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Kobe: Causes (upcoming)

TELL Kansai Fundraiser: Come rain, shine or snow, TELL is holding its first fundraiser in Kansai at the historical The Garden Place Soshuen, located amongst the scenic surroundings of the Mikage area in Kobe. The funds raised from this inaugural TELL fundraiser in Kansai will go toward TELL’s services aimed at supporting youth. Join TELL in supporting mental health and wellbeing in our community. Come meet our team and enjoy some great food, wines and the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes in our raffle, including hotel and spa stays, wine, art and much more! When: Fri., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. (registration from 6:30). Price: ¥12,000 per person for dinner. To reserve: Contact kansai.events@telljp.com. Raffle tickets: ¥500 each or 5 for ¥2,000. For more information or to donate to the raffle, please contact Mercedes Dobler at 080-3858-7333. URL: telljp.com/event/tell-charity-fundraiser-dinner/

Kyoto: Notices (upcoming)

Fourth Annual Kyoto Writing Competition: Writers in Kyoto, a group of published and self-published English-language authors based in the old capital, presents the Fourth Annual Kyoto Writing Competition. First Place cash prize of ¥30,000 and the opportunity to be published! Your piece must be submitted in Microsoft Word format by Sun., March 31, 2019. For more details: www.writersinkyoto.com/2018/11/wik-4th-competition-2019/

Nagano: Shared interests (upcoming)

4th annual Inter-Chamber Ski Race: At Happo-One, Hakuba, Nagano Pref., on Sat., Jan. 26. Ski, snow, fun, race, family and friends. Networking at a mountain retreat while enjoying a good time with friends, family and business contacts is the promise of the Inter-Chamber Ski Race series. Open also to snowboarders, it brings together members of foreign business chambers in Japan, members of the Japanese business community, local top contacts from Nagano and friends of Alpine winter sports. Supporting chambers include Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. Two ski runs start at 9:30 a.m. Start earlier, finish around lunch time on Saturday and have the afternoon free for skiing. Also, there’s an evening party with great food and raffle prizes at Hakuba Tokyu Hotel, 1F Grand Hall. If you have no ski equipment, no worries! There are plenty of rental shops. Race fee: ¥2,500 per adult, ¥1,250 for under-20s. Award Party: ¥5,500 for participants over 12, ¥2,500 for children up to 12, free for children under 3. Details: www.abc-jpn.net. Location: www.happo-one.jp/english/. Registration: Directly with Austrian Business Council via www.abc-jpn.net/events/4th-inter-chamber-ski-race/

Nagoya: Learning (upcoming)

Sakae Toastmasters Club: An international club that aims to develop leadership and English communication skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month (Jan 23) from 7-9 p.m. at Nadya Park in Nagoya. To attend one of our club meetings, please contact Rina at 080-3647-6996 or email sakae-tmc@freeml.com. URL: sakaetmc.jimdo.com

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., Jan. 27 — English and another language. All sessions are usually 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/10998.

Nagoya Women’s Empowerment Workshop: “Facing Your Fears” on Sun., Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Nanzan University. Women who want to focus on their goals and connect with a group of dynamic supportive women are invited to this workshop moderated by Avril Haye-Matsui with guest speaker Brenda Kaneta. In this 4-hour workshop they will be talking about fear — fear of the future, fear of taking a risk, fear that wakes us up at 4 a.m. with our heart racing! They will work on ways to silence that fearful and often critical voice that tells us we can’t, that we are not good enough. In the second half, Brenda Kaneta — an interpreter, translator and mother of 4 — will speak. Brenda is a wonderful example of the power of self-trust, persistence and grit. She will be sharing her story, to show how to keep “Smiling Through Adversity.” For information and registration, email Avril at hayeavril@gmail.com. Space is limited to 20 amazing women. Cost is ¥4,000. Payment can be made via Paypal or bank transfer. Details will be sent upon registration.URL: bit.ly/nagoyafacefear

Nagoya International Personal Computer Club: We meet at noon on the third Saturday (Feb. 16) of the month in Fushimi, Nagoya. For more information, please call 070-5152-2662 or visit www.nipcc.org.

Nagoya: Notices (upcoming)

NIC free personal income tax consultations for foreign residents: The Nagoya Certified Public Tax Accountants’ Association together with the Nagoya International Center will be hosting free consultations for foreign residents to assist with their income tax returns and other tax-related issues. 1) Sun., Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (no consultations 12-1) at Nagoya International Center 4F Exhibition Room. 2) Sat., Feb. 9, 16, 23, and Sun., Feb. 24, and Sat., March 2, and Sun., March 3, 1-5 p.m. at Nagoya International Center 3F Information Counter. Consultation free, but fee of ¥10 per page payable for printouts of materials. How to apply: In person at NIC 3F Information Counter or by calling 052-581-0100. Limited places determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference given to first-time applicants. URL: www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/17706

Osaka: Causes (upcoming)

TELL Quiz Night Osaka: Fri., Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Location: TNT Craft Beer Pub (JR Taisho Stn, near Kyocera Dome). Are you ready to strain your brain? Come on over and TELL us how happy you are that it is Friday night and Pub Quiz time! All proceeds go to TELL (www.telljp.com). Participation is ¥1,000 per person. Teams of up to four people. No reservations required. Questions? Email kansai@telljp.com

Osaka: Learning (upcoming)

Sunday Japanese Salon: We will be holding a free Japanese class, “Sunday Japanese Salon,” run by foreign and Japanese volunteers, at the Osaka International House. If you have any problems reading letters from the ward office or school, please come and ask us. There may be a volunteer who also comes from your country. There is no need to make an appointment. Just come on a Sunday within the given time. When: Every Sunday from Jan. 20 to March 24, 2-3:30 p.m. (held twice, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30, only on third Sundays of the month). Where: Osaka International House Information Center Meeting Room. Inquiries and applications: Osaka International House Foundation on 06-6773-8989 or fax 06-6773-8421. URL: www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/news/20180814_4449/

Shikiji/Nihongo Cafe: The Shikiji/Nihongo (Literacy/Japanese) Cafe is open every last Saturday of the month (Jan. 26), from 2-6 p.m., except the month of December. If you want to study Japanese, please join us! Those who are already involved in Japanese literacy activities or have an interest in teaching Japanese are also welcome. Beyond nationalities and languages, the Shikiji/Nihongo Cafe is a place to share friendly cultural exchanges while enjoying drinking tea. Reservations not necessary; just go directly to the venue. Admission free. Venue: Osaka Municipal Lifetime Learning Center, Network Corner, 5F Osaka Ekimae Dai-2 Building. Inquiries: osakademanabu.com/umeda/archives/3967 or call 06-6345-5004 or 06-6345-5019 (Osaka Municipal Lifetime Learning Center)

TUJ Distinguished Lecturer Series: “Instructed Second Language Acquisition” at TUJ Osaka Center on Sat., Jan. 26, 2-5 p.m. In this seminar, Roy Lyster (professor emeritus, McGill University, Canada) explores some of the key ways that teachers and learners incorporate form-focused language learning and teaching within largely meaning-focused communicative classrooms. It is FREE to attend this seminar, and you can find out more information about the seminar content and how to get to the venue at www.tuj.ac.jp/tesol/osaka/courses/course-descriptions.html#enes8655

Pre-school for Students with Foreign Roots: We will start pre-school sessions for students with foreign roots who plan to attend the first year of elementary school from next April. Students can learn about general school rules (cleaning and lunch) and the basic Japanese (parts of the body, numbers, direction, etc.) required in preparation for elementary school life. Students who do not understand any Japanese are also welcome to attend. There is also a parents’ group where fathers and mothers can learn about the necessary things at school, such as school events, what to bring to school, school lunch, etc. Please apply for either course (content is same): 1) At Osaka City Minami Elementary School (nearest stations Shinsaibashi or Nagahoribashi), five Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-midday from Jan. 26 to Feb. 23. 2) At Osaka City Hirano Elementary School (nearest station Hirano, five Saturdays, 3-4:30 p.m., from Jan. 26 to Feb. 23. Free. You can apply by telephone, fax or online form. Please give us your child’s name, address, phone number, birth date, level of Japanese proficiency and course of choice. Applications and inquiries: Osaka International House Foundation Information Center on 06-6773-8989 or fax 06-6773-8421. URL: www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/news/20181122_4617/

Osaka JALT and SIETAR Kansai event: “An Intercultural Revisitation of the Kindertransport: Jewish Children’s Escape from the Nazi Camps.” Venue: Takatsuki Shimin Koryu Center, Takatsuki. When: Sun., Jan. 27, 3-5:30 p.m. This Osaka JALT (www.osakajalt.org) and SIETAR Kansai (www.sietar-kansai.com/en/) co-sponsored event features a critical exploration of some of the darker aspects of the British “Kindertransport” operation to remove Jewish children from Nazi Germany prior to the outbreak of World War II. In her presentation, Dr. Tina Ottman (Doshisha University) will include personal accounts from her father, who, along with his three brothers, was brought to the U.K. under the Kindertransport operation. This event is FREE for all JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers) and SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) members, and ¥500 for everyone else. There will also be a dinner party at a nearby restaurant after the event. Details: jalt.org/events/osaka-chapter/19-01-27

Understanding Japanese Culture and Exchange Salon: We will be holding a bonsai “moss ball”-making class. Interpretation to English, Chinese and Korean is available for those who want it. When: Sun., Feb. 3, 2-4 p.m. (assemble at 1:45). Venue: Osaka International House Information Center Meeting Room. Fee: ¥1,000 (materials included). Limit: 20 foreign residents (first come, first served). Apply by informing us of your name, telephone number, nationality and whether you need an interpreter or not by phone or through our homepage mail form. Inquiries: Osaka International House Foundation on 06-6773-8989 or fax 06-6773-8421. URL: www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/news/20190106_4639/

Osaka: Shared interests (upcoming)

World Culture for International Exchange: “Food of the World.” At this year’s “World Culture for International Exchange” you will learn about halal and food in Islamic culture. You will also visit the Kobe Muslim mosque together with international students and enjoy trying out halal food. When: Thu., Jan. 24, 7-8:30 p.m., and Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Venue: Osaka International House Meeting room, Kobe Muslim Mosque, Chuo-ku. Target: People who are interested in world culture and international exchange, and those who wish to go overseas to study or work. Limit: 40 people (first come, first served). Fee: ¥10,000 (food included, discounts available). Please apply by phone, fax or through our homepage mail form by providing us your name and contact information. Inquiries and application: Osaka International House Foundation on 06-6773-8989 or fax 06-6773-8421. URL: www.ih-osaka.or.jp/news/20181119_4614/

Yoga and Mindfulness in Osaka: Learn the basics of yoga and mindfulness to help manage stress and increase fitness and resilience. Practical techniques — movement, breathwork and sitting meditation — will be taught. Bring your own yoga mat or rent one for ¥100. All ages and levels welcome, no previous experience necessary. This is part of the TELL Kansai Self-Care Series. Requested donation is ¥2,000. Half of all proceeds will be donated to TELL, and nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Reserve a spot today! When: Sun., Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. to midday. Location: Freestyle Move (near JR Osaka, Hankyu Umeda and Nakatsu subway stations; map at goo.gl/kEJTp5) Email: kansai@telljp.com. TELL: www.telljp.com. Event: www.freestyle-studio.org/tell-yoga-mindfulness

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 (Jan. 31). This month, we will start the new year with Felicity Tillack, a filmmaker whose newest work is about the issue of cultural identity amid societal change. Where is Japan heading, how will the Japanese identity evolve and how will we fit in? Come and expand your view about this topic, which is so dear to expat hearts. 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). RSVP by Jan. 24. For more information, please email few@fewkansai.com or visit www.fewkansai.com.

Conversation meet-ups in various languages: The Osaka Central Library regularly holds conversation meetings in various languages. There is singing and reading of picture books in English, Chinese and Korean. Please come and participate. When: Sun., Feb. 3, 1:30-2 p.m. Venue: Osaka City Central Library 1st Floor (Ohanashi no heya) (near Nishi Nagahori Station on Osaka Metro Sennichi-mae Line/Nagahori Tsurumi Ryokuchi Line). Free. Inquiries: Osaka City Central Library on 06-6539-3301. URL: www.oml.city.osaka.lg.jp/?page_id=134

Osaka: Notices (upcoming)

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 (Jan. 23). 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

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 (Feb. 5 and 19) 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

Tokyo: Causes (upcoming)

JAMBO event: Sat., Jan 26 — Let’s climb the highest mountain inside the Yamanote Line; Sun., Jan 27 — Chichibu Hiking. Jambo is an international nonprofit organization, open to all, providing activities for hiking,environmental improvement and charities in the Kanto Plain (the Tokyo area) and innumerable opportunities for personal fulfillment. For any questions, feel free to contact David at jambodave@green.email.ne.jp. Facebook: www.facebook.com/JAMBO.int/. URL: jambointernational.org/en

TAC Women’s Group Carpet Auction: Since 1949 the Tokyo American Club’s Women’s Group has been organizing cultural activities and networking opportunities for women from all over the world. The group has also played an important role in supporting disenfranchised local populations in the community through some of Tokyo’s best-known charity and fundraising events. TELL is honored to be one of the 2019 recipients of the Women’s groups fundraising effort. The carpets are brought into Japan by Eastern Carpets of Singapore, and this annual event features quality carpets and rugs for every taste, interior and budget. If you would like to attend and have the opportunity to bid for a handwoven work of art from a selection of exquisite Asian and Middle Eastern carpets, please RSVP to lifeline@telljp.com. When: Sat., Feb. 2, 5 p.m. (registration from 6:30 p.m.). Venue: Tokyo American Club. Price: ¥2,000 (refundable upon purchase of a carpet; includes two drinks and buffets). URL: telljp.com/tac-womens-group-carpet-auction/

Shine On! Kids 2019 Gala — “Mardi Gras Magic”: An evening of soul-warming New Orleans-style blues and jazz filled with magical music surprises for everyone! Straight from New Orleans, Washboard Chaz will be joined by the Steve Gardner band to keep you dancing till the wee hours while you enjoy a New Orleans-themed full-course dinner! Our fabulous Facility Dogs and Program Participants will be on hand to share furry smiles and uplifting stories while you bid on our live and silent auctions and enjoy our games and raffle — all in support of our programs supporting very sick children and their families in hospitals throughout Japan. When: Fri., Feb. 8, 6-10 p.m. Where: Tokyo American Club Ballroom. Dress Code: Cocktail with Mardi Gras colors — purple, green and gold (masks encouraged). Tickets: ¥30,000 per person (table price ¥250,000). Purchase tickets here: goo.gl/woLWdx or events.r20.constantcontact.com. Find out more: sokids.org or www.facebook.com/events/2214271448845672/

DAJ Speakeasy and Write-Your-Reps: Democrats Abroad Japan meet on the second Thursday of every month (Feb. 14), 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: Jan. 24 “Merits and Demerits of SNS” by Fumio Takano; Jan. 31 “The decades without Christmas — 16th century Britain: The Tudor Dynasty’s serious, often bloody, war on Christmas” by Mary Dougherty; Feb. 7 “Gene Editing: Ethical or Not” by Lloyd Peace; Feb. 14 “Chinese fake goods” by Seiichiro Sato. 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 Eijiro Hashiseko at ye-hashiseko@m3.dion.ne.jp.

Exceptional Parenting Program: Schooling in a Second Language: Mon., Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m. Location: Wesley Center Room 205. What do you need to consider when enrolling your child in school in a language that is different from their home language? Learn about how you can make the best decisions for your family with Marsha Rosenberg, speech and language pathologist, at TELL’s January Exceptional Parenting Program. URL: telljp.com/event/exceptional-parenting-program-schooling-in-a-second-language/

Free Lecture at Lakeland University: “Accessible Travel in Japan: Challenges and Opportunities,” presented by Josh Grisdale of Accessible Japan, on Wed., Jan. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. Venue: Lakeland University Japan, 5-7-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Lakeland University Japan: luj.lakeland.edu. URL: luj.lakeland.edu/Campus-Life/lakeland-lectures

Pioneer Toastmasters Club: We welcome you to join club meetings as a guest. An NPO for education, the club is part of Toastmasters International, which helps people of various backgrounds improve their communication and leadership skills using a proven education system. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month (Jan. 25) at Aoyama Lifelong Learning Center, Omotesando (A4 exit), Tokyo. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/pioneertmc.

FCCJ Toastmasters Club: Learn how to step up your game and become a confident speaker. Please be our guest at the next meeting at FCCJ Toastmasters Club. Our meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop. Everyone gets a chance to participate. You can improve your speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Meeting participants give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and become better speakers each time. From 12:15-1:45 p.m. twice a month (next meeting is Mon., Jan. 28; no meetings in August). Venue: Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Yurakucho Denki North Building 20F, Yurakucho 1-7-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0006. Admission price: Guests attend free. Lunch cost ¥1,500. Web: www.fccj.or.jp and www.fccj.toastmastersclubs.org. Email: admin-1362687@toastmastersclubs.org.

EU and Japan in China’s shadow: Lecture on “The EU-Japan Partnership in the Shadow of China: The Crisis of Liberalism” on Tue., Feb. 5, 7:30-9 p.m. (doors open at 7). Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall, 1F Parliament (access: www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html) Speaker: Paul Midford, professor and director of the Japan Program, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Admission: Free. Open to the public. Language: English. RSVP: icas@tuj.temple.edu. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. URL: www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/event/the-eu-japan-partnership-in-the-shadow-of-china-the-crisis-of-liberalism/

Tokyo: Shared interests (upcoming)

Knit Together — A TELL Stitch & Bitch vol. 3: On Mon., Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m. Location: Weekend Garage Tokyo. Let’s chat and craft over a hot cup of something delicious. Bring your project, or just bring yourself and we can get you started. URL: telljp.com/event/knit-together-3/

Documentary screening and director’s talk: “Curiosity, Adventure & Love” weaves together three threads — the life of a 105-year-old American who journeys to the Philippines alone in the 1930s at age 18, the history of the country that she has witnessed, and the wisdom of a woman whose indomitable spirit has inspired the thousands who have known her. When: Thu., Jan. 24, 7-9 p.m. (doors 6:30). Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall, 1F Parliament. Speaker: Sunshine Lichauco de Leon, director and freelance journalist. Admission free. Open to public. Language: English with Japanese subtitles. Please RSVP by email to icas@tuj.temple.edu. URL: www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/event/

Breakfast Toastmasters: Does public speaking make you cringe? For over 25 years, Breakfast Toastmasters has been helping our members to become both better public speakers and leaders. Meetings are held in English. When: Second and fourth Thursdays (Jan. 24) of each month — no meetings held in August or last week of December. Time: 8-9:30 a.m. Where: Dai-ichi Hotel Annex 3rd floor meeting room, 1-5-2 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8621. Cost: ¥3,400. Web: www.breakfast.toastmastersclubs.org.

Algorand Tokyo — Inaugural Meetup: Fri., Jan. 25, 7-9:30 p.m. We invite blockchain developers, researchers and businesses to join us for an evening of networking and discussion around the future of blockchain and solving the “blockchain trilemma”! Our founder, Turing Award winner and MIT professor Silvio Micali, will tell you how Algorand’s platform simultaneously guarantees true decentralization, scalability and security. Our head of engineering, Naveed Ihsanullah, will present on developer tools and community engagement. Venue: Lifull Hub, 1-4-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083. Free admission. Algorand: www.algorand.com. URL: www.eventbrite.com/e/algorand-tokyo-inaugural-meetup-tickets-54094198203

Tokyo Sinfonia: We are a Japanese string orchestra of 19 that has won much praise for our imaginative programming and inviting presentations, distinguished by our warm sound, lively expression and friendly rapport with our audience. Upcoming concerts: Mozart concerts at Tokyo Masonic Center (Shibakoen) on Fri., Jan. 25, from 7 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 27, from 2 p.m. For tickets and information, email tickets@tokyosinfonia.com. Web: www.tokyosinfonia.com

Baye McNeil lecture and Q&A: “Perpetual Gaijin: On Being the Other at Home and Abroad,” on Sat., Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m. Venue: Sun and Moon Yoga, Higashigotanda, Shinagawa-ku (sunandmoon.jp/map/) Baye will discuss race, perception, and how he overcame obstacles to find himself abroad, embracing the desire to make a difference and to have a positive impact on society. Cost: ¥3,000. If you are interested in attending this session, send a request to info@sunandmoon.jp with the workshop title in the subject. Include your full name, address and phone number. A Facebook RSVP may not be counted as an actual RSVP. More info: www.facebook.com/events/277182626315741/

Free Ballet, “Moses, Prince of Egypt,”: At Tokyo Union Church, Sun., Jan. 27, 6 p.m., and Sat., Feb. 2, 2 p.m. The popular ABC Tokyo Ballet company is a dazzling troupe of young, innovative dancers and a true Tokyo treasure. They will be staging two free performances of “Moses, Prince of Egypt” with special elegance and excitement. Venue: Tokyo Union Church, 5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,150-0001. Organizer: Japan Travel Today (www.japantraveltoday.com) Event: www.japantraveltoday.com/single-post/ABC-Tokyo-Ballet

Wine and Chocolate Pairing, Pre-Valentine Party: In Omotesando, come and experience special tastes and sensations with our marriage of chocolate and wines, on Sat., Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m. We will surprise you with a mouth-watering experience of pairing chocolates and wines. Here is what you’ll get with the entrance fee (¥5,000-7,000 per person): Seven different kinds of wines and six kinds of chocolates, a lecture on how to pair wines with chocolate, and a chance to view artworks from two artists in a stylish venue. Three hours of heaven: education, fun and sweet time. Only 25 spots are available, therefore better you reserve early! Details and reservations: www.tokyowineevents.com/product/wine-and-chocolate-pairings/ or www.facebook.com/events/271230753546058

Tokyo: Social (upcoming)

BCCJ Shinnenkai 2019: Thu., Jan. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Join the British Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the beginning of 2019 and toast a successful year ahead, with around 100 Chamber members and guests from across the Tokyo business community. Guests can enjoy a mouth-watering winter warmer buffet (fitting for the upcoming Year of the Pig), an unbeatable selection of free-flow drinks and even a designer garden (bring your coats!). In addition to the usual festivities, we will also be revealing plans for an exciting new Chamber vision project in the year ahead, supporting our mission of building bridges between Japan and the U.K. Venue: Palazzo Ducale, Azabu 7-12-27, Roppongi, Minato-ku. Access: palazzo-ducale.jp/access/. Cost: Members ¥6,000, nonmembers ¥8,000. URL: www.bccjapan.com/events/2019/1/bccj-shinnenkai-new-year-party-2019/

Perfect Liars Club — New Year Cheer Edition: 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? An evening with good people, unbelievable stories and a chance to make your January cheerier. Shows have sold out with standing room only, so get organised and plan your happiness. When: Fri., Jan. 18, 8-10 p.m. Venue: Good Heavens British Bar Tokyo, 5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya, Tokyo (t-heavensdoor.jugem.jp/http://t-heavensdoor.jugem.jp) Tickets: perfectliarsnewyearcheer.peatix.com/https://perfectliarsnewyearcheer.peatix.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2173468699536060/

Tokyou Friends Free Monthly Meetup Party: Language exchange, chat and make friends on the first Friday and third Saturday (Jan. 19) 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.

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 (Jan. 25) 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 (Jan. 17) 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 name: Tokyo Sacred Harp. Flyer: bit.ly/tokyosacredharp. Blog: www.tokyosacredharp.blogspot.jp. Email: tokyo.sacred.harp@gmail.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 (Feb. 2) 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.

The Unitarian Fellowship of Tokyo: meets at 3 p.m. every second Sunday of the month (Feb. 10) (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.

Yokohama: Shared interests (upcoming)

Yoga and Mental Health: How can yoga help with mental health? In this workshop, TELL will talk about the connection between body and mind, as well as offering some chair yoga exercises that you can take home and practice. When: Sat., Jan. 19, 4 p.m. Free. Location: Yokohama Country & Athletic Club (ycac.jp/wp/ycac-access/) Email outreach@telljp.com to register or go through the QR code at telljp.com/event/yoga-and-mental-health/. TELL: www.telljp.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

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.