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Let's enjoy dancing together !



Let's enjoy dancing together !


A new movement aimed at promoting sound exchange between young men and women through folk dance has been launched by university students in Tokyo.

It is promoted by「Folklore」(Folk dance gathering movement) under the auspices of UNESCO Tokyo Council. Attend the western folk dance and enjoy playing a game or an attraction!

On April 29, which is UNESCO international dance day "an international dance day festival" will be held at Tokyo's Hikarigaoka Park .





Date April 29th(Fri. holiday) 1pm-5pm

Place Square of Shibafu in Hikarigaoka Park


on Oedo line change at NERIMA on Seibu-ikebukuro line)

Admission for nothing

(in case of rain, that will be held at Bunka-Sohzohkan in Ohtsuka)

Items We learn and have a dance with easy western numbers

at the same time Promotion Nerima Folklore Council Auspices

UNESCO Tokyo Council, newspaper office Mainichi and so on

E-mail folklorestar@gmail.com

Internet-Site folklore-folkdance.com

TEL/FAX 049-258-3218 080-6704-3218

(Please contact Mr. Matsubara in English, French or Japanese)

International Peace Culture Forum

Free for students
(Pre-booking is required - e-mail : poet2010forum@yahoo.co.jp)
International Peace Culture Forum


Project Protocol for the International Peace Culture Forum
“A New Approach to Peace”

It goes without saying that our world today is being confronted by some major crises such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, escalating ethnic and religious conflicts, aggravation of the global environmental issue, and the disaster within the global economic system etc. In times such as these, the whole of humanity is more likely to be increasingly swayed by the flood of information and the mega-trends of the world. Yet despite this, it is the accumulation of the will and actions of each individual that chooses and determines the future of humanity. In this flow of time, how should we, as Japanese, be dealing with these world problems?

Although this may have already been spoken of repeatedly, it is still true that Japan remains the only nation who has suffered from nuclear attacks, and therefore, bears the moral responsibility and the ethical right to lead the international opinion towards the abolition of nuclear arms. However, the campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons, which had once involved the whole nation of Japan but have now been reduced to the peace movements which are only carried out by small groups of people. It seems as though the majority of the Japanese citizens have become indifferent to this issue, and even if they are not, it cannot be said that the movement is being fully promoted or is able to involve the entire citizenship or even the government.

Recently (May 3 – 28) at the UN Headquarters, the NPT review conference was held. This attracted the participation of many NGO workers from all over the world, as well as the two-thousand Japanese who joined in and that included about two-hundred victims of the nuclear bombing which represented the largest number ever. They gathered in New York, and appealed powerfully for the abolition of nuclear arms. The consequence of this has partly served to bring out an approach to where a vision of a “clear agreement towards nuclear abolition” by five nuclear nations (USA, Russia, England, France and China) was reaffirmed which had been included within the final agreed document that had already been adopted by consensus, and in addition to this, a reference was made for the first time to “the anti-nuclear arms treaty”. In view of the current situation, Japan is now expected to take the leading role in seeking the realization of “a world free of nuclear weapons” whilst bringing about a close cooperation between the global community as well as working in cooperation with government and civic society.

It just so happens that Ernesto Kahan, Ph.D. (Doctor of Medicine and poet), a Nobel laureate for the 1985 peace prize as the Deputy Chairman of IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) and Mr. Guy Créquie, a French poet who has been passionately dedicated to the activities of the United Nations and UNESCO for peace and culture as, will be visiting Japan. They are both displaying the strong hope that Japan will take the initiative in working for world peace. In order to help this, and having taken into consideration the ardent endeavours of the citizens of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki towards nuclear abolition with the likes of the Atomic bomb survivor support program, the declaration of the city of peace, and “Mayors for Peace” which have been promoted involving all citizen’s, they are now recommending these two cities to the Nobel Committee, believing that both cities deserve the noble peace prize more than anyone else.

In taking this opportunity, we are planning to hold an international peace culture forum “A new approach to peace” by welcoming both of them whilst also inviting world renowned poets to Japan. Here we will discuss and reaffirm the mission and role of Japan in seeking world peace which includes nuclear abolition. We would like as many people as possible to join us.

The time table of the event

Date : August 2nd (Monday) 2010 from 13:30 – 17:30
Venue : the University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus. Hall 18 (Komaba-Todai-Mae
By Inogashira Line)
Host : International Peace Cultural Executive Committee
Sponsorship : Japan Foundation 

Entry Fee : 1,000 Yen (general) /
Free for students
(Pre-booking is required - e-mail : poet2010forum@yahoo.co.jp)


Part 1: Keynote Lectures
Guy Créquie Guy Créquie (France): The messenger of millennium peace culture, the nominator of Hiroshima/Nagasaki for the award of Nobel Prize.
Ernesto Kahan Ernesto Kahan, Ph.D. (Israel) :IPPNW, a Nobel laureate for the 1985 peace prize.
The nominator of Hiroshima/Nagasaki for the award of Nobel Prize.
Hiroo Saionji Hiroo Saionji: President of Goi Peace Foundation.

Part 2: Panel Discussion

Guy Créquie, Ernesto Kahan, and Hiroo Saionji

* Celia Altschuler (Puerto Rico, poet)
* Christophe Charles (Haiti, poet)
* Sumihiro Kuyama (guest professor of the United Nations University)

Part 3: Music and Recitation of Poems

* Mark Akixa (Indian Flut)
* Megumi Yamauchi and Rie Sasaki (Crystal Bowl)
* Guy Créquie, Ernesto Kahan, Marie Robert, Laura Munoz, Hiroshi Issiki and others
* Message from the Mayor Hiroshima


Billi-bowl" is a mixed word of "billiard" and "bowling,

Ms Hikari Tasaki
Work: Free lance announcer
Dream: To create a new style of food world

Having kept pursuing the happiness of “eating” from the childhood, she researched about the food in Haikai world at a university. From 1997, she had a successful step as an announcer at Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. After resigning KBC in 2006, she studied abroad in China while searching for delicious local food, worked as a Japanese Culture instructor at a local university. In 2007, she finally became a food analyst while as a free launce announcer,
in Tokyo, making strenuous efforts to promote the food world through mass media.

At last I went to try "Billi-bow!" I was so curious about it since it was introduced on TV and other media. I went to a building along Shinjuku Yasukuni-dori, on the 4th floor. With a chic, spacious dining space, there were the lanes, one-third of the actual bowling lanes. It had a modern, adult atmosphere. "Billi-bowl" is a mixed word of "billiard" and "bowling," a new type of sport. The rule is exactly the same with bowling. All you have to do is hit the bowling ball with the billiard cue and hit the bowling pins. Even frail(?) girls can easily play this game! Actually this sport came out into the world because of the girls' voices; "I don't want to break my nails." "I don't want to take off my boots and wear those ugly shoes." "Bowling balls are so heavy."



And I tried. I haven't played billiard for a long time so I could not use the cue properly and when I actually hit the ball, it was quite difficult. All of them were gutter… The staff came, men around me came, to coach and at last at the third game, I was much better as you can see from the photo. I got 70 points. But when I heard that usually people can easily get 100 points after playing for 3 games, I was pretty much shocked. Oh, well. But I wanted to practice more because I really thought I can do much better. I gave it a rest and watched other people play, eating my crispy pizza peperoncini. It was quite nice watching the match-making group, the boys coaching the girls and the girls shyly hitting the bowling ball. This sport has just come out into the world and starting to become popular, so if I could practice more now and call others to join a little bit later, they will give at me this envious look. It is not a difficult game to play and people of all ages can enjoy. Soon "Billi-bow-com (billiard bowling matchmaking company)", the "Billi-com" will come!?


Party Space with Private Room and Leisure
Billi-bow Dining
Address: 4F Oriental Wave Bldg., 5-17-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
Tel: 03-5292-3557
Open Hours: 2pm - 1am

For Inquiries:
Please contact Tsukasaki of Billibow Project

significance of the Tokyo 2016 Olympic bid

significance of the Tokyo 2016 Olympic bid


The logo of the Tokyo 2016 Olympic bid takes the form of a traditional Japanese knot, known in Japan as "MUSUBI." It integrates the five Olympic colours into the motif of a "MIZUHIKI", colourful and decorative knotted strings which long have been utilized in Japan to signify blessings during times of celebration.

The logo expresses the principles that underpin both the Olympic Movement and Tokyo's bid to host the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and Paralympic Games in 2016 - the creation of new values, the pioneering of a harmonious coexistence between cities and the natural global environment, and a lasting legacy for future generations.

The MUSUBI logo represents the perfect blending of sport and culture, cities and the natural environment, the present and the future, heritage and innovation, Japan and the world.


Tokyo, 8 April 2009 ? At an international presentation to promote Tokyo’s Bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games the city’s Governor, Shintaro Ishihara, today expressed his fears for the future of humanity if more is not done to tackle the issue of global environmental decline.

“When we look at the world today, we see many challenges. Perhaps the greatest problem is global warming and pollution. We may even be too late to stop it, but we have to try,” he said.

Addressing the international media at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ), the renowned environmental thought leader cited Tokyo’s 10-year transformation plan, ‘Tokyo’s Big Change’, as just one of the measures Japan’s pioneering capital is undertaking to tackle the problem.

The world’s greatest ever metropolitan transformation will be completed by 2016 to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the heart of Tokyo will act as an unequalled showcase for the Olympic Movement and help every city in the world to help overcome the challenges of the 21st Century.

Some of the innovative measures Tokyo is taking include replacing concreted, tarmaced or dirt school playgrounds with grass across the city; planting half a million more trees to bring the number up to one million; and introducing 1,000 more hectares of green space by transforming a landfill site in Tokyo Bay into a beacon of environmental innovation called ‘Sea Forest’.

The Governor, who is also President of Tokyo 2016, also reminded the audience of the importance Tokyo and the Olympic Movement places on promoting peace, particularly at a time of incessant conflict:

“The Olympic Games celebrates the ideals of peace and solidarity. We are in an age where conflict never seems to cease. For the last 60 years, Japan has avoided conflict, showing how much the Japanese people long for peace around the world. The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo is the greatest event to promote this,” he said.

With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission arriving in Japan’s dynamic capital in a week’s time, Tokyo is completely focused on showcasing the assets that will contribute to the most compact, sustainable and eco-friendly Games ever staged.

The IOC Evaluation Commission will be in Tokyo between 14 and 20 April 2009, and will spend four working days (16-19 April 2009) assessing the city’s ability to host the 2016 Games.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016, said:

“We are hard at work with final preparations for the visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission. You can feel the passion building in the heart of Tokyo and across the nation ? in taxis, hotels, shops and schools ? our people want to play their part, just as they will in 2016 if we are awarded the honour of hosting the world’s greatest sports event. Tokyo guarantees a 24/7 atmosphere that will unite the hearts of international visitors and Japanese for generations to come.”
(quoted from the official website for the Tokyo 2016 Olympic bid 'http://www.tokyo2016.or.jp/en/')

for further information

Tokyo Committed to Carbon-Minus Games

2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid supports long-term green drive

Tokyo, 5 March 2009 – Tokyo 2016’s vision for hosting a Carbon-Minus Olympic and Paralympic Games continues to gain momentum, as Japan’s vibrant capital city reports continued progress in its world-leading environmental initiatives.

(Artist’s impression of Tokyo 2016 Sea Forest: a refreshing 1000ha of lush greenery)

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s (TMG) ten-year plan to transform the city into a 21st Century showcase of urban sustainability has given rise to an innovative pledge to make Tokyo a carbon-minus city to help secure its Olympic legacy. This, together with the ‘Tokyo’s Big Change’ initiative, charts a decade-long course for the city’s urban and environmental transformation.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s commitment to a carbon-minus society is reflected fully in the Tokyo 2016 Bid proposal. Tokyo 2016’s Bid prioritizes use of existing facilities wherever possible. Where new and temporary venues are required, they will be proactively implemented with high-efficiency, passive designs incorporating energy conservation technology as well as solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. Lowto zero-emission vehicles are another feature of this plan.

The new United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is set to be finalised at the COP 15 conference, which takes place in Copenhagen in December 2009, and Tokyo is pushing forward with the ‘The 10 Year Project for a Carbon-Minus Tokyo’ in the lead up to this milestone. Advanced technology, public-private burden sharing and investment incentives are cornerstones of this effort to achieve a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of fiscal year 2020 relative to the benchmark year of 2000. To date, a total of 36.5 billion yen has been earmarked for 107 projects related to ‘The 10 Year Project for a Carbon-Minus Tokyo’.

‘The 10-Year Project for Green Tokyo’, meanwhile, aims to promote green urbanism among the Japanese people - enhancing appreciation for the natural environment through initiatives such as organised tree plantings and guidance on protecting greenery.

Another key undertaking is the creation of 1000 hectares of green space in the Umi-no-Mori, or Sea Forest, now under development in Tokyo Bay. The proposed site for Equestrian(cross-country), Cycling(mountain bike and BMX), Rowing and Canoe/Kayak(flatwater) at Tokyo 2016, the Sea Forest Cluster symbolises the rebirth of Tokyo in the form of waterways and green corridors.

As well as improvements to biodiversity and water quality, some 480,000 seedlings are being planted over approximately 88 hectares. A million roadside trees will also be planted throughout the city 540,000 of those by April 2009 – while grass play areas will have been provided to 121 public primary and junior high schools by the same time.

Dr Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016, said:

“Tokyo 2016 is committed to staging the most compact, athlete-friendly Games - and the first to be carbonminus. Our city is leading the world’s major urban centres in long-term environmental planning, and we hope to welcome the world in 2016 to see both a memorable Games, and the benefits of our green strategy.”

Athletes and sports fans will not need to wait until Tokyo 2016 to see world-class sport in a sustainable framework, however. Taking place on 22 March, Tokyo Marathon 2009 is set to be the greenest in history.

Athletes, supporters and officials will benefit from innovations such as jackets and caps made from recycled polyester, hybrid cars and buses to and from venues, and water cups made from thinned lumber. All 35,000 runners will sport green shoelaces to raise awareness of global warming and the importance of environmental protection.
(quoted from http://www.tokyo2016.or.jp/en )

Make Mount Fuji as a World Heritage site

Japan's top and highest peak is, of course, Mount Fuji.


But, did you know that Mount Fuji is not designated as a World Heritage site yet?
An application was once filed on Mount Fuji ten years ago; however, it was unfortunately turned down.
This is a fact, which is certainly sad for the Japanese people, but has to be sincerely accepted.
Thus, we are once again starting on the Project of making Mount Fuji a World Heritage site, which of course, requires efforts in areas such as environment, moral, rules, human and financial resources, etc.
In order to make Japan's treasure a world's treasure, everyone cooperates with each other to fill in the missing pieces, just like filling the missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Our goal for the designation of Mount Fuji as a World Heritage site is 2012.
However, the real goal reaches further ahead, which is to pass on our beautiful Mount Fuji to our future generations. So, why don't you join us to make Mt. Fuji a World Heritage site?




Digital Native goes to air on NHK General TV 
in September 2008
Digital Native goes to air on NHK General TV 
in September 2008

Young people who has passed 
since the internet became commonplace in ordinary households.



let's enjoy dancing together

A new movement aimed at promoting sound exchange between young men and women through folk dance has been launched by university students and volunteers in Tokyo.

It is promoted by「Folklore」(Folk dance gathering movement ) under the auspices of UNESCO Tokyo Council.

Please attend the western folk dance and enjoy playing a game or other attractions!
On September 28, which is an big festival will be held at Square Urutoraman in the Setagaya-ku

Date September 28th (sun) 1pm-5pm  
Place Square Urutoraman

(nearby SOSHIGAYA-OHKURA station on Odakyu line from SHINJYUKU)
Admission for nothing
Items We learn and have a dance with
easy western numbers at the same time

Promotion Committee Folklore of Setagaya
Auspices UNESCO Tokyo Council,
newspaper office Mainichi and so on


E-mail info@asutoraia.com
TEL/FAX 049-258-3218

Please contact Mr. Matsubara in English, French or Japanese

With Linking East Asian Future -LEAF- ?

With Linking East Asian Future -LEAF- ?
While being students, why don’t you do what only students can do,
with all your might to the very end?
Nowadays, with the advance of globalization, the relationship between countries has been closer and more complicated.
Under such circumstance, Japan is classified as East Asia.
China and Korea are some of our neighbor countries. Japan and these two countries, which are geographically close, have very long and deep ties historically.

LEAF provides opportunities for students in East Asia to spend their time together, look at actual problems in front of them to exchange opinions heatedly, and discuss the creation of their future.

Having exchanges and sharing common awareness of the problems with students who would participate in LEAF will generate trust in each other, and will help them become significant friends individually. As a result, bonds, which will help them work on problems in East Asia cooperatively, will be created.

While being students, why don’t you do what only students can do, with all your might to the very end?

Now we want to know about East Asia more.
Now we want to pass along information about Japan.
Now we want to create a better future by deepening our bonds in East Asia.

Such enthusiasm drives LEAF.

It is the forum which will start with Japan session this May that would play the most important role in activities of LEAF.

This forum will provides opportunities for students to discuss genuinely something which only students are allowed to do because they are just students, discuss the creation of their future together, and deepen our bonds in East Asia.

■The schedule

Japanese holding: Tuesday, May13 , 2008-Saturday, May17
Korean holding: Tuesday ,August24, 2008-Saturday, August28
Chinese holding: Wednesday,September10 ,2008 -Sunday, September14

Please see a home page for more information.