7:30pm

April 17 (Sun) 2:00pm
April 17 (Sun) 7:30pm
Please reserve online and pay in cash at the door.

Tickets - Minimum donation per person

3500 yen: tickets  reserved before April 1
4000 yen: tickets reserved from April 1 Tickets can be reserved using this online form

All profit from this show will be donated to Resilience,  a nonprofit organization raising awareness of domestic violence in Japan. 

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IWD related EVENTS

For Empowering Women (FEW)
Japan monthly meeting
Thursday March 10th / 19:00 - 22:00
Professor Akiko Yamanaka, Special Ambassador for Peacebuilding of Japan
Keiko Tamura of Syrian Kitchens to discuss the current refugee crisis.


Mirai no Mori
Updates from camp are posted on facebook
Join us as corporate sponsor:

Asian Rural Institute
Annual Report for fiscal 2014 is now available for download

311 events (JCIE)

Memorial: Together for 3.11 (Fellowship for Japan)
March 6, New York, NY
A memorial service in New York will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the disaster and convey the message that the people of Tohoku have not been forgotten.

Conference: The United States and Japan: Reassessing 3-11 (Sasakawa USA & US-Japan Council)
March 8, Washington, DC
The panel discussions with American and Japanese experts and officials will cover the initial international response to the disaster, the Fukushima nuclear accident, lessons learned from the Tohoku experience, and Operation Tomodachi. It will be livestreamed on their website.

Program: 3-11 and 9-11 Survivor Stories (Asia Society)
March 8, New York, NY
The event showcases the stories from the program that brought 3/11 and 9/11 survivors together, a short documentary film, and a conversation about the power of human connection and healing.

Events:  Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake (US-Japan Council)
Various cities & dates
USJC is hosting several events in the US and Japan on the Tohoku disaster and recovery. Full list is available here.

Film & Discussion: The Role of JET Alumni in US-Japan Cooperation (Sasakawa USA & JETAADC)
March 11,  Washington, DC
An invitation-only event with a panel discussion and a special film screening of Tohoku Tomo.

Forum: Creating a New Tohoku: Firsthand Observations on its Recovery and an Update on the Economy (Japan America Society of Minnesota)
March 10, St. Paul, MN
To commemorate the fifth anniversary, the forum will report on the progress being made in Tohoku.

Lecture: Spring 2016 Special Lecture Series on Japan’s 2011 Disasters (Harvard University)
March 11—Five Years Later: Research Borne from the March 2011 Disasters in Japan
March 25—Becoming Political: Youth Activism in Post-3/11 Japan
April 5—Fukushima Five Years Later: A View from the Ocean
April 22—Nuclear Ghosts: Contamination and Containment in Post-3/11 Coastal Fukushima
Symposium: New Directions in Japanese Art and Architecture After 3/11 (Japan Society)
March 11, New York, NY
Leading artists, practitioners and scholars discuss the innovations in art and architecture that have arisen in the aftermath of the disaster and considers the ongoing rebuilding efforts from new perspectives.

Exhibition: In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
March 11–June 12, New York, NY 
The exhibition reveals a range of photographic responses to the 3/11 disaster, showcasing more than 90 photographic works by 17 artists.

Study Trip: Disaster Recovery in Japan
March 12–16,  Japan
Students from University of Maryland will participate in a 5-week program that involves a week of study in Japan to better understand disaster recovery and risk reduction management.

Forum: Humanitarian Innovation Forum Japan 2016 (Japan Platform, JANIC, JCC-DRR, Tohoku Gakuin University, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
March 13, Sendai, Miyagi 
NGO and business leaders from around Japan will gather to discuss how the expertise and resources of the private sector can be utilized for humanitarian assistance work and introduce innovative solutions to the field.

Event: 5th Anniversary Tohoku Commemoration Event (Fish Family Foundation & US-Japan Council)
March 23,  Boston, MA
The event will provide a forum for the Greater Boston community to commemorate the affected individuals and communities in Tohoku and reflect on lessons learned and progress made for recovery.

ConcertFukushima Youth Symphony in Boston 
April 3,  Boston, MA
To commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Tohoku disaster, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta will travel to Boston to perform at the city’s Symphony Hall. The orchestra was created by students of Fukushima high schools who found music to be an essential vehicle for recovery in the immediate aftermath of 3/11. The students performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2014 and gave a performance at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in August 2015, which was attended by the Empress.

March 2016

Dear friends
As we approach Spring, so too come an array of new and exciting events!

I would like to have your support for my about my most recent project. I am producing SEVEN - a play about 7 women in 7 nations who have made it thgout some tough conditions and struggled for the rights of others. See the poster to the left and info below.

I hope I will see you at SEVEN or one of the other events listed this month.


SEVEN a documentary play

As part of the 2016 global campaign to raise awareness about women’s issues and International Women’s Month, Black Stripe Theater presents SEVEN, April 14-17, 2016 @ Trance Mission Theatre
Written by Paula Cizmar,  Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz.


Closest station: Sangubashi, Odakyu line Sangubashi Guest house B1,Yoyogi 4-50-8, Shibuya-ku TokyoMap and access

Director: Rachel Walzer
Producer: Sarajean Rossitto

STARRING: Lise Hirooka, Louise Heal Kawai, Eigi Koh, Elena Lin, Reina, Sarajean Rossitto and Alison Lauren, as the SEVEN plus an ensemble cast of multi-talented artists.

Knights in White Lycra Craft Beer Night
@Two Dogs beer bar in Roppongi.

Wednesday March 16
7:30pm ~ 10:00pm
6,000 yen

Reserve your spot by emailing
Event information

All profits go to Mirai no Mori

Temple University public events

Wednesday, MAR 23, 7:00
The Tokyo Olympics’ Visual Identity & Japanese Graphic Design

Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
Speaker Ian Lynam, Chair and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program and adjunct faculty at Temple University Japan Campus

Friday, March 25, 7:00
Understanding Representations, Practitioners, and Consumers in Japan

Florian Kohlbacher, ICAS Adjunct Fellow, Adjunct Professor in International Business at Temple University Japan Campus, International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Free. Open to public
Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies
Temple University, Japan Campus

Pink  Ball


Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 0:00 a.m.
Venue: Galaxy, The Westin Tokyo
Dress Code: Black Tie



March 26, 2016
Tokyo Snow Club and TELL will organize our first Mountain Challenge – a team and individual competition – in Tsugaike, Hakuba, as a charity fundraiser for TELL.

TELL seminars

EPP Workshop: Parenting on the Same Page: The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Couple’s Communication in Parenting
Wednesday March 23rd,  6pm - 8pm
Venue Wesley Center 2F
6-10-11 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo

TELL SEMINAR: Brain Basics, Family Therapy, and Trauma: Blending Old and New, East and West
Thursday March 24th, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Wesley Center2F
6-10-11 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062

Refugees International Japan

Friday, Apr 15th, 2016 10:00
The Refugee Collection
The White Space Gallery

Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016 19:00
The Great Whisky Bluff
Le Cordon Bleu

Sunday, Apr 24th, 2016 12:00
RIJ Palace Loop Run
Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate relay E.pdf

Seeking NGO Leaders, Paid Fellowship in U.S Deadline: March 10

Apply now for a Paid, Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps! Priority Deadline: March 10, but applications accepted year-round
Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for a paid 6-18 month, overseas fellowship program.
Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit/NGO professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance.

Applicants: aged 22-35 plus 2-10 years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/social sector, a bachelor's degree or equivalent, English proficiency, commitment to return to your home country after the fellowship.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted year-round, but to be considered for our U.S. Fellowship beginning in September 2016, applications due March 10. For more details please visit

JWLI 2016年プログラム募集要項(4月1日締切)
Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI)

JWLI 2016年プログラム募集要項(4月1日締切)について:2016 JWLI call for applications (Due April 1):
For details and to apply:

The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI) is a Boston-based four-week program for emerging women leaders in the Japanese social sector that provides direct training with successful U.S. nonprofit organizations. We're currently accepting applications for our 2016 program - 4 weeks from Tue, September 6 to Tue, October 4 in Boston. Attached are the application details in English and Japanese. The complete information can be found at