Category: General Meeting and Luncheon Programs

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.

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