Saturday, July 06, 2019

July / August 2019 events

July / August 2019 Tokyo Community News
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Thank you everyone who joined our June CSR event (see photo below) at Sophia University! We have another CSR related event on TU July 16, Place to Grow workshop on FR July 12 and two part workshop on Collaborative Communication skills on Thursday July 11 and 18. Another month full of training programs and public events just before summer kicks in.
Thank you to everyone who supported “Disturbance”, the musical theatre work which premiered in Tokyo July. 2-4. With your support we sold out every performance! The Show is based on the book by Ivy Alvarez, produced by Tony Award-winning producer Mark Ferris and directed by Rachel Walzer.  They plan on brining it to other venues in other cities ... watch this space!!
See more info below and please be sure to send your upcoming event for the  August/ Sept  issue by August 4!

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Women of the World March Tokyo (WoW Tokyo)
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This month's highlights
#CloseTheCamps Campaign July 4 - 13
(In solidary with Lights for Liberty campaign)
Join us in raising our voices and uniting with people around the world opposing the disgraceful treatment of immigrants by and the cruel immigration policy of the current US administration. It's more important than ever to use your voice to push back against inhumane border policies.

Collaborative Communcations Skills training workshop
On July 11 and 18,  I will be co-facilitating  2 workshops on Collaborative Communcations using some of the skills we have been developing in the Conflict mediation group . Similar to the training we did at ARI, we will include some basic communications improvement techniques as well as an introduction to conflict mediation include simple  skills you can use in daily life.  These basic techniques will help make conversations and collaborations more effective and productive.
Get more details here:
Book your tickets here:
Participation fee 10,000 yen
If you have questions, contact

Friday night volunteer training workshops: Develop Yourself To Inspire Others!
Mark your calendars for the July workshop:
Friday night July 12, 7-9pm, we will be having our 3rd workshop, @ Hogan Lovells
We will review the cycles for PR and fundraising and do some team work involving brainstorming and outlining some of the steps we can take. Feel free to bring a friend - the workshop information will be helpful to anyone doing any type of community support, nonprofit or social service work! Details are on Facebook, please invite people to join us!

Sophia University Global Action, Monthly Panel series on CSR
Tuesday July 16 CSR & Corporate Community Engagement

Developing strategic collaborations between sectors to deal with social issues
  • Miki Morimoto, Director, Asia Pacific, Social & Community Impact, Nike, Inc.
  • NIKE believes in the power of sports to move the world. Based on this, the Social & Community Impact team focuses on unleashing human potential through sport and play, starting with kids. Made to Play is Nike’s commitment to get kids moving so they lead happier, healthier, more successful lives. Miki leads the team’s work in key cities in Japan, Korea, South East and South Asia, and Asia Pacific.
  •  Slimane Gani Rodriguez, Corporate Sustainability Division, Suntory Holdings
  • Awareness of external stakeholders and active corporate community engagement are indispensable to promote sustainability. At Suntory, one of our two founding values is “Giving back to society”, which we have promoted for more than 100 years. Now more than ever, we think that in order to promote sustainability and achieve the SDGs, strengthening the bonds between corporates and community is more important than ever. Gani is in charge of global sustainability strategy, as well as global promotion of activities in areas such as water sustainability and supply chain responsibility.
  •  Moderator: Sarajean Rossitto, Sophia University Lecturer, Nonprofit NGO consultant
Free - bring a friends!
No prior registration necessary
Location: Sophia University, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
Map link to campus: English; without translation. 
Open to the public; no charge, no prior registration necessary
General information:

Some of you know my friend Robin Lewis, from PBV, co-founder of social innovation Japan, World Bank consultant and all around social activist. His column is 25 Opportunities For Volunteering and Social Good in Japan A guide to volunteering, philanthropy and social impact opportunities in Japan.
Have a look!!! there are many organizations who need you!

 Nonprofit NGO community events and programs
Nerd Nite #35: Express Yourself
Friday June 12 doors open 19:30, start 20:00, finish 22:30
Every month we gather 3 smart speakers and a curious crowd. In June, Nerd Nite Tokyo turns 3! We'll have explosive drone video, the story of a dinosaur hunter and the glossiest goop you ever did see (seriously, it's high-res). Be there and be square to grab some birthday swag.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.
Where: Nagatacho GRID B1F (
Price: ¥1000 at the door
1. Margo Brennan -- VDay Osaka: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (
2. Tom Kelly -- Single Cells: A Revolution in Biology, Medicine and Beyond (
3. Matt Kaemmerer -- Modes and Moods: How Musical Scales Create Emotion (
Teaching Diversity in the Contemporary Japanese University
Saturday, July 13, 1:30-4:00
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 301
Open to all; no registration necessary; free of charge
Questions of diversity are at the forefront of many national educational agenda. In Japan, MEXT has paid some attention to issues of diversity, but even a cursory review of most Japanese university curricula indicate this is not a priority. While some suggest that claims to the relative homogeneity of the Japanese population explain this lack, such claims are more difficult to sustain each year. This workshop is a chance for us to reflect on the meanings, motivations, goals and practices of “teaching diversity.” By sharing our own teaching experiences and strategies, we will explore what works, what does not, and what else could be done. Not limiting teaching to the university, let alone the classroom, the workshop also invites perspectives from students, activists and writers and educators working in a variety of fields. Among the issues discussed will be teaching diversity in terms of income privilege, race, accessibility and gender.
MC:  David H. Slater (Sophia University)
Patrick W. Galbraith (Senshu University)
Titles and presenters
1. “Cripping the Classroom: Teaching Disability and Diversity in Japan” (Mark Bookman)
2. “The Benefits of Reducing Presumptions” (Baye McNeil)
3. “Managing Threat and Resistance: Using ‘White Privilege’ as an Entry Point for Teaching about Privilege in Japan” (Deguchi Makiko)
4. “Othering within Grassroot Activism: Bringing Queer and Feminist Communities into school.” (Yume Morimoto)
5. “Women Just Like Me? Approaches to the Discussion of Gender and Sexuality in the Classroom” (Alexandra Hambleton)

TELL Kyoto Pub Quiz
Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Location: The Pig and Whistle British Pub (Sanjo Stn)
Beat the heat with plenty of trivia, 1000 yen/person to participate, with a maximum of 4 people/team. All proceeds go to TELL, to support mental health and well-being. Questions? email

July 13 (Saturday) - Jambo Cooking Event - Korean Food (Reservation Needed) &  International Friendship Party (Separate Events) In case the event is canceled due to rain, it will be announced on Twitter: @jamboleader on the morning of the planned event.

Kamakura Beach Clean-Up
MON, JUL 15 AT 9:30 AM
由比ガ浜海水浴場Kamakura, Kanagawa
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Anthropologist and/or Practitioner?: Plural ontologies in the worlds of Mindfulness and Coaching
MON, July 15, 14:00-17:30
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary
This interactive workshop explores how two anthropologists are enacting plural identities and ontologies in their research and practice. How do anthropologists juggle identities and ontologies inside and outside the 'field' - particularly when the field increasingly becomes merged with one's profession/expertise? What can the worlds of mindfulness and coaching teach us about how to expand and explore the world of anthropological scholarship in different ways?
This event is organized by Professor David H. SLATER (FLA)
Program in PDF can be downloaded from here
More info:

Book Talk: The Politics of Painting
Tues July 16 7:30 PM
Temple University, Japan Campus Minato, Tokyo
Hosted by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS)
For more info:

Identity in Modern Japan: Building Narratives for the Future
Tu 16 July Shibuya @ 19:00-21:30
Identity in Japan has globally been considered homogenous and static. However, as with any country, narratives around identity, be it in relation to gender, ethnicity, sexuality, etc. are being rewritten with new perspectives where media acts is a critical catalyst. As migration and the free flow of ideas continue to influence people beyond borders, Japan’s understanding of identity as being singular is shifting. On the 16th July 2019, join us for a discussion on ‘Identity in Modern Japan: Building Narratives for the Future’ with a distinguished panel, as we explore the influence of media in shaping narratives on identity in 21st century Japan.

Pub Quiz Night for Human Rights
Wed July 17 7:30 PM – 10 PM
Hobgoblin Pubs Japan (Shibuya, Tokyo)
3F, Ichiban Building, 1-3-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043

Perfect Liars Club Tokyo June edition
Friday, July 19,  8:00-10:00
Venue Good Heavens British Bar Tokyo
*Get there early for your choice of seats.
Or buy a fancy ticket to reserve a seat if you can't get there early.
*Show is in English. Come if you are fluent or practicing.
Find out more:

Towards a post-apocalyptic environmentalism? Responses to loss and visions of the future in climate activism
Fri, July 19th, 19:15-20:45
Venue: Sophia University, Library, 8F, Rm 821
Language: English / No registration necessary, but non-Sophians are asked to bring the talk flyer with you when entering the library. The flyer can be downloaded from the link

Transnationalization of Aspirations
Friday, July 19, 7 PM
Temple University, Japan Campus Minato, Tokyo
Hosted by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS)
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July 20 (Saturday) - 1) World Heritage Mt Fuji climb (July 20 - 21) & 2)  Edogawa River Clean-up & Picnic (Separate Events) In case the event is canceled due to rain, it will be announced on Twitter: @jamboleader on the morning of the planned event.

Find your ikigai
Monday, July 22, 2019
19:00-21:00  (Doors Open at 18:30)
LOCATION: Akasaka Civic Center, 4th Floor, Meeting Room #1
〒107-0052 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 4-chōme−18−13
CLOSEST STATIONS: Akasaka Mitsuke Station (Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line): EXIT A, 10-minute walk
Aoyama Itchome Station (Oedo Line, Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line): EXIT 4, 10-minute walk
Impact Day: Self-Care 
Thursday, July 25, 12:00-4:00
TELL, in cooperation with McCann Impact Day, wants to celebrate International Self Care Day with a series of free self care events.
12:00 p.m. Brown bag mixer
1:00-1:45 p.m. Stress management talk
2:00-2:30 p.m. Chair yoga
2:40-3:10 p.m. Mindfulness and meditation session
3:20-4:00 p.m. Flower arrangement and crafting workshops
You're welcome to sign up for one or more events, but registration is required.
Sign up here:
Contact with any questions.
Venue: WeWork Nogizaka
Address: 1-24-3 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo 107-0062 東京都港区南青山1丁目24番3号

Japan’s Refugee Policy and Practice: How has Refugees’ Agency Challenged Japan’s Refugee Protection Structure?
Fri, July 26th, 2019 19:15-20:45
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary
More info:

TELL August Pub Quiz Shibuya

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

For any questions, feel free to contact David at
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Mirai no Mori helps marginalised youth in the outdoors - find out more
Contact us by email:
Find out more about  Mirai no Mori :

Run For The Cure
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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:
Find out more :

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 - 2019 events
  • 2019.7.6, 7.7, 7.13, 7.14, 7.20, 7.21  モーツァルト ピアノ マラソン  /日 14:00
  • Sara Buchner Mozart Piano Marathon 8 champagne concerts   Sat./Sun. 14:00  Oji Hall  (Ginza)
  • 2019.8.2  アメリカ セレナーデ 3コースディナーコンサート  18:30 日本外国特派員協会
  • American Serenade dinner-concert   Fri. 18:30   Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan  (Nijubashi)
  • 2019.9.18  ワーグナー セレナーデ シャンパンコンサート    19:00  王子ホール (銀座)
  • Gluck Serenade champagne concert   Wed. 19:00   Oji Hall  (Ginza)
  • 2019.10.17  アントンハン シャブロフ 客演指揮セレナーデ    19:00  王子ホール (銀座)
  • Anton Shaburov Guest Conductor Serenade champagne concert   Thu. 19:00   Oji Hall
  • 2019.11.15  ドイツ セレナーデ 3コースディナーコンサート  18:30 日本外国特派員協会
  • German Serenade dinner-concert   Fri. 18:30   Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan  (Nijubashi)
  • 2019.12.18  ラフマニノフ セレナーデ シャンパンコンサート    19:00  王子ホール (銀座)
  • Rachmaninov Serenade champagne concert   Wed. 19:00   Oji Hall  (Ginza)
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"From the Women’s March to #WeToo and Beyond"
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