Friday, November 11, 2011

November 2011

Wednesday-Thursday November 2-3, 
FOREST vol4 in Minakami, Gunma
Join us for a night of music and relaxation in the beautiful Alpine Lodge in Minakami - Hot springs, BBQ (veggie available), hiking and music on the deck overlooking the river at the lodge. Full package includes roundtrip bus departing from Shinjuku on NOV 2 and returning on NOV 3 evening, BBQ, Hotel, Music and more...

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 (Public Holiday), 1300 ~ 1630
Film and talk on human rights in Burma
Yokohama Gino Bunka Kaikan
(3 min. walk from JR Kannai Station, south side (not the baseball stadium side), facing Odori Koen)
Admission: ¥800
Part I: Movie by Rex Bloomstein, in English with Japanese subtitles,
"This Prison Where I Live."
Documentary on the life and imprisonment of Burmese comedian/activist Zarganar, arrested for demonstrating against the Burmese government in 2007, (and recently released in a government amnesty).
Part II: Talk by Burmese refugee Thwin Linn Aung, of the Forum for Democracy in Burma, and ABFSU-FAC, in English with Japanese translation.
Enquiries in English: Heather Willson,
Enquiries in Japanese: Furukawa-san

Friday, November 4, 2011, 7:30 – 4:00
A Day at Atsugi - Golf Tournament co-organized by the Mustangs and Santa fe Relocation services on behalf of Run for the Cure® Foundation.
Place: Atsugi Golf Club. Naval Air Station, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
Cost: ¥25,000 per person covers green fees and golf cart, and comes with omiyage bag and golf T-shirt, along with breakfast and lunch.
To sign-up, please visit to download the Registration Form (pdf), fill it in and fax it to 03-5447-8832, or send to the Foundation as an attachment by email at

Saturday, November 5, 20:00 - late
Patagonica DJ Contest
Fee:3000 yen or 2500 w/flyer
Join us for this year`s DJ contest to choose one lucky artist to travel to Chile, South America and help support the Campaign to protect the nature in Patagonia through music and art. 
For more information visit

Sunday, Nov 6, 2011, 1400 ~ 1730
Film and talk on human rights in Burma
Nihon Daigaku Hogakubu, Misakimachi Campus, Bldg. #3, Rm 350.
Tokyo, Chiyoda-ku, Misakimamachi 2-3-1
(5 mins from JR Suidobashi Station East Exit; 6 mins from Jimbocho subway station Exit A2)
Admission: ¥800
Part I: Movie by Rex Bloomstein, in English with Japanese subtitles,
"This Prison Where I Live."
Documentary on the life and imprisonment of Burmese comedian/activist Zarganar, arrested for demonstrating against the Burmese government in 2007, (and recently released in a government amnesty).
Part II: Talk by Burmese refugee Thwin Linn Aung, of the Forum for Democracy in Burma, and ABFSU-FAC, in English with Japanese translation.
Enquiries in English: Heather Willson,
Enquiries in Japanese: Furukawa-san

Tuesday, November 8
Polaris Project will host our first-ever international symposium on human trafficking. The symposium will provide a forum in which experts and officials from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States can intensively dicuss their experiences with existing anti-human trafficking measures and programs. We hope to reinvigorate the discussions on combating human trafficking in Japan, and to empower government officials, NGOs, and citizens to re-think our approaches to this issue.
The symposium will feature keynote speeches followed by a panel discussion, which will be open to the public. In the late afternoon, there will be a closed session to allow Japanese officials and experts to be able to discuss issues in more depth.
For more information, contact: Polaris Project Japan Office by E-mail:

Saturday November 12, 7:00pm~10:00pm
Venue: Be Yoga Japan, Nishi-Azabu
Cost: 2,000 yen entrance
Kim Forsythe (

Saturday to Sunday, Nov 12-13 National Volunteer Festival in Tokyo
Sponsored by TVAC

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-8:45
International development seminar
Panel discussion on rebuilding Tohoku
Income generation and industry promotion
Koji Yamauchi, ETIC Managing Director
Yoko Matsuda, Rescue Stockyard, Executive Director
Reiko Inoue, PARCIC
Find out more at or contact

Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20, 10:30~19:00
FY2011 Global Environment Fund Course "Environmental Strategy" field to prevent global warming Practical course for the current generation of leaders,  Advocacy activities towards the advancement of information
Location: Hello ハロー貸会議室 水道橋1
Near Suidobashi, Map
Fee: 1000yen
Organized by  Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
Tel: +81-3-3556-7323 Fax: +81-3-3556-7328
Email:  URL:

Saturday, November 19: Yamathon
The Tokyo Yamathon is a fundraising challenge where teams of three or four people compete to walk or run through Tokyo visiting all 29 stations of the famous JR Yamanote train line in under 12 hours. The Yamanote line is Japan's busiest and most important commuter rail lines which circles the capital, travelling through Tokyo's major districts as it goes.
Funds will be raised for the Horn of Africa famine crisis.

Saturday, November 19: 2nd Annual Beaujolais for Books
The 2nd annual Beaujolais for Books event is on the evening of November 19th. It's a fundraising fete held at Soleil Provence in association with Shonan chapter of Room to Read  an NGO specializing in literacy and girl's education. Please do join us if you can for French workshops, bubbles and Beaujolais by the beach.
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Saturday November 26th, 9:00-11:00
Run for Cure / Walk for life
Location: Hibiya Park Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Hibiya Park Service cntre: 03-3501-6428
 Meeting Place: Hibiya Park Fountain Area Course:
Around Imperial Palace
Registration Fee: Adult / ¥5,000 12 years under / ¥2,500 under 5 / Free
Get details here:

Lots of Jobs, internship and volunteer opportunities are found on the JANIC site

The Tokyo Sinfonia welcomes those who would like to support the Sinfonia with a bit of their spare time as volunteers. For example, we would dearly love to have a computer-savvy person, male or female, take our website in hand and help keep it up to date. Simply posting our bi-weekly newsletters and chirashi on the website would be an enormous help to the Sinfonia. There is always need for help too around performance time for pre-concert preparation, and for post-concert reparation. Interested? You may email us at, or, perhaps better, phone us at (03) 3588 0738 and speak with Mari Baba directly.

Volunteer bus info: busses leave from various spots all over Japan on a regular basis for short volunteer trips to Tohoku. For people in the Kantoh region there are many types of volunteer opportunities as well as pick spots.

Tokyo Community Theater news
==== WANTED: Actors 50s/60s TIP's The Crucible
Tokyo International Players "The Crucible" has just begun rehearsals and it looks like a fantastic cast with many new faces. However, there are still two openings:
Male actor 50s or 50ish
Male actor 60s or 60ish
Anyone interested should contact the director, Ed Gilmartin, at

==== AUDITION: Pirates of Tokyo Bay 11/20
The Pirates of Tokyo Bay bilingual improv comedy team is looking for members in the Kanto area. Japanese native, English speaker, new to improv or experienced, come out and give it a shot. They'll talk you through some of the games and see how you click with the team and perform as an individual.
Auditions will be in Shinjuku, November 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
See their event page on Facebook for details:

==== PERFORMANCE: David Copperfield (on going)
The International Theatre Company of London, currently in their 37th season, is returning to Tokyo to perform David Copperfield. Through November, there are several university performances open to the public and subtitled in Japanese. See their website for details:
Friend of Stage Boy Jack, Rohini is also organizing some groups to go to some of the private performance which include all kinds of perks. Ask her for details about dates, special prices, and what's included: or call 03-3447-7733

==== PERFORMANCE: A Celebration of Henry Purcell & his Age 11/26
November 26th, Ueno Gakuen University will be celebrating the age of Britain's greatest composer, Henry Purcell in song, poetry and instrumental music. The program, devised by friend of Stage Boy Jack, Timothy Harris, will include Purcell's best-known songs, as well as the nine-minute `opera' /In Guilty Night/. Many poets will be represented and performers include three of the very best singers of British songs in Japan.
For further information contact Tim Harris at or visit the hall's website:

==== PERFORMANCE: TIP A Kabuki Christmas 12/1-4
Director Jon Reimer and writer Gary Perlman have combined their love of Japanese theater and the Christmas classic by Charles Dickens to transport you to New Year's Eve in Meiji Era Japan. The miserly scrooge and the infamous ghosts are all there, but bedecked in lavish kimono and performed in traditional kabuki style. An excellent introduction to the art for for foreigners, and accessible to Japanese also. Plan to bring your friends, but reserve your tickets now for this world premiere at Echo Theater in Ebisu. Shows are selling out quickly!

==== WORKSHOP: Corporeal Mime 12/4, 11
Corporeal Mime is a physical, stylized, theatrical art-form. This 2-day introductory workshop with Tania Coke, held Sundays, Dec. 4th and 11th in Higashi Kitazawa, will include study of technical exercises and figures, and the chance to put the technique into practice through improvisation and group composition. Known as 'the art of the thinking body', corporeal mime opens up new possibilities of physical precision and expressiveness.
For more information please contact Tania Coke: or 080 2090 2145.

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