November 2013 meeting -- Tokyo Socrates Cafe

The topic for this month is "Is the fundamental nature of relationships changing?"

Recently, many Western media sources have reported on new attitudes toward relationships amongst young Japanese, including a reduced interest in sex, finding a partner or starting a family. We'd like to discuss the causes of these phenomena, as well as whether they are specific to Japan or part of a worldwide trend.

For a sample of views on this issue, you may wish to read "Japan Shrinks" by the economist Nicholas Eberstadt, as well as "I want to be alone: the rise and rise of solo living" by sociologist Eric Klinenberg.


Please note that in order to accommodate as many people as possible, we will be holding two events at the same time. If you RSVP and are on the "Yes" list, please meet us at Gonpachi as listed in this announcement. Those on the waiting list are welcome to join the alternate meetup at Failte, which will be described further in the event comments.


As always:

1) We will hold the discussion at Gonpachi from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, then move to Failte for more open discussion afterward.

2) If this is your first time joining us, please note that Meetup's map for Gonpachi is incorrect! The correct location can be seen here on Google Maps. Also, information about Failte can be found at their webpage.

3) Though there is no charge for the meetup, please order at least a drink or a snack at Gonpachi/Failte as they have been kind enough to allow us to use their space without any charge.

4) Please keep your RSVP as up-to-date as possible, even if you're updating on the morning of the meeting.

5) Please try to be on time. If you'll be more than 30 minutes late, please consider joining us after we finish around 5:00pm.

-The Organizers

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  • Ayaka

    This is such a nice group with nice people. How could I not know this for past several years:)

    2 · December 5, 2013

  • streetsmart

    I haven't received rating request.

    November 27, 2013

    • Masaya

      Of course. That request is sent out only to those who are on the attendee list and not to those who are on the waiting list as far as i understand. So, that's a normal behavior of the site.

      November 27, 2013

  • Ayaka

    sorry im on my way

    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I am very sorry but it seems I cannot be on time for Gonpachi because of my job. So I would like to join alternative meetup so that I will not interrupt the discussion.

    November 24, 2013

  • Gabriela O.

    I'm also going to be late, in still on my way to the venue.

    November 24, 2013

  • Anan

    Hi, I'm afraid I'll be late for the alternative meetup. I'll get there before 3:30. terribly sorry.

    November 24, 2013

  • Alex W.

    Hi. I have to stay late at work so I will go to the additional meetup, so as not to interrupt things.

    November 24, 2013

  • Shino

    I'm attending for the first time, and it seems that I'm on the waiting list, so I will go to the alt one at Failte. See you there.

    November 24, 2013

  • Kyoko

    Sorry I cant make it this time because of I got the flu but I hope I can join next time.

    November 24, 2013

  • Samuel

    I pass the JLPT next week, I can't join you. Sorry guys !

    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joining the alt ! :)

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry but I can't join this time…

      November 23, 2013

  • Kure K.

    please let me join!!

    November 21, 2013

    • Martin

      Of course Kure Ken...welcome!

      November 23, 2013

  • Sadhna G.

    hey, this is my first time with Socrates meet up. will join the alternate meetup

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Martin

      Welcome to the group Sadhna....looking forward to meeting you :)

      November 23, 2013

  • Anan

    Hi, This is my first time with Socrates cafe. I'll join the alt meetup.

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Martin

      Welcome to the group HanAnan...looking forward to meeting you :)

      1 · November 23, 2013

  • Anirban B.

    I am afraid: had to cancel. Something came up, so I won't be able to make it on Sunday.

    November 22, 2013

  • Phoebe

    November 21, 2013

  • Stars

    I'm very sorry for not attending this time. I hope to join next month. Thank you for always creating great opportunities for all of us to join.

    November 18, 2013

  • Gabriela O.

    Joining the alternative group :D

    2 · November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry, I can't make it after all. Please let someone else join. Hope you all enjoy.

    November 17, 2013

  • streetsmart

    will join altenative meetup.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • streetsmart

    I DIDN'T receive any SC notice last week due to the stupid message that my email has been blocked to access to Meetup. So that' s why I come to know this just now and signed up in waitlist. WTF (excuse me) is this?

    November 15, 2013

    • Mike

      I haven't heard of this problem before, but obviously it's difficult for people to know if they're not receiving an email. Hopefully this is just a glitch that Meetup will fix quickly.

      2 · November 15, 2013

    • streetsmart

      Some meetups sent me notice but some like Socrates Cafe were blocked though I never ever left them.

      November 15, 2013

  • Marc A.

    Look forward to joining again.

    November 14, 2013

  • Karen

    Sorry can't make it this month.

    November 13, 2013

  • Kyoko

    This is the first time to join this group :)

    2 · November 12, 2013

    • Daniel W.

      Fantastic - look forward to seeing you!

      2 · November 12, 2013

    • Kyoko

      Me too, I am looking forward to seeing you all!

      1 · November 12, 2013

  • Martin

    Are you on the WAITING LIST for this Event??

    The ALTERNATIVE Meetup is OPEN for anyone on the WAITING LIST!!!

    Details:
    Sunday, November 24,[masked]:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Location: Failte (Irish Bar)

    Map: http://failte.jp/about­­

    Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1-5-2 Shibuya SEDE Building 5F
    SEDE Bld. 5F 1-5-2, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Hobgoblin Shibuya
    [masked]

    Meet at FAILTE any time from 3pm.

    If you cannot find FAILTE feel free to phone me:

    Martin -[masked]

    See you there!!

    4 · November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joining alt meetup

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Dan W.

    Hi Guys, I will go to the alternative meeting so if you want to remove me from this list, please do. Dan

    1 · November 10, 2013

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