Showing posts from October, 2010

Come see Black Stripe Theater's production of Doubt!


DOUBT production coming to Tokyo!

Black Stripe Theater presents John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning DOUBT.
(See for details).

Information for November 16-18 performances
Tues. 11/16th, 7:30pm
Wed. 11/17th, 7:30pm
Thurs. 11/18th, 7:30pm
Venue: Iwato Theatre in Iidabashi
Theatre Iwato, Iwato-cho, Shinjuku-ku on
The nearest station is Ushigome-kagurazaka (Exit A3) on the Oedo Line. Other close stations are Kagurazaka (Exit 1) and JR Iidabashi (West Exit).

Information for November 26-28 performances
Fri. 11/26th, 7:30pm
Sat. 11/27th, 2pm AND 7:30pm
Sun. 11/28th, 2pm AND 7:30pm
Venue: Our Space, in Hatagaya
Directions are also listed on the website. :

Tickets: Reserved: 2,500 (reserved at least 24 hours before the performance.)
Unreserved: 3,000
Groups of 10 students or more: 2000 each

For tickets, contact Black Stripe by e-mail, with the dat…

Nonprofit NGO visits for the IE3 Global internship program

As part of the IE3 Global internship program - i made a number of visits to nonprofits this week with Eric the Regional Director for Asia.

Basic info in Japanese (needs revisions i know!)

The details are on the Home site:

The current hosts in Japan are:
OurPlanet TV
Shure University
Run for the Cure Foundation
Peace Boat

NOTE: The IE3 program is only open to students enrolled at select partner universities in the Western United States. If your university is not included on the list of participating schools, you are not eligible to participate.

Journey to Hope - A Refugee Experience

First Ever Refugee Mobile Learning Centers In Tokyo, Yokohama and Kansai in October and November 2010

Journey to Hope - A Refugee Experience
Oct. 15-17: Aka Renga Soko (Red Brick Warehouse), Yokohama. 10:00-19:00
Oct. 31: Ochanomizu University, Tokyo. 12:00-16:00
Nov. 13-14: Banpaku Kinen Koen, Osaka. (A WorldShift event.) 10:00-16:00


RIJ is very busy getting ready for Journey to Hope, an interactive refugee experience using shipping containers in Tokyo, Yokohama and Kansai. Students will live out the "refugee experience" and children and adults alike will have the opportunity to learn about refugees through the exhibits, displays, activities and entertainment.

Please check the website for details:

Find the latest information about RIJ events and related news in one place at:

Global Festa 2010

It was a lot of fun - even for just 90 minutes!

I got to see so many NGO friends and meet a lot of new people ... forgot to take pix again.

Link to Global Asia article on poverty in Japan

Age, Change and Poverty: Coping with Social Transformation
By Sawako Shirahase

"For decades, Japan was described as an “all-middle-class society,” a characterization that was always open to skeptical analysis.
Japanese academic Sawako Shirahase probes the profound social changes Japan is undergoing and calls on policymakers and civil society to build a new social consensus that better reflects the new realities..." read more

Send a letter to your nations leader

How do you feel about the outcomes of the UN Summit and the review of the MDGs? there sure have been a lot of sample Success Stories that have come out in their publications but so much still needs to be done!

The original goal of .54 will not be enough to achieve the MDGs =>  we need to be active citizens and tell our leaders to follow through on promises. In the words of the people from Action Aid - the hungry can not eat promises.

3 things you can do:
1. learn more =>,,menuPK:336998~pagePK:149018~piPK:149093~theSitePK:336992,00.html

2. give some money - lots of orgs need your support

3. take action! has some sample letters you can use to send to your government's leaders.
"Print out a simple letter to your government supporting 0.7% in international aid.
If enough people in enough countries mail enough letters, this great objective can be achieved."