Monday, January 09, 2017

January 2017

Happy new year!

There is a lot going on from the start of the year

- Just a few of the key dates for upcoming events
Jan 12 - 15
A Faerie Tale
Jan 20: March and Vigil
From Jan 27: new series of workshops
for anyone interested in improving knowledge or skills, being a better volunteer, sharing information about nonprofit activities and/or learning more about nonprofits in Japan.
Jan ~ Feb: we wrap up 10 years of the Tsuda International Training program. hoping to move the program elsewhere

Feb - I will moving to a new office and hope to have our monthly community service meetings there - find out more in the next newsletter.
March: many events for IWD - a starting list.

- A few notes on changes
The TCN will be simplified from this year but you are still welcome to send a jpeg of a flier or
The email address for all point people of events are now including in the mailing list.
The online version of this will be shortened here: 

Please share this newsletter and information far and wide with any one you know you might be interested!

For the Feb listing - please send me info by Jan 26. please keep it short and simple.


to find out more about the status of nonprofits in Japan have a look at this in the Japan Times: Charity in Japan begins at home Domestic nonprofit organizations face a number of obstacles in their attempts to make a difference in people's lives.
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Training programs

Winter community service workshop series
Workshop series #1 Introduction to nonprofits series - Jan to Feb, 3 sessions.
Friday nights, 6:30 ~ 8:30

Jan 27 – Intro to series, intro to Japanese nonprofit sector
Feb 3 – Fundraising basics
Feb 10 – Intro to Volunteer Management
Fee: 5000yen per session or 12,000 yen for all 3
Registration deadline: Jan 14 12noon
Confirmation will be sent on Jan 15 to all who have signed up.
Workshop series #2  Nonprofit NGO Skills series – March to April, 5 sessions.
Monday and Friday nights, 6:30 ~ 8:30
FR March 10 – Intro to the series, registering an org in Japan
MN March 13 – Fundraising part 2
FR March 24 – Grant writing basics
MN March 27 - Project Management
MN April 3 - Retaining volunteers

Fee: 5000yen per session or 20,000 yen for all 5
Registration deadline: March 5
Confirmation will be sent on March 6 to all who have signed up.
Sign up now using this registration form:
Venue: Workshops will take place in a community center in central Tokyo. Details on contents, payment and venue access info will be sent to all interested.
Based on the outcomes of the first two series, I will prepare others in summer as well.
If you have specific questions please contact me at

Tsuda International Training Program international development courses.

* After 10 years - this will be the final semester of courses.
Final Winter/Spring 2016 NGO courses:
Gender Aspects of International Development (Tuesdays, Jan 31 - March 21)
Education for Social Justice workshop (Feb 4)
Organization management workshop (March 11)

Information sessions
1月10日 19:0020:45, 1月21日 13:0014:45,1月24日 19:0020:45
We hope to launch a similar program at another Institution in 2017 or 2018. Please let me know if you know an institution that might be interested..

Temple University NGO Management Program.
 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: Community organizing

 Hitotsubashi ICS Workshop Series

Free training workshop to learn skills to empower diverse teams and mediate cross-cultural conflict.   Each session is a stand-alone workshop focusing on a different tool for promoting and implementing diversity at work and across cultures.  You will leave these workshops with new skills and new friends!
TIME:  First MONDAY each Month Spring 2017, 6:30-8:30pm:   
2017 DATES: 1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3
VENUE:  Hitotsubashi University ICS Kanda CampusFLOOR 7
National Center of Sciences, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Floor 7
LANGUAGE: English (with Japanese Support)
FEE:  Free of Charge!
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento)
REGISTER: Email Tish Robinson at


  • 3/3 Eve: Managerial Mediation Free Taster Session:  3/3 (Fri) 6:30-8:30pm
  • 3/4-8: 5-Day Managerial Mediation Course (targeted at ICS MBAs, ​also open to public):  3/4 (Sat) - 3/8 (Wed) to allow people to get at least 2 days training if they cannot take off from work
  • 3/11-15: 5-Day Managerial Mediation Course (repeated for HRDs and public during ICS GNW Week): 3/11 (Sat) -3/15 (Wed)
  • 3/18-22: 5-Day Practicum (5 days of practice in applying the training to live or life-like situations, similar to the NY Court Mediation Certification Program): 3/18 (Sat) - 3/22 (Wed)
  • 3/9, 16, 23 Eves: Discussion Round Tables on How to Start up an NPO:  Thurs Evenings 6:30-8:30pm, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23

Dokkyo University workshop and symposium

Sat Jan 28

1:00-2:30 Workshop on Empowering Students through Arts
3:00 6:00 Symposium on teaching through Folk and creative arts

See the flier and poster for details!
Organized by Ellen Motohashi

From the Center for Artistic Activism:
Artistic Activism Webinars:
  one hour webinars on the principles of artistic activism - practical ideas you can use to develop fresh creative tactics for more effective campaigns.
What you can do: sign up here
if you would like to take part, or if you know a group who could benefit from learning the principles.

January calls to action

About Jan 20 and 21 Tokyo events related to the upcoming inauguration

The Friday night Jan 20 march and vigil will be organized by Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ). Part of actions happening all over the globe. We will not post much online until the permit and route have been confirmed. Find out more about DAJ:

  • 5:30-6:00pm pre-march silent vigil at the US embassy
  • 6-6:40pm assemble in Hibiya park
  • 6:40-8:00 silent LED candle march from Hibiya Park to Mikawadai park
  • 8:00 ~ regroup event
Details for both will be posted on the women of world march Tokyo FB page =>


Mirai no Mori
Updates from winter camp will soon be posted on the Facebook page
Back to nature events: corporations are sponsoring weekend hiking, rafting and camping events with youth and corporate staff.  Please contact us if would like more information:
Join us as corporate sponsor:

Asian Rural Institute
ARI is recruiting Japanese students and volunteers of all nationalities for 2017. If you know now anyone who might be interested? Please share this information with them.
AN EXCITING NEW BOOK:  Rural Leaders:  The Work and Community Impact of Graduates of the Asian Rural Institute by Steven Cutting and Beverly Abma

Please visit the ARI  Facebook page for more information about what graduates are doing all over the world:

Info in English

Nonprofit NGO events

FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan
Monthly meeting
Thursday January 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)
Find out more:

FEW Women's Start Up Club Get Branded!

Join us for the third Women’s Start-Up Club meeting of the year where we’ll discuss how to successfully brand your business and increase your visibility. Wednesday January 25th / 19:00 - 21:30 / Members ¥2000 / Non-members ¥3000 (covers finger food and soft drinks)

Refugees International Japan

Saturday, Feb 4th, 2017 18:00
Black Card Cabaret and Talent Show
The Cruise Club Tokyo


Nerd Nite : Adventures in Space, Mind & Japan

When: Jan. 27 (Friday), doors open 19:30, start 20:00
Where: Good Heavens (MAP)
How much: 1500 yen on the door, includes 1 drink

  • January topics and speakers
  • Space Warps: Real Science Powered by Citizen Scientists — Astronomer Anupreeta More will bend your mind with gravitational lenses
  • Debugging your Thoughts with Cognitive Behavior Therapy — Break your problems down like a nerd with Sean Aubin
  • Haikyo: Urban Exploration in Japan — Photographer Michael Gakuran will take us on a tour of ruins
Next Nerd night: Feb 10
Find out more:

Find out more

TELL Events

On February 17-19, 2017, TELL will organize its first Mountain Challenge in Shiga Kogen, site of the 1998 Nagano Olympic downhill ski and snowboard events. 

Starting in March 2017, TELL will offer an eight- to ten-week grief and loss support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Find out more:


Date: Friday, March 3, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 0:00 a.m.
Participation Fee: JPY35,000/seat    JPY350,000/table for 10
Dress Code: Black Tie

The Annual Fundraising Japan conference will be held in March, organized by the Japan Fundraising Association. Get more info here:

Presentations and lectures

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture

Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Community Theater & Arts News

Director Lucy Craft will join us for a screening of her award-winning film about Japanese War Brides' experiences, *Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight*.
10 Jan 2016.  7PM.  
Benney Decker Theater, Yokosuka Navy Base
RSVP with your name and nationality to
Learn more about the film


Wide Eyed Theatre Company
"A Faerie Tale" is an original play devised by David Mashiko, Makiko Mikami, Rachel Walzer, Eigi Koh, Naveen Blindreams, Niranjan Madhavan, and Sorcha Chisholm.
It has everything! It is a tale of magic, deceit, love, and betrayal! Well, it is basically about a hero, a beautiful woman, a little village, something magical, something scary, something mysterious...
January 12th-15th, 2017
NakanoF - 1F J's Court, 5-46-10 Nakano, Nakano-ku
Tokyo International Players
Speaking in Tongues, February 23-26,
February auditions will be for the  May 18-21, production of the Diary of Anne Frank
Find out more

Tokyo Sinfonia 
Mozart Birthday Concerts 
~ Tokyo Masonic Center, Fri., Jan. 27Sun., Jan. 29
Scandinavian Serenade dinner-concert
~ FCCJ, Fri., Feb. 17
Tickets/Information - Sinfonia direct
Peatix online
More Information
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Book notes

For anyone working in the area of sustainability or community development: You can order Educating for Sustainability in Japan: Fostering resilient communities after the triple disaster (Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development)  on amazon:
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