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Upcoming Fall 2018 Community Service Events

With the changing of the leaves comes many opportunities to support various NGOs and their efforts. Take a look at the events below and reach out to the organizations through the contact information provided if you’re interested in lending a helping hand!


The Big Draw Festival 2018

big draw 1The world’s largest cross-cultural drawing festival, led by local artists Hilary Baker in Bewdley, UK, & Divya Marie Kato in Tokyo, JP!

  • Date & Time: Sunday, October 28th 15:30-18:30pm
  • Location: Yoyogi Park, Tokyo (meet at Sangubashi gate)
  • Price: 1,000 JPY (Please bring exact change)

What it’s About: The Big Draw is a family event open to all ages interested in cultural exchange between Japan and UK.  We will be learning and experimenting with traditional British and Japanese drawing methods and materials, and everyone will be able to incorporate their own style and knowledge alongside a different cultural practice. As part of this project, we have sent Japanese art materials to Ruskin Land in Bewdley, UK, and they have sent us e.g. local charcoal and other materials in exchange. On the day there will also be a live feed between Yoyogi Park  & Ruskin Land to create an interaction between the countries.

What to Bring:  Your sketchbooks and favorite drawing materials, drinks and snacks, clothes suitable for the park, as well as bug spray and sun screen. Please invite also your family and friends!Above all, don’t forget to bring a willingness to create!

Where to Learn More: https://www.divyamariekato.com/the-big-draw-japan-2018/

Where to Register: Please register by sending an email with your full name and number of guests to info@divyamariekato.com

Tohoku Volunteer Road

place to grow 2Place to Grow is hosting inspiring weekend trips to the Tohoku area to grow & learn from each other!

  • October Road Trip: Saturday 27th –  Sunday 28th
  • November Road Trip: Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th
  • December Road Trip: Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th

What it’s About: Place to Grow organizes open-to-all monthly weekend Volunteer Road Trips to disaster-stricken Tohoku communities, with an aim to connect and inspire a rising generation of leaders in the area. Volunteers depart Tokyo early on Saturday morning and return late on Sunday night.

Where to Learn More: http://www.placetogrow-ngo.org/activities

TELL Connoisseurs’ Auction

tell connoisseurs auction 3Are you all about good wine? Then you don’t want to miss this auction where all proceeds go TELL’s work.

  • Date & Time: Friday, November 2nd, 18:00-22:00 pm
  • Location: Happo En, 1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8631
  • Dress Code: Evening wear – be Bohemian, be inspired!
  • Price: 20,000 JPY

What it’s About: The theme for TELLs  23rd Annual Connoisseurs’ Auction is Bohemian Rhapsody – Uncorked! The Connoisseurs’ Auction is recognized as Tokyo’s premier events for wine connoisseurs. It attracts 150 distinguished guests who bid on over 25 lots of premium wine, luxurious accommodation, and exceptional goods and services from a wide range of donors in both a live auction and a silent auction. The event will also feature extensive tastings of fine wines from some of Tokyo’s top wine distributors. Participation will help TELL continue to provide life-saving services.

Where to Learn More: To discuss sponsorship or further details of the auction please contact Blake Cunningham at event@telljp.com.

Where to Register: To reserve a table, or make a donation of goods or services to the event, please visit the TELL Auction website.

Knights In White Lycra (KiWL) Go-Go 55 Ultra and Half Marathon

kiwl 4Run for a good cause!

  • Date: Saturday November 10th
  • 21km river course from upper Arakawa River onto the Iruma River finishing at Aina Water Park, Kawagoe, Saitama.
  • 55km river course from the Arakawa River near Minami-Senju, Tokyo

What it’s About: Choose between 55 kilometer or 22 kilometer marathon from Tokyo to Kawagoe along the Arakawa River, and support Mirai no Mori for its programs for abused, neglected, and orphaned youths children.

What’s the Cost: Entry Fee:  30,000 JPY for 55 km, 25,000 JPY for 21 km run. Entry fee will be waived if entrant introduces corporate sponsorship to the running vest.

What’s the Cost Include: Entry Fee includes running vest, refreshments and a donation to Mirai no Mori.

Where to Register: Please fill the registration form on the KIWL website

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