Live and virtual events to share, learn, create, and make a positive impact together.

Upcoming Sessions

June 22 5:30pm-6:30pm JST

Fashion Designer, Environmentalist, Runa Ray Takes on Fashion and the Sea.
Language: English

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From the sea to your plate: Navigating the past, present and future of global fisheries sustainability.”  with Dr. David Costalago
Language: English
June 15 5:30pm-6:30pm

Current Session

Expo Mer Fujisawa held in Soleil Provence, 4-16-31 Kugenuma Matsugaoka Fujisawa

Curated Session

A curated series of podcasts,webinars and events that offer interesting insights from leading creators and innovators.

Artist Benjamin Von Wong created his weekly Impact Everywhere podcast to share stories about positive impacts in unexpected places. He interviews entrepreneurs, creatives and leaders asking them to share their best frameworks and strategies so that you too can do the same.

Interested in knowing more? Find Impact Everywhere on the web, on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Castbox.

Past Sessions

Happy World Oceans day

June 8 is World Oceans Day, and June is World Oceans Month.
In celebration, SEGO Initiative has curated a series of events in Tokyo and online that are open to all.

The event programming is built around the concepts of “putting the #OceanFirst and zoom into Planet Ocean” and exploring “under the ocean, on the ocean, where the land and ocean meet.”
Through projections designed to bring the ocean to the city, in some of Tokyo’s most well-trafficked areas, such as Meiji Dori and Aoyama Dori, SEGO Initiative aims to showcase the importance of World Ocean Day.

Join us for our Digital Projection event with TIWAL Japan | Thursday June 8th
Time: 5:00pm – 12:00am  each hour
Locations: Dai 25 SY Building on Meiji Dori
Minami Aoyama MA5 Building on Aoyama Dori

“SHIMAUTA music from Amami islands:The Relationship with the Ocean” with Marin Naruse

June 8 5:30pm-6:30pm

Language: English Q&A in English and Japanese

Download Programme | Watch Marin’s Art

Ocean Plastic Series: Session 2

Eric Kawabata of Terracycle/Loop Japan and Dave Ford of Ocean Plastic Leadership Network will share their stories from the field.
Eric will talk about the challenges and successes of  ocean plastic recycling initiatives in Japan. Dave will give an overview of his work with the Ocean Plastic Leadership Network and with the Global Plastic Treaty Dialogues. This will be followed by a Q&A session

Ocean Plastic Series: Session 1

Introduction to ocean plastics as part of global systems

Alex Tomcyzk, Research Analyst with AMI International will introduce the concept of systems thinking and how it can be applied to understanding ocean plastics in the global context. It will include a brief overview of different types of plastics, their recyclability and value on the global recycling market. Traceability and the plastics credits will also be discussed, finishing with ‘what can we do’ and a Q&A session.

Ian Urbina started writing about crimes in the open ocean  as a New York Times reporter. Fast forward, he leads the Outlaw Ocean Project, and uses music as well as mural art to tell his stories,  putting the spotlight on some serious ocean issues. Ian will share his experience and expertise to take us on a journey in the high seas, the last frontier.

  • May 26, 2022 12:00 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Please register now and join us for this session.

Earth Day Trees and Seas: Forest Therapy Guide and Journalist, Alena Eckelmann joins us from the southernmost part of Kii peninsula. She will share her experience and expertise take us on a journey in the forest.

  • April 21, 2022 12:00 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Please register now and join us for this session.

Our  #CreateWaves Campaign 2022  starts with our Valuing Nature Understanding Science webinar on March 17th.

Dr. Evonne Yiu and Dr. Nobuko Nakamura will share their experience and research. They will take about their careers, their research projects and interests. Dr. Yiu will speak about the multiple values of nature   Dr. Nakamura about what  science teaches and  how it can inform citizens as well as policymakers and what this means on on a practical level with her Tuvalu experience.

Although, the webinar will be in English, the Q&A sessions will be in English and Japanese.

  • Mar 17, 2022 08:00 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Please register now and join us for this session.

2021 Ocean Awareness and Activation Program

Our TogetherApart ICC 2021 Fall season ends with “Where Art meets Sustainability”.

Special guest speakers will join to  share their experience and expertise, along with video messages from other artists whose works are exhibited in our ExpoMer Fujisawa Project:

Neil van Wouw will speak about NFTs and Sustainability;  Jason Klimoski and Sayaka Ganz will speak about the work and inspiration

Benjamin Von Wong comes to us via his pre-recorded video message with a strong call to action. There will be a few short videos of artists, Aurora Robson as well as Tess Felix.

So join us on October 20th for our final webinar this Fall, the schedule is:

  • 6:00-7:00pm  Meet Neil, Jason and Sayaka

Please register now and join us for this session.

2021 Ocean Awareness and Activation Program

Our TogetherApart ICC 2021 season continues with two special guest speakers who will graciously share their experience and expertise on Ocean Solutions:

Eric Kawabata and Cassandra Sherlock

Eric leads Terracycle Japan and Loop Japan. He will speak about recycling in Japan, about Loop and about the new initiative to recycle ghost fishing gear.

Cassandra is a former Community Outreach and Research Specialist at the University of Toronto (U of T) Trash team.

On October 14th, the schedule is:

  • 6:00-7:00pm  Meet Eric and Cassandra

So please register now and join us for this session.

2021 Ocean Awareness and Activation Program

Our TogetherApart ICC 2021 season opens with two wonderful guest speakers who will graciously share their experience and expertise:

Ai Futaki and Ellen Windemuth

Ai is a World Guinness Record holder free diver, filmmaker and photographer. She is also the Ambassador for the Ocean with the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

Ellen is the Executive Producer of My Octopus Film and CEO of WaterBear Network as well as Off The Fence

On September 16th, the schedule is:

  • 5:00-5:45pm Meet Ai session ( in Japanese with some English)
  • 5:45-6:00pm Break and Intermission ( with videos)
  • 6:00pm-6:45pm Meet Ellen session ( in English)

So please register now and join us for one or both sessions. You can also view the event program.

TogetherApart Spring Campaign 2021

Clean, Collect and Count this Spring with our  Spring TogetherApart Cleanup campaign. Join in to clean close wherever you live, work and play, safely and responsibly. Use the Clean Swell app to record what you find and add to the global database. Post your photos on Instagram and remember to tag us on @sego.official or use any of these hashtags to help us find you  #TogetherApart2021, #SpringCleanup, #EarthDay, #FBCP #SEGOSpring, #WorldOceansDay

This Campaign runs from April 22nd (Earth Day) to June 8th  (UN World Oceans Day)

Register Here

Earth Day Festival 2021

Drop by,  say hello and join in a Celebration of Small Steps to help Mother Nature.
On  April 18th from 10am to 3pm in the Tokyo American Club Gymnasium. 

Members can find out more here: Tokyo American Club

International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)  2020

It’s time to get your #CleanOn with our #TogetherApart ICC 2020 !
During September 19th to 27th, please join us in this year’s ICC from where you live, work or play. You can clean, count and record at home, in any green space, online or safely on a beach or river!  Because wherever you are, your actions are critical in helping to keep plastics out of our ocean and waterways.
Register Here

SEA Art Film Project: Art and Conversation for the Ocean

Ken Moroi – Vranken Pommery Japan
Asumi Tanaka – PHYTOMER Japon
Maud Baigneres – SEA ART Film maker
Marion Semblat – Time for the Ocean
Event Program

Citizen Science, Youth Engagement & Employee Volunteering

Sarah Kollar – Ocean Conservancy
Susan Tate – Earth Echo

Ocean Plastics: Where do they come from, and how do they impact aquatic life?

Rachel Giles – University of Toronto

Presentation Slides

Sustainable Oceans: Conserving starts from our Satoumi

Dr. Evonne Yiu – United Nations University (Consultant)
Ocean issues in Japan  (Marine debris, land and sea connection, regulatory framework)

Presentation Slides

10th Anniversary Fujisawa Beach Cleaning Project

ICC and Clean S.E.A.

Over last decade, the Project has grown into 3 key pillars: volunteering, public education (citizen science, sustainable art) and reconnecting to the marine environment that we are trying to protect with Clean S.E.A