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The Journal is published by AFWJ four times a year and is the official means of communication between AFWJ's Board and members. It contains reports from Board members about their activities, and reports from District Representatives about events in their area, including upcoming events.

There are also sections about our members, informative articles, short stories, poetry, artwork, personal experiences and other contributions by our members. 

It is available exclusively to members. The following articles have been featured in recent issues:

Preparing for Disasters and the Unexpected

2019, and now the beginning of 2020, have seen more natural + manmade trouble around the world than ever before. My birth country is either completely parched, scorched, battered by golf ball sized hail, or been hit by the worst floods in 50 years. Sometimes a combination. Though many of us focus on Japan as we live here, some of us live elsewhere, and no country is safe from harm. Dealing with a possible disaster, or multiple ones within months, is something that the whole globe has to consider.

The American High School Option

Have you ever intimated that kids might be having more fun and far less stress back in your home country? I confess to having mouthed off for years, so I should not have been surprised when I asked my twins what high school they wanted to try for and one said,"It is time to be an American boy. Free education with no tests." The other guy said, "I signed up for the rugby team. I don't like tests either and it is close so I can ride my bike and cheap so papa will be happy." So now I have identical twins answering to different nationalities....

Shopping in the Days of Yore

As much as I like country living and coming home to the smell of cows when I turn off the highway, I look forward to going into the heart of Tokyo every season for a morning at Who-Ga, an upscale beauty salon, and an afternoon of surprises in the city. Jenny and I began this ritual a few years ago. We meet at the far end of the Tozai line, and transfer to the Chiyoda about the time we have covered the gardening, teaching, parenting, housekeeping, and cooking topics that make up our world in Chiba. 

The Journal is available exclusively to AFWJ members, but you can read and download a sample journal here:


"A few hours of feeling connected to friends all over Japan - and beyond ! I laugh and I cry with my AFWJ sisters, as they share their stories, insights and experiences, understanding it all." 

E.M. -- Shimane Prefecture

Upcoming Journal Topics:

Winter (December)


How has changing technology impacted your life? Do you struggle to adapt to new gadgets or do you love the thrill of purchasing a shiny new innovation? Is there a particular item that you used to live without that now makes your life so much easier? Is there an item you wish had never been invented? How has technology made your life easier or harder? Tell us a story about your very first… TV/stereo/computer/iphone/drier/ereader/tablet/etc. What is one piece of technology that you couldn’t live without? Is there something in your home country that Japan doesn’t have or didn’t have when you moved here? Or something Japan does have that surprised you? What piece of technology do you hope they invent in the future - what item do you wish for?

Deadline: November 1st, 2020

Spring (March)


Spending more time at home than ever before in the year 2020 has led to the blossoming of creativity for some and a total mental block for others. How have your creative pursuits gone lately? Do you have a creative outlet — what is it and how do you nurture it? How do you get over creative blocks? How do you honour and play with your creativity? Share some of you 2020 creations with us! We’d love to see your art, read your work, hear about your love of music and more. Let’s see some of that wonderful AFWJ talent!

Deadline: February 1st, 2021



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