Archive for Japan – Page 2

World Café Impact – Japan-style

Thanks to Michael Shell of GLPA, I recently discovered this video of myself sharing stories of the Japanese translation of the World Café book*, and the ongoing impact of World Café within Japan. In watching it,  I was struck by how fully our Japanese friends have embraced the possibilities and potential of World Café conversation.

japanese-world-cafe-bookI’m very excited to be going to Japan (for my first time ever!) to co-host two Impact Cafés with Juanita Brown (who will be coming in by satellite) and Kazuaki Katori – one in Tokyo on October 25th, and an Asia-wide Online Impact Café on the 27th. I’ll also be co-hosting an all-day Master Class for World Café practitioners in Tokyo on October 23rd. It is a great honor to be part of these 20th anniversary celebrations in Japan. See the Impact Café Listings for more details.

  • Members of the original Japanese translation team and publishers include: Daisuke Kawaguchi, Toshimitsu Kanekiyo, Kazuaki Katori, Mikako Yusa and Riichiro Oda.

Contribution/s from Japan

Japan-stampsWe recently received a most welcome and moving letter from Mr Tomoyuki Tsunoda and the Art of Hosting/World Café community in Japan. It contained a check, and this note:

"Art of Hosting in Japan held a Charity Dialogue event on January 18th, 2012, in Tokyo. We called for donations to the World Café Community Foundation to say "thanks" because the World Café process is easy to use and provides a lot of fun that is needed now to recover our communities against the damage that has been done by the Tsunamis.

We Japanese need a lot of conversation, a lot of dialogue, to rebuild our communities and everyday life. The World Café process helps us hold such conversations.

So we say, Thank you World Café!"

To know that our friends in Japan are thinking of us and wanting to support and acknowledge the Foundation even with all they have to deal with there at home, means everything to us. These are true friends, and we are so grateful for their many contributions to the World Café, financial and otherwise. Our hearts remain with them as they go through the joyful and painful work of rebuilding their homes, communities, lives, and country after the multiple disasters of last year.

The letter was signed by:

Kazuaki Katori
Tamio Nakono
Hidetake Enomoto
Chizue Takeuchi
Rie Kuroi
Syuu Uraya
Tomoyuki Tsunoda
Mami Yoda
Nao Ashida
Misuzu Ninomiya
Yoshihiko Suko
Emiko Taguchi
Kaku Suzuki
Izumi Takii
Kazumi Yagi
Emi Owada
Yoko Itagaki
Kazue Takashige
Naoki Ishidoya
Ryota Yamauchi
Mamoru Oosone
Masaru Kojima
Kouya Nakaoka
Kouhei Noda
Tsuyoshi Kurosawa
Hiroyuki Matsumoto
Takashi Nisio
Toshiko Iwashima
Ayako Satou
Daiki Hayashi
Akikazu Hayashi
Hiroshi Okuyama
Kentarou Fukui
Syouko Matsumoto
Yuka Kamoshida
Yuuko Takahashi
Yoshiko Fukase
Kayo Fujiwara
Misato Matsubara
Takuya Murakami
Masaaki Mezaki
Hiroshi Ooki
Hiroko Nakajima
Miyako Sakatsume
Masaya Furuse
Ryoutarou Hayashi
Bob Stilger

Letter to Daisuke and Our World Cafe Friends in Japan

Paper-WhitesPaper Whites, photograph taken/donated by Stephen Goldblatt

Dear friends in Japan,
We in the World Café community want you to know that our hearts are with you in this time of devastating loss and heartbreak.  At the same time, to see the way your citizens have come together to help and support one another in the midst of this tragedy is very inspiring. We can all learn from you about how we can come together as caring human communities in times of trouble.
Please let us know if there are ways the World Café community can be of support and we will be sure to let our global friends know.  And, we’d be grateful to learn more of the conversations you are having in Japan in the face of this crisis and how the World Café process can be of service in some small way.
We send you our prayers and the wish that these challenging times can strengthen us all to meet adversity with the grace and courage that Japan is showing to the whole world.
With warmest regards and best wishes,
Juanita Brown and David Isaacs
& the World Cafe Community Foundation
on behalf of our global community