Category: News

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,

Rui Hachimura and Taisho Pharmaceutical Team-Up with CWAJ to Support Women

TOKYO — NBA star Rui Hachimura and Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) have made a joint donation to the College Women’s Association of Japan (Ippan Shadan Hojin CWAJ, Tokyo, Japan). Hachimura decided to make the generous donation after his recent discovery of the educational opportunities CWAJ provides for women in Japan and abroad. “I hope to support women to help them reach their dreams and goals.” Hachimura said. “I am grateful to the women in my life,  my mother, grandmother and sisters who supported me to become who I am today. They have always been very important to me. “My mother experienced many difficult and challenging situations, and I

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

CWAJ Remembers the Extraordinary Life of Toko Shinoda (March 28, 1913 – March 1, 2021)

Artist Toko Shinoda, to whom CWAJ owes so much, passed away at the grand age of 107 years on March 1st. We had the honor of having her prints at our annual CWAJ Print Show 52 times, between 1966 and 2020. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Shinoda Sensei, who was always a great supporter of CWAJ’s mission of women promoting women’s education. May she rest in peace. CWAJ Print Show Catalogue Cover: 1975, 2005, 2019 (Photos from top left in clockwise way )1) 1966 Her first lithography experience2)2013CWAJ Print Show special exhibition3) 2005 the 50th CWAJ Print Show opening, with Princess Akishino4) 2009 CWAJ Associate Show opening Tweet

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

Happy New Year!

The members of CWAJ wish you all a healthy, happy year ahead.2021, the Year of the Cow, holds so much promise.Like the women of CWAJ, the Cow is know for making great contributions to the development of society through diligence, persistence, helpfulness and especially education.