Tokyo is one of the most populous cities in the world, by some measures, the most populous. While all those people take some getting used to, think “crowded rush hour trains” for example, all those mouths create a market of impressive options as well, from the variety and quality of restaurant and foods available, to the wide array of interest groups from sports to charity, if you can do it, you can likely do it in Tokyo.
That being said, its nearly impossible to say how many charity groups and events happen in Tokyo in total, there are simply too many options available. We will highlight a few here that our company has been involved with, but there are many more. If you are interested in getting involved, do it!
You can find a more complete list of charities and events here:
Run for the Cure Foundation, an organization promoting awareness of breast cancer in Japan, is holding their run/walk event in December. This event is also held in Hibiya park, however they upped the distance to 5K/10K run or a 5K walk. For a change of venue outside of Tokyo, they also are holding a similar event in Nozawa Onsen City in Nagano, a small and charming hot spring village located at the foot of Kenashi-yama Mountain. What better way to cap off a run, then enjoying a relaxing Japanese hot spring in the countryside.
Animal Walk Tokyo was formed in 2010 by a small group of people living in Tokyo with a drive for helping the animals. Each person involved had a passion for contributing, but none was able to find information in English on how to do so without adopting or fostering.
AWT started by holding fundraising events for local animal rescue groups. We use our events to raise awareness among the local community that animals do suffer around us, and we can all help. 100% of all event proceeds are used to donate food, medical supplies and transportation to rescue groups saving animals in our area. In the Fall of 2013, we launched a new division focused on helping people find support for living with pets in Japan.
Second Harvest Japan distributes food to soup kitchens, orphanages, the elderly, emergency shelters, single mothers, the homeless, migrant workers, and many others. Check out their website for information about upcoming events, or how you can donate or volunteer.
Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
TELL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing world-class, effective support and counseling services to Japan’s international community as well as helping to address the country’s growing mental health care needs.
You can give your time and talent in service to TELL, whether on the Lifeline, working on special projects, or at fundraising events. Volunteerism is a great way to build your resume, learn about the needs in your community, meet new people, and most importantly, give back to the community. Examples of areas in which we are usually very happy to have a helping hand include graphic design, database management, and translation.