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November / December 2017 Tokyo Community News

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Hello ! Yes - its been a while! life has been busy crazy the last 2 months but there are many events before we jump into 2018. Here are a few events I would like to highlight - please scroll down for more details.
  • Mirai no Mori is excited to announce the Winter Party: You are a Star! on Friday  November 24th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, please Register  here by Nov 20 (more info below)

  • Yokohama Theatre Group has an interesting double billing on the weekend of Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 10. get more info below and here

  • Sophia Seminar Series: Dec 13 Panel discussion on Gender. (see flier below)

Please share this events listing with anyone who might be interested! Also please share your event info by Jan 4 to be included in the next TCN!
See you at one of these events below.
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Training programs

Temple University, Japan Campus
Upcoming Open house/Information Sessions

  • January 13, 10-12noon
Basic program info:

Sophia Global Action Series
Nonprofit leaders speak out about ... Gender
Dec 13 17:00- 18:30, Building 6 room 307
In English

LOCATION: Sophia University 

Japan Fundraising Association
Fundraising Japan 2018  Annual Fundraising conference March 17 and 18

Nonprofit NGO community events

Winter Party: You are a Star!

Friday  November 24th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Cafe Park near Ebisu Station
Fee per person: 7,000 yen (register by Nov 20th) * All payments will be collected in cash at the door
To register, please click here
There will be food, drinks, and a raffle you can enter to win amazing prizes, so please, bring your friends and have a great time!This year’s theme is “You are a Star” symbolizing the beautiful winter sky at night and all the Mirai no Mori campers that shine bright through our programs. All party proceeds will go to making our Winter Camp one the campers will value and help them grow.
Mirai no Mori is also seeking decoration and cookie donations for our Winter Party. In line with our theme, we would appreciate lights and decorations that are starry and festive! If you have no decorations to donate, we would also appreciate cookie donations! If you can donate cookies for about 20-30 people, we would be very grateful.
Have something to donate? - please contact us

FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan
FEW Bonenkai 2017: Fire & Ice

Invite your partners, spouses, friends and colleagues and join us for a HOT evening of festive food, fun and COOL entertainment at the FEW Japan Bonenkai 2017 - Fire & Ice!
Friday December 15th / 19:00-22:00 / Member ¥5,000/ Guest ¥7,000/ FEW Member + Guest Pair ¥11,000 (Registration & payment after Tues, Dec. 5: FEW Members ¥6,000, Guests ¥8,000, Member+Guest Pair ¥13,000)
Coconoma Season Dining at H&R Roppongi
1 Chome-11-6 Nishiazabu, Tokyo, 106-0031

Women's Start Up Club: Marketing with a Purpose Wednesday November 29th | 19:00 - 21:30

Members ¥2000 / Non-members ¥3000 (covers finger food and soft drinks)

November Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Pain Quotidien Roppongi Thursday November 30th | 12:00 - 14:00

Refugees International Japan
  • Friday, Dec 1, 19:00 F1 Race Night Oakwood Residence Lounge, Midtown Roppongi
  • Friday, Jan 19, 19:00, RIJ Great Wine Bluff
  • Thursday, Mar 8, 18:00 Temma Violin Concert Suntory Hall
  • Sunday, Mar 25, 10:00 RIJ Loop Relay
Seminars and public lectures

Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture events posted here
NEW!!! The Sophia University Institute Global Action program is launching a series of panel discussions featuring guest speakers from NGOs working in the field. Three panel discussions
Wed. Dec. 13th - Gender  5:00-6:30

Apply for a Paid, Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps
Priority Deadline: December 19, but applications accepted year-round
Atlas Corps seeks emerging leaders from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. and Latin America. Atlas Corps engages professionals committed to social change in 6-18 month fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance. The priority deadline to be considered for opportunities beginning in late 2018 is December 19, but applications are accepted year-round. Exact deadlines, start dates, and program details vary between the United States and Colombia. To apply and to find out more information, please visit

The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI) is an executive leadership development program that will invest in emerging women leaders from across Japan and will transform them to be action-oriented leaders. Through a four-week leadership development training in Boston, selected applicants, referred to as Fellows, will acquire confidence to lead, skills and knowledge to manage, and create a plan to make social change. The four weeks include participation in the Women’s Leadership Program at Babson College, a 5-day intensive entrepreneurial management program, and visits to successful nonprofit organizations in Boston to learn their best practices on nonprofit management and leadership. During the four weeks, Fellows will develop their respective Action Plans and upon returning to Japan, will work towards achieving their vision, leveraging their experience and knowledge acquired in Boston. We provide mentors to the Fellows after they go back to Japan so that they can execute their Action Plans within 2 years.
【Program Dates】 April 16, 2018 - May 11, 2018 (tentative)
【Application Info】 Online application opens November 13, 2017 and closes on 9pm on January 15, 2018 (EST) . Click here ( for online application form!【Key Qualifications】
  • 5+ years work experience
  • Clear vision for social change in Japan
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Passionate, action-oriented mindset
  • Interest to learn about leadership and management in American non-profit organizations and social communities
Peace Boat is always looking for on board volunteers. If you speak Japanese, English, Spanish, Chinese or Korean, then this opportunity may be for you! Peace Boat's Global Voyages are made possible by the assistance of a dedicated team of volunteer interpreters, and we are always open to applications from talented individuals. This page provides all the information you will need to apply.

Asian Rural Institute - ARI welcomes volunteers! You are invited to help change the world by being part of a community doing sustainable organic farming and leadership training. There are short term and long term volunteer positions available. At ARI, participants from Japan,  Southeast Asia, Africa, & South America will be working alongside you. It is often hard to determine who benefits most from being at ARI, so come experience ARI for yourself!

Community Theater & Arts News

Tokyo International Players
NEXT MAIN STAGE: March 1-4, 2018
Find out more

Yokohama Theatre Group
She Wolf


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A brand new solo show featuring Sasha Aronson, directed by Andrew Woolner.
Taking its initial inspiration from the historical figure and Shakespeare character Margaret of Anjou, Sasha and Andrew are creating an original theatre piece about love and regrets.This is Sasha's second YTG show. She previously appeared in this past September's production of The Outliers.Andrew is wrapping up his 10th year as the Artistic Director of YTG.
Tokyo Fugue

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In a fugal sequence of iterations and variations, “me” chases through Tokyo on the trail of a shadowy figure called “you”. This piece brings together the physical poetry of corporeal mime, a collage of nonsensical text, the Tokyo train system, and fragments of a Bach fugue in an attempt to convey the beautiful confusion of life in the city.
Show times
  • Friday, December 8 @ 19:30
  • Saturday, December 9 @ 13:00 & 18:00
  • Sunday, December 10 @ 15:00
  • ::CLICK HERE FOR MAP:: World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki Location:
  • Tickets 1500 yen Student: 3000 yen Adult:
  • (To become a member-level patron and see the shows at a reduced rate along with other perks ::CLICK HERE:: ) us by becoming a patron!

Tokyo Sinfonia
  • Dec. 13   サリエリ セレナーデ  Salieri Serenade
  • Tchaikovsky Serenade champagne concert
    Dec. 13 (Wed.) 7pm - Oji Hall (Ginza)
    Hamlet Fantasy-Overture, op. 67
    Serenade Melancolique for Violin & Strings, Op 26
    Tomoko Joho, violin solo
    Symphony for Strings in C Minor, from Op. 17 (Little Russian)
    Artists & audience reception
    Mozart Birthday Concerts
    Jan. 26 (Fri.) 7pm - Tokyo Masonic Center (Shibakoen)
    Jan. 28 (Sun.) 2pm - Tokyo Masonic Center (Shibakoen)
    French Serenade dinner-concert
    Feb. 16 (Fri.) 6:30pm - Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (Yurakucho)

    Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
More Information
Advocacy corner:
upcoming events and resources for people wanting to get more involved

Thanks to all who have been involved in various marches and rallies this year - the Tokyo Women's March, Alliance for an Inclusive America, Tax Day March, Enough is Enough Rally etc.
There are many things you can do!
Link to an op-ed by one of our key people here in Tokyo leading the way => wrote an opinion piece in The Japan Times, entitled "Trump or decency? Every American, whether in Japan or elsewhere, must choose a side" i suggest you all have a read and submit your own.
Have a look here:
Dec 3 Global Day of Action Against Hate
Here in Tokyo we are planning a “Rally Against Hate” - a collaborative action including many organizations. If your organization is interested, or if you are personally ready to take a stand, contact More about what is going on will be posted on these pages in the upcoming weeks.
Women of the World March Tokyo – Facebook group with links to resources and weekly action items

Tokyo Advocacy Exchange - Facebook group sharing information, links and resources.
Find out about the campaign to Defund hate

Democrats Abroad Japan
DAJ will be holding a number of events in Tokyo and throughout the country in the fall.

For more information on future events please be sure to check out updates posted online:
The DAJ Facebook Page
The DAJ Meetup page
The DAJ events page

GPCA has basic to detailed trainings including basic action organizing to working with the media to materials development - there is something for everyone. also has summer events. check it out:
We are moving towards other actions and need everyone to join the struggle against injustice.  #gimme20min today and everyday - I truly believe you can change the world with 20 minutes of concrete action each day day.


US citizens - you can contact your rep on the phone, fax and by letter
The attachment is an outline for a letter to your reps about current environment, climate and related issues. Get information on how climate change is affecting your state here…/regional-impacts/state-fact-sheet
A site for people who want to call their reps on a variety of issues. there are scripts and talking points - 100 calls in 100 days
Website with useful resources to get involved - links to groups to join, scripts for calling, links to reps and govs etc.
A great resource for those who want act with their economic power through small or large donations:
Movement 2017 - a platform for progressive donors. they feature the vetted voter organizing groups and national resistance networks.

  #HearOurVote - register to vote now! .
UK citizens
Canada citizens
EU Citizens…/…/residence/elections-abroad/index_en.htm
US citizens

The Action Network has free online tools you can use:


Give2Asia Foundation has initiated CSR consulting work to develop more sustainable CSR programs for international companies in Japan. The new program includes staff trainings in strategic community partnership and program development as well as matching community and nonprofit needs.  If your company is interested in finding out more. please contact either Aqeela ( or Sarajean (

Mirai no Mori
Mirai no Mori helps marginalised youth in the outdoors - find out more

I f you’re interested in sponsoring a Back to Nature weekend program (from 2018) contact us
Updates are posted on Facebook

Asian Rural Institute
This year 2017 we have 25 participants from 14 countries (including one training assistant).  Find out more:

Take My Hand newsletter is out!  Reports about 2, 2017 participants Of special interest I would encourage you to check out the information about ARI's upcoming Graduate Study tour in the Philippines.  This is a great opportunity to see first hand the impact of our graduates while enjoying the beauty of the Philippines. You will not regret joining the tour to take place in February 2018. Here is the link:Take My Hand Fall 2017
Philippines Study Tour Feb 8- 17, 2018 Application deadline Dec 22 Learn more:
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