Refugees International Japan holds 'Art of Dining' exhibition


Refugees International Japan (RIJ) held the “Art of Dining” exhibition Tuesday at The Westin Tokyo. Opened by Princess Hitachi, the exhibition showcased imaginative and culturally-diverse table designs by over 20 designers from artistic, diplomatic, culinary and business circles.

The annual event, being held for the 20th time, helps raise money and promote awareness of the plight of refugees and internally displaced people. This year’s group of designers included TV producer Kyoko Spector co-presenting with Mayari Ishibashi, Futaba-ryu ikebana master Horiguchi Shoko, and renowned artist Misaki Ando, along with Colombian Ambassador Patricia Cardenas and representatives from the embassies of Afghanistan and Botswana.

The “Art of Dining” has raised more than 150 million yen since its inception for refugees around the world.

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Great, do they offer help to refugees in Japan?

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Unfortunately, the four refugees currently living in Japan were unable to attend due to a work conflict.

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sarahsoy29- Thank you for your question. There are a number of worthy organizations assisting refugees in Japan and Refugees International Japan started 30 years ago to raise funds to assist refugees around the world who have lost everything as a result of war and conflict. Countries we currently fund projects in include Sudan, Uganda and Colombia and on the Thai-Burma border. For more information: As a volunteer-run organization, we welcome everyone to get involved! Sarah Matsushita, Refugees International Japan, PR and Marketing volunteer

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