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Fukushima: Shared interests (upcoming)

Iwaki Gospel Festival 2019: Sat., June 29, Alios Main Theater, Iwaki Performing Arts Center. Where: 1-6 Misaki, Taira aza, Iwaki City, Fukushima. Sat., June 29, opens 1:30 p.m., starts 2 p.m. Celebrating its eighth year, the festival started a year after the Great East Japan Earthquake to support the victims from the disaster and to give joy and hope to them through the power of gospel. Gospel workshops by musicians for adults and kids will also be held. Only you need is that you love to sing! Workshops for adults: Fri., May 31, 7-9 p.m.; Sat., June 8, 2-4 p.m.; Sat., June 15, 7-9 p.m. For kids: Sun., June 9, 2-3 p.m.; Sat., June 22, 2-3 p.m. Email: iwakigospel@gmail.com. Web: ja-jp.facebook.com/iwakihomechapel.gospelws/. Price: Free. Contact: iwakigospel@gmail.com. Web: ja-jp.facebook.com/iwakihomechapel.gospelws/

Kyoto: Shared interests (upcoming)

Sake Spring 2019: On Sat., May 25, and Sun., May 26 (noon-5 p.m.), the largest sake event in Kyoto is held at the World nightclub and participants will be able to enjoy various brands of sake from 15 prefectures. Concurrently, around 10 izakaya Japanese-style pubs in Kiyamachi and Pontocho areas are set to open earlier than usual and offer posh nibbles. All-you-can-drink tickets cost ¥3,000 in advance (¥4,000 at door). Web: sakesp.com/kyoto/en/

Kyoto: Spiritual (upcoming)

Free public Christian Science lecture: Sat., May 25, Christian Science Kyoto Society, 421 Uchikamae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto. Free public Christian Science Lecture “Making Meaningful Change: How God’s Love Can Change Your Life and the World” by Mark McCurties, Christian Science practitioner and member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. This same lecture will be given on Sun., May 26, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Tokyo at 6-3, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001. Price: Free. Organized by: Christian Science Church (christianscience-tokyo.com)

Nagoya: Learning (upcoming)

Nagoya International Personal Computer Club: We meet at noon on the third Saturday (May 18) of the month in Fushimi, Nagoya. For more information, please call 070-5152-2662 or visit www.nipcc.org.

Development Training for Supporters of Foreign Students and Children: A Beginner Course (over three sessions) for supporters, carers and teachers of foreign students and children which aims to help participants to understand the circumstances of foreign children and related issues, and to learn how to provide appropriate support. The course will be conducted in Japanese, and is open to anyone interested in the education of foreign children. Places are limited to 40, which will be determined by screening. When: Sundays, June 9, 23, and July 7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. each session. Where: Nagoya International Center 5F, Conference Room 1. Cost: General participants ¥1,500, students ¥1,000. Covers all three sessions. Application period: Until Sat., May 25, 5 p.m. Inquiries/applications: By phone (052-581-5689), e-mail (seminar-vol@nic-nagoya.or.jp) or the NIC at www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/japanese/nicnews/archives/5132 (Japanese).

Children’s Story Book Time: Listen to foreign volunteers in the Nagoya International Center’s 3F library as they read storybooks in their own languages from the library’s vast collection of international children’s books. Participation is free, and no reservations are required! Upcoming schedule: Sun., May 26 — English & another language; Sat., June 1 — English (10:30 -11 a.m.) at Nakamura Library (www.library.city.nagoya.jp/guide/m_nakamura.html). All sessions are usually 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/10998.

Nagoya: Shared interests (upcoming)

NIC International Walking: The Nagoya International Center’s volunteer NIC Walking Guides are hosting a walking event to give Japanese and foreign residents an opportunity to interact while exploring the city. Departing from Nagoya International Center, the course will take participants to Yanagibashi Central Market, Shikemichi Street and Endoji Shopping District. When: Sat., May 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Where: Meet at Nagoya International Center 1F at 8:45 a.m. Cost: Free. Reservations: 30 places available (20 foreigners, 10 Japanese) on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations required. Visit or contact the Nagoya International Center 3F Information Counter, providing your full name, nationality, whether or not interpreting is required, and your contact details. E-mail: nicwalking@nic-nagoya.or.jp. Phone: 052-581-0100

NIC Book Recycling Bazaar: Hate to see a good book go to waste? Come along to the bazaar and get yourself a bunch of books for a bargain and contribute to a good cause while you’re at it. Proceeds go to the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan for the promotion of literacy education in developing countries and the NIC Library for the purchase of new books. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. When: Sun., June 2, 1-3 p.m. Where: Nagoya International Center 5F Conference Room 1. Web: www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/16653

Nagoya: Notices (upcoming)

Health consultations for foreign residents: This comprehensive consultation session, held in conjunction with MICA (Medical Information Center Aichi), aims to help resident foreign nationals who might be hindered by differences in language and customs to feel at ease about their health, through early detection of illness, prevention, and providing information about the medical treatment system. Interpreting support in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese will be available. Organized by Nagoya City Health and Welfare Bureau, Nagoya International Center, and Medical Information Center Aichi, health consultations will include a medical examination, urinalysis, body measurement, dental consultation, blood-pressure measurement and medical consultation. When: Sun., May 19, 1:30-4 p.m. Where: Nagoya International Center 5F Conference Room 1. Cost: Free. Inquiries: NIC Information Counter on 052-581-0100. Web: www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/16656

Osaka: Causes (upcoming)

WFP Walk the World Osaka: The World Food Programme will be holding a charity walk (5 and 10 km) to help rid of food shortage and malnutrition of children in third world countries. Part of the participation fee will be used for a program that will provide lunch in schools in third world countries. Let’s walk with the wish of providing children with nutrition and hope. When: Sun., May 26 (registration 10 a.m., opening ceremony 10:30), 10 km start at 11, 5 km start at 11:15. Where: Expo 70 Commemorative Park (get off at Bampaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line). Starts from Kami no Hiroba. Each Course 1,000 people. Fees: Junior high school students and above ¥1,500 (¥2,000 on the day), elementary students ¥500 (¥800 on day). Applications: By phone on 0570-039-846 by Mon., May 13, or online by Tue., May 14. Inquiries: WFP Walk the World Entry Secretariat on 0120-711-951 on weekdays 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Web: walktheworld.jp/osaka/

Osaka: Learning (upcoming)

Study in Europe Fair 2019: There will be around 80 higher educational institutions from Europe taking part in this study fair, and presentations and seminars on various programs for business schools, universities, engineering colleges, short-term study abroad and others. There will also be a seminar on scholarships. If you pre-register on the homepage, you can receive EU goods on the day of the fair and there will also be prizes to be given away. It is also possible to register on the day of the Fair. When: Sat., May 18, 12-6 p.m. Where: Osaka International House. Target: High school students, university students, graduate students, researchers and working people. Admission free. Inquiries: Delegation of the European Union to Japan Promotions Division on 03-5422-6001 or email Delegation-Japan-Event@eeas.europa.eu. Web: www.ehef-japan.org

For Empowering Women Kansai: FEW is an organization for foreign women in Japan. Dinner meetings feature a variety of guest speakers, usually held at the Hilton Hotel Osaka in the city’s Umeda area on the last Thursday of each month (May 30). FEW also organizes monthly events that provide professional and personal support. Venue: Hilton Osaka’s fourth floor, Umeda 1-8-8, Kita-ku, Osaka. Time: 6 p.m. for drinks, 7 p.m. for dinner and 8 p.m. for the presentation. Price: ¥5,000 for members, ¥7,000 for nonmembers (women only). For more information, please email few@fewkansai.com or visit www.fewkansai.com.

Osaka: Shared interests (upcoming)

17th Thai Festival 2019 Osaka: Kansai’s largest Thai event will be held again this year. You can enjoy Thai food and accessories, dance, boxing, and a Thai Pop Concert. There will also be a quiz with prizes. When: Sat., May 18, and Sun., May 19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Where: Osaka Castle Park, Taiyo-no-Hiroba (Tanimachi subway line Tanimachi 4-Chome Station, Osaka Loop Line Osaka Castle Park Station). Admission free. Inquiries: Royal Thai Consulate-General, Osaka, on 06-6262-9226. Web: www.thaich.net/news/20190419so.htm

The Third Annual “Parade Of Fools”: Until Sun., May 26 (closed Weds.), 12-7 p.m. (last day 11-3 p.m.), at gallery igu_m_art. Where: 1F Kita Oimatsu Bld., 4-5-25 Nishi Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka City 530-0047. “Parade Of Fools” is held in Kansai and based in Osaka, and is a unique, exciting and entertaining way for artists to meet new and established creative people. Artists can often find themselves working in isolation or in need of finding inspiration and stimulus, and what better way to do this than meet new people, broaden their network, create some artwork and have fun at the same time? And so we invite artists from around Kansai to take part. Price: Free. Organized by: Parade Of Fools (www.paradeoffools.com). Contact: theparadeoffools@gmail.com. Web: www.paradeoffools.com

Wakanagi concert: Sat., June 8, Creo-osaka Chuo Hall. Where: 5-6-25 Ueshio, Tennoji-ku, Osaka. When: Opens 1 p.m., starts 1:30. Shall we Indulge in Japanese culture? No reservation required and admission free. You will enjoy looking at Japanese instrument performance, acrobatics, drama, dance and comic stories. Many people regardless of age or gender can enjoy this concert. Price: Free. Organized by: Wakanagi (www.wakanagi.com). Contact: info@wakanagi.com or 050-3735-9390. Web: www.wakanagi.com/activity/concert/plan.html

Osaka: Notices (upcoming)

Free legal counselling for foreign residents: Consultations are strictly confidential and are 40 minutes per person. Appointments are necessary. General interpreting assistance can be provided. (Languages: English, Chinese and Korean.) When: Every first and third Wednesday (May 15) of the month. Venue: International House, Osaka. Appointment telephone number: 06-6772-1127 (Information Center, Osaka International House Foundation). Web: www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/information/counter.html

Free visa consultation for foreign residents: We hold a free monthly consultation with an immigration lawyer on visa procedures. Consultations are offered twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays (May 22). Available languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Consultations are confidential. 40 minutes per person. Admission: Free, but appointment necessary. Venue: Osaka International House. Contact: Information Center, Osaka International House Foundation. Phone: 06-6772-1127. Web: www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english

Call for international performers: We will be holding an exchange event, “Experience Multi-culture at i-house 2019,” at International House Osaka on Sun., Aug. 10, where foreign residents will introduce their culture as they have an exchange with the people of the local community. We are looking for foreigners who can introduce their language, dance, cuisine, games, etc. Qualifications: Foreigners who can speak at least some Japanese, can participate in the orientation sessions, can participate in one or two pre-meetings, and have no objection to having their name and photo on the promotional web page or flyer. Orientation sessions: Sun., May 26, and Sun., June 9, both 3-4:30 p.m. Application deadline: Fri., May 24. Inquiries: Osaka International House Foundation Information Center on 06-6773-8989 or fax 06-6773-8421. Web: www.ih-osaka.or.jp/news/20190402_4694/

Tokyo: Causes (upcoming)

Conservatives Abroad Japan: Meets every first and third Thursday (May 16) for a public demonstration of support in front of the U.S. Embassy at 5 p.m. and from midday in front of the Prime Minister’s Office to show our thanks and support for our hardworking Ambassador, Embassy Staff, President, the 50,000 troops guarding Japan and solidarity with the Americans in Japan and their Japanese Allies. For more information, email kempobadge@gmail.com.

TELL Salon Evening with Piano and Tenor: H.E. Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark Freddy Svane and Mrs. Lise Frederiksen are pleased to announce a Salon Evening with Piano and Tenor at the Danish Embassy to benefit TELL. Concert pianist Naomi Suzuki and tenor Kouji Kitano will present “A Collection of Serene & Comforting Musical Gems.” Both Naomi and Kouji are Japanese licensed psychologists who are passionate about supporting those with mental health issues and have generously donated their time and talents to raise awareness of these issues in Japan and TELL’s services in the community. When: Wed., May 22, 6:30-9 p.m. Where: Danish Embassy, 29-6 Sarugaku-cho 29, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo 150-0033. Tickets: ¥6,000, including drinks and finger food. Web: salon-evening.peatix.com

DAJ Speakeasy and Write-Your-Reps: Democrats Abroad Japan meet on the second Thursday of every month (June 13), 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Aldgate Pub in Shibuya. Join us for food, drink, conversation and writing to our representatives to make your voice heard in D.C. For more information on future events, please be sure to check out updates posted online at www.facebook.com/groups/demsabroadjapan/ and www.democratsabroad.org/jp_events

Tokyo: Learning (upcoming)

The East West Discussion Group: We meet on Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., for an English presentation followed by a discussion. Upcoming schedule: May 16 ” The Sogo Shosha, Past, Now and Tomorrow” by Eijiro Hashiseko; May 23: “U.S. Presidential Candidate Joe Biden versus University Professor Anita Hill” by Fumio Takeuchi; May 30 still open; June 6 “Cycling Trip in Korea” by Kyohei Kurachi. Venue: Waseda Hoshien Seminar House, 2-3-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku 169-8616 (phone 03-3205-5411). See www.hoshien.or.jp. ¥700 Japanese, ¥500 for non-Japanese/students. For details, mail jm5h-ktkw(at)asahi-net.or.jp.

CSR & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Tue., May 21, Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus Building 2, Room 309. Where: 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554. Panel discussion featuring presentations followed by open discussion. Themes: How corporate practices promote sustainable economic development; why achieving the goals requires all sectors to play a part. Panelists: Emiko Manners, Human Resources, Campus Recruiting & CSR Unit, J.P. Morgan; Robin Lewis, co-founder and director, Social Innovation Japan & Consultant, World Bank; Charles McJilton, executive director, Second Harvest Japan. Price: Free. Organized by: Sophia University (www.sophia.ac.jp). Contact: sarajean.tuj@gmail.com. Web: www.facebook.com/events/813220182372898/

Free Lecture at Lakeland University: Wed., May 22, Lakeland University Japan. Where: 5-7-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Theme: “No Nukes for Dinner.” Art historian and critic Ryan Holmberg will examine the work of manga artist Susumu Katsumata, focusing on his work on the subject of nuclear power. Price: Free. Organized by: Lakeland University Japan (luj.lakeland.edu). Web: luj.lakeland.edu/Campus-Life/lakeland-lectures

Reading Okinawan Language 1: Excelsior Caffe Barista Yaesu 1-chome, 1-4-22 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (close to Tokyo Station). When: Wednesdays, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, 9-10:30 a.m. Reading the introductory textbook “Okinawa-go no Nyumon” (Nishioka Satoshi, 2006, Hakusui-sha) with a tutor from Okinawa. Bring your own book. Price: Free (must order drink). Contact: masuda.kenta@gmail.com

Tokyo: Shared interests (upcoming)

Dragmania — RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party: Sun., May 19, Eagle Tokyo Blue. Where: Japan, 160-0022 T?ky?-to, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 2-ch?me?11?2, Casa Verde B1. Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race, come gather and watch Season 11 Episode 12 together! There’s nothing more fun than watching The Super Bowl of Drag in a bar full of shady bitches. We also have live drag performances from some of the best Tokyo queens! All are welcome, so bring your friends. Price: Free. Doors open at 6 p.m., starts at 7. Web: www.facebook.com/events/589477108225447/?ti=icl

Free Ballet at Tokyo Union Church: “Urashima Taro” on Sun., May 19. Where: 5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. The popular ABC Tokyo Ballet Co. is a dazzling troupe of young, innovative dancers and a true Tokyo treasure. Renowned for their high spirits, willingness to takes risks and free shows. This next performance will include a variety of favorite dances followed by highlights from the famous Japanese folk tale “Urashima Taro.” Price: Free. Organized by: Japan Travel Today (www.japantraveltoday.com). Web: www.japantraveltoday.com/single-post/ABC-Tokyo-Ballet

Tokyo Spring film screening: Our next Tokyo Spring event will be on Sun., May 26, from 3:30 p.m. (open from 3), at Cafe Lavanderia, Shinjuku. We will show the film “Pina” (www.imdb.com/title/tt1440266/) Tokyo Spring is a left-wing political gathering. Join us. Bring a friend. Event free of charge. One drink order a must. We welcome donations. Contact: directactionddd@gmail.com. Map: www.cafelavanderia.blogspot.jp/search/label/MAP. Web: www.tokyospring.blogspot.com

Tokyo Shape-Note Singing: Come sing to your heart’s content and learn to sight-sing music through the ingenious early-American invention of shape notes. We sing in English (with easy Japanese explanations of English lyrics) and in Japanese (in both hiragana and romaji). Copies of songs provided. Roughly half the songs are from the Christian Harmony, a 19th-century shape-note tunebook which is available for purchase for ¥2,800. No experience is necessary. We meet every first Saturday of the month (June 1) at the Shimokitazawa Church of the Nazarene. For more information, please call 080-3416-5376, email tokyo.sacred.harp@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/shimokita-sing

2019 Japan Writers Conference: As always, the Japan Writers Conference is free and open to all who wish to attend. Attendees and presenters from all over Japan and the rest of the world regularly attend. This year, at Meiji Gakuin University, Minato Ward, Tokyo, on Sat., Oct. 12, and Sun., Oct. 13. Novelist/essayist Michael Pronko will be our host. Proposals for presentations are welcome. The deadline is June 1. Guidelines are here: www.japanwritersconference.org/call-for-proposals.html

Kathak Concert — The Bridge of Understanding: Sun., June 2, Hitotsubashi Hall. Where: National Center of Sciences Building 2F, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8439. Come and enjoy Kathak dance performance by Pandit Deepak Maharaj and Nalini Toshiniwal. Pt. Deepak Maharaj is blessed with a pleasant stage presence and a melodious voice. This is be the fifth time Deepak ji has performed in Japan. We are also planning to have few workshops for kids, newbies as well as current Kathak students. Price: ¥4,000. Organized by: Ayusukah Group. Contact: info@ayusukah.com. Web: kathak2019.ayusukah.com

Tokyo: Social (upcoming)

Perfect Liars Club Tokyo — May Edition: Fri., May 17, Good Heavens Bar. Where: 5-ch?me-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo-to 155-0032. Doors open 7 p.m. and show starts at 8. Can you spot a liar? Perfect Liars Club is the smash hit U.S. comedy story interrogation show taking Tokyo by storm. Four people tell a story, and three are completely true, but one person is telling you a lie! Listen, laugh, interrogate, vote. Can you spot the liar? May is underrated because it’s the fifth month of the year. It’s not the month of new beginnings and not quite the hump month, poor May. Let’s make May feel special by honouring it with four new suspects and your unique interrogations! Price: advance reserved seat ¥2,500, advance standard ¥2,000, on the door 2,500. All incl. drinks ticket. Organized by: Perfect Liars Club Tokyo (www.perfectliarsclub.com/tokyo-shows.html) Contact: perfectliarsclubtokyo@gmail.com. Web: perfectliarsclubmayedition.peatix.com

Tokyou Friends Free Monthly Meetup Party: Language exchange, chat and make friends on the first Friday and third Saturday (May 18) of every month, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Tokyou Friends meetup aims to connect Japanese and foreigners. This is a free meetup for everyone. Around 70-100 people join this meetup every time. Please pay notice to details; there are other events too, which are charged. Free party is only two times a month.. Venue: The First House, 5 Chome-16-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. URL: www.meetup.com/tokyo-party/ or www.facebook.com/japan.tokyou.friends/events/ or yestokyo.jimdo.com.

Trapdoor Variety Show #5: Thu., May 23, Charlie Rose. Where: 107-0052 T?ky?-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 3-ch?me?14?9, Shimizu Bldg. 5F. Tokyo’s exclusive Trapdoor Variety Show! Featuring magicians, jugglers and more. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that you cannot find elsewhere in Tokyo! Why not spice up your weekday with this unique entertainment? Price: ¥2,200-2,500. Organized by: Trapdoor Variety Show. Contact: airjair@gmail.com. Web: www.facebook.com/events/657511821354758/

Improvazilla Comedy Show: In the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” professional singers and actors perform improvised scenes based on audience suggestions. Nonsmoking venue, table service and food. On the last Friday of the month (May 31) except December, 8-10:30 p.m. Admission: ¥1,500. Venue: Crocodile, Sekiguchi Bldg. B1, 6-18-8 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001. Phone: 03-3499-5205. Web: www.crocodile-live.jp. Event: www.tokyocomedy.com/improvazilla_main_stage_show.

Tokyo: Spiritual (upcoming)

Sacred harp singing: Meets every third Thursday (May 16) of the month, 7-9 p.m. Exceptions: March singing on fifth Thursday; no singing in August. The Sacred Harp is a collection of early American sacred songs written in shape notes and sung in robust, unaccompanied four-part harmony. In recent years, it has been enjoying a revival all over the world, and has now come to Tokyo. All are welcome to sing or listen. No experience necessary. Copies of songs provided. Venue: Ikebukuro Anglican Church, 5-24-5 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo. Admission free. Organization: Tokyo Sacred Harp. Flyer: bit.ly/tokyosacredharp. Blog: www.tokyosacredharp.blogspot.jp. Email: tokyo.sacred.harp@gmail.com.

Indian Festival: Hearty welcome to Swami Vivekananda’s 156th Birth Anniversary celebration on Sun., May 26, 1:30-5 p.m. at Minami Otsuka Hall, 2-36-1 Minami-Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo. Speech: “Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi.” Speakers: Vivek Pinto, Ph.D., visiting fellow, Sophia University, Tokyo., and Prof. Masahiko Togawa, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa. Cultural Programme: Indian Classical dance “Bharatnatyam.” Exhibition: Books on Hinduism, meditation, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda in Japanese and English, CDs of devotional songs, photos, incense sticks. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For further Info., please call 046-873-0428. Email: info@vedanta.jp.

Web: www.vedanta.jp Free public Christian Science lecture: Sun., May 26, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Tokyo. Where: 6-3, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001. Free public Christian Science Lecture “Making Meaningful Change: How God’s Love Can Change Your Life and the World” by Mark McCurties, Christian Science practitioner and member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Free parking (10 cars). Child care provided. This same lecture will be given in Kyoto on Sat., May 25, 1:30 p.m. at the Christian Science Kyoto Society at 421 Uchikamae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto. Price: Free. Organized by: Christian Science Church (christianscience-tokyo.com)

The Unitarian Fellowship of Tokyo: meets at 3 p.m. every second Sunday of the month (June 9) (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 information at 03-3470-4611 or unitarianfellowshipoftokyo@gmail.com.

Fukuoka: Shared interests

One Love Yoga: This group is for people interested in practicing yoga with English instruction in Fukuoka. We hold weekly classes for ¥1,000. We also hold free, low-cost or donation-based special events such as Park Yoga, Beach Yoga, Group Meditations and social events. People of all yoga levels and all English levels are welcome to all events. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/FukuokaEnglishYoga.

Hiroshima: Learning

Hiroshima Language Exchange: Join English and Japanese speakers at regular get-togethers to make international friends and meet new people. With meetups two or three times a week, steady improvements and strong friendships are undeniable. For meetup details, please visit www.meetup.com/Hiroshima-Language-exchange.

Hiroshima: Social

Hiroshima International Group Jam: Have fun and establish friendships with people from all over the world at our regular meetups. You will be able to learn and practice Japanese, English and other languages for free while enjoying yourself and learning about other culture. For more information on future meetups, visit bit.ly/hiroshimajam.

Kanagawa: Learning

Free English, Church of Latter Day Saints, Fujisawa: Goeigo Eikaiwa is a free English conversation class every Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. We can offer this service because the buildings are donated and the staff are all volunteers. The lessons are 60-90 minutes long and we meet every week to focus on conversational English with native English speakers. Our teachers are fluent in both English and Japanese and are from America or other English-speaking countries. Event site: Church of Latter Day Saints, 2-27-7 Shonandai, Fujisawa. For more information, please contact 0466-43-4236 or visit bit.ly/GoeigoEikaiwa.

Kobe: Learning

Community House & Information Centre: A nonprofit community organization committed to meeting 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). Our hours of operation are Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and we are closed national holidays and mid-June to August. For more information, please visit us on Facebook at Chic Community House & Information Centre (CHIC), www.chickobe.com or email information@chickobe.com.

Kobe: Social

Kobe Club: Kobe Club serves 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. For more information, please email kobeclub@office.email.ne.jp or visit www.kobeclub.org.

Kobe: Spiritual

Jewish Community of Kansai: Congregation Ohel Shelomoh, 4-12-12 Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe. All Jews throughout the world are welcome to attend our shabbat services. Friday night services begin at sundown, Saturday morning services begin at 10 a.m. A kiddush meal follows each service. Orthodox Mizrachi (Sephardic) tradition. For more information, please email Moshe Gino moshegino1@gmail.com or visit www.jcckobe.org.

Kyoto: Learning

Hailstone Haiku Circle: Kansai-based group founded by Stephen Henry Gill (based in Kyoto) with about 50 members, both foreign and Japanese nationals, who compose, critique and publish haiku in English (and related forms). The circle holds regular seminars and workshops, as well as occasional walks, readings and other events. Email: Tito at aquahaiqua@yahoo.com. The circle’s Icebox: www.hailhaiku.wordpress.com

Nagoya: Causes

Help orphans with Santa and Friends 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. For more information, please visit www.santaandfriendsnagoya.com.

Labor consultations from General Union Tokai: Interested in improving your working conditions? Have questions about labor rights? Our Tokai office in Nagoya is open for consultations. Fore more information, please contact nagoyaoffice@generalunion.org or visit www.generalunion.org.

Nagoya: Learning

Furthering Turkish-Japanese friendship: Shirayuri Association provides educational and cultural services to both Turkish and Japanese societies in order to promote the Turkish community in Japan and further friendship between Turkish and Japanese communities. Located in Yabuta-cho, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya. For more information, please call 052-710- 9808.

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 counselling service to assist children and their parents every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the third floor of the NIC building. Professional counsellors 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.

Nagoya: Shared interests

Nagoya Writes: We are a literary circle that provides writers, both aspiring and seasoned, the opportunity to participate in open readings that are held about once a month. For more information, please visit www.nagoyawrites.wordpress.com.

Japanese cooking, ikebana, tea ceremony in English: Learn to use the different sauces and spices common to traditional Japanese home-cooked dishes. Flower arranging and tea ceremony lessons available; private or group lessons OK. For more information, please Hideko at 052-211-2586.

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 or visit www.facebook.com/shonaifc.

Nagoya: Social

Nagoya International Partying Meetup: Organising various parties around Nagoya, this meetup is a great way to talk with people from various countries and make friends in a fun environment. It’s a great chance for Japanese people to talk with foreign students from Nagoya University, GSID, Nanzan, Meijo, among other universities, and for foreigners to make some local friends. Visit www.meetup.com/international-party for information about future meetups and join the fun!

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

Nagoya: Spiritual

Bait ul Ahad, the Japan 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 communicate with Muslims. Address: Aichi Pref., Tsushima city, Hiruma-cho Miyashige 526. For more information, please email anees1978@gmail.com., call 052-703-1868 or visit www.ahmadiyya-islam.org/jp.

Nagoya Orthodox Church: in Showa-ku near Subway Tsurumai Line, Arahata Station or Tsurumai Station. Vespers held on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and Holy Liturgy on Sundays at 10 a.m. For more information, please call Father George Matsushima at 052-734-9000, e-mail nagoya@orthodox-jp.com or visit www.orthodox-jp.com/nagoya.

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. For more information, please visit www.allnationsfellowship.net.

Nara: Spiritual

Nara Episcopal Church: All denominations are welcome. We offer English services. For More information, please visit www.nskk.org/kyoto/nara.

Osaka: Causes

CARE — People Helping People: CARE, which stands for Children, Activity, Relationships and Enjoy, is an international volunteer group dedicated to helping people become happier and healthier. From building self-esteem and confidence to participating in charity events and overcoming troubles as a community, this group provides a positive environment full of great opportunities. We hold regular meetups and events in Nishinomiya. To join, please visit www.meetup.com/CARE-People-Helping-People or visit www.care-volunteer.com for more information.

Osaka: Learning

Fureai Salon: Enjoy learning Japanese with experienced volunteer teachers at the Osaka International House Foundation every Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. The first class is free. No booking needed. The registration fee is ¥500 and the participation fee is ¥2,000 and includes 12 sessions that are valid for one year. For more information, please visit www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/international/post_6.html.

Kodomo Hiroba: We hold classes on Japanese and other subjects for children ages 6 through 18 who have foreign roots at the Osaka International House. In this class, students can learn to read and write in Japanese, review their school lessons or do their homework. The lessons will take place every Monday from 5-8:30 p.m. Please call us before joining the class and come to the first class together with a parent or guardian. Admission is free. For more information, please contact 06-6773-8989 or visit www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english.

Osaka JALT’s email list: For free announcements of various ESL events in the Kansai area, sign up at www.osakajalt.org. Also join our Facebook group (Osaka JALT) and follow us on Twitter (@osakajalt), too! You can join the Japan Association of Language Teachers officially online via www.JALT.org.

Osaka: Shared interests

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. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/OsakaDingoes, www.osakadingoes.com or mail osakadingoes@hotmail.com.

Osaka: Social

For Empowering Women Kansai: FEW is an 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. For more information, please email few@fewkansai.com or visit www.fewkansai.com.

Osaka: Spiritual

Anglican/Episcopal Kawaguchi Christ Church: offers the Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. (at the side chapel) and 10:30 a.m. Address: 3-8, Kawaguchi 1-chome, Nishi-ku, Osaka. For more information, please call 06-6581-5061 or visit www.nskk.org/osaka/church/kawaguchi.

Orthodox (Greek, Russian, Japanese) church: The Holy Protection of Most Holy Theotokos Church in Osaka. Address: Yamate-cho-1-8-15, Suita, Osaka. For more information, please email osaka-orthodox@sutv.zaq.ne.jp, call 06-6388-4512 or visit bit.ly/OsakaOrthodox.

Meditate in Osaka: “Living in the moment, learning to be mindful.” Drop into any class and enjoy listening to practical, down-to-earth advice to help solve your daily problems such as those related to anger, attachment or other negative states of mind. Location: Cafe Natura, New Shinmachi Building floor 2, Osaka Shin-machi 2-17-10, Nishi-ku. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/Meditate-in-Osaka or call 06-6537-7882.

Osaka: Notices

Housing Information Plaza at Osaka International House: Consultations and information about housing are provided in English, Chinese, and Korean. Foreign language consultations are available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (weekdays and Saturdays) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday and national holidays) (closed Tuesdays, the day after national holidays and on end of year and new year holidays). For more information, please call 06-6242-1177 or visit www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english.

Multilingual Consultation Desk for Foreigners: We offer free consultation and general advice, over the telephone or in person, for issues related to life in Osaka in four languages: Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. Also, we provide interpretation assistance for foreign residents who visit Osaka City Hall, ward offices and other affiliated municipal institutions via a three-way telephone line. Using this function, telephone calls made to the Osaka International House Foundation can be connected to a municipal office/institution, allowing you to talk with a municipal officer and interpreter. For more information, please visit www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/information/counter.html or our FAQ page www.osaka-livinginfo.jp/en.

Shizuoka: Shared interests

Meetup Crew of “The Zu”: For those living in or around the beautiful port town of Numazu to connect, meet and share some great experiences with awesome people in town, along the beach, in the mountains, or in any other beautiful location that Shizuoka Prefecture has to offer at our doorstep, Meetup Crew of “The Zu” is just the place for you! For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/Meetup-Crew-of-The-Zu.

Tohoku: Causes

Place to Grow volunteers: Place to Grow is a 100% volunteer based nonprofit that strives to connect and inspire a rising generation of leaders in disaster-stricken Tohoku communities. For more information, please visit www.placetogrow-ngo.org/activities.

Aid for Japan — the Charity for Orphans: In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, hundreds of Japanese children lost their parents and families. Aid For Japan was founded by Akemi Solloway in the U.K. in 2011 to support the orphans of this tragedy. In the short term, the charity lends help to these children by supporting them and their carers as they rebuild their lives. For more information, please contact info@aidforjapan.co.uk or visit www.aidforjapan.co.uk.

Living Dreams: We are a nonprofit organization striving to rebuild, enrich and empower orphans in the Tokyo and Tohoku areas. For more information, please visit www.livingdreams.jp.

Volunteers and supplies needed: Operation Tohoku is working to assist the thousands of refugees still in temporary housing. Volunteers needed 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.

Tokushima: Learning

Exchange English and Japanese Culture in Tokushima: This is a good opportunity to speak in English and Japanese with new people and to exchange cultures. All nationalities are welcome. This group is open to everyone who is interested in English and Japanese conversation or cultural exchange. We look forward to seeing you! For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/Tokushima-English-Japanese-speak-exchange-culture-Meetup.

Tokyo: Causes

Jambo: Jambo is the only group whose purpose is to provide fun activities for people while, through these activities, providing support for the less fortunate. Have fun while doing some good! For more information and upcoming events, please visit www.jambointernational.org/en.

A Dream a Day in Tokyo: We provide weeklong, expenses-paid vacations to kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families. We welcome volunteers and supporters. For more information, please mail contact@guesthouse.or.jp or visit guesthouse.or.jp/?lang=en.

Living Dreams: We are a nonprofit organization striving to rebuild, enrich and empower orphans both in Tokyo and Tohoku. Fore more information, please visit www.livingdreams.jp.

Support the Tokyo Sinfonia: We welcome anyone who is interested in supporting the Tokyo Sinfonia as volunteers. We would love to hear from someone who would like to help us keep our website updated every couple of weeks. If you are interested, please contact 03-3588-0738. For tickets or more information, please contact tickets@tokyosinfonia.com or visit www.tokyosinfonia.com.

Tokyo: Learning

Tokyo Writers Workshop: We have been meeting for over 30 years, usually on the third Sunday of the month. Those who wish to have their work — mostly poetry and fiction — critiqued may post manuscripts to the group’s site for review before the next meeting. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/Tokyo-Writers-Workshop.

Akasaka Nihongo Club: Offering a beginner’s and intermediate-level Japanese class taught by volunteer instructors every Saturday in Tokyo from 10-11:30 a.m. at 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).

Tokyo Comedy Store’s Stand-up Comedy Workshop: Want to learn about humor? 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 Stand-up Comedy Workshop! For more information, please visit www.tokyocomedy.com/standup_workshops.

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/icas/events/upcoming for details.

Tokyo: Shared interests

The Association of International Community Providers Organization: Since 1991, AICPO has met every last Friday from 8:30 in Roppongi and is the only organization coordinating those serving the international community — counseling, embassies, international schools, international hospitals, organizations, clubs, media, chambers of commerce and more. For directions and monthly newsletter, mail housinginjapan@yahoo.com or call 090-7170-4769.

Trump Team Japan: If you are a Donald Trump supporter in Japan there is a place for you. Meet up and support our president. For events, activities and news, contact hatanokawakatsu@yahoo.com.

Tokyo Book Group: A casual discussion of fiction, held in Shibuya 1-2 times a month. For more information, please mail jeffdjp@yahoo.com.

Tokyo Vegan MeetUp: Held once a month (time and place varies). Please check the Tokyo For more details, please visit www.meetup.com/vegan-389.

The Tokyo International Children’s Choir: TICC is a not-for-profit children’s choir. 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 while 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’ 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. The price is ¥1,500. For more information, please visit www.genesiscards.com/workshop-schedul or call 090-4122-6626.

Tokyo Embassy Choir: 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. For more information please visit www.tec.ac/en.

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 can participate. There are three locations in Tokyo and 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, please visit www.geocities.jp/mutekisha/index1-e.html, email nnakajima7@ams.odn.ne.jp or call 042-391-4087.

Amateur Shakespeare group in Tokyo: We meet 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! For more information, please visit www.groups.yahoo.com/group/Shakespeare-sama.

Tokyo Theatre for Children: We have 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 Carla at ttfc.japan@gmail.com or check out www.tokyotheatreforchildren.com.

Tokyo Comedy Store’s Stand-up Comedy Workshop: Want to learn about humor? 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 Stand-up Comedy Workshop! For more information, see www.tokyocomedy.com/standup_workshops.

For Empowering Women: 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.

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! For more information, please visit www.cwaj.org.

Tokyo American Club: A home away from home for the international community since 1928! Call 03-4588-0687 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. For more information, please visit www.tokyocanadianclub.com.

Aikido in English: Join Seidokan Aikido of Tokyo, a modern style of aikido taught in English every Saturday from 1-3 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. For more information, please visit www.tokyoseidokan.com or email dojo@tokyoseidokan.com.

Tokyo: Social

For Empowering Women: 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.

Tokyo Comedy Store: There’s stand-up, 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.

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! For more information, please visit www.cwaj.org.

Tokyo: Spiritual

Shinjuku Shalom Church E-Cafe: The E-Cafe is a Christian English Bible study and fellowship service held every Saturday, 3-5 p.m. Come study the word of God, receive prayer, connect with other members of the body of Christ, and enjoy light refreshments. We welcome all levels of English speakers! Where: Shinjuku Shalom Church, 7-9-7 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023. Admission free. URL: www.facebook.com/shinjukushalomchurchecafe

Find Your Element Workshop: Every Wednesday, 7:30-9 p.m. Find Your Element Workshop is the best workshop Tokyo has to offer that is led by top experts from a variety of fields. FYE Leaders are carefully selected each season to best equip and empower you with necessary life skills in order to maximize your true potentials. All Leaders are committed to supporting you to master all the essential life skills while having lots of fun with like-minded individuals in an intimate, safe setting. Come join us for inspiration, motivation and transformation! Venue: Concept Studio Veda, 2F, 4?17-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Admission: ¥4,000. Web: www.findyourelement.jp. Contact: aya@findyourelement.jp

Christian History Tour of Tokyo: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. visiting the sites of the Great Edo Massacre of 1612, The “Kirishitan Yashiki,” the hidden “Kirishitan Toro,” the site of the “Keikyo Toro” from the first century early Christianity, the site of the first hospital in Edo and other Christian history sites in Tokyo. A local Christian resident who protects the historic Christian sites invites the tour in for coffee and shows us around as well. A offering is taken to cover the cost of the bus. To reserve a seat — first come, first served — contact hatanokawakatsu@yahoo.com.

Are you a missionary in Tokyo? The Missionary Prayer Meeting meets every Friday, 12-1 p.m. at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building by Tochomae Station. Pray together with fellow missionaries. Email kempobadge@gmail.com or call 090 7170 4769 for more

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Weekly Prayer: on Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., for all staff of the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Grew, Hardy, Sanno and nearby housing areas. Please contact hatanokawakatsu@yahoo.com for more information.

Weekly prayer meeting at the Diet: Since 1991, there have been weekly prayer meetings alongside Christian members of the Japanese parliament at the Diet in Tokyo. The meetings take place every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. over lunch and end promptly at 1 p.m. Attendees must join promptly every Wednesday at 11:45 in order to receive ID at the Diet. Venue: National Diet Building, Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. For more information, please email team@jhelp.com.

Orthodox Christian services: St. Jude Ukrainian Orthodox Mission celebrates Divine Liturgy in downtown Tokyo every other Sunday. Ukrainian, English and Japanese spoken. All sincere people welcome! We are located at 3-6-25 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011. For more information, please visit www.stjude.jp or call 0422-43-5424.

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, please 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 more information, please visit www.saintalbans.jp, email stalbans@saintalbans.jp or call 03-3431-8534.

Contemplative Prayer at St. Alban’s: 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 visit www.saintalbans.jp, email stalbans@saintalbans.jp or call 03-3431-8534.

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

Tokyo: Notices

Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholic Anonymous meetings are available in Tokyo for anyone with a desire to stop drinking. Meetings are free of charge. Dates and times vary so please visit www.aatokyo.org/, email jordan28jordan1@gmail.com or call 080-4355-2285 for details.

The Expat’s Guide to Japan 2018: Mais Co., Ltd. has published “The Expat’s Guide to Japan” 2018 edition. on Aimed at employees of multinationals and other mid- to long-term foreign residents, the guide provides all necessary information for living in Japan, from visas and residency registration to utilities and media service applications, business, international schools and English-speaking shops, restaurants and medical facilities. The guide is 104 pages long and information focuses on the Tokyo-Yokohama area, which has a large expat population. The book is in English and is also free. Mais Co., Ltd. is looking for new corporations and organizations with staff/members who can benefit from “The Expat’s Guide to Japan.” If your organization employs foreign staff, has foreign clients or is responsible for visiting students, please contact Mais about receiving free copies of the guide, providing your name, company name and address, and number of copies desired, via info@mais.co.jp. For more information, please visit www.expatsguide.jp.

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. For more information, please call Kimi Information Center at 03-3986-1604 or visit www.kimiwillbe.com/guide. Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Yokohama: Learning

New Acropolis’ “Discover Yourself”: Would you like to learn and share ideas about philosophy, culture, art, ecology, volunteering, science, literature, history, ancient civilizations? Would you like to discover your best potential, increase your self-knowledge, open your mind and harmonize your emotions? Would you like to talk more about our modern world and its problems, and what we can do to make it better? The Meetup “Discover Yourself!” is a group of New Acropolis Cultural Organization and we promote free admission lectures every week in Yokohama/Tokyo as well as many fun activities. For more information, please visit www.acropolis.jp.

Volunteers provide Japanese language support: For non-Japanese parents and preschool children on the first or second Thursday of the month (Oct-March) at 2-3 p.m. Enjoy learning Japanese with fun material such as picture books and flashcards. No reservations required. Please come directly to the venue: Nonbirinco Training Room, Kannai Station-mae Certe Bldg., 9F. For inquiries, call 045-663-9715.

Yokohama: Shared interests

Knit & Crochet Coffee Club: A social get-together of like-minded knitters, crocheters and crafters who meet at cafes around Yokohama. Grab your coffee, get cosy and starting stitching! Find out about future meetups at www.meetup.com/Yokohamaknitcrochetcafe.

Yokohama: Spiritual

Faith & Victory International Church Yokohama: We hold church services in both English and Japanese. Activities: Sunday Worship (from 2 p.m.), Dreams and Interpretation (by appointment), 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). For more information, please call 045-479-5060, 090-9813-3545, email naokiatanda@yahoo.com or visit www.gospel.co.jp.

Shonan-Yokohama-Tokyo Thich Nhat Hanh Meetup: Interested in mindfulness practices inspired by teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh? Let’s come together as a community. We focus on enjoying the mindfulness practices inspired by Plum Village tradition, gentle and peaceful in every way possible, free of ideology or beliefs. We welcome all ages, nationalities, genders, faith or of none. “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” For more information, please visit bit.ly/ThichNH.

Nationwide: Causes

I Am Jane: No other crime is handled so badly by the criminal justice system as rape and no other serious crime is more under-reported. I Am Jane is a group that provides solutions to the growing rape pandemic. Anyone who has questions, wishes to inform us of any incidents or wants to advise us on useful information is welcome to join. Details of incidents and confidential information will not be published. For more information, please visit www.iamjane.org.

Wanted — used books and DVDs: The resale value will be donated to Shine On! Kids, an organization that supports children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Fill out the online form (www.charibon.jp/donation/action.cgi) to request pickup from anywhere within Japan — free for five or more items! See www.sokids.org/?p=20309 for more details in English.

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, please contact team@jhelp.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. For more information, please contact help@jhelp.com.

Peace Boat: Peace Boat is a 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, please contact www.peaceboat.org.

Nationwide: Shared interests

Kyoto Journal: KJ showcases poetry that is Asia-related and “out of the ordinary.” The poetry section is edited by Lois P. Jones. Submission guidelines are available here: www.kyotojournal.org/submit-to-kj. For more information, please visit www.kyotojournal.org/fiction-poetry.

Kamihikouki Magazine: An artist-run bilingual publication based in Kansai. Each issue of Kamihikouki has a uniting theme and features a variety of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/kamihikoukimag.

Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese: We support foreign women with Japanese partners. Please visit www.afwj.org for more information.

Nationwide: Notices

Multilingual Living Information website: For foreign residents in Japan. Take advantage of this site — hosted by The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) — which provides a wealth of information on topics such as resident registration, marriage and divorce, work and training, medical issues, pensions, childbirth, education, taxes, emergencies and more. Information is available as downloadable PDF files in English, German, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Russian, Japanese (with furigana to help with the kanji) and easy Japanese. Visit www.clair.or.jp/tagengo for an app version of this site for iOS and Android mobile devices.

“The Expat’s Guide to Japan” is an online guide: It 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.