Category: General Meeting and Luncheon Programs

February General Meeting – Culture, Economy and Life on the Phone Screen by Wakayu Sato

On trains, in supermarket queues, even at the family dinner table – we always see young people looking at their smartphones. What are they really doing? Watching TikTok? Playing an online game?

Wakayu Sato, a content marketing and creator economy specialist, will tell us about the new services and programs that have young people hooked.

December General Meeting: It’s Samba Time!

Date: December 1, WednesdayVenue: Foreign Correspondence Club of Japan Marunouchi 3-2-3, Marunouchi Nijuubashi Building 5 http:// www.fcc.or.jp Telephone: 03 32113161Time: 10:30 to 12:15Fee: 3,000 yen for members and 4,000 yen for member’s guestsRSVP: Please register via Eventbrite until November 28, Sunday https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cwaj-2021-december-general-meeting-tickets-209148898987 Zoom Meeting: 11:00 to 12:15Fee: Free (Donations are always welcome through Square.) RSVP: Please register via Sign Up Genius until November 28, Sunday https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DA9AC28A3FDC52-december For our annual December General Meeting we have invited three professional samba dancers to enthrall us with their colorful costumes and electrifying movements. Please join us for an enjoyable meeting with live dancing and music. Tomoko Mark, Yumiko Harada, and Chisato Mori will present

November General Meeting – View From The Inside by David Atkinson

Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 to 11:45 Door opens at 9:30
Venue: International House of Japan, Annex Hall, Roppongi
Or online via Zoom
Fees: Members must remit 2,500 yen by November 3
Guests must remit 3,500 yen by November 3
Speaker Profile
David Atkinson, CEO of Konishi Decorative Arts and Crafts Co.,
After a successful career in the financial world David Atkinson found himself being asked to advise an old Tokyo-based company which specialises in the restoration of shrines, temples and other important cultural properties.

October General Meeting – Woodblock Prints and Beyond – Artist Talk

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JST
Venue: Over Zoom
Ayomi Yoshida began her work in the area of woodblock prints, and later pursued the many possibilities of this medium. Beyond prints on paper, carved woodblock itself and wood shavings, installations and videos defining three-dimensional space, clothing and retail store design all became vehicles for her artistic expression.

September General Meeting – Nuno – Designers’ Talk between Reiko Sudo and Naomi Pollock

Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 JSTVenue: Over ZoomTopic: NunoSpeaker: Reiko Sudo and Naomi Pollock 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, September 13, 2021 Please join us for this highly interesting designers’ talk between Reiko Sudo and Naomi Pollock. Few people have done as much to bring the world’s attention to Japanese creativity and craftsmanship in textiles as Reiko Sudo, Design Director of NUNO Co. Ltd., a textile design company with retail

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,

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.