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The College Women's Association of Japan (CWAJ) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization of Japanese and non-Japanese women interested in education, cross-cultural exchange, and friendship. Offering opportunities for women from all over the world to share unique cultural experiences with their Japanese peers, CWAJ provides a long-term link with Japan as well as the immediate benefits of a wide range of activities in and around Tokyo.You will find more information and our 2014 Annual Report ( English and Japanese) in About Us section.

40th Celebration for the Volunteers for Visually Impaired
Volunteers for Visually Impaired (VVI) celebrated its 40th Anniversary on December 12, 2015. The event was held at the 100th Anniversary Memorial Hall at Gakushuin University in Mejiro, Tokyo.

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The event began with congratulatory speech by Nancy Nussbaum, CWAJ President, followed by Michiko Mitarai, a longtime member of CWAJ and founder of VVI, who spoke about her inspiration to start VVI.

Later there were speeches by Rie Yasuhara, a SVI scholar and now a CWAJ member, and Fumikazu Satoh who was a student at the Japan Vocational Development Center for the Blind in 2013, and is now a PhD student at Tokyo University.

The audience enjoyed lively vocal performance by Hajime Minamisawa. He, too, is a CWAJ scholar, and now a teacher at a primary school in Utsunomiya. He was accompanied by twin sisters, Rie and Risa Kimura, on the piano. The sisters are regular participants of English Conversation Gathering of VVI and are also active as pianists. This performance was followed by Yusuke Anazawa’s violin recital. He played some very unique pieces, which he composed. All the talented performers ensured that the audience was entertained.

After the performances the guests had time to chat with each other over some snacks and drink. Before the program ended everyone joined Mr. Minamisawa in singing Christmas carols with the Kimura sisters on the piano and Mr. Anazawa on the violin.

The program was a real success with around 150 VIs, guests, and CWAJ members.
 
CWAJ Outreach Activities - Education
CWAJ continues to stay involved with the local communities through its various Education related outreach programs.
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Children's English Circle (CEC)
 
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In addition, our ongoing involvement in Fukushima is a source of joy and pride for the volunteers as well as the children of Fukushima.
The 4th English program for children in Fukushima was held on December 6 in Koriyama City with seven volunteers. We were honored to have the Mayor of Koriyama City and his wife to our program.

There were a total of 42 children at our two sessions and we were happy to see them enjoy our Christmas Program learning English by singing, reading, making an ornament, and playing games.

It was our pleasure to share wonderful Christmas atmosphere with many children at the end of this year in Koriyama.
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Upcoming & Ongoing Events/Activities 
 
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Asobijutsu in Fukushima
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Spring hike in Oze National Park


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Ceramics group trip to Karatsu
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  • Luncheon:  Next luncheon is February 10, Wednesday at the Tokyo American Club in Azabudai.
    What did you miss at our luncheon in December? Look here for the past luncheon report.

  • The Donation/Sponsorship Campaign is well underway!                                                      ,                                                          
  • Adventures of Ai: In the summer of 2014, the Board endorsed a proposal to have CWAJ listed as a charity for The Adventures of Ai project. For further information, please click here.

  • Scholarship: 2015 CWAJ scholars were introduced during the May Luncheonn
    Click here for 2015 Scholars' profiles. 2015年度CWAJ奨学生生
    Click
    here for a slideshow of CWAJ Scholars Now, 1972-2012.
    Click hereto the Scholarship Committee page for more (members only)