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Tuesday, March 9, 2004

LIFELINES

Freecycling, sun lamps and dancing


Clothes, fabrics, toys

Anne recommends a charity organization in Stellenbosch, South Africa, that helps people in shanty towns to get back on their feet. "They're always looking for donations of secondhand clothes, dress fabrics and toys for the creche."

The project is run by a group of women, who take care of the children of female domestic workers to ensure the kids are well fed and looked after while their mothers work.

Donations to: Kayamandi Project, c/o A.P. Vosloo, Du Plessis Steet 3, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa.

Freecycle Japan

The e-mail list ( frugaljapan@yahoogroups.com) reported last year on a recycling enterprise in Tucson, Ariz., called "Downtown Don't Waste It." The group had created the Tucson Freecycle Network, an innovative project that harnesses the power of e-mail to connect people with things to throw away with those looking for self same items. This way they don't wind up in the garbage.

Now a reader has thought to give this a try here. So welcome to the Freecycle Japan e-mail list.

The idea is simple: you are looking for something free, or you want to give something away for free. Anyone can list anything, with only two conditions: that the item be free, and that the item be shippable within or to Japan. After the initial listing, all transactions take place between individuals off-list.

Interested? Then join Freecycle Japan by sending a blank e-mail to: freecyclejapan-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Freecycle Japan will be run through Yahoo Groups just like Frugal Japan, but discussions will be limited to listing or seeking free items. You can also post to say an item is gone. Hopefully some of the recent listings on Frugal Japan can shift towards Freecycle, but for the time being listings (commercial and free stuff) will continue as usual.

Sun lamp

Having scoured Akihabara without success, D. is wondering where he might buy a sun lamp, and also where he might learn to cover tea boxes -- the type lined with metal. "We have seen some that are covered with Japanese paper or fabric. Any ideas?"

For a sun lamp try Gaikoku Kaden on (0422) 796-406 or fax (0422) 218-019. (New Web site under construction). This outlet, in Kichijoji, imports American and European appliances from abroad.

For covering tea boxes, try tokyocraftclub@hotmail.com. Let us know how it goes so we have some feedback to pass on to other crafty readers.

Good experience

Olga wants to share her very positive experience of transporting personal items from Japan to New Zealand. She has come across many foreigners racking their brains wondering how best to arrange the move or moving on elsewhere.

"I found an Australian freight company that operates all over the world. Their rates are affordable and the service friendly and great."

Loch M. Fraser Logistics Pty Ltd is at 1 Sperry Drive, Tullamarine, Victoria, Australia (phone 61-3-9330 2022; fax 61-3 9330 2648, or e-mail: stevan.stojanovic@lochm.com.au.) Their Web site is at www. lochm. com. au

Ole!

Keiko saw the stage production "Salome" at Bunkamura in Shibuya recently and is now inspired to learn flamenco. "Do you know a nice teacher?

I know a very nice teacher, Keiko. Call Ana Maria Cristina, an English, German, Spanish, French and Japanese-speaking art therapist by profession, but also a remarkable teacher and performer of flamenco.

She has classes 8-10 minutes from Asagaya Station on the JR Chuo line out of Shinjuku on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-12.20 p.m. (and from 12.30 p.m. teaches Cuban salsa). Phone/fax (03) 3726 7831.

Send your queries, questions, problems and posers, to: lifelines@japantimes.co.jp


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