TOMO-KIN is a casual gathering for the TOMODACHI alumni community to come together and connect across industries, regions, and interests. It derives its name from the word “kinship” and that it was originally held on Fridays (“kin-youbi” in Japanese). The event began as a one-hour virtual session, facilitated by TOMODACHI alumni interns, and was divided into two sections: The first half was conducted in English and the other in Japanese to accommodate alumni interested in furthering their engagement in both languages. Each session included a theme for the month chosen by the intern facilitating that month’s discussions.

Since July 2022, the event has been conducted in a hybrid format and will be held bi-monthly (every other month) going forward.

 

TOMO-KIN July 2022

TOMO-KIN 2On July 9, 2022, the very first hybrid TOMO-KIN was held at the WeWork Iceberg Building in the popular Harajuku Area of Tokyo. Nearly 20 alumni gathered who represented various industries like education, design, tech, nonprofit, and media; and were reconnected with alumni from other locations online. They shared their roles and goals at each organization and inspired one another to keep being an active leader in their respective fields. >Read more

 

画像1TOMO-KIN June 2022

Session #13

Theme: Diversity in Media (English)

2022 First Half Reflection (Japanese)

Facilitator: Haruka Nakajima

 

 

 

 

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Session #12

Theme: Game Night

Facilitator: Honoka Kumazawa

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN April 2022

Session #11

Theme: Cherry Blossom Viewing and Environmental Conservation

Facilitator: Honoka Kumazawa

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN March 2022

Session #10

Theme: The Age of Adulthood Changing

Facilitator: Maho Suzuki

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN February 2022

Session #9

Theme: Valentine’s Day Memories & Spring Break Goals

Facilitator: Maho Suzuki

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN December 2021

Session #8

Theme: Looking back on 2021

Facilitator: Maho Suzuki

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN November 2021

Session #7

Theme: Self-Care

Facilitator: Momoko Tajima

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN October 2021

Session #6

Theme: Your major and Career

Facilitator: Maho Suzuki

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN September 2021

Session #5

Theme: Traveling

Facilitator: Momoko Tajima

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN Augst 2021

Session #4

Theme: Favorite Books

Facilitator: Maho Suzuki

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN July 2021

Session #3

Theme: Cross-Cultural Experience

Facilitator: Momoko Tajima

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN June 2021

Session #2

Theme: News

Facilitator: Maho Suzuki

 

 

 

 

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TOMO-KIN May 2021

Session #1

Theme: Let’s Talk in English

Facilitator: Kaoru Utada, Yukari Shishido

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