Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Thursday, December 01, 2016

2016 Year End Tokyo Community News

December is here, bringing all types of holiday events.

Before sharing organization updates and event information, i would like to invite you to the Mirai no Mori end of the year party on Dec 6. There will be people from all walks of life and some pretty good prizes.

Before i forget, Tuesday is "Giving Tuesday" the day each each organizations around the globe are honored for making the world a better place. Take 10 min to support a group you believe in. Please have a look at some of the organizations below or on the Global Giving site which features important projects all over the world: https://www.globalgiving.org/

I hope you have a great last month in 2016!
Best regards,
Sarajean

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ORGANIZATION UPDATES

Mirai no Mori Winter Magic Bonenkai!
On Dec 6 Mirai no Mori will hold its first ever Bonenkai with friends, supporters, volunteers, camp staff and anyone who wants to support our work in 2017!
Tuesday Dec 6, 19:00-22:00
Venue: Blue Jam Cafe (http://www.blujamcafejapan.com/)
Cost::6,000 yen for all reservations made before Nov 28. (7,000 yen after.)
*You must reserve your tickets before November 28th to get the discount price.
Be sure to check out the updates from corporate sponsored Back to Nature Camps on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiraiNoMori
Winter giving campaign
Help Mirai no Mori send 30 youth in care to magical Winter Camp - by making a donation on the Global Giving site: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/winter-camp-2017-for-marginalized-youth-in-tohoku/

 
Asian Rural Institute
ARI will have an open campus day on 12/2 Find out more: http://www.ari-edu.org/2016/10/19/opencampus2016/
ARI is recruiting Japanese students and volunteers of all nationalities for 2017. If you know now anyone who might be interested? Please share this information with them.  http://www.ari-edu.org/2016/10/20/japaneseapplicant/

AN EXCITING NEW BOOK:  Rural Leaders:  The Work and Community Impact of Graduates of the Asian Rural Institute by Steven Cutting and Beverly Abma http://www.ari-edu.org/en/2016/11/25/en-ruralleaders/

Please visit the ARI  Facebook page for more information about what graduates are doing all over the world:  https://www.facebook.com/Asian-Rural-Institute-167878236600194/

Training programs

Temple University NGO Management Program.
https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/certificate/tokyo/ngo-management.html
Winter 2016 NGO workshops
Fundraising for NGOs: Practical Hints (One-day Workshop)
Saturday December 10th 10:00-16:30, sign up by Dec 3
For more information, please visit: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/courses/seminars/PWW102-FA16.html 2016 Info Sessions  Saturday, Jan 14 and May 13, 10:00-12:00 (English)
Venue:TUJ Azabu Hall (Access)
For people taking courses at TUJ Continuing Education for the first time, but anyone welcome.
Spring 2016 NGO courses: NGO management and Community organizing

Tsuda International Training Program international development courses.
Information session info http://osc.tsuda.ac.jp/placement/
1月10日 19:0020:45,
1月21日 13:0014:45, 
1月24日 19:0020:45
Spring 2016 NGO courses:
Gender Aspects of International Development (Tuesdays, Jan 31 - March 21)
Education for Social Justice workshop (Feb 4)
Organization management workshop (March 11)
* This will be the final semester of a program. I hope to launch a similar program at another Institution in 2017.

From the Center for Artistic Activism: Artistic Activism Webinars: We'll offer one hour webinars on the principles of artistic activism - practical ideas you can use to develop fresh creative tactics for more effective campaigns. What you can do: sign up here 

contact@artisticactivism.org if you would like to take part, or if you know a group who could benefit from learning the principles.

Learn how to reclaim the spectacle: Free Access to Duncombe’s book, Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy. The book tells how to communicate in today’s spectacular vernacular, not merely as a tactic but as a new way of thinking about and acting out politics.
What you can do: Download, read it, share it with anyone you think could use it.

NONPROFIT NGO AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
ANIMAL WALK TOKYO (AWT) End-of-Year Party, Nippori
Dec 4, from 4 pm
Festive fun in the form of games, giveaways, live music, beautiful views of Tokyo from the 38th floor, finger food, and a kanpai drink (or two) to celebrate our achievements this year and share our hopes for the next.
Funds raised go to a great cause – looking after those who cannot speak for themselves.
Participation fee: 2,000 yen + a dog or cat toy (1,000 yen to be donated to Heart Tokushima, the toy to Animal Refuge Kansai)

 Full details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/187954524983526/
 Please contact us if would like more information: animalwalktokyojapan@gmail.com
FEW 35th Anniversary Bonenkai: FEWturistic
Friday December 9th  19:00-22:00
Members ¥6000 Associate Members ¥4,000 Guests ¥8,000, Student Guests ¥6,000 (Student ID required) FEW Member-Guest Pair ¥13,000, Guest-Guest Pair ¥15,000
Raffle proceeds benefitting our community services partners Mirai no Mori and Second Harvest Japanhttp://fewjapan.com/event/few-35th-anniversary-bonenkai-fewturistic/

Refugees International Japan

http://refugeesinternationaljapan.org/
Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016 12:00  - RIJ Lunch Club
Saturday, Feb 4th, 2017 18:00 - Black Card Cabaret and Talent Show The Cruise Club Tokyo http://cctokyo.co.jp/
Craft  sales
4 December: Craft Sale at JVC Oratorio Concert at Showa Women’s University Hitomi Hall
8 December: Craft Sale at Ekoin Charity Concert at Ryogoku Ekoin Temple

Jambo EVENTS

Find out more: http://jambointernational.org/en
Pirates of Tokyo Bay - 6th Anniversary show
(http://piratesoftokyobay.com/)
Dec 4th (sun): http://potb6.peatix.com
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
6:30pm doors open   7:30pm START
¥3,000 gets you in and ONE FREE DRINK ***Early Bird Discount Available Until Nov 19. Food available.
We are having a huge show in Roppongi at the amazing Super Deluxe to celebrate 6 years in Tokyo! This special night of bilingual comedy is going to be unlike any other improv show in Tokyo with special guests making appearances to celebrate the Pirates!

Tokyo International Players
Next Productions:
Speaking in Tongues, February 23-26,
February auditions will be for the  May 18-21, production
Find out more http://tokyoplayers.com
Tokyo Sinfonia 
Prokofieff Serenade champagne concert
~ Oji Hall, Wed., Dec. 14
Mozart Birthday Concerts 
~ Tokyo Masonic Center, Fri., Jan. 27Sun., Jan. 29
Scandinavian Serenade dinner-concert
~ FCCJ, Fri., Feb. 17
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct tickets@tokyosinfonia.com
Peatix online http://peatix.com/event/188800
More Information http://www.tokyosinfonia.com


International Seminar:Domestic and International Migration in Eastern Asian Aging Countries
Friday 16th December 2016 13:3016:30
Venue : National Institute of Population and Social Security Research http://www.ipss.go.jp/pr-ad/e/info-e/map-e.html
Meeting Room 4 and 5
Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo http://forum.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/

The Contemporary Japan Group at the Institute of Social Science (ISS, or Shaken),  University of Tokyo, welcomes you to a lecture by Michael Strausz  (Texas Christian University)
Help Wanted: Labor Shortages, an Aging Society, and Japan’s Restrictive Immigration Policy
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social
Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
For more information, including maps and a list of past lectures, please visit our website:
http://web.iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp/cjg/
or contact Gregory W. NOBLE (noble@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

2017 Events

Director Lucy Craft will join us for a screening of her award-winning film about Japanese War Brides' experiences, *Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight*.
10 Jan 2016.  7PM.
Benney Decker Theater, Yokosuka Navy Base
RSVP with your name and nationality to info@ycaps.org.
Learn more about the film http://www.fallsevengetupeight.com/

Million Women March being planned for January 21, 2017
More info forthcoming on the Tokyo event.

Video from the October 14 US Election Panel I organized at TUJ. This event offered an opportunity to hear presentations on the policies proposed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as those of Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian).  Enjoy!
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/news/2016/10/26/icas-video-us-presidential-election/
  Enrich your Japan experience.
  Learn more about JAPAN
Book notes

If you are working in the area of sustainability or community development, it's worth reading. Thanks to everyone who helped me with my part on Nonprofit NGO response to the 3.11 disasters!
You can order
Educating for Sustainability in Japan: Fostering resilient communities after the triple disaster (Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development)  on amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Educating-Sustainability-Japan-communities-Sustainable-ebook/dp/B01M0OMN7O/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=
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I am now reviewing several social justice oriented plays and performance pieces. More information in January about a possible summer show. Contact seventheplaytokyo@gmail.com if you want to be involved.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

My new travel blog

First in a 12 part series about some of the fun adventures to be had in Iwate https://journeyswithsarajean.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/iwate1/