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UPCOMING EVENTS

Nationwide: Causes

Sustainable Development Education Program: Courses have been moved online for Spring 2020 (using Zoom). We investigate core issues facing global society and how these are being addressed. Participants improve their skills and knowledge while learning more about problems, people, needs, approaches and possible solutions. Weekly spring/summer 2020 online courses: “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — Introduction to key issues & case studies” on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., eight classes, May 23-July 11; “Cross Cultural Communication & Conflict Mediation Skills” on Mondays, 6-8 p.m., eight classes, May 25-July 13; “Professional Writing” on Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., eight times, July 16-Aug. 21; “Project Management” on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 midday, 5 times, July 18-Aug. 15. Get more information and sign up here.

Free Online Yoga & Meditation Live: Every Monday and Friday, 8:15-9 p.m. Free online yoga and meditation session from Wakayama city on Facebook Live during coronavirus pandemic to people who are stressed, need physical and mental exercise at home, or at a place they are comfortable with, during the emergency lockdown period. Sessions can be joined by individuals, families or in groups regardless of gender or age. If required, Zoom Live also can be arranged. I am with you! You are not alone. Let’s overcome this situation together. Contact Ganesh Giri via yogasekai@yahoo.co.jp or 090-4282-2925.

Nationwide: Learning

JALTCALL2020 Online Conference: Sat., June 6 and Sun., June 7 (times TBA). This year’s JALTCALL Conference will be hosted online, focusing on the theme of “Teaching with Tech.” JALTCALL is a Special Interest Groups (SIG) of JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching) for educators and researchers who share an interest in digital technology and language learning. Attendance is free for everyone, and you can find out more about the presentation schedule here. Follow us on Twitter or check our Facebook Group for other information.

From Tales to Paws: An online reading program for kids and TELL’s Hospital Facility Dogs-in-training. This past month, we had over 20 kids join us for a one-on-one, 15-minute reading session with Masa and Ty. The program aims to improve a child’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. Dogs, and animals in general, are ideal reading companions for children as they provide relaxation, lower anxiety, enhance concentration and generally create a non-intimidating environment where children can learn to read. Learn more and sign up for our next session (every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-midday).

Nationwide: Shared interests

TELL Virtual Bingo: Struggling to find activities to keep your kids busy and engaged while indoors? Join us for our weekly Virtual Bingo! It’s a great way to learn more about our Hospital Facility Dog program while doing something fun! Sign up and join us (every Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.).

Kanagawa: Shared interests

Japan Writers Conference 2020: JWC 2020 will be held at Tokai University, Shonan Campus in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, on Sat., Oct. 10, and Sun., Oct. 11. Our hosts will be award-winning novelist Charles Kowalski and travel writer Joan Bailey. Hiratsuka is on Sagami Bay, not far from Odawara. As in the past, the Conference will be free and open to all who wish to attend. Those of you planning to submit presentation proposals for the 2020 Conference, please do so by June 1 through this page. Inquiries: japanwritersconference@gmail.com

Nagoya: Learning

Development Training for Supporters of Foreign Students and Children: A Beginner Course training program (over three sessions) for supporters, carers and teachers of foreign students and children that 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: Sun., June 14, 28 and July 12, all 1:30-4:30 p.m. Where: Nagoya International Center 5F, Conference Room 1. Cost: General participants ¥1,500,  students ¥1,000 (for all three sessions). Application period: Until Sat., May 23, 5 p.m. Inquiries and applications: Call  052-581-5689 or email seminar-vol@nic-nagoya.or.jp.

Nagoya International Personal Computer Club: We meet at noon on the third Saturday (June 20) of the month at Midtown BBQ, Naka-ku, Nagoya. For more information, please call 070-5152-2662 or visit our website.

Osaka: Learning

The 10th annual Osaka JALT “Back to School” Conference has now been shifted to an online format due to concerns about COVID-19. Please note that the date for the mini-conference has also been changed to Sun., May 24. At this stage, we are planning to kick things off at 10 a.m., although the start and finish times may be subject to change, so please check the BTS web page closer to the time to get the latest information. Given the new online format, we are also happy to announce that we have waived the usual attendance fee for non-Japan Association of Language Teachers members to make the event free for everyone. For first-time presenters, you can get a feel for the atmosphere by checking out last year’s schedule and last year’s presentation abstracts.

Osaka: Notices

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 20) of the month. Consultations will only be through email or by phone for the near future due to COVID-19. Venue: International House, Osaka. Appointment telephone number: 06-6772-1127 (Information Center, Osaka International House Foundation)

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 27). Available languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Consultations are confidential. 40 minutes per person. Admission: Free, but appointment necessary. Consultations will only be through email or by phone for the time being due to COVID-19. Venue: Osaka International House. Contact: Information Center, Osaka International House Foundation. Phone: 06-6772-1127

Free labor consultation for foreigners: You can consult a labor and social security attorney about work issues at International House, Osaka. Consultations are confidential and 40 minutes per person. Please make an appointment by phone. When: Tue., June 2, 1-1:40 p.m.; Tue., June 16, 5-7:40 p.m. International House Osaka, Information Center: 06-6772-1127

Tokyo: Causes

AITEN Quiz Night for Human Rights: On Wed., June 17. Where: Hobgoblin pub, Shibuya, Ichiban Building 3F, 1-3-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku. Amnesty International Tokyo English Network (AITEN) invites you to a fun event with serious aims: answer general knowledge questions to show what you know for prizes, maybe learn a few things (especially about human rights and current affairs), meet a multinational crowd of like-minded people, and support AI’s work promoting and protecting human rights for all. Cost: ¥1,000 per person to play. Up to five members on a team. Prizes for the winning teams! If you don’t have a team, we’ll help you to find or make one. AITEN is online here and on Facebook.

Refugees International Japan Great Wine Bluff: Fri., July 3, from 6:30 p.m. Join us for a wine tasting event with a difference. You will get to taste a number of wines and each one is paired with three different stories from our esteemed panel. In your groups you pit your palates and lie detection abilities against the panel to determine the truth, thus uncovering the bluffs and the buffs. Where: Oakwood Premier Tokyo, 1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005

Tokyo: Learning

The East West Discussion Group: We meet on Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., for an English presentation followed by a discussion. However, April’s EWDG sessions will be conducted via Zoom due to the coronavirus, and will therefore be free. Usual venue: Waseda Hoshien Seminar House, 2-3-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku 169-8616 (phone 03-3205-5411). ¥700 Japanese, ¥500 for non-Japanese/students. For details, mail jm5h-ktkw(at)asahi-net.or.jp.

Tokyo: Shared interests

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 6) at the Shimokitazawa Church of the Nazarene. For more information, please call 080-3416-5376, email tokyo.sacred.harp@gmail.com or visit our blog.

Tokyo: Social

Tokyou Friends Free Monthly Meetup Party: Language exchange, chat and make friends on the first Friday and third Saturday (June 5 and 20) of every month, 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. Find us here, on MeetUp or on Facebook.

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 (June 26 (to be confirmed)) 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

Tokyo: Spiritual

The Unitarian Fellowship of Tokyo: Meets at 3 p.m. every second Sunday of the month (June 14) (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.

Sacred harp singing: Meets every third Thursday (June 18) 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. Email: tokyo.sacred.harp@gmail.com.

OTHER EVENTS AND RESOURCES

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 practwice 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. If you want to ask the General Union a question or are seeking advice, please use the consultation request form. Website: 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 phone 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: 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

Bathhouse with craft beer and soul food: What do you actually know about sento? We give you not only the knowledge but also the courage to try something you’ve never experienced before. We give you the essential tips from Japanese habits and customs on how to enjoy sento before you try it. You will know all you need to try sento, from its history to the manner and how to take a bath the Japanese way. And we’ll provide you with some information about famous Japanese hot springs as well as its efficacy for your next trip. Address: Inari 2-4-20, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0023. Admission: ¥2,000. Contact: g.partyka.wabisabi@gmail.com or 090-5218-3474. Web: ncbo.jp

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: Café 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 https://www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/information_center/ or our FAQ page: www.osaka-livinginfo.jp/en

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 https://placetogrow-ngo.org.

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.

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.

Conservatives Abroad Japan: Meets every first and third Thursday 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.

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: 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.

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.

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 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.facebook.com/TokyoCanadianClub/.

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

Muggle Quidditch — free and for all!: Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Looking for a new hobby, and/or crazy friends? Quidditch — more than just a fantasy of the Harry Potter universe — has evolved into a sport that advocates for gender inclusivity. The non-magical ground-adaptation of quidditch integrates handball, dodgeball and rugby. Edo Quidditch gathers weekly to play, and share lunch afterwards. We provide the props and explain rules to beginners, so if you are curious about this, come in sportswear on your next free Saturday. Where: Family Sports Square (Minami-Kasai). Map: goo.gl/maps/DdtGvdxFWcdVpPZt9. Edo Quidditch: fb.com/edoqui or edoquidditch.wixsite.com/play

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

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 our website, Facebook page 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.

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.

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.