Many thanks to Jon Heese for his efforts at setting up a Web Page on the Internet for the Alien Times. Known as "Tsukuba Diverse" (pun definitely intended, as the title page has a picture of a scuba diver coming across a mermaid), the "page" is an expandable electronic "guidebook" divided into several sections for easy access to topics of interest.
Numerous articles from previous ALIEN TIMES issues are included as well as information Jon, his brother Vic and Jerry Jaffe are developing. At present, the contents page contains the following material: Writing: Essays, poetry, musings; Museums & Amusements: Where to go; What to see; How to get there; Bars & Restaurants: Night life and other entertainment; Living: Basic information; Where to shop; Important phone numbers; Life in Japan: What it is like here; Education: For those with children; Study Japanese Language and culture; International Telephones: International Discount Services - Save 30-70% on your phone bills!; Hobbies & Sports: Clubs / Bulletin board to look for others with similar interests; Cars: Buying; Selling; License; Shaken; Flea Market: Sayonara Sales etc.; Tsukuba Alumni: Where are they/you now? Please register your address; Job Opportunities: Mostly English teaching or rewriting.
The Web Page registration process takes a few weeks to complete, and as it was begun in late April, it not may be until early June before direct access through the normal "search engine" means is possible. "Tsukuba Diverse" will be listed on such "electronic yellow pages" as "Yahoo", which will allow someone "surfing the internet" to type in "Tsukuba", "research institutes in Japan" or some other related topic or name and get a listing of the potentially relevant Web Page sites.
TsukuBlog is a daily blog for the foreign residents of the city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan. It is a sister site to Alien Times. It includes up-to-date information on events, news, living in Japan, Japanese culture, and more.
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