Events you can join – fundraisers etc.

Sorry that I have not been able to update this recently -not so much going on this summer so please visit for more general nonprofit NGO and community group info in English.

If you want to raise money – having a lunch, happy hour, party, forum, seminar or even dinner at home with friends is an easy ways to out together our resources to support the people in Tohoku.
You can charge a fee or ask everyone to make a donation . You can even do a raffle or auction of even joke items to make it entertaining. There are so many possible creative ideas for how to do this without it seeming like an event that is too fun and making light of the situation.

For our friends overseas:
Do not feel bad about having a party with friends or co-workers. If you can support the groups helping us in Japan we appreciate your help! Even have an extra drink for me!

Selecting 1 specific group makes it easier if you are going to have an event or promote a specific need. In general, people are more likely to give to a specific “X NGO EQ relief support fund” than to a general “EQ relief fund”. Please PR your actions accordingly. Please see the list of groups doing relief work in Tohoku in other entries on this site. It will be updated regularly. There are many other groups but there are also some scam sites. Be careful!
* If you can get pamphlets or brochures or print out something from the orgs website to show they are a real and legit organization.

Kimono Wine Bar for parties of 20 -25
For larger parties their catering services.
Check out their website.
When you call Lauren tell her that Sarajean sent you.

Pink Cow a funky atmosphere for late night events
Check out their website.
When you call Traci tell her that Sarajean sent you.

* Let me know if your bar or restaurant would be willing to have an event supporting the people in Japan!


In light of the March Earthquake Tsunami Nuclear crisis etc. People for Social Change will still hold Skills Build Forum #11 but with a revised agenda and fundraising aspect. Details are being designed now but here are the basics:
Theme: From Ideas to Action: Meet people interested in promoting social change.
Venue: Pink Cow Map:
contact  rose.ito at gmail dot com
Later sign ups are okay, but we need preregistration to prepare the food
We will feature a panel of speakers who have taken their ideas and made them into events programs or full fledged organizations or socially responsible companies. Put your ideas into action!
What to help out? Please share this information with as many people as possible!!! Or contact


3 responses to “Events

  1. selena

    March 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Here’s a list of charity concerts that have been put together around the country:

  2. Kristen (Tink in Tokyo)

    March 25, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Peace Boat is running a relief effort to cook 500 meals daily in Ishinomaki, Miyagi-ken. They are seeking volunteers and donations of goods and money.
    Details here:

    In support, the Tokyo hooping community is collecting cooking condiments (soy sauce, cooking oil, salt, miso) at their monthly hoop jam this Sunday 3/27 from 12:30 – 4:30 at Yoyogi Park. There is also a donation-based flea market planned. Details here:

    And also on 3/27, there is a Music event at What the Dickens in Ebisu to support both the Tohoku and the Christchurch quake survivors. 6 -11 pm. Details on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=192966024070196&index=1

  3. Motoko Kimura

    May 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Dear Sarajean

    Wa-Navi Japan, a group of interpreters, japanese language teachers and researchers related to international cooperation have newly gathered to organize the charity workshop as follows.

    We’d appreciate it very much if you could help us get the word out and invite mothers so that they can feel more confident and secure living in Japan and help the pregnant and nursing mothers affected in Tohoku at the same time.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Motoko Kimura


    Dear International Mothers living in Tokyo

    Here are details for a critical & timely workshop, geared especially for foreign mothers living in Tokyo.

    Charity Workshop for Tohoku
    …Be Prepared: Practical Strategies Using Japanese in the Face of Earthquakes.

    1,000 yen plus an opportunity to donate more to this devastated region
    All monies go to Tokyo Satogaeiri Project, directly helping pregnant women and nursing mothers recover & care for their children
    Facilitated by Wa-navi Japan 和 Navi

    Be equipped with critical language to understand how to react in emergencies so that you can best care for your family.

    Learn what you need to live confidently.

    The workshop will be run twice in May,
    5/20 at TELL’s Wesley Center
    10:00am -12:30pm with a short break in between
    RSVP to by May 17th as space is limited

    5/27 at Willowbrook International School
    10:00am -12:30pm with a short break in between
    RSVP to by May 24th as space is limited

    Babies are invited to both events.

    Expect sharing of ideas, interactive & fun learning of key Japanese phrases, words, & some kanji-recognition.
    Expect that fears will lessen as you gain confidence.
    Leave with a fabulous emergency-language kit and renewed courage.



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