Monday, January 18, 2010

January 2010 events

Friday January 8, 7:00 – 10:00

The 9th Japan NPO BGO Bowling party

location: takadanobaba plaza bowling

Saturday, Jan 9, 10:00-12:00
Temple University Japan Continuing Education Dept. Open House (in English)

Location and Venue access: TUJ Azabu Hall
Temple University Japan Continuing Education Dept. NGO certificate program, NGO courses on offer: NGO management, Roles and functions of NGOs, The Japanese nonprofit sector, Gender issues, NGO English and Environmental Issues

Deadline for applications: Jan 15 (early bird discount expires Dec 16!)

For more information contact: Tel: 03-5441-9864, E-mail:
To register or for more information visit their website:

Tuesday 19th January 2010, 19:00-20:30

Amnesty International Tokyo English Network Monthly meeting (
Venue: AIJ Office

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010, 19:00 – 22:00

FEW MONTHLY EVENT: Kick Start 2010 the Natural Way!

Healthy habits presentation and discussion.

Venue: TELL community center

Price: 3000 yen for FEW members 6000 yen for guests


Saturday, Jan 16, 4:00-6:00

Kobe Earthquake memorial

Location: Tokyo international forma plaza

For more information: E-mail

Saturday, January 16, 2 - 4 pm

Oxfam Japan IVG English Workshop

The Vicious Circle: HIV/AIDS and Development in Africa
Participation fee: Y1000
Location: Oxfam office in Ueno
Reservations: Email

Sundays, January 17 to February 28

Yokohama Theater Group will hold a theater workshop in Tokyo for ages 13-18 on from with a final class presentation on Friday, March 5. Contact the instructor, Andrew Woolner, for information at or see their website at

Tuesday, January 19, 8.00pm

Charity Pub Quiz

Price: 1,000 yen donation to Oxfam

To attend email Anna McMenamin

Location: FooTNIK inEbisu

Directions from JR Ebisu station East Exit:

Wednesday, January 20, 8pm - 10.30pm

Oxfam Japan IVG & The FooTNiK Pub Quiz - Jan 20th

Where: The FooTNiK, Ebisu (
Y1000 to play. Everyone welcome.
Limit 5 people per team, individuals and small teams combining welcomed.
Prizes and free shots for all you clever clogs!
For more information see
All proceeds go to Oxfam Japan.

Friday JANUARY 27

Tokyo Sinfonia Plus champagne concert, @ Oji Hall (Ginza)


Tickets: Group 5,500 each; Single 6,000; 4-concert subscriptions 25,000

Featuring Tchaikovsky prize-winner Sara Buechner (USA), piano solo

Followed by a Champagne reception


Get more information:

Saturday, January 30, 2 - 4 pm
Oxfam Japan IVG English Workshop

Participation fee: Y1000
Location: Oxfam office in Ueno
Reservations: Email

Sunday, January 31, 7.30pm - 10pm

Oxfam Japan IVG & Heaven's Door Pub Quiz - Jan 31st

Where: Heaven's Door, Shimokitazawa (
Y1000 to play. Everyone welcome.
Prizes and free shots for all you clever clogs!
For more information see

Being a more effective supporter and volunteer in 2010:
4 part workshop series
Jan 30: Volunteer in Japan? Yes you can! Tips for getting involved in 2010
Feb 13: Intro to fundraising workshop: where community groups get support in Japan
March 6: So what does your organization do: PR and outreach tips for nonprofits
March 20: Grassroots organizing: mobilizing people in the community
Participation fee: 2500yen per session/2000yen for FEW or PSC members
For details: contact Sarajean at

Make a difference: job and volunteer opportunities

You can also make a difference by running in the Tokyo Marathon. If you are already registered, you can support Refugees International Japan ( or the Tyler Foundation ( by having people sponsor your run.

The annual OXFAM Trailwalker ( offers a bigger challenge. Held on April 23-25, Trailwalker teams of four tackle a 100km trek from Odawara, Kanagawa, to the Yamanakako lakes in Yamanashi over 48 hours, raising funds for OXFAM Japan projects aimed at eradicating poverty. Since the first Japan Trailwalker, volunteers have raised almost \200 million. Executive Director Akiko Mera expects this to be their biggest year yet, but they need more than 700 volunteers to make the event happen! So even if you cannot do the hike, why not help out? Email:

Help though in-kind donations of PCs and Macs (no antiques, please!). Currently, both Human Rights Watch Japan ( and Doctors of the World Japan DM ( are in need of computers, so contact them with your machine’s specifications to confirm if it matches their needs.

Sarajean’s notes:

I know many of you are interested in helping out and you might be unsure where to start so I have put together a list of useful links.

Alertnet has a links to major organizations all over the world that are involved in the Haiti relief efforts. These groups are all working on the ground in Haiti. You can find out what groups are doing and then donate to the groups of your choice:

Ekokoro has a site where you contribute to any of the Japan-bad NGOs doing supporting relief work in Haiti. You can also see how much has been given and how many people have made pledges so far.

CNN also has a site with links to organizations involved in relief. It categorizes groups by the areas of work these groups are involved in – basic needs, food, medical shelter etc. – but you cannot donate directly on the site. You must go to the organizations website to donate.