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CAUSES

Chubu

NIC disaster language volunteers wanted: Volunteers need to be 20 or over and be able to communicate in both Japanese and a foreign language. Participants must also either live, work or study in the Nagoya area. If a major natural disaster were to occur in Nagoya city, language volunteers will be present at ward office and evacuation centers to interpret information for non-Japanese-speaking foreign nationals. If interested, please contact the Nagoya International Center’s Exchange and Cooperation section and be part of a valuable program. For more information, see www.nic-nagoya.or.jp

Help orphans in Nagoya: If you are interested in spending time with some fantastic children and huge-hearted volunteers, both from the international community as well as local Japanese, we invite you to volunteer with Santa and Friends Nagoya. Please visit our website: www.santaandfriendsnagoya.com

Labor consultations: Interested in improving your working conditions? Have questions about labor rights? Our offices in Osaka (please e-mail union@generalunion.org) and Nagoya (mail nagoyaoffice@generalunion.org) are open for consultations. Website: www.generalunion.org

Hiroshima

Hiroshima clean-up volunteers: Hiroshima residents can volunteer to help with the clean-up efforts in the wake of the recent deadly landslides in Asaminami and Asakita wards. To help in Asaminami-ku, call 080-2931-3142 or 080-2931-3242; fax 082-831-5031 (all 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Asaminami-ku volunteer center location: Former Shobara Wholesale Market Site, 5-4-5 Yagi, Asaminami-ku (next to Route 54 in Yagi). To help in Asakita-ku, call 080-2931-4242; fax 082-814-1895 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Asakita-ku assembly location: Asakita-ku Social Welfare Center, 3-19-22 Kabe, Asakita-ku. More details: www.gethiroshima.com/features/volunteering-landslide-zone

Kanagawa

CrossFit Yokosuka walks for children’s home on Sat., Oct. 11, to Mon., Oct. 13 — 100 miles in three days! Shunko Gakuen is a children’s home located in Koyabe, Yokosuka city, which provides a home for Japanese children separated from their families for one reason or the other. Currently, 80 children, 2-18 years of age, reside in the home. CrossFit Yokosuka is a diverse group of athletes ranging from active-duty U.S. military and their spouses to civilians base workers coming together to raise money for educational scholarships for children at Shunko Gakuen. We have a Facebook page: “CrossFit Yokosuka’s 100 miles in 3 days for Shunko Gakuen.” We have two ways that you can donate. Through Paypal.com: email address will be scherrstrom@hotmail.com. Please select “I’m sending money to family or friends.” This way we won’t be charged for your donation. Your notification will come back as a donation to CrossFit Yokosuka. Your other option is to go through www.gofundme.com/dudde0

Kansai

Osaka YMCA language center in Tosabori is seeking volunteers to teach language and culture in charity lessons in order to benefit victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Mail tosabori.language@osakaymca.or.jp or visit www.oylc.org

Labor consultations: Interested in improving your working conditions? Have questions about labor rights? Our offices in Osaka (please e-mail union@generalunion.org) and Nagoya (mail nagoyaoffice@generalunion.org) are open for consultations. Website: www.generalunion.org

Bridges is a year-round program for non-Japanese who want to experience Japan, offering monthly events covering a wide range of subjects. With programs that include Japanese language education and development of international volunteers, the Osaka YWCA runs Bridges and has centers in Umeda and Kita Senri. Email info@osaka.ywca.or.jp or please visit osaka.ywca.or.jp/english/activities.html

Tohoku

Teaching teachers for a good cause: Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS: bit.ly/Rmk7Zk), an organization committed to improving the lives of migrant women who were among the disaster victims by training them to become certified English language teachers, is seeking interns for its operations in Tokyo and the northeastern region of Japan. The interns will work closely with the CEO and gain first-hand experience to scale social enterprises. For more information, please contact Cesar Santoyo (sa_ryo@hotmail.com)

Volunteer opportunities in Tohoku: 2014 Spring Global Village Volunteers wanted! Here are some reports from ex-Global Village teams: www.habitatjp.org/gv_report/4-language/4002english/. If you are interested in getting more information about the Global Village program, please see www.habitatjp.org/contents_e/learn/gv.html

The Rebuilding Japan Program: The needs of survivors are various and increasing since the disaster. As a housing specialist, Habitat for Humanity Japan is strategically best placed to assist families in finding suitable housing solutions. Our projects: house repairs and housing consultation in Ofunato, Iwate; building storage cabinets and steps for the residents of temporary shelters in Ofunato; building fishermen’s storage units in Onagawa, Miyagi; renovating a community center in Higashimatsushima, etc. See a slideshow of HFHJ Rebuilding Japan Program 2012 here: teachme.jp/contents/14328/embed?fs=1

Living Dreams is a Japan-based nonprofit organization striving to rebuild, enrich and empower orphans both in Tokyo and Tohoku. For more information, go to www.livingdreams.jp

Volunteers and supplies needed: Operation Tohoku is working to assist the thousands of refugees still in temporary housing. Supplies urgently needed include rice, canned and instant food, shampoo, towels, used laptop computers, hot water pots, gas and electric stoves. Volunteers urgently need for a day or more. Wire support to Postal Furikae Account 00160 7 162438, The Japan Emergency. For volunteer information, please e-mail team@jhelp.com

Fukushima Future is a young NPO based in France also with a network in Japan. We are working for a better future in Fukushima Prefecture and the rest of Japan. Please help by joining us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Fukushima.Future. Phone: +33 (0) 6-4980-5731. Email: fukushimafuture@hotmail.com. Twitter: twitter.com/FukushimaFuture

Knit for Japan is an initiative to collect and distribute hand-knitted/crocheted items, yarn and knitting tools to victims of the Tohoku earthquake. This can be a woolly hat, pair of socks, a scarf or some gloves. For more info: knitforjapan.com

Tokyo

Tokyo Embassy Choir is Japan’s leading ensemble of Japanese and expatriate choristers. It has a broad repertoire and a reputation to match. Major concerts are offered with free entry, with collections for charity. Auditions twice a year. Visit www.bec.ac

Amnesty International Tokyo English Network (AITEN) gets together once a month to discuss human rights issues. Join us for information, action and fun. See www.aiten.org for directions and call 090-4744-7111 with any queries

A Dream a Day in Tokyo provides weeklong, expenses-paid vacations to kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families. We welcome volunteers and supporters. For more information, please mail m-uehara@guesthouse.or.jp or see www.guesthouse.or.jp/english

Living Dreams is a Japan-based nonprofit organization striving to rebuild, enrich and empower orphans both in Tokyo and Tohoku. For more information, go to www.livingdreams.jp

Fundraisers wanted: To help the homeless of Tokyo, we’ll be collecting funds and providing services around the city. Train fare contributions and snacks provided to participants if needed. For those who cannot participate, we are providing telephone English conversation lessons where 30 percent of the fees will be donated to the homeless. See brendalesenglish.web.fc2.com or call Chris on 080-3219 1997 for more information

Nationwide

Film about international child abduction: We are proud to announce that the “From The Shadows” DVD is now available. Please go to our home page at fromtheshadowsmovie.com, locate the “Buy DVD” button on the right hand side and follow the prompts to pay through PayPal. The DVD includes the feature film, “From The Shadows,” as well as the short animated film, “The Two Mothers.”

Adopt a rescued pet: There are many kittens as well as dogs available in shelters and many more out there waiting for rescue. Please consider opening your home and heart so that we can bring another in from the cold, lonely streets! Contact us today about fostering or adoption, in order to find a friend and save a life. Visit japancatnet.com

Donate books and DVDs to Caribon, and the resale value will be given to Shine On! Kids, an organization that supports children with cancer and other diseases. Books can be picked up from your home or office, or you can send them to Shine On! Kids. Business, legal and computer books are accepted; novels, paperbacks and manga are not. Contact joy@sokids.org

Emergency housing: Nonprofit Megumi House has been helping meet the emergency housing needs of the international community 24/7 since 1968. Males only. Donation for stay and information via housingjapan@yahoo.com

The Japan Helpline: 24 hours a day, from anywhere about anything, from a simple question to emergency assistance since 1975. Visit www.jhelp.com and press “help” or call 0570-000-911. To volunteer or donate, mail team@jhelp.com

Used stamps wanted (full postmarks where possible) to raise funds for a cancer hospital charity in Sri Lanka. Send to: 574-0011 Osaka-fu, Daito-shi, Hojo 2-16-35, Kokusai Rentai. (Acknowledgements will be sent by e-mail)

Essays required: MGS-Publications is planning to write a book of short stories about the lives of children in need. The book will be titled “This is Me.” Anyone under the age of 18 can take part. Essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words, and they can be fiction or nonfiction. All proceeds from the book will go to children’s charities. Send entries to: mgs-publications@hotmail.com

Aid for Iraq: The Japan Emergency Team asks the community to help with its efforts by donating used laptop computers for use in Baghdad, Iraq, to assist in resettlement and relief efforts for the nearly 500,000 refugees. Any used laptop computer with Wi-Fi function can be sent to: Operation Baghdad, The Japan Emergency Team, Box 65, Tokyo 106-8691. E-mail help@jhelp.com for more information

Stop Nukes Japan: APC Japan (an NGO in Japan working with two major national networks and social movements) provides relevant information to the world in English, and has set up a joint project, Stop Nukes Japan, on Twitter at twitter.com/nonuke_jp. It includes information in English from Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, Green Action, Friends of the Earth, Japan, NINDJA (Network for Indonesian Democracy, Japan), No Nukes Asia Forum, Japan, The Takagi Fund for Citizen Science, Alternative People’s Linkage in Asia (APLA). Updates on the Fukushima nuclear crisis can be found at 2011shinsai.info. I hope you can help us by letting your friends know and following nonuke_jp on Twitter

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international NGO/NPO that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. For more information, visit www.peaceboat.org

International societies: Inexpensive Japanese language classes, international events and free consultations (legal, doctor info., etc.) — local government-supported NPOs (“international societies”) throughout Japan offer these services. For details, see www.tokyo-international.org

Stop Kose animal testing: Join the petition to get Kose, Japan’s third-largest cosmetics company, to put an end to its animal testing. Every signature counts! For more information, go to www.change.org/petitions/kose-please-stop-testing-on-animals

The template for peace was set 67 years ago, but most of the world either doesn’t know about it or ignores it. One year after World War II, U.S. Occupation forces rewrote the Japanese Constitution. Article 9 states unequivocally that Japan will never again make war. Japan has not made war in 67 years. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is now sponsoring a movement in the U.S. to bring a version of Article 9 as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. With Article 9 in the U.S. Constitution, America and Japan can lead a coalition to bring full support to the United Nations to abolish war-making as a political/economic tool. Please see our web site at www.hibakusha-ourlifetolive.org and sign our petition at signon.org/sign/the-end-of-war-making

Animal welfare/rights: choicesfortomorrow. org is a site with comprehensive information in Japanese and English about animal welfare and animal rights. Choices for Tomorrow strives for a cruelty-free lifestyle and aims to provide beneficial content for you. We would like many people to know about the current condition that animals are facing every day. Please check out www.choicesfortomorrow.org and mail inquiries to info@choicesfortomorrow.org

The Free Choice Foundation cordially invites you to join our online petition for the rights of non-Japanese and naturalized citizens residing in Japan. Now is your chance to join your voice with ours in petitioning the government on issues such as dual citizenship, equal parental rights, fingerprinting, discrimination and more. The issues you choose to support on our multi-petition form are your free choice. You can even create you own petition! Please visit www.freechoice.jp

EDUCATIONAL

Chubu

Nagoya International Personal Computer Club meets at noon on the third Saturday (Sept. 20) of the month in Fushimi, Nagoya. Call 070-5152-2662 or visit www.nipcc.org for details

Children’s Story Book Time: Come and share in the fun at the Nagoya International Center 3F Library and listen to foreign volunteers as they read a selection of books in their native language from the library’s vast collection of children’s storybooks. All are welcome! Participation is free! See www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/10998

Free educational counseling services at the NIC: A child’s educational matters are a high priority for parents — and justifiably so. The Nagoya International Center offers an educational advice and counseling service to assist children and their parents every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the third floor of the NIC building. Professional counselors are on hand to provide advice and information on education for children of Japanese and foreign nationality, including information about schools, school admissions, daily life and potential problems. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 052-581-0100 on Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Kanagawa

Free English with Church of Latter Day Saints in Fujisawa, every Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. Goeigo Eikaiwa is a free English conversation class. We can offer this service because the buildings are donated and the staff are all volunteers. 60-90 minute lessons every week focused on conversation learning to speak real English with real English speakers. Our teachers are fluent in both English and Japanese. Most are from America or other English-speaking countries. Event site: Church of Latter Day Saints, 2-27-7 Shonandai, Fujisawa. Phone: 0466-43-4236. More information at ishonan.com/event.php?function=showEvent&event_id=4984

Kansai

Foreigners invited to medicinal plant event: The Kyoto City International Foundation will host a guided tour for foreigners at Takeda Garden for Medical Plant Conservation in Kyoto on Sun., Sept. 14. Participants can enjoy looking at about 2,400 kinds of medicinal plants and at the same time learn something about them. Participation is free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 075-752-3511. The meeting commences at 12:15 p.m. at the Ichijoji Shimizucho bus stop, accessed by City Bus No. 5, and will end at 3 p.m. For more details, check www.kcif.or.jp/HP/jigyo/volunteer/jp/club/news/index.html (in English).

Learn tea ceremony in Kyoto: The Kyoto City International Community House will offer a beginners’ course of 12 sessions in traditional tea ceremony. The classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays from July 1 to Sept. 30. More information is available at www.kcif.or.jp/HP/jigyo/tabunka/en/fureai/. The fee for participating is ¥7,000 for foreigners and ¥20,000 for Japanese citizens. The venue is Kyoto International Community House, known as Kokoka, a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai Line. The contact number is 075-752-3511

Dozen Japanese classes on offer in Osaka: The Osaka International House Foundation will hold 12 Japanese classes from September till November. The Tuesday classes will be held from Sept. 2 to Nov. 25, with Wednesday classes from Sept. 3 to Nov. 19, and Thursday classes from Sept. 4 to Nov. 20. All sessions start at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. The course fee is ¥5,000 fee, including the textbook.Advance reservations are required. The foundation is a nine-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Sennichimae and Tanimachi subway lines. To find out more, visit www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/news/20140703_3007/ (in English) or call 06-6773-8989

Language teachers, please join the Osaka JALT email list www.osakajalt.org for free announcements of various ESL events in the Kansai area. Also join our Facebook group (Osaka JALT) and follow us on Twitter (@osakajalt), too! You can join JALT officially online via www.JALT.org

Community House & Information Centre is a nonprofit community organization committed to meet the needs of the international community in Kansai, located at the RIC Central Tower, 3rd floor, 5-15 Koyocho Naka, Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0032. CHIC is a place for Japanese and the international community to socialize in a casual, fun atmosphere. We offer classes (language, cooking, arts and crafts, children’s focus), day trips (sightseeing, Japanese cultural experiences, shopping tours, and special events (coffee mornings, carpet auction, holiday bazaar, China Pete’s pottery sale). Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9:30-3:30 p.m., closed national holidays, and from June 21 to August 17. For more information or questions, see www.chickobe.com or email information@chickobe.com

Osaka YMCA language center in Tosabori is seeking volunteers to teach language and culture in charity lessons in order to benefit victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Mail tosabori.language@osakaymca.or.jp or visit www.oylc.org

Bridges is a year-round program for non-Japanese who want to experience Japan, offering monthly events covering a wide range of subjects. With programs that include Japanese language education and development of international volunteers, the Osaka YWCA runs Bridges and has centers in Umeda and Kita Senri. Email info@osaka.ywca.or.jp or please visit osaka.ywca.or.jp/english/activities.html

Kyushu

Study Abroad Experience Hiroba: Have all of your questions about studying overseas answered at one of the Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation’s “Study Abroad Experience Hiroba” events at Kokusai Hiroba (3F Acros Fukuoka, 1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka). Veterans of overseas study will speak about their recent experiences, and the latest information will also be provided by foreign government agencies. “Let’s go to Canada” is on Sun., Oct. 5; “Let’s go to Asia” is on Sun., March 8, 2015. Both events run 2-4 p.m. Participation is free, but there’s a limit of 40 participants per session so reserve by phone (092-725-9200) or fax (092-725-9206). Web: www.kokusaihiroba.or.jp/news/detail/?content_id=1432

Tohoku

Japan Writers Conference: This year, the Japan Writers Conference takes place on Sat., Oct. 25, and Sun., Oct. 26, at beautiful Iwate National University in Morioka, Iwate Pref. It is free and open to all. Published writers, translators, editors, agents and publishers who would like to lead a session are invited to submit proposals. Please see our website for details: www.japanwritersconference.org

Teaching teachers for a good cause: Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS: bit.ly/Rmk7Zk), an organization committed to improving the lives of migrant women who were among the disaster victims by training them to become certified English language teachers, is seeking interns for its operations in Tokyo and the northeastern region of Japan. The interns will work closely with the CEO and gain first-hand experience to scale social enterprises. For more information, please contact Cesar Santoyo (sa_ryo@hotmail.com)

Tokyo

English discussion group meeting: The East West Discussion Group presents a discussion on “The latest powerful communication skill, FT style facilitation” following a presentation by Fumio Takano, on Thu., Sept. 11, from 7-9 p.m. Venue: Room 104, Waseda Hoshien Seminar House, 2-3-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku 169-8616 (phone 03-3205-5411). See www.hoshien.or.jp. ¥700 Japanese, ¥500 non-Japanese and students. For details, mail Shigetomi Imai at sigetomii@yahoo.co.jp.

Breakfast Toastmasters Club: Are your communication and leadership skills keeping you ahead or behind in today’s economic climate? Your confidence and effectiveness as a public speaker can grow in the supportive atmosphere of Breakfast Toastmasters. We are an English speaking club that meets 8 p.m. every second (Sept. 11) and fourth Thursday at the Dai-Ichi Hotel in Shinbashi, Tokyo. Prior reservation required. For more info, visit 4947.toastmastersclubs.org.

Free Lakeland lecture: Lakeland College will hold a free lecture (in English) on Thu., Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. on “Leadership: Love, Loss, and Lightening,” presented by Dr. Maria Guajardo, Dean of the Faculty of International Liberal Arts at Soka University. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge. For directions to the Lakeland campus in Shinjuku, see our website lcj.lakeland.edu/lakeland-lectures/ or phone 03-3225-0425

Pioneer Toastmasters Club welcomes you to join club meetings as a guest. An NPO for education, the club is part of Toastmasters International, which helps people of various backgrounds improve their communication and leadership skills using a proven education system. We meet every second (Sept. 12) and fourth Friday at Aoyama Lifelong Learning Center, Omotesando (A4 exit), Tokyo. Visit www.meetup.com/pioneertmc for further details

Yamanote Bilingual Toastmasters meet on the first and third Fridays (Sept. 19) of each month at 7:15 p.m. at Nakameguro Square! We make speeches and give each other constructive feedback, do impromptu speeches, and have a lot of fun in English and Japanese. Visitors only need to introduce themselves in either language. Constructive, professional, sometimes hilarious atmosphere. Welcome to join and see what the international fuss is about! For more information, see yamanote-tmc.org/en/

Tea ceremony experience: Would you like to learn more about Zen-ism, Japanese gardens and Japanese architecture? Would you like to escape from your hectic daily life? Come and join our monthly tea parties! We hold tea ceremonies on the first Sunday of each month (Oct. 5) at Otowa-Garou (1-15-12 Otowa, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo; tel: 090-8843-1906. The fee is ¥1,500 per person (with teas, Japanese sweets included). Bookings are essential. To book, or to find out more, please contact Asako on asakomiyata@hotmail.co.jp. Please note that the event will not be held if less than three bookings are received.

The Tokyo International Children’s Choir (TICC) is a not-for-profit children’s choir. Michelle DiBona Trefren is joining the choir from August 2014 as music director! The TICC provides elementary and middle school children with a fun and high-quality opportunity to learn musical and life skills over the course of the academic school year from September through May. Rehearsals are held at St. Paul International Lutheran Church in Iidabashi. Find out more about TICC at www.tokyochildrenschoir.com or “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TokyoInternationalChildrensChoir.

Teaching teachers for a good cause: Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS: bit.ly/Rmk7Zk), an organization committed to improving the lives of migrant women who were among the disaster victims by training them to become certified English language teachers, is seeking interns for its operations in Tokyo and the northeastern region of Japan. The interns will work closely with the CEO and gain first-hand experience to scale social enterprises. For more information, please contact Cesar Santoyo (sa_ryo@hotmail.com)

Keio University students want a reduction in their fees when they ask for one-year gap in their studies. Currently, the university asks students to pay ¥300,000, and students think this is excessive if they want to take a year off to study abroad or do internships to be better qualified in the future. The students have started a petition at Change.Org. As a parent, I want my son to progress and be a pillar of society in the future. It is imperative that Keio University reduce the cost of absence years and keep students’ places so they can graduate. I call on all faculty members, professors and students to support this initiative and sign the petition here: chn.ge/17WWspB. Please do it now — they need your support!

Akasaka Nihongo Club is offering a beginner’s and intermediate-level Japanese class taught by volunteer instructors every Saturday in Tokyo from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Venue: Akasaka Iki-iki Plaza, a four-minute walk from Exit 6 of Akasaka Station, on the Chiyoda subway line. To sign up for membership, please call 080-5432-4306 or 03-3401-4306 (evenings only)

Want to learn about humour? Want to be funnier in life, with your friends, or just in general? Maybe you even want to try getting on stage? Come to the Tokyo Comedy Store’s Standup Comedy Workshop! For more information, see www.tokyocomedy.com/standup_workshops

Choir practice takes place every Thursday from 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. at Tokyo Metro Church in Tachikawa. Each session includes English pronunciation practice by native speakers, breathing techniques and lots of singing. No experience necessary. For more info (in Japanese), please call 042-548-0132, or (in English) e-mail englishattmc@yahoo.com

Time Forum (English discussion group): Time Forum is a weekly English forum to discuss current topics. It provides an arena in which the participants can exchange their views freely and candidly and aims to enhance their knowledge and awareness of current topics, communication skills in discussion and mutual understanding through discussion. Anyone interested can participate in Time Forum, which meets from 10 a.m. till 12 noon every Saturday at Hokutopia (usually on the eighth floor) in Oji, Kita Ward, Tokyo, near Oji Station. The participation fee (which goes to paying the room rent only) is ¥200 per forum (per person). For further information, please contact Yoshihito Kurasawa at prehend@ma.kitanet.ne.jp

English-speaking women’s group: College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) is an organization for women committed to education, cross-cultural exchange and friendship. CWAJ holds monthly luncheons with interesting speakers and has several special interests groups such as hiking, Japanese conversation, trips and tours, music and ceramics. It’s a great way to meet new people and become involved! See www.cwaj.org

Public lectures at TUJ: Temple University, Japan Campus’ Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) hosts more than 40 lectures and symposiums each year. Please visit www.tuj.ac.jp/events/2013/public-lectures.html for details. Temple University: www.tuj.ac.jp

Aikido in English: Join Seidokan Aikido of Tokyo, a modern style of aikido taught in English every Saturday from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. We welcome men and women, foreign and Japanese. The first month of instruction is free. In Itabashi Ward, on Toei Mita/Saikyo lines. See www.tokyoseidokan.com. Email dojo@tokyoseidokan.com for details

Nationwide

Sensei Club: Find teachers and students (Tokyo and Japan) — for English and other subjects! Contact teachers or students directly. It’s free! Visit us at www.senseiclub.com

University teachers: Uncertain times at work? Isolated? Don’t know where to turn? We’re stronger if we stand together. Contact the University Teachers Union (National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu) via www.utu-japan.org

The Canadian Alumni Association in Japan (CAAJ) holds monthly events that are designed for networking between people who have studied in Canada and those who are interested in doing so. For more info, contact 03-3224-0944, e-mail membership@caaj.jp or check out www.caaj.jp

SHARED INTERESTS

Chubu

Nagoya International Personal Computer Club meets at noon on the third Saturday (Sept. 20) of the month in Fushimi, Nagoya. Call 070-5152-2662 or visit www.nipcc.org for details

Free Sunday soccer in Nagoya: Whether you are a beginner or Lionel Messi, you are welcome to join in for soccer every Sunday in Nagoya. The playing starts at 2 p.m. at the Shonai Ryokuchi Koen, Nishi Ward, just by Shonai Ryokuchi Koen Station on the Tsurumai Line. Everyone is invited to join the kickabout games, but for the more serious players, Shonai FC has regular training and competitive games. For more information, please email sundayshonai@yahoo.co.uk

The Aichi Goodwill Guides Network (AGGN) offers five free English-speaking tours of sightseeing spots around Nagoya. Guides are free but entrance fees are to be paid by participants. Tours include Nagoya Castle, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Atsuta Jingu shrine, Osu Shopping Arcade and Arimatsu. For further information and to make reservations, contact the AGGN at guide-desk@aggn.jp or call 0561-75-6977

Kanagawa

Weekend shogi tournament in Fujisawa at Fujisawa Shogi Center most weekends. Venue: Mitsuhashi Bldg 4F, Fujisawa 532 (call 0466-27-3107). Times: Opens at 12 p.m., starts at 1 a.m. For details, see ishonan.com/event.php?function=showEvent&event_id=4412

Serendipity Sunday in Chigasaki most Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with Serendipity Sunday Market selling locally made honey, coffee, baked sweets, cheese, as well as sun-catchers, clothing, natural and glass crafts, ceramics, handmade hats. Also, aroma massage, personal color diagnosis, nail art. Where: Serendipity Cafe, 1-7-35 Matsugaoka, Chigasaki. Call 0467-84-5244. Blog: serendipitycafechigasaki.doorblog.jp. Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Serendipity-cafe/255070147875219. On iShonan: ishonan.com/event.php?function=showEvent&event_id=4919

Want to watch some fresh stand-up comedy? Want to try your hand at making an audience laugh yourself? The Mad Cows of Tokyo give you the chance to do both. There are regular shows in Tokyo, Yokohama and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Pref., including an open mic show where newcomers and old hands alike can try out new material in front of a friendly, supportive crowd. For details of shows and performance opportunities, email bignightout@madcowscomedy.com

The American Village in Misaki, Kanagawa, is seeking new members. Located on the water only one hour from Tokyo, the Village is perfect for sailing, beach and family time for the international community. For further information, e-mail amakusashiro1@msn.com

Kansai

Kansai Bulldogs Cricket Club is now looking for players for the new season — players of all levels are welcome. The club plays regular matches around Osaka and Kobe. For more info, call Jason at 090-3995-7908 or e-mail kansaibulldogs@gmail.com

Australian football in Osaka: We are the Osaka Dingoes Australian Football Club. We hold weekly training at Osaka Castle Park. We have regular games with teams from Tokyo and Osaka. Male and female teams. See www.osakadingoes.com or mail osakadingoes@hotmail.com

Nagano

Hike, walk, bike Nagano: “Hiking, Walking and Biking Nagano: 20 Nature, History and Culture Tours in Chikuma City” by Peter Ninnes provides a new and enchanting way to experience the beauty of Nagano, just two hours from Tokyo. Detailed English maps and route descriptions provide many interesting facts about the area. Ebook for iPhone, Windows phone, Blackberry, iPad, iPod, etc., available at www.smashwords.com/books/view/109305

Tohoku

Japan Writers Conference: This year, the Japan Writers Conference takes place on Sat., Oct. 25, and Sun., Oct. 26, at beautiful Iwate National University in Morioka, Iwate Pref. It is free and open to all. Published writers, translators, editors, agents and publishers welcome. Please see our website for details: www.japanwritersconference.org

Tokyo

Breakfast Toastmasters Club: Are your communication and leadership skills keeping you ahead or behind in today’s economic climate? Your confidence and effectiveness as a public speaker can grow in the supportive atmosphere of Breakfast Toastmasters. We are an English speaking club that meets 8 p.m. every second (Sept. 11) and fourth Thursday at the Dai-Ichi Hotel in Shinbashi, Tokyo. Prior reservation required. For more info, visit 4947.toastmastersclubs.org.

English discussion group meeting: The East West Discussion Group presents a discussion on “How to improvise your native English” following a presentation by Isao Takizawa on Thu., Sept. 11, from 7-9 p.m. Venue: Room 104, Waseda Hoshien Seminar House, 2-3-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku 169-8616 (phone 03-3205-5411). See www.hoshien.or.jp. ¥700 Japanese, ¥500 non-Japanese and students. For details, mail Shigetomi Imai at sigetomii@yahoo.co.jp.

Pioneer Toastmasters Club welcomes you to join club meetings as a guest. An NPO for education, the club is part of Toastmasters International, which helps people of various backgrounds improve their communication and leadership skills using a proven education system. We meet every second (Sept. 12) and fourth Friday at Aoyama Lifelong Learning Center, Omotesando (A4 exit), Tokyo. Visit www.meetup.com/pioneertmc for further details.

New Bridge Toastmasters Club welcomes you to join club meetings as a guest. An NPO for education, the club is part of Toastmasters International, which helps people of various backgrounds improve communication and leadership skills using a proven education system. We meet every first and third Thursday (Sept. 18) at Shinbashi Business Forum, Hibiya First Building, 1-18-21, Shimbashi, Minato Ward, Uchisaiwaicho (A2 exit), Tokyo. Visit www.meetup.com/NewBridge-Toastmasters for info.

Yamanote Bilingual Toastmasters: Meet on the first and third Fridays (Sept. 19) of each month at 7:15 p.m. at Nakameguro Square! We make speeches and give each other constructive feedback, do impromptu speeches, and have a lot of fun in English and Japanese. Visitors only need to introduce themselves in either language. Constructive, professional, sometimes hilarious atmosphere. Welcome to join and see what the international fuss is about! For more information, see yamanote-tmc.org/en.

Kokubunji Toastmasters Club, an international English-language public speaking club, welcomes people to its monthly meetings, which are held on the third Saturday night (Sept. 20) of each month. E-mail: yamaumi@hotmail.com

Comedy Juku: Interested in trying out stand-up comedy? Join our comedy jukus! It’s an open forum of comedians talking about their jokes, giving feedback or critiques and performing small sets to a limited audience. In this relaxed atmosphere, you can meet other people who are interested in comedy and fine-tune ideas you have. We hold the juku on the last Wednesday of every month (Sept. 24) at the VEGa wine bar in Shibuya (www.vega-bar.com) from 8 p.m. More information at www.madcowscomedy.com.

Tokyo Book Group is a casual discussion of mostly fiction, held in Shibuya once a month. Adults of all ages welcome. Discussions will be based on “Kapitoil” (Sun., Oct 19) by Teddy Wayne, on an immigrant learning U.S. culture and capitalism; “Winesburg, Ohio” (Sun., Nov. 16) by Sherwood Anderson, an influential short-story cycle on small-town life; and “Serious Men” (Sun., Dec. 7) by Manu Joseph, a satire on contemporary life in Mumbai. For further information, please email jeffdjp@yahoo.com.

The Tokyo International Children’s Choir (TICC) is a not-for-profit children’s choir. Michelle DiBona Trefren is joining the choir from August 2014 as music director! The TICC provides elementary and middle school children with a fun and high-quality opportunity to learn musical and life skills over the course of the academic school year from September through May. Rehearsals are held at St. Paul International Lutheran Church in Iidabashi. Find out more about TICC at www.tokyochildrenschoir.com or “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TokyoInternationalChildrensChoir.

International Adventure Club Tokyo (IAC-Tokyo) is an international club managed by volunteers. The club provides fantastic ways to explore the outdoors of Japan and meet great people whilst having fun — hiking, rock-climbing, walks, camping, skiing and more. Once you become a member, you can participate in events and even organize them yourself. We are looking forward to sharing many great adventures with you. Check out our website for more information at www.iac-tokyo.org.

Genesis Art Workshops presents a Sunday drawing class in the traditional gardens of magnificent Shinjuku Gyoen, every week, 1-4 p.m. Ideal for all ages to learn how to draw in nature using fun intuitive techniques. Community picnic followed by 90-minute drawing session. Price: ¥1,500. More details at www.genesiscards.com/workshop-schedul/ or phone: 090-4122-6626.

Tokyo Embassy Choir is Japan’s leading ensemble of Japanese and expatriate choristers. It has a broad repertoire and a reputation to match. Major concerts are offered with free entry, with collections for charity. Auditions twice a year. Visit www.bec.ac.

Dance with the Disabled: Body & Mind is aiming to open our body and mind through dance. Under the guidance of Natsu Nakajima, a professional Butoh dancer, anyone, including the intellectually disabled, can participate. Three locations in Tokyo, classes are held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each class consists of movement for relaxation, group-work and improvisation dance. Yotsuya class: second and fourth Saturdays, Yotsuya Hiroba Gallery Lamp. Suginami class: first and third Saturdays, Koenji Shogaisha Koryu Kan. Machida class: first and third Wednesday, Tamagawa Bunka Center. Fee: ¥1,500 per class. For more information, see www.geocities.jp/mutekisha/index1-e.html, email nnakajima7@ams.odn.ne.jp or call 042-391-4087.

Want to watch some fresh stand-up comedy? Want to try your hand at making an audience laugh yourself? The Mad Cows of Tokyo give you the chance to do both. There are regular shows in Tokyo, Yokohama and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Pref., including an open mic show where newcomers and old hands alike can try out new material in front of a friendly, supportive crowd. For details of shows and performance opportunities, email bignightout@madcowscomedy.com.

Tokyo Art Collectors Club: Group of Japanese- and English-speaking art lovers and collectors meets periodically for gallery tours and events. Join the free Tokyo Art Collectors Club on Linked In or Facebook page. For more information, contact Bob Tobin at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, 1-4 Yokoyama-cho, Nihonbashi (near Kodenmacho Station), or email rtbn@gol.com. Tel: 03-5695-6600

Love Shakespeare? Amateur group in Tokyo meets once a month to celebrate our love of the Bard. Come to read or just to listen. All nationalities welcome, and no experience is necessary! Visit groups.yahoo.com/group/Shakespeare-sama.

Tokyo Theatre for Children has been bringing the magical world of musical theatre to kids, young and old, for over 35 years! We are an English-speaking, adult community theatre troupe and nonprofit always looking for volunteers. Can you paint? Build? Act? Sing? Sew? Dance? Want to work backstage? No experience? No problem! How about being a patron of the arts? Production costs are extremely high. Please help us keep Tokyo Theatre for Children alive and bring the world of make-believe to life! Please contact Gerri at ttfc.japan@gmail.com or check out www.tokyotheatreforchildren.blogspot.com.

Support the Tokyo Sinfonia: We welcome anyone who is interested in supporting the Tokyo Sinfonia as volunteers. There is one area where the assistance of a volunteer would be extremely helpful. We would love to hear from someone who would like to keep our website updated every couple of weeks. If you are interested, please contact 03-3588-0738. For tickets or further information, please email tickets@tokyosinfonia.com. Website: www.tokyosinfonia.com

Experience the power and excitement of Japanese “taiko” drumming. For more information on meetings, check out www.akaonidaiko.com.

Want to learn about humour? Want to be funnier in life, with your friends, or just in general? Maybe you even want to try getting on stage? Come to the Tokyo Comedy Store’s Standup Comedy Workshop! For more information, see www.tokyocomedy.com/standup_workshops.

Choir practice takes place every Thursday from 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. at Tokyo Metro Church in Tachikawa. Each session includes English pronunciation practice by native speakers, breathing techniques and lots of singing. No experience necessary. For more info (in Japanese), please call 042-548-0132, or (in English) e-mail englishattmc@yahoo.com.

Time Forum (English discussion group): Time Forum is a weekly English forum to discuss current topics. It provides an arena in which the participants can exchange their views freely and candidly and aims to enhance their knowledge and awareness of current topics, communication skills in discussion and mutual understanding through discussion. Anyone interested can participate in Time Forum, which meets from 10 a.m. till 12 noon every Saturday at Hokutopia (usually on the eighth floor) in Oji, Kita Ward, Tokyo, near Oji Station. The participation fee (which goes to paying the room rent only) is ¥200 per forum (per person). For further information, please contact Yoshihito Kurasawa at prehend@ma.kitanet.ne.jp.

Women’s network: Women in Tokyo, we welcome you to join our network For Empowering Women (FEW), and to begin building your professional and social network. We offer monthly events incorporating many different topics from lectures to social outings and volunteering. For more information, please visit www.fewjapan.com.

English-speaking women’s group: College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) is an organization for women committed to education, cross-cultural exchange and friendship. CWAJ holds monthly luncheons with interesting speakers and has several special interests groups such as hiking, Japanese conversation, trips and tours, music and ceramics. It’s a great way to meet new people and become involved! See www.cwaj.org.

Square and Compass Masonic Lodge #3 meets Sundays in Kunitachi, Tokyo. Meetings begin 1 p.m. with lunch at 12 noon For info, contact Wm. W. Burgos at wm@square-compass3.org.

Tokyo American Club: A home away from home for the international community since 1928! Call 03-4588-0670 for information on special packages to fit your needs or visit www.tokyoamericanclub.org.

Tokyo Canadian Club for Canadians and friends of Canada. Join the club for events with Canadian nostalgia and a monthly pub night. Visit our website at: www.tokyocanadianclub.com.

Aikido in English: Join Seidokan Aikido of Tokyo, a modern style of aikido taught in English every Saturday from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. We welcome men and women, foreign and Japanese. The first month of instruction is free. In Itabashi Ward, on Toei Mita/Saikyo lines. See www.tokyoseidokan.com. Email dojo@tokyoseidokan.com for details

Overeaters Anonymous can be contacted on (03) 5605-9425, by emailing oatokyo@yahoo.com or visiting www.oaintokyo.org.

Nationwide

Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese supports foreign women with Japanese partners. See www.afwj.org for more information.

SOCIAL

Chubu

Nagoya Meet and Greet: A monthly lunch where more than 40 women of various nationalities, interests and ages gather to meet, eat and greet. Great for new arrivals and those seeking new friends. Children’s play area available. English is the language of communication. E-mail: nagoyameetandgreet@gmail.com

Chubu Philippine Friendship Association: CPFA is a volunteer group mainly for Filipinos living in the Chubu area. Founded in 1981, it fosters cooperation and networking between Filipinos and Japanese with the support from people of all nationalities. Visit cpfa-nagoya.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/CPFA.Nagoya for more info

Nagoya International Club was founded in 2005 to promote a vibrant foreign community in the Chubu/Nagoya area that offers an alternative to the bar scene, gives people an opportunity to make friends outside of their work-centered worlds, and introduces them to the many interesting places, people and sites in the Chubu region. Visit rayproper.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3bf6417dab012a9c54b228877&id=23afec8f86

Kansai

Community House & Information Centre is a nonprofit community organization committed to meet the needs of the international community in Kansai, located at the RIC Central Tower, 3rd Floor, 5-15 Koyocho Naka, Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0032. CHIC is a place for Japanese and the international community to socialize in a casual, fun atmosphere. We offer classes (language, cooking, arts and crafts, children’s focus), day trips (sightseeing, Japanese cultural experiences, shopping tours, and special events (coffee mornings, carpet auction, holiday bazaar, China Pete’s pottery sale). Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9:30-3:30 p.m., closed national holidays, and from June 21 to August 17. For more information or questions, see www.chickobe.com or email information@chickobe.com

Kobe Club is a nonprofit, private-membership club serving Kansai’s international community. Featuring fine dining and a wide range of events and activities, it is a center of social, cultural and family life for the transient and long-term expatriate as well as the internationally minded local resident. Email kobeclub@office.email.ne.jp or check out www.kobeclub.org

FEW Kansai is a networking organization for foreign women in Japan. Dinner meetings feature a variety of guest speakers, usually held at the Hilton Hotel Osaka in Umeda on the last Thursday of each month. The organization also organizes monthly events that provide professional and personal support. Email info@fewkansai.com or visit www.fewkansai.com

Saitama

Fall Market Day at Alishan Organic Center: Meet and purchase from organic farmers, craftsmen and artisans. Live music and workshops in a relaxed green mountain stream-side setting near Koma Station on the Seibu Line, in Hidaka, Saitama Pref. Mountain hiking and clean stream wading. 15-percent-off sale at Tengu Natural Foods. Date: Sat., Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine. Info at www.alishan-organic-center.com, call 042-982-4823 or email info@alishan.jp

Tokyo

Bilingual improv comedy show: The Pirates of Tokyo Bay are putting on a bilingual comedy show on Sun., Sept. 21, in Ebisu at “What the Dickens”! The Pirates of Tokyo Bay are a short-form improv comedy group in Kanto. We do comedy similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway?” This show will be in both English and Japanese, so there’s something for everyone! Doors 7 p.m., starts 7:30, ends 9:30. ¥1,500 gets you in and one free drink! Food available. Venue: 4F Roob 6 Bldg, 1-13-3 Ebisu Nishi, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0021 (call 03-3780-2099; site at www.whatthedickens.jp). Web: www.piratesoftokyobay.com. Email: info@japancomedy.com. Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/785994324765473/?ref=5

Comedy Juku: Interested in trying out standup comedy? Join our comedy jukus! It’s an open forum of comedians talking about their jokes, giving feedback or critiques and performing small sets to a limited audience. In this relaxed atmosphere, you can meet other people who are interested in comedy and fine-tune ideas you have. We hold the juku on the last Wednesday of every month (Sept. 24) at the VEGa wine bar in Shibuya (www.vega-bar.com) from 8 p.m. More information at www.madcowscomedy.com

Tokyo Comedy Store Crocodile Shibuya: What show features a hilarious singing MC from Sydney, improvised musicals and games based on your suggestions by Spontaneous Confabulation plus Theatresports — and standup comedians? The Tokyo Comedy Store Crocodile Show in Shibuya! Fun fun fun! Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show runs 8-10:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month (Sept. 26). Entrance: ¥2,000. Table-service meals and drinks available throughout the show. Reserve your table now at our website: www.tokyocomedy.com/tcs_crocodile_show

International Adventure Club Tokyo (IAC-Tokyo) is an international club managed by volunteers. The club provides fantastic ways to explore the outdoors of Japan and meet great people whilst having fun — hiking, rock-climbing, walks, camping, skiing and more. Once you become a member, you can participate in events and even organize them yourself. We are looking forward to sharing many great adventures with you. Check out our website for more information at www.iac-tokyo.org

Genesis Art Workshops presents a Sunday drawing class in the traditional gardens of magnificent Shinjuku Gyoen, every week, 1-4 p.m. Ideal for all ages to learn how to draw in nature using fun intuitive techniques. Community picnic followed by 90-minute drawing session. Price: ¥1,500. More details at www.genesiscards.com/workshop-schedul/ or phone: 090-4122-6626

HIV Peer Support: Tokyo peer support grew from a need for peer support programs in English. We offer peer support for any person living with HIV every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Waseda university. We work with Japanese HIV support Organization Place Tokyo, to provide ongoing peer support groups and workshops where you can get together with other people in the same boat as you. People who understand. We operate in a safe, considerate and 100% confidential setting to discuss what’s on your mind, ask questions and make new friends. For questions, email info@peersupporttokyo.com or visit www.peersupporttokyo.com

Women’s network: Women in Tokyo, we welcome you to join our network For Empowering Women (FEW), and to begin building your professional and social network. We offer monthly events incorporating many different topics from lectures to social outings and volunteering. For more information, please visit www.fewjapan.com

Need a good laugh? There’s standup, open mic, improv and more! The Tokyo Comedy Store hosts shows in Shibuya and Asakusa, with the entrance fee ranging from free to ¥2,000 (drinks included). Reserve by emailing Chris Wells (chris@tokyocomedy.com) or please visit www.tokyocomedy.com/schedule.

English-speaking women’s group: College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) is an organization for women committed to education, cross-cultural exchange and friendship. CWAJ holds monthly luncheons with interesting speakers and has several special interests groups such as hiking, Japanese conversation, trips and tours, music and ceramics. It’s a great way to meet new people and become involved! See www.cwaj.org.

Open Mic Night: Every Thursday night from 8 p.m. till 1:30 a.m., CoZmo’s Cafe in Shibuya comes alive with local and talented musicians. Free. Musicians, singers, dancers and poets are welcome to take the stage, and music lovers are welcome to listen to new, talented artists. Sign up on arrival — no reservations. Alternatively, just come to listen and enjoy. For more info, send a mail to info@cozmoscafe.com, call 03-3407-5166 or check out www.cozmoscafe.com.

Nationwide

The Canadian Alumni Association in Japan (CAAJ) holds monthly events that are designed for networking between people who have studied in Canada and those who are interested in doing so. For more info, contact 03-3224-0944, e-mail membership@caaj.jp or check out www.caaj.jp.

SPIRITUAL

Chubu

All Nations Fellowship is an international bilingual (English/Japanese) worship service. Our Bible-based teachings are focused on the gospel and the doctrines of grace. We meet every Sunday at 10:30 in Nagakute, Nagoya. We offer bilingual Sunday School for children aged 4-12. Please visit us at www.allnationsfellowship.net for more information.

Islam Ahmadiyya Mosque hosts Friday Prayer at 1 p.m. and is open for all five daily prayers. You can also study the Holy Quran, Arabic and Urdu, use the Islamic library and attend cooking classes. Address: Kifune 2-1602, Meito Ward, Nagoya. Email: info@ahmadiyyat.jp. Phone: 052-703-1868. Web: www.ahmadiyyat.jp

Fukuoka

International Christian worship: Meinohama Christian Center in Fukuoka has an English worship service every Sunday night at 6 p.m. A 10-minute walk from Meinohama Station (subway Airport Line), 3-19-3 Meinohama Eki Minami, Nishi Ward, Riverside Noda Bldg. 2nd Floor. Call 092-215-1530 for info. Please join us!

Kanagawa

Sagamihara church seeks musicians: The Triumphant Bible Church is urgently looking for guitarists and a keyboard player to join her weekly Sunday “Let’s Praise God” music festivals. Address: Meson Sagamihara 102, Minami-dai, 4-16-4, Minami Ward, Sagamihara city (a four-minute walk from Odakyu Sagamihara Station’s North Exit on Odakyu Line). Please call Brother George on 090-1265-1042 (24 hours).

Faith & Victory International Church Yokohama has services in both English and Japanese. Activities: Sunday Worship (from 3 p.m.), Gospel Choir Practice (7 p.m. Wednesdays), Leadership Training Program (Sundays), Variety Night (7:15 p.m. Fridays). Place: Yokohama Nishi Ward, Minamisaiwai 2-16-20, Ochuu Yokohama Building 9F (5 mins walk from Yokohama Station, West Exit). Telephone: 045-479-5060/090-9813-3545 or mail naokiatanda@yahoo.com.

Tokyo

The Unitarian Fellowship of Tokyo meets at 3 p.m. every second Sunday (Sept. 14) of the month (except in July and August) for stimulating discussions on topics of faith and social justice at International House, near Roppongi or Azabu-Juban stations. Contact us for more info on 03-3470-4611 or at unitarianfellowshipoftokyo@gmail.com.

Comprehensive Buddhism Course in English held every third Tuesday (Sept. 16) of the month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., except in August, at Fumonkan 5F, 2-6-1 Wada, Suginami Ward, Tokyo, near Honancho subway station on the Marunouchi Line. Lecture, in an interactive style, by Dr. Miriam Levering of the International Buddhist Congregation. Phone 03-5341-1230. Admission free. See www.ibc-buddhism.info/Levering.html. Email: ibc-information@memoad.jp

International Buddhist Congregation holds Sunday service in English every week from 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m at Birthplace Hall,1-15-1 Wada, Suginami Ward, Tokyo, two minutes from Nakano-Fujimicho Station’s exit on the Marunouchi Line. Ceremony, dharma talk, dharma circle sharing and social time. Friendly atmosphere. For more information, call 03-5341-1230 or visit www.ibc-rk.org.

Foundations for Christian Life at St. Alban’s Anglican-Episcopal Church (3-6-25 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011) every Thursday at 7 p.m. Foundations for Christian Life can help you to say an even deeper “Yes!” to the life and love our God offers you in the Church and world now, and in God’s eternal Kingdom. For further information, please see our website at www.saintalbans.jp. Email stalbans@saintalbans.jp or call 03-3431-8534 for details.

Contemplative Prayer at St. Alban’s Anglican-Episcopal Church (3-6-25 Shiba Koen Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011). Please join us for Still Prayer (or Christian Meditation) at St. Alban’s. We meet for Still Prayer on Thursdays 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Still Prayer is simply resting wordlessly in God’s presence. It’s the most natural thing in the world and all human beings were created to share in this kind of communion with God. For more information please contact our website at www.saintalbans.jp. Mail stalbans@saintalbans.jp or call 03-3431-8534.

Choir practice takes place every Thursday from 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. at Tokyo Metro Church in Tachikawa. Each session includes English pronunciation practice by native speakers, breathing techniques and lots of singing. No experience necessary. For more info (in Japanese), please call 042-548-0132, or (in English) e-mail englishattmc@yahoo.com.

Learn to meditate: Looking for a spiritual element in everyday life, without having to embrace dogma or established religion? All instruction is based entirely on our experience, common sense and standard yoga practices. Our yoga studio has an easy startup plan that provides practical sets of instruction to beginners. We are based around Hindu/Buddhist beliefs but the essential method is suitable for all belief systems and for nonbelievers. For more on class times, please mail paola@yogasan.net or check out www.yogasan.net.

Shinjuku Shalom Church has an English service every Saturday from 3 p.m. at Shinjuku Ward, Nishi-Shinjuku 7-9-6 Kotobuki Bldg., Rm 201. Phone 03-3371-7558. With ice-breaking, singing, messages and refreshments. This is a chance to practice English and get some spiritual food.

Introduction To Christianity class at St. Paul International Lutheran Church, Tokyo. For a map to the church, please visit www.spilchurchtokyo.org. All are invited!

NOTICES

Kansai

World’s street performers featured in Osaka: The 24th Tempozan World Performance Festival will take place Sat., Sept. 13, to Mon., Sept. 15, in Osaka. Visitors to the festival, which will run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, can watch 33 groups of street performers from Japan and abroad. Admission is free. The venue is Tempozan Harbor Village, a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo Line. For details, check out www.kaiyukan.com/press/pdfs/140812_WPF.pdf or call 06-6576-5529.

Foreigners sought to carry festival shrine: The Nishinomiya City International Association is seeking non-Japanese people who are willing to carry the portable shrine during the Nishinomiya Festival on Tue., Sept. 23. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m. Participation is ¥500. Reservations are required by Fri., Sept. 5, and can be made by calling 0798-32-8680 or by sending an email to niairuka@chive.ocn.ne.jp. Participants are required to assemble in front of Nishinomiya Shrine, a seven-minute walk from Hanshin Nishinomiya Station. To find out more, visit www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ (in Japanese).

Kamigamo Shrine in Kita Ward, Kyoto, offers daily tours with English-speaking guides. Participants should be at the shrine at 9:30 a.m. Tours at other hours available on request. Cost: ¥500. Please check in advance that tour for the day will take place. Please call 075-781-0011 or visit www.kamigamojinja.jp for details.

Saitama

Fall Market Day at Alishan Organic Center: Meet and purchase from organic farmers, craftsmen and artisans. Live music and workshops in a relaxed green mountain stream-side setting near Koma Station on the Seibu Line, in Hidaka, Saitama Pref. Mountain hiking and clean stream wading. 15-percent-off sale at Tengu Natural Foods. Date: Sat., Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine. Info at www.alishan-organic-center.com, call 042-982-4823 or email info@alishan.jp

Tokyo

East Blue Free Tours of Asakusa: Are you looking for tour that is more than some dull facts and meaningless dates and names? More than what you can find on Wikipedia? We believe in providing tours that are unique, fun and interesting — tours that tell a tale and give you a real taste of the legends, history and culture of Tokyo. Our guides are skilled at bringing history and sights alive through their excellent storytelling. These free walking tour runs every day, all year around, in almost all weather. In extreme cases such as typhoons, the tour may be cancelled and information will be clearly located on our web page. Email: info@freetourjapan.com. Website: www.freetourjapan.com

See Tokyo through the eyes of an English-speaking native! Our guides might not speak perfect English, but their hospitality, spirit and cultural insight will make your Tokyo experience heart-warming and memorable. They’ll show you around your favorite neighborhood for free. Call Kimi Information Center on 03-3986-1604. Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Marunouchi opens TIC: Mitsubishi Estate and the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has opened the first international Tourism Information Center (TIC) in Marunouchi, on the first floor of the Shin Tokyo Building. The TIC’s second floor hosts a variety of seminars, workshops and art galleries in partnership with local outlets and governments in the area. PC/Internet and travel/tourism literature also available.

Nationwide

“The Expat’s Guide to Japan” is an online guide that covers all the basic yet essential info to help make living in and around Tokyo and Yokohama more pleasant and convenient. Printed copies also available free of charge. Contact info@mais.co.jp or see expatsguide.jp.

Washington office available: Office in Washington, D.C., across from Union Station/Capitol Hill with kitchen, conference room, gym available for Japan-based organizations and individuals to use when in Washington. Contact help@keikyo.com for further information.