|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 (
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
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
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.
|Children's English Circle (CEC)|
|Foreign Students Circle (FSC)|
In addition, our ongoing involvement in Fukushima is a source of
joy and pride for the volunteers as well as the children of
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
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.
|Upcoming & Ongoing Events/Activities|
Spring hike in Oze National Park
Ceramics group trip to Karatsu
|May 2015 Good-bye and Baby Shower|