Saturday, November 05, 2016

November 2016

Nonprofit and community events and news
November is another busy month of nonprofit and other community events! Based on your feedback I have simplified this newsletter's layout so that it's easier to read on phones and tablets.

Before sharing organization updates and event information, let me introduce a book I worked on last year --- I only wrote one chapter but the women who edited this put two years of their lives into it. Chapters are written by 10 experts in sustainability and education.  If you are teaching or working in the area of sustainability or community development, it is definitely worth reading. Thanks to everyone who helped me with my part on Nonprofit NGO response to the 3.11 disasters!

I am working on another of the Tomodachi leadership development programs. This time i will be doing a training for and then bringing 12 Japanese university students to visit nonprofits in Washington, D.C. really looking forward to it.

I am shopping around a sustainable development training program to universities for 2017. Want to know more?  Or if you need assistance with strategic planning or corporate community engagement programs? Drop me a line and let's talk!

Hope to see you at one of the events below!
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Mirai no Mori
On Dec 6 Mirai no Mori will hold its first ever Bonenkai with Donors, Supporters, Volunteers, Camp staff and anyone who wants to get involved in 2017!
Time: 19:00-22:00
Venue: Blue Jam Cafe (
Cost::6,000 yen for all reservations made before Nov 28. (7,000 yen after.)
*Cost includes donation to Mirai no Mori Winter Camp fund.
*You must reserve your tickets before November 28th to get the discount price.

MnM's online Winter fundraising campaign aims to gather enough money to send 30 orphaned and neglected youth to winter. Support MnM on Global Giving - by making a donation or giving a Holiday donation in another persons name. Find out more:  Be sure to check out the updates from corporate sponsored Back to Nature Camps on Facebook: Become a corporate sponsor:

Asian Rural Institute
ARI will have an open campus day on 12/2 Find out more:

ARI is recruiting Japanese participants for 2017. know anyone who might be interested? please share this information with them.  2017年度 日本人学生募集  ~ あなたが日本代表 – アジア学院で学ぶ平和な世界の作り方
Please visit the ARI  Facebook page for more information about what graduates are doing all over the world:

Training programs

Temple University NGO Management Program.
Winter 2016 NGO workshops
Fundraising for NGOs: Practical Hints (One-day Workshop)
Saturday December 10th 10:00-16:30
Application deadline Dec 2nd, 5pm
For more information, please visit: Info Sessions  Saturday, Jan 14 and May 13, 10:00-12:00 (English)
Venue:TUJ Azabu Hall (Access)
For people taking courses at TUJ Continuing Education for the first time, but anyone welcome.
Spring 2016 NGO courses: NGO management

Tsuda International Training Program international development courses.
Information session info
1月10日 19:00~20:45, 1月13日 19:00~20:45, 1月17日 19:00~20:45
Spring 2016 NGO courses: Gender Aspects of International Development, Education for Social Justice
* This will be the final semester of a program i have been working on for almost 10 years. I hope to launch a similar program at another Institution in 2017. Contact me if you would like to know more!

US Election news

US Citizen overseas? 

  Make sure you send your absentee ballot in time. You can check the status of your ballot for many states online.

An analysis of the US election results @ Temple University Japan Campus
Thursday, November 10, 20167:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

Temple University Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 1F Parliament
Joshua Dupuy, Temple University Japan Campus
Ann Fabian, Tokyo University
Ken Moskowitz, Temple University Japan Campus
Miya Shichinohe-Suga, Tokyo Gakugei University
Moderator:Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS

Video from the October 14 US Election Panel I organized at TUJ. This event offered an opportunity to hear presentations on the policies proposed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as those of Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian).  Enjoy!
  Enrich your Japan experience.
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Annual National meeting of nonprofits, Japan NPO Center 20th Anniversary

日本NPOセンターでは、11/23に「市民セクター全国会議2016」を開催します。 2年に1度実施しているフォーラムで、多様なセクターの方が参加される場です。
日時:2016年11月23日(水・祝) 10:00~17:30
主催:認定特定非営利活動法人 日本NPOセンター

For Empowering Women (FEW)
Thursday November 10th
19:00 - 22:00
From Buffy to the Bloodsucking 2016 Election: The Path to Female Empowerment
FEW welcomes film director Fran Rubel Kuzui, who will discuss her decades of experience working in both the American and Japanese entertainment industries and the significant political moments that paralleled her career milestones as a female filmmaker.
Members ¥2000 Non-members (Women only) ¥5000 (includes light buffet and beverages)
Venue Minami Azabu Centre Hall
4-12-25 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047

FEW 35th Anniversary Bonenkai: FEWturistic
Friday December 9th  19:00-22:00
Join us for our 35th Anniversary Bonenkai as we celebrate 35 years of bringing women together in Japan and toast to a prosperous FEWture!
Members ¥6000 Associate Members ¥4,000 Guests ¥8,000, Student Guests ¥6,000 (Student ID required) FEW Member-Guest Pair ¥13,000, Guest-Guest Pair ¥15,000

FEW invites members, partners and supporters to the FEW community to join us at The Classica Omotesando for our 35th Anniversary Bonenkai: FEWturistic. Every year the Bonenkai is great fun so bring your darling and some friends, men and women, to share in the holiday cheer over a delicious buffet and free-flow drinks. You’ll also enjoy fantastic entertainment and have the chance to win some awesome raffle prizes! Raffle proceeds benefitting our community services partners Mirai no Mori and Second Harvest Japan

Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC)
The Holy Relics of Ananda and the Dragon Girl’s Jewel: As Depicted in the Honpō-ji Lotus Sūtra Mandala

Shizuko Haraguchi
Date: 21 November, 2016 (Mon)
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Rm 301
Language: English / No registration necessary
This lecture is organized by the ICC Collaborative Research Unit "Materialities of the Sacred"

Author as Ultimate Authority: Checking My Translations with Murakami and Sōseki

Jay Rubin
Date: 11 November, 2016 (Fri)
Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: Sophia University, Library, 9F, Rm 921
Language: English / No registration necessary
Refugees International Japan
Thursday, Nov 10, 18:30 - Light up the Life of a Refugee Children
Friday, Nov 18, 18:30 - F1 Race Night Oakwood Midtown
Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016 12:00  - RIJ Lunch Club
Saturday, Feb 4th, 2017 18:00 - Black Card Cabaret and Talent Show The Cruise Club Tokyo
Craft  sales
25 November: Japan Women’s University Bazaar
4 December: Craft Sale at JVC Oratorio Concert at Showa Women’s University Hitomi Hall
8 December: Craft Sale at Ekoin Charity Concert at Ryogoku Ekoin Temple
Peace to the Middle East / Peace Walk 2016
 Nov.13, 2016 (Sun) From 2 PM to 5 PM Rain or Shine
Location: Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Inquiries: Phone: 03-5404-8475  Ask for  Matsumoto  /  e-mail :
Organized by NPO Earth Caravan
Find out more
Salsa Sanctuary - Dance for the Animals is back yet again!
Volume 6 will be held on Saturday, November 12th at Latin Club Leon in Shinjuku from 7pm
ENTRY: 3,000 yen (including one drink)
Supporting Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK)
Please join us for another fun event. And don't forget to invite your friends!
Event details here:
For information on the venue please find them at: (Japanese only)
The closest station is Shinjuku-sanchome (Exit E2). Map:
Animal Walk Tokyo (AWT):
 Run for the Cure™ Walk for life
 Saturday, November 26, 2016
 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 Hibiya Park - around the Imperial Palace
 Fee: 5,000JPY (adults)

 Registration Deadlines:
 Monday, November 14 (Corporate Registration)
 Tuesday, November 22 (Individual Registration)

 ※If you miss the online registration deadline, you can sign-up on the day at the registration tent.
 Please note, registration payments at the event are cash only.
 TELL Events
21st Annual Connoisseurs’ Auction  Friday, November 11
 Tokyo International Players
Next Productions: February 23-26, &  May 18-21, 2017

Tokyo Sinfonia in November
GERMAN SERENADE dinner-concert
National Serenade Series No. 44
Nov. 16, Wednesday, from 18:30 [doors open 18:00]
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (Yurakucho)
Sinfonia direct
Paypal online
Tokyo Sinfonia in December
Prokofieff Serenade champagne concert
Dec. 14 (Wed.) - Oji Hall (Ginza)
Tokyo Sinfonia in January
Mozart Birthday charity concerts
Jan 27 (Fri.) - Tokyo Masonic Center Hall (Shibakoen)
Jan 29 (Sun.) - Tokyo Masonic Center Hall (Shibakoen)
Tokyo Sinfonia in February
Scandinavian Serenade dinner-concert
Feb. 17 (Fri.) - Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (Yurakucho)
NOTE Tokyo Sinfonia  is seeking to recruit a suitable person/team to focus on the Tokyo Sinfonia’s sales and promotion –– enthusiastic about the mission of the Tokyo Sinfonia, able to make effective use of social media, and ready to go to work on a modest base plus commissions.
Pirates of Tokyo Bay (
Dec 4th (sun): 6th Anniversary show
*English below
日程: 12月4日(日)
開演: 19時30分    開場: 18時30分
場所: スーパー・デラックス - 〒106−0031 東京都港区西麻布3ー1ー25 B1F
電話: 03ー5412ー0515
料金: 3000円(湾ドリンク付き) **11月19日チケットを購入すると割引あります!
※日本語と英語での上演です 食べ物注文可能!
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
6:30pm doors open   7:30pm START
¥3,000 gets you in and ONE FREE DRINK ***Early Bird Discount Available Until Nov 19. Food available.
We are having a huge show in Roppongi at the amazing Super Deluxe to celebrate 6 years in Tokyo! This special night of bilingual comedy is going to be unlike any other improv show in Tokyo with special guests making appearances to celebrate the Pirates! New games, guest players, and a whole lot of surprises are in store for this awesome show. 

The next e-newsletter will promote Dec and January events - please send in your event information by November 25 for inclusion.
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