Friday, July 14, 2023 - 14:00 to 16:00

Ganjuu Open House

Friday July 14th 2-4PM
Please join us for tea, coffee, and home baking!
Bring yourself, your colleagues, your families, and share some time, talk, and listen to others.
All are welcome :)
Location: Ganjuu Wellbeing Service


Saturday, July 29, 2023 - 11:00 to 12:15






Dr Kana Grace (カナ・グレイス博士)

カナは、自閉症専門の英日バイリンガル心理学者です。現在、博士号を取得したユニバーシティカレッジロンドンの自閉症研究所の名誉研究員・オーストラリアの自閉症チャリティー団体Autism Spectrum Australiaの共同研究者です。BBC, Scientist, Spectrum など国外の主要なメディアでも注目される自閉症研究者・活躍家です。カナは、自閉症・ADHD当事者で自閉症・ニューロダイバーシティの護活動に熱意を持っています。


博士, ユニバーシティカレッジロンドン, 英国

修士(カウンセリング心理学), ボストンカレッジ, 米国

PgCert(自閉症), シェフィールドハラム大学, 英国



  • 1000円/1人
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11:00 am - 12:15 pm 日本語

14:00 pm - 15:15 pm 英語



Saturday, July 29, 2023 - 14:00 to 15:15


Autism as an invisible disability: What you see is NOT everything

A lack of societal understanding and acceptance of autism is a serious issue that is associated with loneliness and mistreatments of autistic people in criminal justice system or employment. Autism is not a disorder or impairment that needs to be treated or cured. What needs to be changed is the societal understanding of autism.

In this talk, from the societal model and neurodiversity paradigm, I will highlight lived experiences of autistic people including my own and latest research and cover topics such as sociality, loneliness, and mental health in autism. There will be a Q&A session at the end.


Dr Kana Grace

Kana is an English-Japanese bilingual psychologist specializing in Autism. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at University College London where she completed her PhD, and a research collaborator at Autism Spectrum Australia. She has been featured in major media such as BBC, Scientist, and Spectrum. Kana is autistic and an ADHDer, and is passionate about advocacy for autism and neurodiversity.


1,000 yen/person

I will send you the details via email.


Please email to

  • Email title: "talk"
  • Email text: please write down your preffered session (English or Japanese) and numbers of people who are coming.
  • I will reply to you to confirm your booking.
  • First-come-first-served basis of 20 capacity


Seminar Room, Seaside House, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

Date and time:

Saturday, July 29

11:00 am - 12:15 pm Japanese

14:00 pm - 15:15 pm English

I will do the same talk at different times. Choose the one you prefer!


Friday, March 24, 2023 - 10:00 to 12:00

This presentation will cover a new perspective on the definition of chronic pain, coupled with the new brain studies postulating that emotional and physical pains share the same neural networks.


Friday, June 16, 2023 - 12:15 to 12:35

Mindfulness Meditation practice group.

Ganjuu Wellbeing Service is inviting you to a Mindfulness Practice Group. Practice starts at 12:15pm. You can join us in C209 or via zoom. We look forward to seeing you.


Friday, December 9, 2022 - 16:00 to 17:30

Ganjuu Open House

Friday, December 9th *4:00-5:30 PM*

Please join us for tea, coffee, and home baking! Bring yourself, your colleagues, your families and share some time, talk and listen to others. Come and see our new location! All are welcome :)


*Our location is now at the Former President's House by faculty housing and Lab 5.


Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:30

We will take a closer look at the autonomic nervous system and the way our biology helps us navigate daily life, how we respond to cues of safety and danger below the level of conscious thought, and how this guides the way we move through the world, from turning toward and backing away, to connecting and other times isolating.



Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 10:30

OIST Student Council, in collaboration with the Graduate School and OHS Safety Enhancement Month, will be hosting a 5k Fun Run on Sunday, November 13 at 10:30am. 


Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 10:00 to 12:00

Find out about the causes and effects of stress and hear about evidence-based ideas to help you improve and maintain wellbeing. Includes a talk by Dr. Yamamoto, OIST Occupational Doctor and Okinawan Psychiatrist about health and career balance based on the characteristics of Okinawa.



Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 11:00 to 13:00

Do you want to support positive mental health and wellbeing?  Do you also want to increase your steps count? 

If so, then join the Ganjuu Team on Tuesday 4th October 2022 from 11am-1pm to complete the Tell Step Up for Mental Health Challenge organized by Tell Lifeline.  For World Suicide Prevention Day and Mental Health Awareness Day we hope you will join us in walking 21,007 steps in honor of the 21,007 lives lost to suicide last year in Japan. 

You can organize and register a team of up to 4 people using the link below. Regardless of whether you register a team you can join us on Tuesday 4th October to do the step up challenge.  We plan to meet at 11am outside the entrance to Lab 4 and we can walk the challenge together around the grounds surrounding OIST.