Category: General Meeting and Luncheon Programs

May General Meeting – Presentation of CWAJ 2021 Scholarship Awardees

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JSTVenue: Over ZoomTopic: Presentation of CWAJ 2021 Scholarship AwardeesSpeaker: Ten Scholars 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, May 12, 2021 Message from Catherine Haskin, Director of Scholarship The CWAJ Scholarship Committee Invites You to Join Us on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, for the Presentation of CWAJ 2021 Scholarship Awardees! Do not miss this chance to hear from our ten scholars who will introduce themselves during our

April General Meeting – News in the Age of the Internet by Robin Harding

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JSTVenue: Over ZoomTopic: News in the Age of the InternetSpeaker: Robin Harding, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Financial Times 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, April 12, 2021 Twenty years ago, the media was a cosy club of newspapers, radio and television: they took different political positions but usually agreed on the facts. Today people get their news from a host of different sources, especially social media, and the so-called

March General Meeting – My Noh World – Mother and Daughter’s View of Noh Theatre with Madeleine and Soraya Umewaka

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JSTVenue: Over ZoomTopic: My Noh WorldSpeaker: Madeleine and Soraya Umewaka 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, March 8, 2021 The classical theatre, Noh, goes back to the 14th century and is the oldest major theatre art that is still regularly performed today. Yet for many contemporary Japanese, Noh, with its slow movements, poetic language and themes that often incorporate dreams, supernatural worlds and spirits, is difficult to understand.

February General Meeting – Join our meeting to hear Mark Bookman present to us on the costs and benefits of technological innovation in building a barrier-free Japan

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JSTVenue: Over ZoomTopic: Building a Barrier-Free Japan with Mark BookmanSpeaker: Mark Bookman 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, 8 February 2021 The preparation, execution, and aftermath of mega events like the Paralympics can create dramatic shifts in disability politics on both local and global scales. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of Japan, where the games have driven ‘accessibility booms’ on two separate occasions. Physical and

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

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

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

June Virtual Meeting

Tweet June 10, 2020. A short performance of rakugo in English by Katsura Sunshine Date: June 10, 2020 Time: 10:00 – 11:00Topic: Rakugo Presenter: Katsura SunshineVenue: Virtual Zoom Meeting – link will be sent to those who sign upFee: Free(Though donations, even very small donations, are always welcome, see the letter that arrived in the mail from the donations team for details)RSVP by noon June 8 in order to receive Zoom meeting link on June 9 Please sign-up today to join us for our upcoming June Monthly General Meeting and hear what committees/members have been up to and plans for the coming months. We are excited to offer us all