Saturday, November 30, 2013
Place: International House of Japan
Hosts: Miriam Levering, Mary Donovan
Join with members and non-members alike in celebrating the seasons by bringing a reading, sharing a memory, telling a joke, bringing a poem, or songs to sing. There are 5 holidays to remember at this time of year: Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Year’s. Serious or humorous, there’s lots to share among these holidays. If you can bring a few copies to share (or copy in the IHJ library before the meeting) that would be great (10 if possible). Some Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs plus Truman Capote’s a Christmas Memory will be on hand. Please come and join us. Bring something or come to listen, we want to see you.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
You can read more about him at
John has generously spoken to us several times, and we always find his talks stimulating, informative and enjoyable.
Hope to see you at the International House of Roppongi at 3 pm October 13 on the fourth floor meeting room. Everyone is welcome to this and all monthly meetings of the Unitarian Fellowship of Tokyo where we welcome new people and both new and old thoughts.
Many of his poems are famous and Bonnie shared with us some of her translations.
しばしとてこそ立ち止まりつれ (SKKS 262)
By the roadside
A willow’s shade
With clear water flowing:
Thinking “just for a moment…”
I stopped and stood
I particularly liked another one, where, although a priest, rather than wanting to have his final rest facing the Buddha, he preferred to be buried under a cherry tree.
その二月の望月のころ (SKS 77)
to die in spring
under the blossoms—
At that full moon
of Kisaragi month
Ways his poetry foreshadowed the medeival literary era included
a more serious interest in Buddhism, close observation of nature, an honest (raw) tone, and a high presence of self/narration. Major themes of his poetry included travel, reclusion, conflict with religious resolve, and cherry blossoms with the moon. Japan would have been a poorer place without him.
For further reading in English she suggested Burton Watson's translation "Saigyo, Poems of a Mountain Home."
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
(1) Prof Akemi Fujimoto who spoke to us last year about his project thru Tokyo Nodai to revitalize an area in Niigata sends word of a big food fair where their organic rice, soba and veggie products will be included. Let's support them.
May 29 thru June 4
(3) July 14 Summer Party and Pot Luck
3:00 until 8pm (open house style--come and go when convenient)
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) will be discussed by Mizue Tsukushi, CEO of The Good Bankers at our Sunday, April 14th meeting at the International House of Roppongi at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Part of the thrust in recent years has been the development of information infrastructure to provide investors with the information to compare the social responsiblity of corporations, in terms of their responsiblity to the environment, for corporate governance and development of human capital.
Established in 1998, the Good Bankers is an independent investment-advisory company devoted to social investment research in Japan. The company is a pioneer in implementing the first SRI product "Eco-fund" into the Japanese market. The objective of the Good Bankers is to contribute to making our society a better and more sustainable one by using financial tools such as socially responsible investment (SRI).
Tsukushi-san is founder of the company. She is a former Deputy General Manager of the Institutional Marketing Department, UBS Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. in Tokyo. She has been awarded first prize of “Women of the year 2000: Women Entrepreneur Section” for her successful launch of Eco-fund.
Gene is well know not our members for his activities as the former head of the International Buddhist Council in Tokyo and his many presentations to us over the years, but we always find him a delight to listen to. He spoke with us of his life as a Unitarian and a Buddhist. A tall white New Englander with a vigorous beard, he told us of the fun of integrating restaurants, filling up the back of buses with whites, complaining to management that the "colored water fountain" did not have colored water, and helping to bring about integration in Atlanta in the space of two years by pressure on businessmen.
He had met King at Boston University where he was studying at the semenary learning how religion was being taught in America, part of his plan to spend a life teaching religion. After Atlanta, he taught at Tufts and then at Wilberforce in Ohio, the first predominantly African-American private university in the nation, and was active in anti-war and other social issues as head of a church in Dayton. Then he lead the Meadville Lombard Seminary while drawing on the rich religious library and resources at the University of Chicago. There he became involved in the International Association of Religious Freedom, which led to him meeting Nikkyo Niwano, co-founder of the Rissho Koseikai, and a lifelong interest in Japan, China and the Lotus Sutra. He has published several books on the Lotus Sutra including a translation.
For those who missed his talk to our little group, you can find videos of his presentations on Youtube, such as at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY8xaGXPYVo
We very much appreciate his ongoing support of our group.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
February 10 (2013) --John Amari, who works within an intellectual property organization. He will talk about’ “Intellectual Property and the Right to Community Identity. Should the terms "Parmigiano" and "Champagne" be used exclusively by people who live in those regions or also by similar producers who use the same processes and ingredients??Originally a fight between old Europe and North America, as intellectual property laws and values spread, the issue will become more important in Asia, Africa, and South America.