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August 2018

August 2018 Tokyo Community News
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Hope you are taking care to keep cool and dry during this extra hot summer!
Below is a diverse list August and Early September events.

Also on my blog this month, i have posted information on organizations responding to the West Japan floods and landslides. There is information about organizations respinding and how to help. 
I have also included the full interview with Go Igarashi the programme Manager at AAR Japan. Below is also some information about Sept 1 - Disaster prevention day.

For the Metropolis Sept Community Pages I am looking for information on community arts events. Please send your information by Aug 8. Please share this events listing with anyone who might be interested.
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Community Page
Metropolis this month
Women of the World March Tokyo (WoW Tokyo)
My work:
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  • Sept 7 => October events
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August highlights

This month i would like to highlight opportunities to develop yourself and make a difference: Please see below for more info or the group websites for details.

YouMeWe NPO Summer Fun-Raiser
August 8 raising fun, funds, and awareness about the work NPOs are doing in Tokyo.
While the exhibition will go on from August 6-12th at Aiima on the 8th floor of Hikarie in Shibuya, YouMeWe NPO along with TELL Japan, HandsOn Tokyo, PhoTOHOKU and Mirai no Mori will host a party and present the work done throughout the year.
*Sharing & Caring, 2008 artwork and photo by Jårg Geismar

The 11th Shure University International Film Festival --- To Live as We Want
Friday through Sunday August 25-27 (film times vary)
 Venue: Shure University Special Film Theater
 Access: Wakamatsu-Kawada Station (Oedo subway line) 4 min.
Film schedule and festival updates:
Contact:, T: 03(5155)9801, F: 03(5155)9802
Note: Film languages vary and not all include Japanese and English subtitles; please consult the listing in the weeks before the event for more complete information

"From the Women’s March to #WeToo and Beyond"
Video from the Temple University, Japan Campus Event
Public Lecture Video (6.19.2018)
Public Lecture Slides

Nonprofit NGO community events and programs

Training Programs
TELL is looking for volunteers for the Tokyo Tower Climb! The climb will be held on Sunday, September 9, at 7:30am and TELL needs volunteers to help preparing the event throughout the summer and on the big day. TELL has partnered with one of Tokyo’s most revered structures, Tokyo Tower, to offer an exciting opportunity that will challenge your endurance. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and people all around the globe will be walking, marching or running to “take a step” to remove stigmas around mental health. For more information visit: or contact Blake:
TELL Fall 2018 Lifeline Support Worker training application is now open! Please see the TELL website for more details ( or contact Jane at to be a part of this exciting opportunity

Second Harvest Japan has intern opportunities available in support of our ambitious project, “Tokyo2020: Food for 100,000.” Aiming for Tokyo to have a food safety-net in place that can support 100,000 people by 2020. in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders such as food donors, financial supporters, government agencies, faith-based groups, NPOs, and individuals. 2HJ aims to increase the number of food pantries where people in need can access food assistance. 2HJ needs people with all types of knowledge and skills and will match the intern’s interest with project needs. Email if you are interested. Find out more:

Place To Grow, a 100% volunteer-led nonprofit that strives to connect and inspire a rising generation of leaders in disaster-stricken Tohoku communities , has opening for people interested in supporting tohoku communities either for weekend away volunteering or ongoing Tokyo team activities.
Two summer and several fall Tohoku Volunteer Road Trips are being held – if interested please contact them as soon as possible because seats rapidly up. Next Tohoku Volunteer Road trips 1) August 18-19 (TEEN volunteer weekend) 2) September 8-9(open to all) 3) October 27/28 (open to all) Volunteers depart Tokyo early on Saturday morning and return late on Sunday night. Find out more:
Project support teams need continuing Volunteers from diverse backgrounds are needed to work from home, to support different organizational functions including communications, social media, Program development and fundraising. On the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm volunteers gather to at Oakwood, in Ropponig Midtown for a regular planning meeting.  Find out more about Place to Grow:

Refugees International Japan (RIJ) is looking for RIJ GOODWILL AMBASSADORS to spread the message and information about RIH projects across different networks and communities throughout Japan through their goodwill, time and influence. Ambassadors reach out to their contacts by 1) Introducing to companies who can partner with RIJ in the long term, 2) Ideating and organizing fundraising events with the RIJ team 3) Supporting our efforts to expand the volunteer network 4) Participating with corporate teams in fundraising events 5) Collaborating and partnering with RIJ in joint speaking opportunities. If you are a motivated and busy person who is willing to devote a small amount of time connecting the cause of refugees with your personal and corporate connections, you would be
perfect for the role – please contact them at  Find out more about RIJ :
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.
Yoyogi Park Event space
China festival Sept 8 and 9 - 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! Asian Rural Institute
Sightseeing Tour in English at Ueno Park Sat Aug 11 10am-12noon Join a monthly tour of the Ueno park area in English. This is organized by People's Educational And CulturalExchange(PEACE),which promotes international understanding and intercultural communication through English. PEACE brings together people from all over the world for workshops, social events and interpersonal exchanges.
Location: Ueno Park For further info:
Community Theater & Arts News
Tokyo International Players

Yokohama Theatre Group

Tokyo Sinfonia
Spanish Serenade dinner-concert ~ FCCJ, August 10
tickets@tokyosinfonia.comTickets/Information - Sinfonia direct
Advocacy Resources
#HearOurVote - register to vote now! .
UK citizens
Canada citizens
EU Citizens…/…/residence/elections-abroad/index_en.htm
US citizens

There are many things you can do and The Action Network has free online tools you can use:

DAJ Speakeasy and Write-Your-Reps  on the 2nd Thursday of every month
7:30 - 9:30pm, at the Aldgate Pub in Shibuya.

Join us for food, drink, conversation and writing to our representatives to make your voice heard in D.C.
For more information on future events please be sure to check out updates posted online:
The DAJ Facebook Page
The DAJ events page
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
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