Kids' camps; more on Baha'i

Baha’i outreach

MN thanks us for writing about her community (Lifelines, Sept. 21).

“Just in case Janice or other readers are interested, there is a small but active Baha’i community in the Kansai area. Janice can find out more by e-mailing or Brett Keeman, the caretaker of the Amagasaki Baha’i Center ( or by telephoning the National Office at (03) 3209-7521, where there is often someone on duty who can speak English.”

Also, NM of the Pioneer and Travel Teaching Desk (Japan) says he serves in a capacity where he can address questions and concerns of English-speaking Baha’is in or coming to Japan, and would be happy if Janice or any other interested party wants to contact him at

Finally, JN would like to point out that The CIA Factbook is just like any other almanac and is not just for use by the CIA.

“Obviously,” he remarks, “since you yourself used it! My guess is that the CIA is not interested in Bahai’s in Japan in particular, but the figures are (simply) part of the statistics they’ve gathered.”

Summer camps

Earlier in the summer, CP was asking about ways to keep her two boys occupied over the school holidays.

“Can you recommend any camps or outdoor activities for kids? We’re new to Tokyo, still finding our way around, and hope we can find something in English.”

We recommended English Adventure and are waiting to hear how she got on — or rather how much her sons enjoyed themselves. Too late now for this year, but worth checking out for 2011:

Returning prewar photos

BB is an American living in South Korea who wonders how to return some old photos from prewar Japan.

“My father was in the war and served in Japan after the surrender. He brought back with him a collection of various photos of families and soldiers that I think would be very highly valued by relatives, if they can be found.

“I don’t know if there is any kind of method to do this but I would like to try. I know I would want such old family photos if they existed.”

Bruce provides a link to his Facebook page, with some of the scanned photos:

We think this an excellent way to get your message across. You might also like to know there are a number of Japanese networking sites like Facebook. The largest is called Mixi, and this would seem an even better way to find relatives than the English-language Facebook.

This would however require you to write in Japanese. Do you have any Japanese contacts who might like to help? Or maybe one of our Japanese readers would care to get involved. If so, do get in touch with BB via the link above.

Angela Jeffs is a freelance writer and writing guide ( Ken Joseph directs the Japan Helpline at and (0570) 000-911. Send queries, problems and posers to

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