Saturday, June 25, 2011

July 2011 Events

Friday July 1st, 2011 6:30pm ~ 11pm
Come and hear a panel of celebrated rugby experts including former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, share their views on the 2011 Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in October. There will also be an auction featuring amazing prizes such as a trip to the Dubai Sevens!
All proceeds from the auction go to fund the Tyler Foundation's Shine On! Tohoku Children’s Support Program.
Tickets: 15,000 yen per ticket/ 150,000 yen per table of ten
Venue: Tokyo American Club
Questions or or or call 03-4580-2770.

Friday July 8, 10:00-12noon
Women’s Program English language series: “tools to deal with trauma ”
Seminars to help women who have been through abusive relationships.
Location: Resilience Studio R (4-14-19-110A Jingumae, Shibuya-ku) (see map:
For more information, email
Fee: 2,100 yen (sliding scale available)
(A more comprehensive series of workshops and seminars are also offered in Japanese. Please contact Resilience or check website for the complete schedule.)
Upcoming topics:
- Aug. 12: About the abuser
- Sept. 9: Communication

Saturday, July 23, 6.30am
Oxfam Japan IVG Sea to Summit Challenge
Location:  Tagonoura beach (0m) to the summit of Mount Fuji (3776m)
Participation fee: ¥1000-5000
This endurance event is only for the fittest. If you have what it takes come and join us for the challenge of your life!
Find out more or register at
All proceeds go to Oxfam Japan.

Call for Submissions
Call for Japan-related young adult short fiction by writers connected to Japan by heritage or by experience
Tomo , a young adult anthology of fiction set in or related to Japan, will be published by Stone Bridge Press in Spring 2012.
Tomo (written , meaning “friend” in Japanese) is a forthcoming benefit anthology of short fiction set in or related to Japan for readers ages 12 and up. Tomo will be edited by Holly Thompson ( and published in print and digital formats by Stone Bridge Press ( in Spring 2012.  Proceeds from the sale of Tomo will support teens affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. 
Tomo will feature original short fiction in English by authors with a significant connection to Japan by heritage or by experience, as well as short fiction in translation (Japanese to English) by Japanese authors.
Tomo seeks short fiction up to 5,000 words (up to 3,000 words preferred) set in or strongly related to Japan for readers age 12 and up, either original stories in English or stories translated from Japanese. In addition to standard prose fiction, submissions of fiction in verse, flash fiction, and comics (black and white) will also be considered.
Tomo aims to enable teens and adults worldwide to contribute to long-term relief efforts in Japan while exposing them to Japan through YA short fiction.

Contributors will not be paid. Proceeds from the sale of the book will support teens affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. 
For detailed submission guidelines please visit the Tomo blog at
Thank you! Holly Thompson

Job opportunity at TELL:
Part time contract position at TELL to support financial tracking of our humanitarian disaster related activities. Basic book keeping and simple accounting skills required. Japanese skills helpful but not required.
Please contact Linda Semlitz, MD

For all information related to Tohoku Disaster related volunteering, monetary and materials donations – please visit my Blogs. My regular blog or the new site I created on March 14. If you have any information that would be good to share, please send it to me in Japanese or English. I hope we can make a difference together as we help support those who suffered and start the rebuilding process.

Habitat Japan is still recruiting disaster response volunteers. The disaster response volunteers are to be involved in clean-ups of the debris and mud, demolition, and organizing the evacuees' belongings.
More info:


For anyone interested in reading field reports

Peace Boat has put together a blog for volunteer stories and experiences ... some good photos too. have a look and share your org's stories!

Habitat volunteers to visit the disaster hit areas in person. Here are some stories told by these
volunteers who worked in Ofunato and Rikuzentakata cities in Iwate Prefecture.

ACCJ and Peace Boat
Coming together to help the people of Tohoku