Special Interest Groups

SIG groups reflect the personal interests of the CWAJ members. 

Presently we have five groups that have remained active over a long period of time: Friends of Music, Friendly Crafters, Hiking Group, Reading Group, French Conversation, and a  new group is starting up, namely Kogei Arts

Members are free to contact and join any of these groups at any time. If you are considering joining one of the following groups, please get in touch with the Co-Leaders of that group. It is also possible to start a new group. 

For more information, please contact the SIG Co-Chair and/or the Director of Member Activities.

Here is a video about the CWAJ SIG groups:

Friends of Music

Rehearsal Dates: Once a month – normally the second Thursday of each month but subject to change
Place: Rokko Club, near Yurakucho Station (Imperial Theater Building B2.

Access information is (Apologies but the map is only in Japanese. Please contact the Co-leaders if you wish to join and we will arrange to meet you at a convenient place.)

Time: 10:00
Fee: 800 yen (room rental)

Friends of Music (FoM) consists of a group of warm, friendly members who gather once a month to sing, as singing together is an ideal way to alleviate stress and to create strong friendships with one another. To join FoM, no previous musical background is necessary! If you wish to belt out songs to your heart’s content, this is the perfect place to do so! If you love music, we encourage you to join our group and we will all welcome you with open arms.

Latest posts from Friends of Music SIG can be found on the Members Only home page

Friends of Music
Friends of Music

Friendly Crafters

Date: Monthly, usually on the second Monday of the month.
Place: CWAJ Center
Time: 13:30

No experience is necessary to participate! Most of our projects are easily done in one day. Group members share their knowledge and skills, but some more involved projects do have a materials charge. You are always welcome to bring your projects and work on them with the company of other Friendly Crafters. We also welcome new craft ideas!

Latest posts from Friends of Music SIG can be found on the Members Only home page.


Hiking Group

Date: Several hikes are held each spring and autumn.
Place: Meet at a pre-determined station
Time: Most hikes take a full day – 7:30 to 18:00
Fee: No fee, but transportation cost varies according to train fares.

Join us and experience the splendid and refreshing scenery from the top of a mountain. Our walks are not too hard to be enjoyable!

Latest posts from the Hiking Group SIG can be found on the Members Only home page.

January 2019
Hiking in January 2019
February 2018 hike – Kinomiya Shrine in Atami
February 2018 hike – Kinomiya Shrine in Atami
Kinchakuda Park (a sea of red Spider Lilies)
Kinchakuda Park (a sea of red Spider Lilies)

Reading Group

The Reading Group has nine regular book discussion meetings a year with a different discussion leader each month.  A translator or author occasionally attends as a guest.  Meetings are generally held on fourth Wednesdays, from January to June and September to November.  Depending on interest, a second evening discussion might follow a scheduled daytime meeting.

Reading group on Zoom

Latest posts from the Reading SIG can be found on the Members Only home page.

Regular meetings will continue on Zoom at least through 2023 in order to include Overseas members and others who might not be able to come in person.  However, we love being together and hold occasional outings such as cherry blossom viewing, museum visits, and book exchanges.

All booklovers of CWAJ are welcome!  Please contact the Co-Leaders at .


January 25 The Easy LIfein Kamusari by Shion Miura
February 22 The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
March 29 The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
April 26 The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa
May 24 Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
June 28 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
September 20 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
November 22 Intimacies by Katie Kitamura

French Conversation

The French Conversation Group gathers in the morning of the second Friday of each month with the goal of speaking only in French for at least 2 hours! We are recently using a textbook entitled La France au Quotidien which covers a vast, diverse range of topics which we have animated discussions about. We have also had the honor of having a guest speaker from France who gave a presentation about her research regarding the usage of bicycles in France and Japan.  Our very own members Imen Jebri and Hodalo Mariki also gave presentations of their respective countries Tunisia and Togo. Another member demonstrated the art of crépe making at another members’ home which was not only delicious, but a very delightful afternoon.

At the moment we are basically meeting via Zoom – but  in addition to special events, we do meet in person twice a year to enjoy a delicious French meal together! 

There is no need to be fluent in French.  If you know only a smattering of French, don’t be shy, but join us!!! 

Latest posts from the French Conversation SIG can be found on the Members Only home page.

Imen Talk on Tunisia
Imen Talk on Tunisia
Bicycle Use in France and Japan
Bicycle Use in France and Japan
Crepe lesson
Crepe-making lesson
Getting together
Christmas Lunch
Christmas Lunch 2022

Kogei Arts

There is news on the Members Only News page about the new group, Kogei Arts!

Kyoko Shimada ceramics
Kyoko Shimada ceramics
Kogei Arts Outing