Thank you everyone for a marvelous 60th anniversary celebration of our Women`s Conference! January 27-29, 2017 @ Amagi Sanso

Hope you are enjoying the signs of emerging Spring. Thank you so much for coming to the conference. It was such a delight to be with all of you. Thank you for sharing your heart and your time with us. 

Beautiful Karen Seevers took lots of wonderful photos of us – please click here to enjoy.

Our Stories, God’s Stories with Rev. Susan Townsley


Susan`s hopes for our time of weaving our stories together – Let’s enliven our faith through close and imaginative reading of biblical stories, and the poetic reading of our own lives. Our time together will feature Story telling, a poetic look at our own lives, and finding scripture stories that resonate in a deeply personal way (brochure).  Come for this and for the fellowship with remarkable women in a beautiful retreat setting at Amagi Sanso.
Join us for a celebratory 60th Anniversary weekend of rest, relaxation, restoration, and robust fun as we explore the wonderful stories of our lives!

Special Guest Presenter: The Reverend Susan Townsley has served churches in Maine, New York, Connecticut, and Mitaka, Japan. She served as Regional Minister with the UCC, with responsibilities including conflict management, strategic planning, leadership development, leadership coaching and leadership search. Educated at Smith College and Harvard Divinity School, she is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She loves her family, hiking, and new adventures with her dog.
Workshops have always been a highlight in past Women’s Conferences as they are a great venue to get together with other women who share common interests and learn something new. This year, Hennie Symington will present a workshop on communicating effectively in marriage and other relationships. Get active with Claudia Genung as she shares the joy of dancing to children’s church songs. Learn about the connections between our bodies and our environment with Ruthie Rogers. Learn the beautiful art of quilting at Julie Fukuda’s highly popular workshop. Carol Sack will grace us with a Harp Workshop as well as Ruth Ingulsrud will delight us with a puppet ministry workshop!  Mitsuyo Takeda will be guiding us in reflective and interactive Labyrinth workshop. Keiko Gray invites participants to bring their stories or artwork related to Psalm 23 and they will process these together.

Registration is open from 1st October 2016-
we look forward to hearing from you – if you need to register by paper, please call or email below and we can snail mail you a registration form


REGULAR (payment postmarked from December 18 through to the conference)
¥26,000 – shared Japanese-style room
¥30,000 – Western-style room for 2 w/ bath

Note: All western rooms include 2 twin-size beds and sometimes a small fridge.

¥19,000 – shared Japanese-style room
¥23,000 – Western-style room for 2 w/ bath

This per person fee covers lodging, six meals, conference program, ice cream cone, a free onsen bath – and opportunities for a whole lot of fun

Register online at:

Payment: FURIKAE Available at any post office. Send to the following address:
Acct# 00240-3-29031      Acct Name: Women’s Conference

Please remember to allow 7 days for the money to reach our treasurer and be recorded. Please write your name and address in ROMAN LETTERS.

Co-Chairs: Teresa Sherrill and Nancy Nakaoka
For general enquiries, contact Teresa at
For phone enquiries, contact Nancy at 080 4678 7241
Registrar: Betsy Terada
For enquiries about registration, contact Betsy at
Treasurer: Esther Yomoah
For enquiries about payment, contact Esther at

FINANCIAL AID – There are three types of financial aid:

Full time ministry or humanitarian work: for those engaged in these activities and are in need

Travel assistance: for those coming from far away – if you need help with car pooling, please let us know

Economic hardship: for those who require financial assistance in order to attend

From time to time, we have enough donations from individuals and organisations to help women who will be otherwise unable to attend the conference. Please note that the availability is limited, and even when awarded, the recipient will still be responsible for a portion of the registration fee. Priority will be given to those who are attending for the first time.

If you feel you need financial aid, please fill out the application form here or write to for more information.


Contact us at if you would like the contact info … So far ..

  • THANKS EVERYONE WHO GRACIOUSLY GAVE A RIDE TO OTHERS – next year there will again be ride sharing

If you have a ride to offer, please let us know and we will add your car to the list = )


We have had a Facebook Page for years and will continue to keep it updated, but content from Pages is no longer included in the Facebook NewsFeed, so people are often unaware when new content is posted. So, we now have started a Facebook Group as well! Join this group and you will receive Facebook notifications when someone posts. You will also be allowed to post on the group page yourself.

Facebook Page –

Facebook Group –

What if I’m not on FB? (or don’t use it so regularly?)
Don’t worry! The most important information will be on the website! But if you like receiving updates and reminders or if you want to coordinate things like carpooling or what to bring — the FB group will make things much easier.

Chartered Bus
Due to cost prohibitive factors beyond our control, the conference will not be providing a chartered bus. Some years ago, the government allowed anyone to become a “bus driver”, with disregard to strict safety standards. As a result, there have been many traffic accidents caused by bus drivers falling asleep at the wheel. The government’s reaction to this is to impose heavy penalties on bus companies, which made them increase their insurance packages. Therefore, customers like us must pay A LOT more money than in previous years. Unfortunately in the past, the conference suffered a loss of ¥60,000 (even after all passengers paid their portion). This of course does not stop any churches or individuals from chartering their own bus. If you feel so inclined to book a larger vehicle, please feel free to pursue that option. If you are having trouble finding enough people within your own group and would like to open up seating for others, the conference will be happy to make a carpool announcement on your behalf.  

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