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This topic is designated for listing upcoming events, recruiting members and providing a place for clubs and associations to publicize themselves. Some clubs might be better listed under another topic heading (for example the computer user groups are found under the forum topic "Computer topics"). Some clubs and associations may already have an FYI page (FYI = For Your Informtaion) in the FYI section of this Web site.

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By AFT on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 9:18 am:

A group in Tokyo called Adoptive Families of Tokyo (AFT) includes about 50 member families from near and far (not just Tokyo)considering adoption or who have adopted domestically and internationally, while living in Japan.

Meetings are generally held once per month, at 7 p.m on the last Thursday at Saint Alban's church across from Tokyo Tower, but sometimes they are held elsewhere.

Those who live too far away communicate via email. Caren Hoffman-Smith produces a newsletter each month that is sent via email or fax, which trys to include items regarding getting homestudies in Japan, selecting agencies that will assist adoptive parents while living outside the US and so on. The topic of adopting Japanese children while living in Japan is also covered, and she has a list of contact information for agencies that can help if you are interested in a domestic adoption.

"Feel free to give me a call (03-3280-4338), or to ask any specific questions, and if I cannot help, maybe I can put you in touch with someone who can. Caren Hoffman-Smith"

note from admin -- 2003 November: Adoptive Families of Tokyo (AFT) -- meetings are now on every 3rd Monday of the month, still at St. Alban's Church 19:30 - 21:00
contact: adoptivefamiliestokyo[at]

By Cornelia on Wednesday, March 15, 2000 - 3:31 pm:

La Leche League International is a breastfeeding support group for pregnant and nursing mother. For further information and maps and scheduled meetings and activities please contact 03-3425-2534 or 03-3394-4359.

By Cornelia on Sunday, April 14, 2002 - 08:20 am:
Tokyo and Centrial Japan La Leche League now has a web site at:

By FCC Women's Group on Sunday, May 28, 2000 - 11:17 am:

New to Tokyo? Would you like to meet new people who are friendly, caring, and lots of fun? The FCC Women's Group invites all women living in (or visiting) Tokyo, to join us. We are a group of women who are young and nearly young, who get together for the purpose of fellowship, charity and spiritual enrichment. We belong to many different denominations - there is no church affiliation required.

For more information please call 3401-2141 or stop by the Franciscan Chapel Center at 4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-Ku 106-0032. Pick up one of our newsletter and find out more about us and other activities that we do. There is NO MEMBERSHIP FEE.

Where in Tokyo can you find a better value than that??

By Tokyo Canadian Club on Tuesday, June 13, 2000 - 12:18 pm:

Tokyo Canadian Club
c/o COFI, Tomoecho Annex II 9Floor
3-8-27 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001
Tel/Fax: (81-3) 5401-2454

The TCC is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1987 by a handful of Canadians living in Tokyo at the time. It's mainly about fun. No matter how long you stay in Japan, it's always nice to get together with your fellow countrymen/women, as well as non Canadians with a strong interest in Canada, whom you may not otherwise meet in everyday life in Japan.

Membership (one year): 10,000 yen

For more info about the BBQ, membership, or up-coming events, give us a call on the Hotline, send a fax, or e-mail.

Hope to see you at an upcoming event!
Best regards,

Claire GYSEL
P.R. Manager

Outline: Events schedule

The Great Canadian BBQ......
A Saturday in May- at the Canadian Embassy every year in the garden at the Ambassador's residence.
Steaks flown in from Canada!! Canadian beer. Draw for airline ticket to Canada.... 450 attendees- sold out every year
Members: 3-4,000 yen Non-Member: 4-5,500 yen

Pub Night..........
First Thursday of every month at the CELT in Roppongi.
Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Canada Day......... July 1 at the Canadian Embassy

Picnic and Softball.....September

Fall Dance.........October at the Canadian Embassy

Other events:
Hikes, O-Hanami, Dinner Parties, Hockey, etc.

By MR.WALTER BENDA on Wednesday, June 21, 2000 - 9:20 pm:

Children's Rights Council of Japan (CRC of Japan) --
Japan chapter of Children's Rights Council, a U.S. nonprofit organization based in Hyattsville, Maryland. Our organization's motto is "The Best Parent is Both Parents" and we focus on helping children of divorce, separation, or unwed parents. We offer advice, referrals, and information, as well as a website and online forum. We also work to publicize and educate the world community about the unique situation in Japan which actually promotes parental child abduction and which does not have a Civil Code that provides for enforceable visitation rights between children and their parents.

If you have children who have been taken by your spouse, or if you are being denied access to your children and are being prevented from seeing your children, then please contact us.

Mr. David Brian Thomas, Co-Founder
4-18-15-903 Kamikitazawa
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156

Mr. Walter Benda, Co-Founder
P.O. Box 583, Max Meadows, VA 24360, USA

Tel/fax: (03)5317-0357 (Japan); +1-276-637-3799 (USA)
EMAIL: crcjapan[at]
Yahoogroups forum: crcjapan

By Betty on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 - 8:58 am:

The Tokyo American Club

2-1-2, Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8649 JAPAN
Tel: 03-3224-3670 Fax: 03-3224-3703
Private Members Only Club. A few annual events are open to non-members.

By A.K. on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 - 11:13 am:

BAB (Being A Broad) WOMEN'S FOOTBALL/SOCCER TEAM Any women (gaijin or Japanese) interested in joining the Tokyo-based Being A Broad women's football team? All abilities, including beginners, probably alternate Sunday afternoons. We also need: anyone (guys even) to coach and help at practices AND a good venue. (Though we have been comfortable at Yoyogi park.) Socialising after games/practices too. Email: Kate
Check out the web site:

By NoSmokeTokyo on Saturday, July 14, 2001 - 8:44 am:

NO SMOKE TOKYO is a non-smokers association in Tokyo whose agenda is to increase the number of non-smoking areas throughout the city with special attention to increasing smoke-free restaurants, bars and other places of relaxation and entertainment, because tolerating a polluted indoor environment for "enjoyment" doesn't make sense.

by Admin 27 June 2002 -- This site has undergone a dramatic transformation and is much better now! The email contact address is

By Caroline on Thursday, August 2, 2001 - 12:28 pm:

Bolivians and friends of Bolivia:

This is to let you know that there will be a Celebration of Independence Day this coming Sunday, August 5th at the Tozawabashi Sport Hiroba (Hon-Atsugi Station) from 10am to 7pm. The program features dances, music and traditional food among other events, so please join us. The event is organized by the Coordinadora de Grupos Bolivianos. For further details contact the Coordinadora at 090-3332-9713 or 0463-24-3759. You can also call me (0422-20-7553) or e-mail me at

By Lauren on Saturday, September 22, 2001 - 8:51 pm:

Join us for a night of FINE CUISINE, EXCELLENT wine and GREAT networking opportunities:

Tokyo Professionals' Association

Date: Thursday, 27 September

Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: Oasis Bar and Grill
Elsa Building
3-13-12 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Cost: Members - 4,000 Yen (please present your membership card)
Non-members - 5,200 Yen (non-members are welcome to sign-up at the door)
RSVP: Tuesday, 25 September
(pre-payment by bank transfer required)
**Don't forget to pre-register for the event by logging onto our website

Attendance is limited to 80 people. Deadline for reservations/cancellations is Tuesday, 25 September.
**Price includes full-meal buffet-style and a glass of wine proudly sponsored by

By Tracy Okuma on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 3:19 pm:

Married to or in a relationship with a Japanese man?. Just moved to Japan? Need to network and meet new friends?
Come and join this new email group! A free friendship group for foreign wives of Japanese. This growing group always welcomes new members, we talk about everything and anything, living in Japan, international marriage, bilingualism,studying Japanese, you name it!

Send an email to:-
Or visit us at:-

By Karen on Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 12:43 pm:
I tried to subscribe to the expatwives mailing list but had my mail returned to me as the email and yahoo site is for subscribed members only.

If you would like to subscribe to this group:
1. visit
2. send email to:

By Cornelia on Friday, March 8, 2002 - 11:48 am:

CODE-J (Content Developers of Japan) is an association for Internet professionals! Read more about CODE-J at: or send email to:

Join J@pan Inc senior contributing editor, Daniel Scuka, for an evening of tech spec and content talk on March 13.

TOPIC: Video Content on Japan's Wireless Webs
The last six months have seen a lot of new developments with video on Japan's 2G and 3G wireless networks. NTT DoCoMo's 3G FOMA system offers video conferencing and video clip download, but is it actually making money? Competitors J-Phone and KDDI have launched their own video services on the 2G networks, and the battle will only get livelier when both open new 3G networks later this year.

Location: Canadian Embassy building on the First Floor, Aoyama 1-chome

The presentation will be in both English and Japanese.
Doors open at 7:00. Admittance is \1,000 yen. The presentation begins at 7:30.
Beverages will be served (courtesy of Code-J drinks sponsor, Rainbow Japan). Please feel free to forward this announcement. The regular meeting schedule is the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except August and December).

By Sandy Cox on Sunday, April 7, 2002 - 11:37 am:

The International Adventure Club (IAC) is entirely voluntary, with members organizing a wide range of exciting outdoor activities and opportunities to explore the Japanese countryside and mountains.. The club is active in the Tokyo area and has more than 300 members.

The monthly meeting is usually on the first Sunday. Come to Shibuya to see what's up today at 18:00. Annual photo contest digital slide show is scheduled today! Check the web site for map, location, etc.

By Lea Watson on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 9:32 pm:

"International Market"
Take a stroll around the world at the top of TAC. Enjoy the ambience and convenience of the Tokyo American Club's "International Market" where you can find great gifts and treasures for yourself. Last year there were some super bargains from all sorts of different countries and some wonderfully unique items from right here in Japan.

It's open to the public on Wednesday, October 23rd from 2:00p.m. - 6:00pm and Thursday, October 24th from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Unfortunately, children are not allowed on the 4th floor and parking is limited to members only.

Scooter Wally will be there and I hope you 'all can make it too !

Lea Watson

By Admin on Saturday, November 8, 2003 - 5:17 am:

Tokyo: Women's Book Discussion Group --
We are a group of women of different backgrounds who meet to talk about a book we've read together.
In the past, we've read Miss Garnetts Angel by Salley Vickers, An Equal Music by Vikram Seth, Gain by Richard Powers, and My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl.
We will discuss The Female Eunich by Germaine Greer in November. We have no leader! We are a small friendly group, so we make decisions together. We like to read a wide range of books: old and new, fiction and non-fiction, from sci-fi to classics. And we often go off on tangents about other books, travel, living in Japan, and our personal lives. We meet once a month for 2-3 hours on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for coffee. Interested? Please send mail to tokyobookwomen[at]

Or try tokyobookclub-owner[at]

By Kudos on Thursday, March 4, 2004 - 4:08 pm:

Kudos Travel Fair 2004 to be held on Saturday 13 March, 10:30 - 16:00, at Toranomon Pastoral (1 min walk from Kamiyacho Station, exit 4B, parking is also available)

Kudos Travel Fair brings together a range of airlines, hotel companies, car rental services and, most importantly, destinations around the world in Toranomon Pastoral, conveniently located in Minato-ku. It is a fun day out offering information on travel and travel related services in English and Japanese for the international community, as well as the ever popular prize draw.

This year we have over 50 exhibitors, and thanks to the generosity of Kudos partners, there will be opportunities to win tickets to UK (courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways), USA (courtesy of Northwest Airlines and United) and other airline tickets, as well as car rental vouchers, domestic and international hotel vouchers, travel agent coupons as well as all kinds of other door prizes large and small. Door prizes are given to the first 50 visitors.

Admission is free. Children accompanied by parents or responsible adults are especially welcome.

For more detail, please visit

By M. T. on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 11:43 pm:

A VERY good cause PUB event with NO-SMOKING area:
(Forwarded by NO SMOKE TOYKO nosmoketokyo[at]
Rocking and Dancing for Women's Rights
Amnesty International Group 78 and the HELP Women's Refuge in Tokyo present:
"Voices against Violence," a benefit concert featuring "THE INSISTUZ"
November 14 (Sunday), 2004 at "What the Dickens" in Ebisu.
WHAT THE DICKENS: Ebisu-Nishi 1-13-3,Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3780-2099
Food (in BIG portions!) and drinks available - cash bar. NO SMOKING area. Draw Prizes!

Admission: 2,000 yen. Bring your friends. ALL WELCOME. Doors open at 6 pm, music from 7pm to 11 pm

"THE INSISTUZ" is a brand new band on the Tokyo scene, loud and sassy, made up of professional and semi-professional musicians committed to social change.
Helen Northeast: bass and vocals, Julianne: keyboards and vocals, Paula Terry: vocals, Shion Lee: keyboards/vocals, Joni Davis: vocals, Bill Benfield: guitar, Steven Coleman: guitar, Andy Matsukami: drums

Proceeds to AI's campaign to "Stop Violence against Women" and the HELP Asian Women's Shelter:
HELP (Housing in Emergency of Love and Peace) Asian Women's Shelter in Tokyo, which provides emergency housing relief and support to approximately two hundred needy recipients annually. Just under fifty percent of these are from Japan, the remainder being mostly from other Asian countries - essentially Thailand, the Philippines and Taiwan - with some from otherdeveloping nations such as Colombia and Iran, and a handful of Western women from the US, Canada and the UK. HELP is also able to aid its residents with legal, medical and nationality problems.

*** Press Release Ends ***
Regards, Chris Pitts
Home Tel/Fax: 03-3709-7051
Mobile: 090-4952-7314
Work Tel: 03-3237-2138
Work Fax: 03-3237-2768

By Admin on Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 11:44 am:

Filipino Wives of Japanese Association (FWJA) since 1977
call Fanny Kyo 043-278-9551

Unified Filipino Group of Yokohama, Vangie Yamamoto

By Admin on Friday, December 9, 2005 - 6:44 am:

The Hungarian Club Tokyo

By Ann Etienne on Friday, December 9, 2005 - 2:20 pm:

Tokyo Fáilte is a group currently being formed to bring together Irish women in Tokyo:
* Irish “trailing spousesE(either newly arrived or those who have been here for some time)
* Irish women permanently or semi-permanently living in Tokyo

The group is envisaged as a way for Irish women to connect, get to know each other, and exchange experiences, information and tips on living in Tokyo. A coffee-morning launch of the group is planned for Tuesday 31 January.
If you are interested in attending the coffee morning please e-mail: tokyofailte[at] by Tuesday 24 January, or call (03) 3486-7010.

By Ukeditor on Monday, February 4, 2008 - 10:13 am:

For those who enjoy !!

Do you like tea? Scones with jam and cream? Relaxing with conversation, enjoying a great atmosphere and making new friends? Inviting all afternoon tea and British culture lovers! Every nationality most welcome, filipinos, Japanese, foreigners. I organise an afternoon tea club (non-profit) for people who enjoy all these things, in cafes and hotels around Tokyo. Once a month. Please contact britishculture@gmail .com for more details or with any questions. All welcome!

FAQ (see down page)

PICS of previous event in Peninsula Hotel (December 2nd):

By Shikokumom on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 4:25 pm:

There's going to be a Smoke Free Walk
this Saturday.

See you there!

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