Sunday, December 09, 2018

December 2018 part #2

Santa Soul Train 2018
Saturday – Sunday  Dec 15-16
Discussion with Angela Ortiz, Founder A Place to Grow
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SR: Please tell me a little bit about the event:
AO: We aim to deliver stockings to 1500 children and have over 500 residents participate in team-building holiday events held in 8 towns along the eastern Tohoku coastline. The main event is December 16th (Sun) , at Hotel Kanyo in Minami Sanriku. We will be having a smaller scale events at the following communities too. Which all involve the distribution of stockings to kids.
12/8 (Sat) Fukushima
12/15 (Sat) Christmas Tree lighting and Santa Soul Train in Utatsu in MinamiSanriku
12/15 (Sat) Cycling Santa Stocking Dropoff at Kesennuma Asobiba
We expect this year’s Santa Soul Train will cost over 3 million yen and require 100 volunteers.
AO: Place To Grow is a nonprofit that “grows” communities! The signature project, Santa Soul Train, is in its 8th year of bringing Hope, Fun and friendships to marginalized communities. Through the monthly workshops for children in Miyagi and Fukushima, volunteers facilitate collaborations between schools & company volunteers from across japan. These bring together upwards of 500 people and impact hundreds more.
SR: What can people do to help?
AO: 1) Sponsor a holiday stocking for 3000yen 2) join the Santa soul train to support emotional healing in post 3.11 regions. 3) make a Donation to support the Santa Soul Train

Knights in White Lycra (KIWL)SANTA RIDE (see photos)
Saturday December 15: Cycle 70kms to a care home, dress as Santa and give presents & Xmas cheer to the excited kids. Contact: Find out more:
SR: Please tell me a little bit about the event:
RW: KIWL members are cycling from Shinjuku to Mitake, near Okutama on Saturday December 15th to visit a local children's home dressed as Santa's to play with the kids and give out presents. It’s organized by Mirai no Mori, a nonprofit working with such marginalised children.
SR: How did you start?
RW: I started the Knights in White Lycra in 2012 with a few other British friends when we were sat in a pub drinking beer, looking at our huge bellies. We wanted to do something about our own health while also doing some good for others. The tragedy of 3/11 was still fresh in our mind so we trained and rode 270kms to Minami-Soma in 2013 to raise funds. The elation of completing the ride and the emotion of meeting the survivors really gave us the motivation to make it an annual event.  
SR: Why do you continue to do it?
RW: There are many reasons why I love running KIWL. The most rewarding is to see the groups for whom we raise funds put it all to good work. I have seen at first hand the positive impact Mirai no Mori camps have on the children who are often emotionally scarred and unable to see positive possibilities. They learn to overcome fear, build self-confidence and learn skills they can take into life beyond institutional care. The other big motivator for me is to see participants transform into someone capable of riding 500kms in 4 days and achieve something they never thought they could possibly do. Our motto is 'get fit and give back'. Now we have other events: marathon running, walking, golf, futsal, and social events.
SR: How can other people get involved?
RW: People can donate directly to the group we support, Mirai no Mori, or volunteer with them for their various activities. KIWL always seeks participants for our events too,


FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan
Monthly meeting second Thursday of the month

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Mirai no Mori helps marginalised youth in the outdoors - find out more
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Run For The Cure Find out more:

Green Peace Japan
They have a number of events and timely reports about food safety, seafood sustainability, the opening of nuclear power plants in Japan. Find out more here:
about Green Peace International Japan has a lot going on! Join this grassroots effort to protect our planet.
Lets divest campaign:
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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 (
Training Programs
Community Theater & Arts News
Yokohama Theater Group
Tokyo Sinfonia
DECEMBER champagne concert
Oji Hall (Ginza)
Dec. 19, Wednesday evening from 19:00
JANUARY Mozart concerts
Tokyo Masonic Center (Shibakoen)
Jan. 25, Friday evening from 19:00
Jan. 27, Sunday afternoon from 14:00

Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
Paypal online
Information Tel (03) 3588 0738
You can purchase tickets online using the convenience of peatix or paypal. You may also contact the Tokyo Sinfonia directly by phone or
email at so we can look after you personally.
More Information
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2019 JWLI Spring & Fall Program 
Japan Women Leadership Initiative  offers an executive leadership development program that transforms Japanese women to be action-oriented leaders with confidence to lead, skills and knowledge to manage, and a plan to make social change in Japan.
  • Transforms you into an Action-Oriented Leader
  • Boosts your confidence as a leader
  • Refines your vision for social change into an achievable Action Plan
  • Makes you a better public speaker
  • Expands your network with successful social leaders in Boston and Japan
The Fellows will receive:
  • Personal growth leave to be an action-oriented leader
  • Skills and knowledge from hands-on training with successful social sector organizations
  • Participate in Babson College’s “Women’s Leadership Program: From Opportunity to Action”
  • Coaching and mentorship to develop and implement a 2-year Action Plan, an achievable roadmap to turn a dream vision of social change into reality in Japan
For the 2019 programs, they will be accepting both the Spring and the Fall applications during the same application period. 
【Application Period】December 15, 2018 〜 January 31, 2019
【Program Periods】
Spring: April 16, 2019 〜 May 10, 2019
Fall: October 7, 2019 〜 November 1, 2019
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A new group called Tokyo Good Karma has just been launched on facebook and it's a forum where people and businesses can do good deeds for others, without the expectation of anything in return. The aim is to make a positive impact within the community and promote generosity, by offering posts for free. The sort of content that Tokyo Good Karma hopes to attract are posts offering free - expertise to others; give away samples from companies; tickets to events; household goods or clothes; lessons; craft goods; business and service recommendations; and giveaways and offers from restaurants, bars, cafes, stores, hotels, and businesses which in turn will create goodwill and promote their services. If the posts are of interest, then all that other group members have to do is respond and connect.

PR/marketing internship opportunity
SKY Labo ( is an exciting, new Japanese-founded non-profit aiming to decrease in the STEM gender gap.  It organizes a bilingual summer STEM workshop for female Japanese mid/high school students.  They are looking for a PR/marketing person or company to work with them to reach the Japanese audience (students, parents of students etc.) for the workshop.   The bulk of marketing/PR work would be late January to July.
Skylabo is still small and they are in the process of increasing their network of funders – therefore their budget is very limited as they grow their reach. They would love to hear from people would believe in their mission who could offer pro-bono or  “low-bono” PR/marketing skills for the next event.
Will report to a Japanese manager in Japan, so English skills not required, but a definite bonus.
Contact: Mana Uchino at manatokyo at hotmail dot com

Climate Reality Project Japan Strategic Partnerships Internship
Washington, DC
Big news! Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project is coming to Japan, hopefully Tokyo. They are looking for an intern. The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore. Our mission is to empower a global cultural movement demanding immediate action on the climate crisis using cutting-edge advertising and communications strategies to demonstrate the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis. The Climate Reality Project is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented intern to join our Strategic Partnerships team to support partnership outreach projects for Japan. This is an opportunity to learn collaborative partnership strategies, techniques, and best practices in a rewarding environment.
Core Responsibilities
The intern's primary long-term project will be to identify, research and communicate with prospective partners and speakers, with the aim of creating a Japan-focused database for The Climate Reality Project’s Climate Leadership Training planned for Japan in 2019.
  • Work with Strategic Partnerships Director to build a regional outreach list and help identify partnership opportunities
  • Update partner records in our database with correct information
  • Produce research reports on select partner prospects 
 Required Qualifications
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Innate curiosity
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software and advanced web searches
  • Commitment to solving climate change
  • Japanese language proficiency
Internships are open to:
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least two years of college
  • College graduates or post-graduate degree earners who have graduated during the previous two years
To Apply:
Send a resume, cover letter, and dates of availability to Please use the subject line in the email to identify that you are interested in the Japan Partnership internship. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is identified.
The Climate Reality Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities and termination.
Climate Reality Leader・気候変動教育

Thursday, December 06, 2018

December 2018 part #1

Happy December!
Can you believe we have only one month left in 2018?!?!

Holidays parties and December training programs provide us all good opportunities to meet new people, learn more while also supporting those in need.
I wish you all a wonderful winter holidays and I hope to see you out there making athe world a better place.

Best wishes for 2019!!
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Metropolis this month
Women of the World March Tokyo (WoW Tokyo)
My work:
Upcoming Deadlines:
  • Dec 7 => January events for Metropolis
  • Jan 5 => for the Jan newletter (due to the holidays, the Jan newsletter will go out a week later than usual.)
  • Jan 8 => Feb events for Metropolis
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December 2018 highlights
Roles and Functions of NGOs - 3 day workshop
Temple University Japan Campus, School of Continuing Education
Sunday December 2, Dec 9 and Dec 16 10:00-5:00pm

A skills-based workshop series focusing on how nonprofit NGOs start, how they develop and the different roles and functions they serve. Participants come out with a more critical understanding of civil society, international development and different approaches.
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Course details
Monday December 3, 18:30-21:15 (Doors open at 18:30 and close at 21:15)
• Learn about CSR and some of the challenges faced through case studies and presentation
• A simulation role play / experiential activity
• Discuss and share observations from activities
• Build Personal Commitment Statements
WHERE: Arisu Iki-iki Plaza   〒106-0047 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Minamiazabu, 4−6−7, 3rd floor,
Rooms B & C, Look for the PSCsign
Look for the PSC sign on the event board
In October I founded the Sat morning gender meet up and we will be meeting 1 or 2 times a month.  9:30 set up and doors open, 10-11:45 presentations and discussion. Dec 15  Diversity and inclusion discussion
Open dicussion followed by discussion on the Jan 19 Women's March Global Tokyo events
See the event page on Facebook
Venue: Alice Iki-iki plaza near Hiro
Organized by Women of the World Tokyo

2019 JWLI Spring & Fall Program 
JWLI offers an executive leadership development program that transforms Japanese women to be action-oriented leaders with confidence to lead, skills and knowledge to manage, and a plan to make social change in Japan.
For the 2019 programs, they will be accepting both the Spring and the Fall applications during the same application period. 
【Application Period】December 15, 2018 〜 January 31, 2019
【Program Periods】
Spring: April 16, 2019 〜 May 10, 2019
Fall: October 7, 2019 〜 November 1, 2019
Find out more:
Nonprofit NGO community events and programs/

Heart Knit Bazaar
Sunday, December 2- Sunday, December 9, 11am-7pm
Place: Tokyo Union Church (TUC, 5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
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Heart Knit Project supported women in temporary housing complexes in Iwate as they tried to get back on their feet after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami; the women created knitted items from donated yarn from all over the world, with the help of pro bono knitting teachers and patterns. All proceeds have gone directly to the women.
The project is finally disbanding at the end of the year as plans are underway for the women to get consignment orders from apparel companies. This will be the very last donation event in Tokyo!

JAMBO Fall Colors Walk in Ogikubo & 2) Arakawa River Clean Up
Sunday December 2
1) Fall Colors Walk in Ogikubo
(¥1000 Participation Fee)(Easy)(Cancelled in case of heavy rain)
Have a blast with fall colors. Otaguro Park has a lovely layout, with viewing pavilions, stone bridges, a pond, a waterfall, and a variety of color. Then you will find Kadokawa Garden and Gengi Sanbo Suginami Poetry House (a modern Sukiya-style Japanese house, designated as a national tangible cultural asset). The residence of Kadokawa Genyoshi, the founder of Kadokawa Shoten Publishing & Co., is open to the public.
☆Meeting Time/Place: 13:00 JR Chuo Line Ogikubo Station North Exit
☆Course: Ogikubo Station North Exit - Amanuma Overpass - Aurora Monument - Gandhi Statue - Seiko Lodging - Otaguro Park - Kadokawa Garden/Gengi Sanbo - Tenposhinbori Water Head Gate -  Tekigaiso Park - Chudoji Temple - Yosano Park - Ogikubo Station North Exit
Walking Time: About 2 hours (5km).
☆The program is ¥1000. donation to
☆ Any inquiries may be made to ichi_mariko at
2) Arakawa River Clean Up and Dinner
meet at MINAMI SUNAMACHI Station (Tozai Line) outside ticket gate for exits 2 and 3 at 12:00noon., and then go to the Arakawa River by car and pick up trash along the banks for about 2.5 to 3 hours. Afterwards we go to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
Recommended: Hat, long pants (for weed protection), long-sleeve shirt (for sun protection), gloves, walking/hiking shoes, generally older clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty. The clean up route will be mostly paved so rubber boots will not be necessary
If you come late, walk to the river (about 10 min) and look for us at the water line to the right of the Tozai Line bridge. Also call  090-1847-5075 if there are any problem finding us. Let's have fun enjoying local nature while making it better.
For any questions, feel free to contact David at
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Sunday December 2  8:30 am to 5:30 pm
at Toyo University, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo
A Student-Centered Learning Event Bringing Together Students, Educators and Social Activist for the Purpose of Equity and Social Justice
*8:30 to 9:00:* The day begins in Sky Hall (Bldg. No. 2, 16th Fl.) with a breakfast of pastries, fruit, coffee and tea.
9:00 to 12:00:* After breakfast, primarily student-designed, student-led *WORKSHOPS*
*12:00 to 2:00:* We will return to Sky Hall for *LUNCH*, which will overlap with the
*KEYNOTE PANE*L beginning at *12:30*,
*2:00 to 3:00:* In the session after lunch, attendees will choose 1 of 5
*Pedagogy for Social Engagement, Empowerment and change; *
*Climate Change and Japanese Environmental Movements; *
*Communication Technology, Loneliness and Becoming Other; *
*Listening to Minority and Indigenous Groups in Japan; *
*Gender (In) Equality and 'Me, Too' in Japan*.
*4:30 to 5:00:* All will gather to consider the next steps we want to take, individually and collectively, in order to move from learning and reflecting to acting in the form of direct engagement with social movements
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 Diversity Dojo: CSR in Action: Case studies and 2020 simulation
Monday Dec 3 7-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Presentations, corporate cases and interactive workshop
After an overview of CSR case studies from leading brands in the apparel industry will depict CSR in action. A majority of the workshop will be focused on participants engaging in a simulation activity whereby they will represent diverse actors engaging in a CSR plan development. Everyone will leave with new ideas about how corporate social responsibility works, what you can do and make new friends in the process!
Venue: Arisu Iki-iki Plaza main meeting Room
〒106-0047 港区南麻布4丁目6−7
MAX: 40 people
Event information posted here:
Diversity Dojo. Inspire. Connect. Empower.
For more information contact Diversity Dojo <>

Living in North America as a Nuclear Weapon Survivor
Speaker: Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor,
Tuesday, December 4, 7:00-8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
Language: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
Seating: 200 (decided by lot. A maximum of 2 people can be registered at once.)
Admission: 1,000 yen (IHJ Members/Students: 500 yen) (reservations required)
Register here

FEW Bonenkai 2018: All That Glitters
Friday December 7, 7:00-10:00 pm
Cost: Members ¥6,500 (+hf), Guests ¥8,000 (+hf), Member + Guest Pair ¥14,000 (+hf)
Venue: The Strings Hotel in Omotesando
Address 3-6-8 Kita-Aoyama | Minato-ku | Tokyo 107-0061
Registration deadline Wednesday December 5th
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Nerd Nite #28
December 7 (Friday), doors open 19:30, start 20:00
Nagatacho GRID B1F (
Price: ¥1000 at the door
Every month we gather 3 smart speakers and a curious crowd. In December: How did the homoerotic BL genre evolve into a huge market in Japan? What are the new tech and apps that are challenging centralized web services? And we take a look at at the experimental and educational world of 20th century Japanese science films.
Drinks (both alcoholic and non) and food from Tiny Peace Kitchen will be available. Eat, drink and be square-y! Kids are also welcome at Nerd Nite.

Plogging in the Park「プロギング」体験

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10 AM – 11 AM
WHEN: Saturday, 8th December 2018, 10:00am - 11:00am
(please meet at 10:00am sharp to get everyone set up and ready for lift-off)
WHERE: Yoyogi Park, Tokyo (Please meet at the Central field, near the pond (the one with the fountain).
WHAT TO BRING: Your own gloves and a bag or two for rubbish collection, if possible. Aside from that your favourite running shoes and good vibes are all that's needed!
WHO: Anyone and everyone!
PARTICIPATION: FREE (of course...)
Get fit? Have fun? Meet interesting people? AND make a difference? Sounds too good to be true... Welcome to the world of PLOGGING, the eco-friendly exercise phenomenon that is sweeping the globe. What is PLOGGING? A combination of "JOGGING" and "PLOCKA UPP" (which means "to pick up" in Swedish) - is a simple concept: jogging while picking up litter. The eco-friendly workout is a more comprehensive form of exercise, requiring bending and arm movements to pick up garbage while running. 30 mins of plogging burns 288 calories, compared to 235 calories from regular jogging... So what more reason could you possibly need to join Japan's Plogging movement? *For those of you who aren't keen runners: you don't have to run. You can also walk, enjoy a stroll with your dog, spend quality time with the kids, etc. The main thing is to have a good time, connect with interesting people, and make a tiny weeny difference on a Saturday morning. In April, we held Japan's first-ever Plog. Read about it here: Video on Plogging:

RFTC's Tokyo Marathon at Hibiya Park.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9 AM – 1:30 PM
Women, men and children are welcome to join the 2018 Races: 5K/ 10K Run and 3K Walk
Participation Fee: 5,000 yen (adults)/ 2,500yen (children)/ Free (children 5 and under)
Registration Deadline: November 15th
Registration Page:

JAMBO Events
December 8 (Saturday) - Tokyo Fall Colors Walk
December 9 (Sunday) - Environmental Restoration Project with Friends of the Earth
For any questions, feel free to contact David at
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Amnesty International Japan (AIJ) Human Rights Day Events
Sunday December 9, 3:30 until late
" AITEN Write for Rights (W4R)" letter-writing marathon 3:30~6:00
Human Rights Day party and concert “Happy 70th Birthday, UDHR* !” with live music for dancing! 7:30~10:00 until late (doors open at 7:00)
Venue: What the Dickens! Pub in Ebisu
Join the Amnesty International Rock Night and celebrate with us 70 years of the Universal Human Rights Declaration! AIJ will be putting on an amazing night of entertainment that you surely won’t want to miss! The night will feature live music by Moonshots and Kevin Gray as well as a raffle with absolutely amazing prizes to win!
Suggested donation of ¥1000 per person at the door.
To learn more about Amnesty International, join our FB page
For more details or questions, please contact us at or at 03-3518-6777 
*The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
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Accelerating Development in the Digital Age
A conversation with Ms Isabel Guerrero Pulgar, Director of IMAGO Global Grassroots and Member of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Reception & buffet will follow
United Nations University, Tokyo

Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Playing Big Session 3
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
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Santa Soul Train 2018

Saturday – Sunday  Dec 15-16
Discussion with Angela Ortiz, Founder A Place to Grow
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Sat Morning Gender meet up #3: Diversity and inclusion
Saturday Dec 15 9:30 – 12noon
See the event page on Facebook or details
3rd in a series of regular gatherings that include presentations and/or workshops with active discussions about particular issues.
9:30 to 10:00 check-in chatting, enjoy breakfast coffee together,
Venue: Arisu Iki-iki Plaza Room: 講習室(listed as a lecture room)
〒106-0047 港区南麻布4丁目6−7
Fee 500 yen or bring food to share with others
MAX: 20 people
Organized by Women of the World Tokyo

Knights in White Lycra (KIWL)SANTA RIDE (see photos)
Saturday December 15: Cycle 70kms to a care home,
dress as Santa and give presents & Xmas cheer to the excited kids.
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JAMBO  events
December 15 (Saturday) - 1) Satoyama Nature Exploratory Course & 2) Edogawa River Clean Up and Dinner (Separate Events)
December 16 (Sunday) - Chichibu Hiking, End of the Year Party (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED ASAP - Please see information online to make reservations) & Christmas Illuminations! For any questions, feel free to contact David at
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Mirai no Mori Winter Party
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Venue Harajuku Quest Hall
Access: (3 minutes walk from Harajuku Station)
Registration (Mandatory) / ご登録(必須) >>
Fee per person: 5,000 yen (collected in cash at the door)*Includes finger food, drinks, and a small donation
Dress code: Causal
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Through a Legal Lens: The Case of Prajwala, an Anti-Trafficking Organization in India. Featuring Saloni Lakhia, Lawyer and Policy Researcher, Current Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University
Friday, December 21, 7:00-8:30 (Doors open at 18:45)
Not For Sale Japan Café No. 14 Join us for a casual, small-group learning opportunity on a variety of topics concerning human trafficking.  Tea, coffee and small refreshments served.
Location:  Musashino Place 3rd floor “Space E"  2-3-18, Kyonan-cho, Musashino-city
1 min. walk from South Exit of Musashi-Sakai station
(JR Chuo Line or Seibu Tamagawa Line)
Admission: Free (Max capacity: 20)
To reserve a seat:  Send e-mail to

JAMBO events
December 30 (Sunday) - Hiking in Zushi & Beach Sunset
December 31 (Monday) - OKUTAMA HIKING
For any questions, feel free to contact David at
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