Used books, furniture sales and clothes


More readers have been writing to say that they have lost columns cut out for future reference, so could we please relay the same information again. Happy to do so from time to time. Note, however, that that you can find back columns on The Japan Times Web site at www.japantimes.com

Book donations

Andrew in Saitama city has amassed a lot of books in English and would like to donate them to a library. “Many are hard-cover reference books and would be better off in a library than in a used book store.”

As suggested in Lifelines of March 23, 2003, try your local library. If there is a section already dedicated to English language books there is a good chance staff will be happy to take them off your hands. If there is no section, maybe there should/could be? Also try local English conversation schools, which may be happy to receive a free boost to their bookshelves.

Best foot forward

Carl has lost contact details for foot specialist Josselyne Gourret. The only non-Japanese French/English/Japanese-speaking podiatrist/chiropodist in Japan, she works privately from a clinic attached to her home in Meguro Ward, Tokyo. Her number is (03) 3495-6160 or phone/fax (03) 3495-6170. She also sees patients at the Tokyo Surgical Clinic every Wednesday morning.

Furniture sales

A couple who are about to leave Japan wish to sell some nice pieces of furniture.

They could try WAVE Interior, a recycle shop on the third and fourth floors at 3-9-1 Shinjuku (phone: (03) 3353-3313). It claims to pay high prices for goods such as appliances, designer clothes and good quality furniture, from both East and West. Also staff will come to your place and give you a free estimate.

It’s open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. To get there, take the Toei Shinjuku Line to Shinjuku-3 chome Stn, C-6 exit; or walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku station towards Shinjuku-dori.

Old clothes, appliances

Charlie McJilty of Food Bank Japan has news about where to send old clothes. “There is a new group located near Minowa (just north of Ueno) that collects used clothing. It was started by homeless people as a means for the homeless to help themselves.”

Basically, the group sells donated clothing from the shop. The appliances they gather are used for individuals and families on public assistance.

Contact Asia Worker’s Network, at 2-14-9 Higashi-Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo 116-0014. Phone/fax: (03) 5604-0873.

Also, FBJ will hold its annual meeting on Feb. 11 at the Catholic Centre on Sophia Campus, located 2 minutes from Yotsuya Station. Contact information can be found at www.fbj.or.jp or through e-mail: info@fbj.or.jp. Volunteers are always welcome (volunteer@fbj.or.jp).