Year: 2020

January General Meeting – Speaker: Chizuko Ueno

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Venue: Over ZoomTopic: COVID-19 Impact on Gender Equality in JapanSpeaker: Ms. Chizuko Ueno Fee: Free. (Though your support is always welcome)Sign-up: RSVP by noon Monday, 18 January 2021 Let’s kick off 2021 together at our first General Meeting of the New Year! Women around the world struggle for equality, Japan is no exception. The global ranking of Japan’s Gender Gap Index (GGI) is going lower and lower year-by-year. In 2019 Japan was ranked near the bottom of the list of 188 countries. Chizuko Ueno is working to change the status of women in Japan. She is president of the Women’s Action Network, a non-profit organization

December General Meeting – The World and Japan, Through My Finder by photojournalist Natsuki Yasuda

Date: December 2, 2020 Time: 1:00 am – 11:30amVenue: Over ZoomTopic: The World and Japan, Through My FinderSpeaker: Ms. Natsuki Yasuda Fee: Free. Suggested donations 1,000 yen for Zoom participationSign-up: RSVP We will be treated to a lecture by photojournalist Natsuki Yasuda.  A native of Kanagawa Prefecture, Natsuki was born in 1987. She is the Vice President of Dialogue for People as well as its photojournalist. At the age of 16 she first travelled overseas to Cambodia to interview children in poverty as a reporter for a friendship mission organized by NPO ‘Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK)’. Natsuki currently works on refugee, poverty and natural disaster issues in various areas such as

November General Meeting, Speaker: Jenifer Rogers 

Please join us to hear about our speaker’s professional journey with a Japanese foundation for success. THIS WILL BE OUR FIRST HYBRID MEETING! Up to 48 members can come to International House Japan for the meeting, Jenifer Rogers’ lecture, and coffee and conversation afterward.  Date: November 11, 2020 Time: 9:30 am Networking over coffee/tea, 10 am Official start Venue: International House Japan and Zoom MeetingTopic: A diversity of experience in Japan – My Journey to Board positions on Japanese companiesSpeaker: Ms. Jenifer Rogers Fee: 2,500 yen for in-person participation; Suggested donations 1,000 yen for Zoom participationSign-up: RSVP by noon on November 5, 2020 Jenifer’s exposure to Japan began almost 40 years

Artist Talk with HIROTA Raifu – Special Event in Conjunction with CWAJ 2020 Open Print Art Gallery

Tweet Saturday, October 24, 202010:30 – 11:30 Artist talk open to the public11:30 – 12:00 Conversation Gathering for attendees who are visually impaired. This conversation will be available in either English or Japanese On Zoom – Registration Required Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to discover the fascinating world of Hirota’s linocuts! An enchanting harmony of colors HIROTA Raifu was born in 1947 in Kanagawa Prefecture. He is a highly regarded and much-loved print artist working in JapanHIROTA Raifu has exhibited at 14 CWAJ Print Shows, including his debut in 2000 with “Polonaise Fantasy,” a delightful, music-themed linocut that graced the catalogue cover. This year he presents “Bare Piano” that also embodies

October Virtual General Meeting and an Artist’s Look into Japanese Printmaking 

Date: October 14, 2020 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am Venue: Virtual MeetingTopic: Creativity and Innovation in Japanese PrintmakingSpeaker: Katsutoshi YuasaSign-up: RSVP by noon on 12 October 2020 Woodblock printmaking was one of the major forms of information media during the Edo period. Newspapers, books, toys, posters, advertising – everything was made by woodblock print. However, after the Meiji Restoration, many new technologies were imported from abroad. Technologies imported from abroad such as etching, lithography and photography were highly valued, so the value of traditional woodblock printmaking declined. When traditional woodblock printmaking was left behind, some artists revolutionized their work. The painting artist, Kanae Yamamoto launched a creative print movement which

Foreign Students Circle (FSC) – October Event

Tweet Foreign Students Circle (FSC) will be taking our foreign students toMANGA toshi TOKYO EXHIBITION at The National Art Center,featuring Japan’s MANGA, animation and game culture. All CWAJ members and family are welcome to join us.Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will be making visits in small groups.Therefore, we have set three dates and times:- Sat. Oct 3, 11:00,Sun. Oct 4, 14:00,Sat. Oct 24, 13:30 Fee: Payment at the entrance on the day1,600 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (College students) 1,000 yen (students of Campus member schools)Meeting place: National Art CenterSign up deadline: Sept.25 <Sign-up>  If you are a member of CWAJ, please go to the member site. Tweet

CWAJ Artists in USA Exhibit, 1956–1965 Japan’s Women Printmakers

Tweet The eagerly anticipated 2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery, an online exhibition and sale of contemporary Japanese print art, will open to the public Monday,  October 12.  CWAJ has a 71-year history of supporting artists and supporting women and we are gratified to learn that The Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon USA will hold an exhibit that explores the history of women artists in Japanese printmaking. The exhibit, Joryu Hanga Kyokai, 1956 – 1965 (which means The Women’s Print Association) features many women who have participated in the CWAJ Print Show over the years. Please see the link below to learn more about the bold history of women in Japanese art and if you are

Interview with Rie Yasuyara, Past Scholar – Visually Impaired to Study Abroad

Tweet 1. Tell me about yourself… My name is Rie Yasuhara. I am a full time employee in the HR department of a foreign pharmaceutical company. I enjoy traveling, hiking, playing flute, reading and eating. 2. What is your relationship with CWAJ? Both your current position and any previous involvement? I received a scholarship for visually impaired students in 2007 and joined CWAJ in 2009, right after graduating from university. For several years I served as a proofreader for the VVI newsletter, and became the newsletter editor in Jan 2020. The VVI newsletter is provided to visually impaired people who participate in VVI activities. As editor, I plan to introduce

September General Meeting & Open Print Art Gallery Kick-Off

Tweet Please join us Wednesday, September 16th at 10:00 am over Zoomfor the September General Meeting and to kick off the:2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery Date: September 16, 2020 Time: 10:00 amVenue: Virtual Meeting Fee: FreeSign-up: RSVP by 17:00 Monday, September 14th Director of Print Show and Print Show Co-Chairs will unveil our exciting new show. They and PS committee members have worked tirelessly to launch this online exhibition and sale of contemporary Japanese print art and it is fantastic! The 64th CWAJ Print Show has been postponed until October 2021. But, do not despair! The 2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery will be available to the public online

2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery

Tweet The College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ)  is excited to announce our first-ever virtual print art exhibition, the 2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery to be held in October. It is our great pleasure to provide this occasion to appreciate and purchase high quality prints from the comfort of your home.