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Do you feel at home in your home? If the answer is no, the Women’s Group at the Tokyo American Club is here to help. Their upcoming Asian Home Furnishings Sale features stylish items for your crib, including handmade Japanese screens, antique tansu chests, Chinese and Korean wedding chests, and high-end lacquerware. There will be ...

Feb 4, 2010 | No Comments | 1,501 views
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If you’d like to volunteer your time but are unsure where to start, then you’ll want to pay a visit to the Tokyo Voluntary Action Center’s annual forum. This year’s theme is “building civil society,” and toward that end the organizers are providing consultations for non-Japanese speakers. The event takes place the first weekend of ...

Feb 4, 2010 | No Comments | 921 views
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Want to volunteer in the local community but can’t speak Japanese? Here’s your chance. Through the end of January, the Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) is accepting applications for its telephone counselors training program. The training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday morning from February 13 through April 24, and no prior counseling experience is ...

Jan 21, 2010 | No Comments | 986 views
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Pub quizzes seem to be all the rage lately in Tokyo. Of course, with the perfect storm of copious booze, the chance to show off your smarts and the warm, fuzzy feeling of doing something good, the only question is: why haven’t you been yet? Well, you can correct that embarrassing oversight by attending Oxfam ...

Jan 21, 2010 | No Comments | 1,175 views
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Partied out from all that bonenkai action last month? Well rest up while you can, because Hands On Tokyo’s annual fundraising gala is just around the corner. Enjoy an elegant night out with friends while indulging in wine, food and one-of-a-kind auction items. Last year’s goodies included a VIP trip to Universal Studios Japan, an ...

Jan 7, 2010 | No Comments | 952 views
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If you’re looking for a rewarding and challenging team-building event, sign up for the 2010 Oxfam Trailwalker Japan. Teams of four are invited to take part and see if they’ve got what it takes to hike the grueling 100km trail, from Odawara to Lake Yamanaka, in under 48 hours. As if that weren’t enough of ...

Jan 7, 2010 | No Comments | 1,699 views
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If you’ve ever fantasized about being James Bond—or even hanging around with the superspy—head to the Australia Society’s annual Australia Day Gala Ball. The theme for 2010 is “From Down Under With Love.” Double entendre, anyone? Come dressed to kill for a night of food, drinks (shaken, not stirred), live music and an auction. Proceeds ...

Dec 17, 2009 | No Comments | 1,266 views
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For a Christmas or New Year’s card with real heart, check out the seasonal offerings from Refugees International Japan. The NPO offers six lovely designs, all of which can be purchased blank or with a (non-denominational) message inside. You can even have them printed with your company’s name and contact info. The cards come in ...

Dec 17, 2009 | No Comments | 970 views
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Those kindly party animals over at Parties 4 Peace are at it again. This time they’ve teamed up with Peace Boat and local NGOs PangeaSeed and Peace Not War Japan to host an event in support of disaster relief in the Philippines. Called Earth Groove, the get-together features music by leading Tokyo DJs, live art ...

Dec 3, 2009 | No Comments | 968 views
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Anyone interested in Sweden and its culture will want to head on over to the Swedish Embassy on Sunday for their annual Christmas bazaar. Organized by the Swedish Women’s Educational Association, the event celebrates the season in true Scandinavian fashion, including lots of mulled wine, ginger cookies and a smorgasbord. There will also be a ...

Dec 3, 2009 | No Comments | 904 views
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Wall Street’s reputation has taken a beating over the past year, but not everyone in the business deserves to be tarred with the same brush. Financial Industry in Tokyo (FIT) has been working hard for the last five years to support charities here in Japan, donating more than ¥55 million. Later this month, the group ...

Nov 19, 2009 | No Comments | 1,202 views
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Do you know what the smallest country in the world is? If you do, then you’re in luck. Tokyo British Expats Meetup has just started a monthly quiz night with proceeds being donated to Oxfam Japan. Teams of up to five members can participate, but if you can’t get that many trivia fiends together, just ...

Nov 19, 2009 | No Comments | 1,576 views
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Now that 2009 is winding down, the 2010 calendar season is winding up. If you’re looking for a nice Christmas gift for an animal lover in your life—or even if you secretly want to cover your cubicle with pictures of cute fuzzies—you can help a good cause by purchasing a calendar from Animal Refuge Kansai. ...

Nov 5, 2009 | No Comments | 953 views
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Art lovers heading to Kobe will want to check out the Biennale 2009, a two-month event created in 2005 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Hanshin quake and to promote urban revitalization and the arts. Organizers have chosen the word “wa” as this year’s theme, believing it to be “a key concept in the ...

Nov 5, 2009 | No Comments | 1,235 views
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Things will be getting decidedly shaggy around the Metropolis offices next week, thanks to the onset of Movember. This annual charity drive for men’s health sees dudes across the globe starting November 1 with a clean shave and then letting their moustache grow for the rest of the month—and the funkier the better. Hop on ...

Oct 22, 2009 | No Comments | 1,040 views
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You already know that Metropolis’ Glitterball is Tokyo’s biggest and best Halloween party, a frighteningly fun bash that draws over 1,000 ghosts, ghouls and goblins to Alife nightclub in Nishi-Azabu. What you may not know is that Glitterball also has a heart. A total of ¥500 from each ticket sold at this year’s event will ...

Oct 22, 2009 | No Comments | 1,146 views
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If you were looking for an excuse to treat yourself to a luxurious dinner at the Conrad Tokyo Hotel, now’s your chance. Refugees International Japan will be holding its fourth annual Grand Charity Auction there on Friday, October 16. The gala event includes a formal dinner, silent and live auctions, a raffle, speakers and a ...

Oct 8, 2009 | No Comments | 985 views
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To work off the calories from your Friday night excesses, why not join the sixth annual Run for the Cure/Walk for Life? Participants can choose from 10km or 5km runs, or a more leisurely 5km walk, all of which lead around the grounds of the Imperial Palace. Entertainment in the form of gospel singing, taiko ...

Oct 8, 2009 | No Comments | 925 views
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Japan is getting into the spirit of International Coastal Cleanup Day on October 4 with an event at Kugenuma Beach in Kanagawa, sponsored by local French language school Soleil Provence. Data on all the gomi collected will be surveyed and sent to the Japan Environmental Action Network, which is taking part in a global research ...

Sep 24, 2009 | No Comments | 1,109 views
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If you didn’t make it to Macau during the summer holidays, the Tyler Foundation can satisfy your casino craving. The charity is holding its annual fundraiser next week, with a “Vegas Extravaganza” theme. The gala event will feature true Vegas-style gaming and entertainment—including the world premiere of two works by Academy Award-winning songwriters Alan Menken ...

Sep 24, 2009 | No Comments | 1,844 views
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The Tokyo YMCA is sponsoring its 23rd annual Charity Run to benefit camps and other programs for disadvantaged children in Japan. Held in Yoyogi Park, the event includes a six-person team relay race, food stalls, a prize and an awards ceremony. Everyone is invited to participate—corporations, schools and private organizations can form teams to promote ...

Sep 10, 2009 | No Comments | 942 views
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If you haven’t already seen the spectacular 18m-tall Gundam replica in Odaiba, this weekend will be your last chance. Constructed as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for the popular anime Mobile Suit Gundam, the 1/1 scale RX78 is also part of Tokyo’s bid for the Olympics. Contributions are being collected at the site for ...

Aug 27, 2009 | No Comments | 1,091 views
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