Category: General Meeting and Luncheon Programs

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

May Virtual Meeting and 2020 CWAJ Scholar Presentation

Tweet Date: May 13, 2020 Time: 10:00 The CWAJ Scholarship Committee invites you to join us Wednesday, May 13 at 10:00 for the presentation of CWAJ 2020 scholarship winners! Do not miss this chance to hear from our seven scholars who will introduce themselves at our virtual monthly meeting. This is the most exciting organization-wide gathering of the year and our 2020 scholars are an inspiring and impressive group. Additionally, two of our past scholars, Saule and Ririna, who are both extraordinary women, have agreed to speak to us about their activities. What a wonderful opportunity to see how the work you do for CWAJ has ongoing benefits. Please sign-up

April Luncheon Meeting [CANCELED]

Tweet Date: 8 April 2020Topic: Legacy of the 1964 Tokyo OlympicsSpeaker: Ms. Akiko Kuno Venue: Tokyo American ClubTime: 11:30 Social Gathering   11:50 LuncheonFee: ¥5,000 members   ¥6,000 guestsRSVP by noon on Thursday, 2 April 2020 <Reservation> CWAJ Members:  If you are a member of CWAJ, please go to the reservation site. Non-members:  If you are not a member of CWAJ, please contact at “” ————————————————————————————— Countdown for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games has already started to provoke a heated national mood for the Olympics approaching in three months. At significant cost, the new National Stadium has been completed and the Olympic Village on the man-made island of Toyosu will soon be open. Names of Japanese athletes

March Luncheon Meeting [CANCELED]

Tweet Dear Friends of CWAJ, Due to the COVID-19 Virus, CWAJ has canceled our March Luncheon Meeting. Although we are sorry to miss an opportunity to gather and to hear Jenifer Rogers, we want to do our part to stem the spread of this virus. Every effort will be made to find a time to reschedule Ms. Rogers. Anyone who reposted details about the March Luncheon Meeting will automatically be entered into the drawing for a free pass to our April Luncheon Meeting. Please be alert for details about April’s meeting which will be posted soon. Thank you all for your support and friendship during this time. CWAJ is women

February Luncheon Meeting

Tweet Date: 12 February 2020Topic: A Touch of Love from ShakespeareSpeaker: Stuart Varnam-Atkin Venue: Tokyo American ClubTime: 11:30 Social Gathering   11:50 LuncheonFee: ¥5,000 members   ¥6,000 guestsRSVP by noon on Thursday, 6 February 2020 <Reservation> CWAJ Members:  If you are a member of CWAJ, please go to the reservation site. Non-members:  If you are not a member of CWAJ, please contact at “” ————————————————————————————— Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a presentation from a true Shakespearean expert who is also a media personality and a truly engaging speaker. Given his love of Shakespeare I am sure we will be fascinated by his knowledge and be entertained by his exploration of just some of