Students from around Asia team up at GPAC

| Sep 1, 2009

Students from around Asia team up at GPAC

by Kazuaki Nagata

Students from across Asia gathered last week to promote friendship and discuss some of the world’s pressing issues at the Global Partnership of Asian Colleges 2009 event. More than 100 college students from Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Taiwan took part in the ...

Kids hit the dance floor for charities

| Aug 18, 2009

Kids hit the dance floor for charities

by Natsuko Fukue

Visitors going into Tokyo Church of Christ in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, on a Friday afternoon in July were welcomed by three children with painted faces who proceeded to perform modern dance. They were performing as part of a charity event organized by Dancing 4 ...

Aloha Yokohama marks Hawaii's 50th

| Aug 11, 2009

Aloha Yokohama marks Hawaii's 50th

by Minoru Matsutani

Every July, Yokohama hosts Aloha Yokohama, featuring authentic Hawaiian music, hula dances, food and cultural events. This year was special because it marked the 50th year since Hawaii became a state and the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Yokohama port. To celebrate ...

English speakers gather for human rights

| Jul 28, 2009

English speakers gather for human rights

by Minoru Matsutani

Amnesty International Tokyo English Network offers English speakers, both native and otherwise, an opportunity to participate in the activities of the worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International while in Japan. AITEN holds monthly meetings, open to all and free of charge, at the Amnesty ...

Racing dragon boats in Yokohama

| Jun 16, 2009

Racing dragon boats in Yokohama

by Natsuko Fukue

At 8:15 on a drizzly, windy Saturday morning at the end of May, cheerful shouting could be heard coming from Yokohama’s seaside Yamashita Park. Even at the early hour, people had already gathered to participate in the 16th Yokohama Dragon Boat Race, spanning four ...

Group offers healthy change of pace

| Jun 2, 2009

Group offers healthy change of pace

by Kazuaki Nagata

Not many people would argue that sports aren’t a great way of connecting people. The proof can be found at Namban Rengo, an international running club that meets every Wednesday near Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park. At a recent practice session at just about 7:15 p.m., ...

Bike ride puts new spin on fund-raising

| May 19, 2009

Bike ride puts new spin on fund-raising

by Alex Martin

On a cloudy Friday morning late last month, 11 bicycle riders gathered on the playground of Meisei Gakuen school for the deaf in Shinagawa, Tokyo, to kick off a 1,250-km fund-raising bike ride to support the children attending the school. The charity event, hosted ...