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What 3/11 means for the future of volunteering -- Mar. 30 in Takatsuki

What 3/11 means for the future of volunteering
Saturday, March 30, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Speaker: Yuko Nishiyama

Much like in the aftermath of the Hanshin Earthquake, official response to the 3/11 disasters was inadequate and slow in coming. And much like in 1995, local businesses, community groups and NPOs are filling the breach. One of these is Minna no Te, a community action group of Tohoku evacuees living in Kyoto. Its founder, Yuko Nishiyama, will detail her personal story, her efforts to partner with local aid groups, and explain how you can help those affected by the 3/11 disaster.

Many of us have looked on in sympathy with those undergoing such tremendous misfortune but are at a loss for how we can help without the expense and time commitment of a trip to Tohoku. Yuko will expand our knowledge of the 3/11 crises' local dimension, and offer opportunities for us to “think globally and act locally.” Finally, she will explain how the community is spreading the word of the ongoing challenges besetting those affected. Among those projects is a website featuring blogs by victims and a speaking tour at the University of Hawaii-Manoa during the week of March 11, 2013, commemorating the two-year anniversary of the earthquake.

The television news may have moved on to other topics, but the continuing events and consequences of 3/11 continue to inspire a collective response from all of us. Formerly loosely-associated groups around the globe are using the internet and social media to raise awareness and answer the challenges. Learn how you and your students can become more involved!

A native of Fukushima city, Yuko Nishiyama earned a BA in linguistics from Iowa State University, where she lived for five years. Following an eighteen-month French immersion in Canada, she returned to Fukushima and worked as an English teacher and interpreter. She left her career with the birth of her daughter Mariko and was living with her in Fukushima when the 3/11 disasters struck. She evacuated with her two-year-old later that month, eventually settling in Kyoto in June. Surrounded by other evacuees, she founded *Minna no Te*, a community organization dedicated to providing information and assistance to those displaced. Current initiatives include the Dream Summer Project, which reunites evacuees with their friends and family both in Kyoto and Fukushima. This January, the organization started a cafe to provide local evacuees a network and a source of employment.

This event is co-sponsored by SIETAR Kansai and will be conducted mostly in English with some Japanese.

Location: Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, 3rd floor, Room 1

Fee for JALT members, Sietar members, and students: 500 yen

Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

Call for Presentations at Back to School mini-conference on Apr.14


Osaka JALT is proud to announce its annual Back to School 2013 mini-conference at Osaka Gakuin University on April 14, with call for presentations deadline March 14.

Back to School is our annual spring one-day mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone start the new school year on a positive note. It's one of our favorite events of the year.

Date and Time:
Sunday, 14 April 2013 - 9:30am - 5:30pm
Yuko Nishiyama, Stephen Dalton, Jason Bartashius, and many more, including a unique workshop by OGU's own innovative I-Chat Lounge.

This year's plenary speaker, Ms. Yuko Nishiyama, will be talking about her experiences since evacuating from Fukushima after the disasters of 3/11/11.

As in the past two years, all proceeds from this event will go to help support Tohoku, this year via the Minna no Te organization. Photos, videos, presentation summaries, and other material from our past Back to School events can be found at .

This year's Call for Presentations is open through March 14. Everyone, and particularly students, are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal via this link:

We look forward to what is sure to be a great day at Back to School 2013, so please plan to join us on April 14th at OGU!

Osaka Gakuin University, Building 13, near Hankyu Shojaku and JR Kishibe stations
Guide to Location:

Fee for JALT members:
1000 yen (Free for student members)
Fee for one-day members:
2,000 yen (500 yen for student non-members)


Osaka JALT Shinenkai 2013 at Satoyama dining restaurant in Umeda

Saturday, January 26, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the new year and the winding down of another academic year at Satoyama dining restaurant , located on the 17th floor of the Terminal Building (near Hankyu Umeda station), starting from 7:00 pm. The dinner buffet is 2500 yen and nomihodai (all you care to drink) is just an additional 500 yen. JALT members will get 500 yen off their bill. The restaurant is completely smoke-free and has fantastic views of the city and a very healthy menu. A nijikai afterwards is likely for those interested. All are very welcome, so feel free to invite friends, but please do RSVP to to let us know as soon as you can if you'd like to attend so we can reserve enough seats before the place fills up. We hope to see you there!




Kansai JALT Pecha-Kucha Year-end Event: Sat., Dec. 15, 6-8pm

Saturday, December 15, 6-8pm in Kyoto:
Kansai JALT Pecha-Kucha Style Year-end Event

This year the baton for hosting this annual Pecha-Kucha style event (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds per presentation) has been passed on to Kyoto Chapter and will be held in the informal surroundings of Tadg's bar in downtown Kyoto, for free.
With a wide selection of food and drink available, as well as wonderful views of Gion and the eastern mountains, we're looking forward to a great chance to watch an eclectic mix of informative and entertaining presentations, and meet up with old colleagues and new people from around the Kansai JALT community.
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Venue: Tadg’s Irish Bar, Empire Building 8th Floor, Kiyamachi Dori, Sanjo Agaru, Kyoto (access info below)
Time: 18:00 to 20:00 (although there is no need to leave the venue at this time!)
Cost: Free for all!

Come join us for our year-end bonenkai celebration! Grab a beer, catch up with your colleagues and enjoy Pecha-Kucha from the following presenters:

1) Steve Cornwell - JALT2013: Learning is a Lifelong Voyage
2) George Schaaff - Bringing Experience to Education: A Study Tour to Siem Reap, Cambodia
3) David Lees - Printout Basics in 6 Minutes
4) John Rucynski - Culture Teaching in EFL: Looking in or Looking out?
5) Sam Crofts - 24 Hours in Osaka
6) James Crocker & Margaret Bowden - The Font
7) Richard Miller - ESL vs EFL vs ESOL: Acronyms in English teaching in Japan

Tadg's is a short walk from Keihan Sanjo station, and about 10 minutes from Hankyu Kawaramachi station, so it is easily accessible from Kobe, Nara, and Osaka.

From Keihan Sanjo/Kyoto Subway Sanjo Station: Take Exit #7, walk across the bridge, take the the first right onto Kiyamachi Dori. Walk for about 100 metres, Tadg's is on your right on the 8th floor of the Empire building.

From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station: Take Exit #1-north, walk north along Kiyamachi Dori for about 10 minutes, cross Sanjo Dori and continue for about 100 meters, Tadg's is on your right on the 8th floor of the Empire building.