Month: May 2021

June General Meeting – Stigma or Art? Reconsidering the Japanese Tattoo

Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JSTVenue: Over ZoomTopic: Stigma or Art? Reconsidering the Japanese TattooSpeaker: Alice Gordenker Fee: Free! Though you may choose to pay an Optional Attendance Fee. CWAJ is a 100% volunteer, not for profit organization. Our work is fueled by kind contributions. Please consider offering an attendance fee, no matter how small.Sign-up: RSVP by noon Monday, June 7, 2021 In Japan tattoos are associated in most people’s mind with the Yakuza, Japan’s criminal underworld. There is widespread discrimination against people with tattoos, who are barred from many bathhouses, gyms and even public beaches. But has this always been true? Alice Gordenker, an American journalist,

Morag Thomson’s Member Spotlight

Tell me about yourself… My name is Morag Thomson and I was born in Scotland some 80 years ago. As a child, my main aim in life was to become a Primary School teacher. This I achieved, and I graduated from Dundee College of Education in 1961. My husband and I were married in 1963; then began a life of travel, neither of us knowing we would only return to live in Scotland 38 years later. We have two sons, both born in Switzerland. The elder studied for a year in ICU in Tokyo. He is married to a Japanese girl and they in turn have two sons, one of