Let's thank for our birth and make a donation!

誕生日寄付 Birthday Donation

Birthday is a special day to thank for your birth.
Many of you must be receiving celebrations from friends or families.
Why not send a message of support to someone on this special day?
We decided to call it Birthday Donation, to make a donation for someone on your birthdays.
Of course it does not have to be only birthdays.
You are free to choose any other day of the year as your donation day.
Any day that means something to you such as your wedding anniversary.
You can turn your birthday or anniversary into a special day for someone else.
Why not turn all the celebratory messages you receive into a message of support to someone?
Such a gesture shall make your special day even more joyful and happy.

When is your birthday?

Jan

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

Thank you for connecting me to Japan 😊.
29th Jan. Anonymous

I am a school teacher. I see how tough it is for children that are not native Japanese speakers to catch up with the school work in Japan. I hope my donation will be of some support to all their efforts.
27th Jan. Anonymous

Today is my 42nd birthday. I would like to make this small donation to express my feeling of gratitude. It will be my pleasure if it can be put to some use. Wishing all the girls happiness..
25th Jan. Anonymous

Wishing you good luck!
25th January – the date this site started happened to be my birthday!
25th Jan. Anonymous

It is small but it is my birthday. Wishing this will be of help for someone’s life..
25th Jan. Anonymous

Let’s build the New Japan together!
25th Jan. Anonymous

My birthday is Daikan (the first day of the coldest season). When I was a child, I used to find warmth in the fact that it was my birthday even when it was freezing cold. Now that I have grown up, I would like to share that warmth with someone else in need. That is how I want to be when I make my Birthday Donations.
Makoto Ohnishi

When I was young, the day following my birthday was always a public holiday as it was “Adult’s Day”. As it was a holiday, I used to get together with my friends that were born in January to celebrate and drink. However, somewhere down the line, the Adult’s Day was fixed to fall on Mondays, and I am no longer young enough to drink that much. I think from now on, I will pretend I drank and donate instead.
Sakiko Kasegawa

Feb

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

Let’s be true to ourselves in living our own lives. Wishing that the world becomes an easier place to live..
18th Feb. Anonymous

“To learn is to live.” Best wishes to everyone!
10th Feb. Koji Kameike

Today is my birthday. And this year, I am carrying a child in me. In making this donation, I wish to thank my parents for bringing me into this world and to express my desire to live the rest of my life caring about this child.
9th Feb. Anonymous

May the world become a place where every child can live safely and happily.
We must rescue children from abuse and create a society where they are protected and looked after.
5th Feb. Anonymous

There was a midwife that helped my mother give birth to me early in the morning on a snowy spring day. She was the first person in this world to hold me and to save my life by slapping my purple body to let my first cry out.. I wish I could thank her for being able to live for more than 50 years without trouble but sadly she is no longer here. When I heard about this Birthday Donation, I thought this was it! All the words of gratitude I can no longer convey, I wish to pass over to people that have future before them in the form of donation. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
4th Feb. Anonymous

“Happy Birthday to me!” Wishing that the world becomes a place where anyone that wishes to learn is given the opportunity to learn..
2nd Feb. Anonymous

As I could no longer be so happy about my birthday, this Birthday Donation seemed to be a perfect opportunity to switch the perspective to make it a day to make someone else happy. Thanks to this, my birthday has become a “good day” for me as well.
Rieko Miyota

Mar

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

It will be nice if we can make our society a place where children are raised by everyone regardless of their nationality or blood.
5th March Anonymous

To any of you that may be having a very difficult time at the moment – there is always someone watching and reaching out for you. Wishing that you will not give up and will find the person that can truly help you.. I am also on your side.
2nd March Anonymous

However small it may be, I am happy that I can be of help to anyone in need on my birthday.
2nd March, Mihoko Ogawa

I turn 40 this year in 2019. In the US, it is the Big 40. In Japan, it is my second Adult’s day. I am finally joining the “real grown-up” group. Making a donation on my birthday every year may be a new form of gift to my new self as a grown-up.
Kyoko Shinohara

As I have based my work in the Philippines for over 25 years, I spend most of my birthdays in the Philippines on 20th March. In Philippines, birthday is not a day for you to be celebrated but is a day for you to be thankful for the fact that you are able to celebrate your birthday. As such, the custom is for you to treat your family, friends and people at work with a meal.
People thank for all the years they lived, being supported and looked after by many people.
I think it is a wonderful thing that such feeling of gratitude reaches many other people in the form of donation.
I will definitely start Birthday Donation as my new way of demonstrating gratitude.
Hajime Yokota

Apr

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

Thank you for creating this opportunity on my birthday. It will be my pleasure if my small donation can be put to use.
16th April, Anonymous

As today, 2nd April, is my birthday, I will make a donation!
2nd April, Anonymous

My name is “Silver Villa Koyama”. It is a private nursing home that was born on 15th April, 1981. It is the third oldest nursing home in Tokyo, about to reach 38 years old.
When we were in our 10th year, we started inviting students from Montreal University in Canada that were studying Japanese. Hearing that there were not many students choosing to study Japanese, we started a free of charge program for students to experience home stay in Tokyo and to visit other places within Japan during their summer holidays. Students choosing to study Japanese have increased since then. We had 66 students visit Japan with this program over the following 18 years. Everyone loved Japan after their trip.
Getting to know each other better is the first step to peace. We support this Birthday Donation program as we think it will help a number of non Japanese people to like Japan from the bottom of their heart.
Sanwa Co., Ltd. “Silver Villa Koyama”

May

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

Abuse should never be tolerated. There are people that stand on your side wishing you well. Please do not give up hope!
8th May, Anonymous

I am on your side! Way to go!!
8th May, Anonymous

Jun

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

Please keep on following your dream! You can make it happen by continuing to believe in your dream. Even if you could not, someone will take over and make it happen!
3rd June Anonymous

Every single year since I grew up, it had been my mother that would call me first thing in the morning to say “Happy Birthday”. This was the heartwarming moment for me. What can make you happier than a word of celebration from someone that knows most about the day you were born into this world? On my first birthday after my mother had passed away, naturally, the phone did no ring. Ever since then, my birthday was no longer special nor was something that made me happy. “Birthday Donation” – what a wonderful idea! From now on, my birthday will become something meaningful. I am quite excited about this.
Keiko Kaneko

Jul

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

A day when your family and friends come to you to convey their words of celebration – birthdays make me happy regardless of my age. I am already a mother of a child over 20 and my mother still celebrates my birthday, telling me “Happy Birthday”. So in return, I say “Owing everything to you – thank you.” At least for the past couple of years... To thank everyone, not limited to your family on this one special day in the form of donation - I actually think it is a nice idea.
21st July, Anonymous

I wonder when was the last time I was happy about my birthday.. So on a day you normally receive presents, you give a present to someone else (= donation)? At the age of 56, I have decided to participate in this curious initiative. After all these years, birthdays may make me feel happy again.
Anonymous

Aug

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

I am happy to be living now. I am happy that I have a family to celebrate my birthdays with. I am happy that I have friends to say things like "It's not really a happy birthday at our age, right?" Thank you for all the happiness. Wishing that everyone in the world lives happily…
7th August Anonymous

These days the first birthday messages I receive in the morning are from Mr. Facebook and Mr. Google. What a meddler.. I have mixed feelings. Yet thanks to them?, I can live in the country side and still connect with my friends in Tokyo or my family overseas almost every day. I found out about this Birthday Donation from one of such friends. This too may be an act of a meddler but even so it is nice.
Using this help of a meddler, may be I shall connect with someone I do not know through donation on my birthdays, thanking for another year of peace..
From this year on, 1st August, my birthday will become "A day to be a meddler". I would like to donate to children that creates the future.
Yukako Fujiwara

I was born on 3rd August, in the middle of the summer and as such, love the summer season. My name “Mari”, is also similar to mare in Italian meaning the “sea”. I am happy that my birthday and my name synchronize with all the things I love. I feel very happy every time I thank for the fact that I was born into this world at this point in time.
Mari Koda

Sep

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

Ever since the age of 40 or so, I didn’t want other people to know of my age when that seemed possible. I probably did not want to be judged by my age or may have also wanted to leave it a bit of a mystery for people to wonder “how old is she?” As such, I hadn’t thought much about birthdays. However, after the age of 65, I discovered that you start seeing how many years or days may remain in your life. Moreover, in January this year, I went to a hospital not feeling well and was told that there may be a risk I have some critical disease. In the end, it turned out to be nothing serious but this made me realize that every year of my life could be a miracle as opposed to my previous optimism thinking that people nowadays have a 100-year life span. Now I want to make my birthday a day to thank for being able to add another year to my life. As a token for my gratitude, I wish to continue with “Birthday Donation” as long as I live.
18th September, Minako Shimada

Since I was a high school student, I did not have any particular feeling about birthdays. It was simply a day I added another year to my age or a day to have a little nice meal with my family. This, however, changed dramatically when I gave birth to my first son which happened to be in September, the same month as my birthday. He was so small and helpless but triggered a flood of emotion within me which I cannot describe. Imagining how my parents must have experienced such emotion, I now think that I should be more appreciative about my birthdays going forward.
Anonymous

Oct

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

My name is Yoko. My parents named me wishing the child to become “cheerful and happy like the sun (= Taiyo in Japanese)”. When I heard about “Birthday Donation”, it suddenly occurred to me. I had always thought that my name came from my parents’ wish for me to live happily under the sun. However, I realized that the sun also had a role to shed light on other people. With the end of the summer, the sun light becomes tender in October. Having been born in such a month, I would like to deliver the warmth of the sun, however small it may be, on my birthdays to children so that they can live their lives with hope. May be that will also make my parents in heaven happy….
Yoko Takahashi

20th October is my birthday which happens to be the same with Empress Michiko. Every year, I enjoyed seeing her birthday interviews being broadcasted through the TV and newspapers. There are friends and senior colleagues that mail me or contact me being reminded by such coverage. I was a bit proud of my birthday. As such, I was feeling a bit lonely that last year was going to be the last of Empress Michiko’s birthday interviews. It was then that I found out about this Birthday Donation which made me happy. I would like to participate in this Birthday Donation, remembering Empress Michiko’s heartwarming words, always remaining close to the people. I now have something else to be proud of.
Yoko Araki

Nov

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

Birthday donation reminds me of my Italian friend. She used to be my colleague at work. On her birthday, she bought variety of pastries from the bakery downstairs and gave them to us in the team. I thanked her and asked her the reason to which she replied with a mischievous smile, “Because it’s my birthday”. She told us that it was common in Italy to share your happiness with others on your birthday. There was no need for a big reason. I thought it was a very nice custom, simple but warm. I would like to make my birthday a day to look back on myself to see whether I managed to become anything like her, gentle and warm. Every year on my birthday, as I add another year to my age, I would like to thank for the past year and make it a day to share kindness with other people.
Atsuko Ochiai

Dec

Here are some of the messages received
from people that donated through this site…

Donation on birthdays? I was surprised when I first heard of this “Birthday Donation”. I used to think that birthday was a day to be celebrated by other people and to receive gifts. However, since then, I started to also think that “Given that I have reached my age with the support of others, it may also make sense to donate on birthdays.” I hope that the practice of “Birthday Donation” spreads to many people. We may be able to witness a better world as a result.
Anonymous

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You will be choosing from the following categories where to donate to rather than a specific organization.
Based on our concept to “Invest for the future by supporting the children now”,
the theme for this year is to “Support young people that are facing difficulties”.

Support the living

This is an activity that protects and supports children and young women that have lost their homes as a result of problems such as abuse or breakdown of the family.

Target amount : ¥3,000,000

See details Make a donation

Support the learning

This is an activity that supports children that have missed the opportunity to learn as a result of reasons such as hikikomori or truancy but are seeking for another chance to learn.

Target amount : ¥3,000,000

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Support foreigners in Japan

This is an activity that supports children of foreign origin that have come to Japan with their family but are facing difficulties not understanding the language and thereby being bullied or being dragged into juvenile delinquency.

Target amount : ¥3,000,000

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Clicking on “Make a donation” will take you to the Syncable donation system.
The maximum amount you can donate with your credit card is ¥300,000.
If you wish to donate more, please contact Japan Philanthropic Association directly.

Supporters of Birthday Donation

Jakucho Setouchi

Writer / Buddhist nun in the Tendai school of Buddhism

Saburo Kawabuchi

Advisor,
Japan Football Association

Takashi Maeno

Professor,
Graduate School of System Design and Management,
Keio University

Seiichiro Yonekura

Professor,
The Research Institute of Innovation Management,
Hosei University Graduate School

Tokiko Kato

Singer, composer and lyricist

Ken Shibusawa

Chairman,
Commons Asset Management, Inc.

Katsuhiko Hibino

Dean of Faculty of Arts,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Takashi Takekawa

Founder and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee,
Tohoku Food Marathon and Festival

Kazuhisa Okamoto

CEO,
I-O Wealth Advisors, Inc.

Koichi Ito

Professor,
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Chiba University of Commerce

Hiroshi Komiyama

Chairman of the Institute,
Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Yoshihiko Koga

Emeritus Professor,
Kyorin University

Kumiko Bando

Chief Director,
Japan Legal Support Center

Yukari Kagami

Chairman,
Dormeuil Japon

Sadao Tsuchiya

President,
Sadao Co., Ltd.

Atsuo Morita

President,
Pasco Shikishima Corporation

Tokuji Munetsugu

Founder and Special Advisor,
Ichibanya Co., Ltd.

Rieko Zamma

Producer

Youichi Nakamura

Professor,
Graduate School of Social Design Studies
Rikkyo University

Atsuto Sawakami

Sawakami Holdings, Inc.
President

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