The original version of this article was written for the Vol.5-No.5 edition (July 1, 2011) of the Toyama Hot News e-newsletter.
It is a very busy time in the Toyama international community!
The Arvynia Fashion Show was held on June 18th in Toyama City, with original fashions designed by an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) of Toyama, Hong Van Tran. In addition, foreigners throughout Toyama Prefecture provided the modeling and MC-ing as well as the international food and beautiful sweets that were available for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to charities, including the Japanese Red Cross.
This weekend, the annual International Charity Show will be held in Takaoka City, also organized by the foreign community in Toyama Prefecture. This is an original stage musical, with most of the dialogue in Japanese. Many of my friends have been working countless hours to prepare for this show: rehearsing, building sets, and promoting. I look forward to the results of all those evenings and weekends they sacrificed to work on this show! Proceeds will be donated to a variety of both local and international charities. Please visit the website for more information.