Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 2016 Tokyo Community News

May 2016 Tokyo Community News
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I hope you had a wonderful GW holiday. As we head into summer there are so many new and exciting events!

First let me thank you all for supporting SEVEN - a play about 7 women in 7 nations who have struggled for the rights of others. Serving as both producer and actor was a major challenge but well worth the effort. We raised close to 250,000yen for Resilience a local nonprofit working on DV and abuse issues. I will be posting more details soon on facebook and on my blog as well as the possibility of future social justice oriented shows.

I would like to invite you to join us next week at "Knights in White Wine" on May 18.
It is sure to be a fantastic night where we will be supporting Mirai no Mori, a local Japanese nonprofit creating life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected and orphaned Japanese children. This event is hosted by amateur cycling team, the Knights in White Lycra (KIWL). See more info about this and other amazing events below.

I have been posting information on organizations working on relief efforts in Equador and Kumamoto and will continue to share such info on my blog and on facebook.

I am now looking into new projects to start this summer/fall; if there is a chance we might be able to work together, send me an email!

Thank you again for sharing info and for your support of local community groups.


Join us on May 18 for "Knights in White Wine" - a wine event supporting Mirai no Mori, hosted by amateur cycling team, the Knights in White Lycra (KIWL)
The evening includes red and white wines accompanied by Roti’s Mediterranean inspired buffet. Party profits and 10% of wine ordered by guests will go to Mirai no Mori, a local Japanese nonprofit creating life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected and orphaned Japanese children.
"Knights in White Wine" - a night of fantastic wine supporting Mirai no Mori
Date / Time: 18 May 2016, 19:00 - 22:00
Location: Roti Roppongi
Access: Roppongi station (Oedo and and Hibiya lines)
Tickets: 8,000 per person/ paid in advance, 9,000 / paid at the door.
To reserve and pay in advance - please visit
Please reserve by May 12.
Limited to 50 people only - so please book ASAP
Find out more about this event and Mirai no Mori

 Please share widely.


Mirai no Mori
Updates on facebook:
Join us as a volunteer or summer camp staff
in English or Japanese you can also support the online funding campaign run by KiWL

Asian Rural Institute
the 2016 participant info is now online

Second Harvest Japan
to complete the relief for Kumamoto project 2HJ will need an additional ¥5 million. Please contact Charles at if you have questions about how your company or foundation can support.
Action Plan for Kumamoto

ピースボート災害ボランティアセンター (PBV) / Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center
Kumamoto updates on Facebook.

Information on nonprofit NGO events and opportunities.

TELL Events

TELL Pub Quiz
Wednesday, May 11, 8pm
Location: Hobgoblin, Shibuya
Donation: We’re asking for a donation of ¥1,000/person (more if you like!), and all proceeds will go to TELL, to support our provision of mental health services for the International and Japanese community.
To book a table for your team, please call Ben on 03-4550-1191, or email

The 17th TELL Charity Walk & Run will take place at the Tama River (Tamagawa) running course on Saturday, May 28th, Race times: 5k 10:00 am | 10k 10:30 am | walk 10:35 amand this year the focus of the event will be stigma.
Participants registration
or on-site from 8:30 am for ¥3,500 (adult), ¥2,500 (6-12 yrs old).

TELL is supporting the first World Eating Disorder Action Day on June 2nd


RIJ Lunch Club
Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 12:00
@ Suju

Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016. 19:00
Atsuko Tenma violin concert
Blue Rose Hall, Suntory Hall

Sunday, Oct 02nd, 2016 12:00
RIJ Palace Loop Run
Palace Outer Moat, Sakurada gate relay E.pdf

Friday, Oct 28th, 2016. 19:00
The Great Wine Bluff
Le Cordon Bleu



Peace Boat needs on board volunteers!
Peace Boat will be holding information sessions next weekend in Tokyo for people interested in joining as a volunteer interpreter / Communication Coordinator (CC) on future voyages - we hope to see anyone interested in this volunteer position at either of the sessions on May 13 or 14. Details below (in Japanese only)
5/13 地球一周!通訳ボランティア説明会【金曜夜】
5/14 地球一周!通訳ボランティア説明会【土曜午前】


Info sharing and other events

On May 26-27, 2016, the G7 Ise-Shima Summit will be held in Japan. As a member organisation of the Japan Civil Society Platform on the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit, Peace Boat will host sessions at the G7 Youth Summit (May 22) and the Civil Ise-Shima Summit (May 23-24), both to be held also in Mie Prefecture. See the below links for more information.



Temple University NGO management program.

Info Session  Saturday, May 14, 10:00-12:00 (English)
For Summer 2016 classes

Venue:TUJ Azabu Hall (Access)
Primarily for people taking courses at TUJ Continuing Education for the first time, but anyone welcome.

Tsuda International Training Program international development courses.
Information session info
5月11日 19:00~20:45

FEW events

Women Will: Women in Technology - Join us for our May monthly meeting and hear from Google Japan Chief Marketing Officer Miki Iwamura about her experiences in the tech industry in Japan.
Thursday May 12th / 19:00 - 22:00 / Members ¥2000 ( Associates ¥1500) / Non-members (Women only) ¥5000 / Students and Interns (Women only) ¥3000 (includes light buffet and beverages)Artists Rising: Artbar Tokyo and FEW - Let out your inner artist and enjoy delicious wine at this special painting session for FEW members and guests at Artbar Tokyo.
Saturday May 14th / 16:30 - 19:30 / Members ¥3500 / Non-members ¥4500FEW
CSS 2016: Women Rising
Join us for a transformational day-long event full of seminars, workshops and networking opportunities to help you take your career to the next level.
Saturday May 28th / 9:30 - 19:00 / Members ¥10,000 / Non-members (Women only) ¥12,000 / Non-member Students & Interns (Women only) ¥10,000 / Non-preregistered Attendees ¥15,000
Get more info:

More events

Monthly events from Tokyo Sinfonia
May 13, Friday, from 18:30 - doors open from 18:00
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (Yurakucho)
music -Danses Polonaises (Paderewski)
music - Concerto for Violin & Strings in F-sharp Minor (Wieniawski) - Tomoko Joho, violin solo
music - Bolero (Chopin)
Tickets (concert & cuisine):
Group ¥8,445 each • Single ¥9,335
Tokyo Sinfonia in June - Mozart Serenade champagne concert
June15 (Wed.) - Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tokyo Sinfonia in July - Wenzel Fuchs (Clarinet) champagne concert
July 13 (Wed.) - Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tokyo Sinfonia in August Belgian Serenade dinner-concert
August 5 (Fri.) - Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (Yurakucho)
Information Tel. (03) 3588 0738
Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
Paypal online (tickets@tokyosinfonia)

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Public Events
18:30-20:00 / May 24 (Tue), 2016 /Sophia University, Library Building, 9F, Rm 921
Learning about the Land of the Rising Sun in the Land of the Star of David: Japanese Studies in Israel
Ben-Ami Shillony
14:00-18:00 / May 22 (Sun), 2016 /Sophia University, Building 10, 3F, Rm 301
Crises in the Asia-Pacific: A workshop of presentations and discussion with “The Asia-Pacific Journal-Japan Focus"

Participants include Machiko Osawa, Huiyan Fu, Phoebe Holdgruen, David McNeill, Justin McCurry, Jeff Kingston, David H. Slater, Gavan McCormack, Mark Selden
18:30-20:00 / May 17 (Tue), 2016 /Sophia University,Building 10, 3F, Rm 301
Woman and Urban Family Medicine In the Momoyama Era: Evidence from the Honganji jinai in Ōsaka Tenma and Kyōto Rokujō
Andrew Goble
*** All in English / No registration necessary
TUJ events
Safeguarding Cyberspace: Examining Cybersecurity Roles through Law, Policy, and Business
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
11:30-18:30 Lunch will be provided.
Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo
9,000 yen for advance payment / 10,000 yen cash at the door
More information:

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