HBS Club of Japan and Harvard Club of Japan Charity Auction

Please join Harvard community in Marunouchi for exciting auction of unique items to raise funds for causes chosen by the clubs. Keynote by Harumi Torii, Founder CEO of NPO Kids Earth Fund. Light food & drinks included. Supported by Mitsubishi Estate.

An Extraordinary Evening of Auction for Charity and Scholarship 

Please join us for this very special gathering of the entire Harvard community in Japan.  

Date: November 19th (Thursday) from 18:00-21:00. 

Admission: 5,000 yen (includes light food and drinks)  

Schedule : 

18:00 Doors open - Drinks and light food will be served.

18:30 - 19:15  Keynote Speech by Ms. Harumi Torii, the Founder CEO of NPOKids Earth Fund (KEF).

19:15 - 20:30  Auction for Charity and Scholarship

20:30 - 21:00  Post Auction Socializing


Venue:  Marubiru Hall (7th floor of the Marunouchi Bldg. a.k.a. “Marubiru”)


The venue is sponsored by Mitsubishi Estate Company, Ltd. 

Use of Proceeds: All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Not-for-Profit Organizations designated by the Harvard Club of Japan and the Harvard Business School Club of Japan, and to Scholarship Funds for financially needy students at the Harvard Business School. 

The list of items for the Auction on November 19th, 2015 (as of November 11, 2015)


1.  Autographed Books by Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria.  Donated by HBS Dean Nitin Nohria.  

2.  Enjoy Kabuki at the National Theater, one of the world’s most prestigious and popular theatrical performances.  A pair of tickets with bilingual ear phone guide at one of the fall season performances from December 2015 through January 2016.  Time and date to be mutually agreed upon between the winner and the donor.  The winner of this lot will be invited to lunch during an intermission on the day of the kabuki by Mr. S. Ken Mogi, the president of the Japan Arts Council, the governing body National Theaters in Japan.  After the completion of the performance, the winner will also be invited by Mr. Mogi to a very special back stage tour with an opportunity to have a photo taken with one of the kabuki actors.  Donated by the National Theater and S. Ken Mogi (HBS MBA 1973). 

3.  Enjoy a guided tour of Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills as the special guests of Professor Seiichiro Yonekura, Principal of Academy Hills, and Tetsuji Shibayama. The tour will be followed by lunch at which time Professor Yonekura will offer his views on Japanese venture business and Tetsuji Shibayama will talk about contemporary art.  For up to two persons at a mutually convenient date in 2016.  Donated by Prof. Yonekura (Ph.D. Harvard University 1990) and Tetsuji Shibayama (HBS MBA 1990). 

4.  Enjoy a special private Chanko dinner in Tokyo with former sumo champion and current television talent KONISHIKI, and ask whatever questions you have always wanted to know about the world of sumo and the world of TV with this former giant of the dohyo.  Valid for up to four persons for a mutually convenient date to be determined in 2015 - 16.  Donated by KONISHIKI and Jeffrey McNeill (HBS MBA 1980).  

5.  Ever wondered how the sumo wrestlers train?  Enjoy a fascinating morning watching the giants of the sumo ring train at Fujishima beya in Higashi Nippori.  Meet former Yokozuna Musashimaru and take photos with him and other wrestlers after the practice.  Now is your chance to ask any questions you have about Japan’s traditional sport.  For up to six persons on a mutually agreed weekend in 2015 – 16.  Donated by Musashimaru and Jeffrey McNeill (HBS MBA 1980). 

6.  Experience the unique opportunity to play a round of golf with Mr. Tadashi Yanai, Chairman and CEO of Fast Retailing, one of Japan’s most successful companies, and Prof. Hirotaka Takeuchi, Harvard Business School Professor, at one of Japan’s most exclusive golf courses, the Koganei Country Club (for two persons on a weekend to be mutually determined in the spring 2016).  Donated by Mr. Tadashi Yanai (recipient of the HBS Entrepreneur of the Year award) and Prof. Hirotaka Takeuchi.  Mr. Yanai has established a scholarship at HBS starting this year for a non-company sponsored Japanese MBA student bent on becoming an entrepreneur after graduation. 

7.  Two works of contemporary art from the private collection of Thierry Porte.  Donated by Thierry Porte (HBS MBA 1980), details of the artworks to follow. 

8.  Enjoy a special private tour (after the closing of the public viewing) of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Marunouchi as the special guests of the Director, Akiya Takahashi, also accompanied by a curator.  The tour will be followed by tea at the Museum Café 1894.  For up to five persons at a mutually convenient evening at 18:00 on Mondays through Thursdays during the Prado (current) Exhibition until January 31st, 2016.  Donated by Mitsubishi Estate Company, Special Sponsor for the Event.  http://mimt.jp/prado/ 

9.   Various Baseball Goods autographed by star players of Yokohama Baystars.  Donated by Tomoko Namba, the owner of Yokohama Baystars Baseball Team (HBS MBA 1990).  Details of goods to follow.  

10.  Weekday morning tour on mutually agreeable date of Fukagawa and Ningyocho by Harvard Club of Japan President and tour company Tokyo Way owner Carl Kay, accompanied by licensed tour guide.  Donated by Carl Kay (AB 1978). 

11.  Beauty items !!!  Half a day beauty treatment ticket for a lady at the UNIX Kirarito Ginza beauty parlor.  The treatment is provided by the NY collection makeup and hair artists, Ms. Mayumi Matsumoto and/or Ms. Yukari Nishiyama, and includes such as facial/head spa has anti-aging function.  The treatment is provided on the mutually agreeable date and the ticket is valid until the end of March 2016.   Donated by Toshimasa Mori (HBS MBA), CEO of Unix Corporation. 

12.  Portrait of a person to be painted by the artist, Takeshi Hirano.  Mr. Hirano had worked in Paris for almost 20 years and is now back in Tokyo.  He has done commission works by exclusive brands such as Cartier.  Introduced by Carl Kay (Harvard BA 1978).

13. Enjoy a good workout in a one hour squash lesson at a mutually agreed time at Tokyo American Club with Gaurav Yadav ’06. Gaurav played on the Harvard Varsity Squash team, earning two team Ivy Titles and a runner up showing in the National Team Championships.

Individually he won the Massachusetts Junior Open 2000 in addition to the inaugural Molloy Trophy at the 2004 intercollegiate squash championships. Gaurav has coached at the Harvard Summer squash camps and most recently was the squash coach of Myanmar (Burma) at the SEA Games in Singapore June 2015. 

14.  Enjoy a weekday morning tour (on a mutually agreed day) of traditional Edo Tokyo with a visit to a Shingon Buddhist temple fire ceremony, a shopping (and snacking) tour of traditional Ningyocho and a walk through a recreated Edo village. A great way for residents or visitors to get to know the deep culture of Tokyo. Tour led by HCJ President Carl Kay who curated the tour as President of travel company Tokyo Way. A licensed tour guide will also accompany. 

More lots TBA soon!  


Keynote speaker: Ms.Harumi Torii is the Founder of KIDS EARTH FUND.

KIDS EARTH FUND (KEF), founded in 1988, is a non-profit organization that works worldwide to promote peace and environmental conservation through the medium of children's art. She will speak about KEF and her career and aspiration for philanthropy. 

Registration is open. Please use form on right side of this web page. PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR TEL. NUMBER WHICH IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN AUCTION.