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 therir activities, and reports from District Representatives about events in their area, including upcoming events.
It is available exclusively to members. The following articles have been featured in recent issues:
I Don't Want to Be a Good Japanese Mom!Being a good mom according to Japanese cultural norms is so much from how I see myself as a mom. Based on my own observations, being a good Japanese mom means completely giving up oneself, one's identity, one's dreams, one's goals, and one's sexuality for one's children and husband. It's often hard to think of my future dreams and goals when I hear and see messages all around me to fit in and be a "good Japanese mom...."
The American High School OptionHave 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 YoreAs 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:
Upcoming Journal Topics:
A New Era
The future begins now! A new era for Japan and 50 years of AFWJ, what comes next, for us and for you? What's next for you? What are your dreams, hopes or expectations for the future?
Deadline: November 1st 2019
Travel is what brought us all here, on one way or another. Tell us childhood memories of travel, your travel life before you landed in Japan, how you've continues to travel since then and any plalns for future travel! How do you like to travel? Luxury? Budget? Shoestring? What are your favorite places? What kinds of experiences are you looking for?
Deadline: February 1st 2020