Friday, March 02, 2007

Tokyo Community News: March 2007

Friday, March 2, 18:00-20:00
Eco study group meeting
Presentation by Mr. Andrew Bell
'A proposal for adaptive agricultural development in the
Amazon: Informing Decisions with Agent-Based Models'
Location: Shukutoku University's Satellite Campus Facility in Ikebukuro.
Map at

Saturday, March 3, 9.15 - 11.45
An Illustration Workshop: Storyboarding with Yangsook Choi: participants are invited to bring sketching materials and one children's story (800 words or less; original OR by another author) for storyboarding. This event will be in English.
Location: Tokyo Women's Plaza, Audio Visual Room, Jingumae 5-53-67, Shibuya, Tokyo. For map see
Fee: 2500 yen, 1500 yen for SCBWI members. Reservation required at For more info,
Organized by: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Saturday, March 3, 14:30 - 16:30
RBR concert series - Melodion Quintet "P-blot"
Location: The New Center for Creative Arts 1-5-15 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku (just across from the Korean Embassy) Concert Fee: 2,000yen General Public, Advanced Payment / 1,500yen RBR Adult Member (1,000yen Child), Advanced Payment / 2,500yen at the door/includes a complimentary glass of wine or soda
For more information visit or call) 5475-6171

Saturday, March 3, 18.15-22.00
BLOOMING PEACE: A benefit concert including a variety of performance styles (belly dancing, street dancing, reggae, cello, acoustic guitar, shakuhachi/jazz funk, and much more!) All event proceeds, including the sale of fair trade products and organic goods, to be donated to Friedensdorf International (an NGO helping child victims of war) and ACE (Action against Child Exploitation)
At Studio Rin, Kunitachi. Map and further info available at
2000 yen (1800 yen advance booking, 1500 yen advance purchase); discounts for students; children free.
For bookings contact 042-575-3833 (Tel/Fax) or

Sunday, March 4, 16.00
Movie Showing: "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train" about the life of activist, Howard Zinn, from his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in WW2, to his career as an academic and leader of civil disobedience.
Location: Heaven's Door, Shimokitazawa
Organized by Amnesty International, Group 78

Sunday, March 4, 16.00
Movie Showing: "V for Vendetta"
Location: Salji in Hashimoto, Kanagawa
Contact Sulejman on 090-1268-4412 on the day, or call the bar on 0427-7900-5390 and someone will pick you up from the station (a two-minute walk from Salji)
Check out the performance of Suheir Hammad, the Palestinian poet on YouTube for inspiration!

Tuesday, March 6, 18.30
Presentation by Bettina C. Rabe (Heidelberg University, Germany)
'Contemporary Human Rights Education in Japan: What Do Textbooks Teach?'
Location: the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo
Map at
Everyone welcome to attend but registration at would be appreciated.
Organized by DIJ History & Humanities Study Group

March 7, 2007, 10:30am – 6:30pm
The Art of Dining
Refugees international fundraiser
Location: Westin Hotel, Ebisu Garden Place
Min donation: 3000 yen per person
For details contact: Refugees International Japan
Tel: 03-5500-3093, Fax: 03-5500-3094 or

Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11
Forest Care and Mushroom Planting Weekend: Join in forest preservation activities in the beautiful surroundings of Ibikawcho, Gifu.
Location: Learning Arbor Yokokura Center, Ibikawacho, Tanigumi
Cost: 9000 yen, (for members and students, 8,000 yen)
Deadline for applications; one week before
Write for more details:
Organized by: JUON (Forest Preservation Network)

Saturday, March 10, 13.00-14.45, 15.15-17.00 & 19.00-20.45
Three Writing Workshops with author Donna Jo Napoli
Session 1: "Character, Voice and Factual Foundations"
Session 2: "Using Research in Writing Fiction"
Session 3: "One Writer's Path and the Nuts and Bolts of Publishing"
Location: the Children's Castle and Tokyo Women's Plaza, Jingumae 5-53-67, Shibuya, Tokyo. For map see
Fee: 3000 yen per session, 8500 yen for all three sessions; 2000 yen/5500 yen for SCBWI members. Reservation required at For more info,
Organized by: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Saturday, March 10, 15:00-17:00pm
Workshop - Nepalese Dalit Women (in Japanese only)
Location: JICA Hiro Hiroba/Plaza, 1F workshop space
Fee: 100 yen
Sponsored by: Asia Volunteer Center, IMADR and JICA

Saturday, March 10, 16:00-18:00pm
"Chocolate and Child labour" (in Japanese only)
Location: UI Zensen doumei, 2F meeting room, Ichigaya
Map/access info:
Fee: 1000 yen
Sponsored by: ACE, for more info visit:

Sunday, March 11, 1300 ~
NUGW-TOKYO-NAMBU-FWC (National Union of General Workers Foreign Workers Caucus) 's Third Annual March For Job Security and Equality For All.
Location: Miyashita Park, Shibuya. The march is
Check out the union website at: for further details and a map.

Sunday, March 11, 14:00-17:00
Symposium: Education as the Practice of Freedom
Panelists: Teruko INOUE, Ichiro NUMAZAKI, Midori HOTTA
Location: Tokyo Women's Plaza, Shichokaku-shitsu
Fee: 1000 yen
For details contact to Reiko Yoshihara (

Sunday, March 11
Friends of the Earth hike to Makuyama (Yugawara)
Meet at the front end of platform 11 for the JR Tokaido Line at JR Shinagawa Station at 8.00a.m.
More info at

Friday – Sunday, March 16-18, 14:00 and 19:00 pm
Death of a Salesman
Location Akasaka V Theatre
Fee: 4,000 yen, (2500 yen for students with ID)
Sponsored by Tokyo International Players
To reserve tickets, contact and
For details visit

Friday, March 16, 19.00 -
Connoisseur Champagne Concert
Oji Hall (Ginza) in the heart of Tokyo
The all-inclusive cost of the concert & champagne reception is 6,000 yen; pair tickets (2) are available at ¥10,000.
For tickets and information, contact the Tokyo Sinfonia by email at, by fax at (03) 3588 0731, or by phone at (03) 3588 0738.

Saturday. March 17, 13.00-14.30
Talk by Evelin G. Lindner, M.D., Ph.D. (Dr. med), Ph.D. (Dr. psychol).
'The Link between Humiliation and Mental Health: From Due Lowliness to Undue Humiliation'
at the 11th Annual Conference of the International Mental Health Professionals of Japan (IMHPJ), Fuji View Hotel, Kawaguchiko.
The talk is relevant not only to professionals in the field, but also for related disciplines.
Registration form for the conference at
For more details about Dr. Lindner's work see

Sunday, March 18
Friends of the Earth hike to Hinodeyama / Mimuroryama (Okutama).
Meet at the rear end of platform 7 for the Chuo Line at JR Shinjuku Station at 8.00a.m.
More info at

Sunday, March 18, 14.00 and 16.00
The 3rd Annual Children's Evening at the Ballet: a program including highlights from the comic ballet "Coppelia". Guests can meet dancers afterwards at a cookie and juice reception. Share a laugh and the magic of dance at this great family outing!
Proceeds go to Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
Location: Tokyo American Club
Cost: 3000 yen
Tickets available from TELL Business Office, 03-3498-0261
Email TELL website
Contact person: Christian Stevenson

Sunday, March 18, 19.30 - late
Amnesty International Group 78 Benefit Gig by the Max Blues (music for dancing, originals and covers). Theme: Protect Human Rights on the Internet
Location: What the Dickens, Ebisu
Entrance fee: 1000 yen; letter writing before event
No smoking area, food available, prize draw – DVD player, CDs and more!

Tuesday March 20th
(the Great American) Meat-Out,
"the world's largest grassroots diet campaign" since 1985.
More info at

Wednesday, March 21
JAMBO hike to Kagenobu-san (Takao).
Meet at the ticket gate at Takaosan-guchi Station on the Keio line at 10.00a.m.
More info at

Sunday March 25, 10-12noon
PSC Action Team Volunteer meeting
Location: Yoyogi more details TBA
Visit for more details.

Volunteer opportunities

PSC needs help with the website and with pr material development!
if you have skills in marketing, PR an/or design please contact

OXFAM Japan is looking for 100 volunteers to help with Trailwalker 2007!
In 2007, Trailwalker will take place in six different countries across Australia, New Zealand, China (Hong Kong), the UK and for the first time – Japan! You can be part of it!
Find out more by Visiting
for details and/or contact

Three nonprofit NGO staff members are looking for language exchange partners to improve their English skills before they go to the US to work on collaborative projects and do research. All have excellent skills but need to improve their fluency - they will be working with US nonprofit NGO staff on a daily basis for 6-9months. Here is some basic information on each person:
- 10 years working in nonprofit development and support, will research fundraising and membership development in the US (Tokyo-based) Contact:
- 10+ years experience in emergency relief and support services, will research emergency project coordination and security operations (Tokyo-based) Contact Yuuichi at
- 5 years in nonprofit mgt and consulting, will research project and business plan development (Osaka-based) He is also interested in someone to help with English language document development – this could be done via email. Contact: