As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the second Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. The guests for February are Yokoyama san and Mori san of the tourism and local products division of the prefectural government. Accompanying them to translate will be Joshua Borden of the international division, the coffee hour guest in February.
The topic of discussion will be interesting places in Ibaraki. According to last year's poll by the Japan Travel Bureau to determine the ranking according to prefecture of which prefectures in Japan had the most popularity as tourist sites, Ibaraki came in a disappointing 45th, 3rd from the bottom! But do we really know Ibaraki? Is it really that boring a place?
Thus, for those of you who are new to Ibaraki, as well as old-timers, this coffee hour discussion should be a real eye-opener to the many interesting but little known places in our own prefecture. Our two presenters will be introducing us to a lot of really interesting places and the local products produced there.
Likewise, if you have any information about places or events you thought especially worthwhile, please share those with us. (Editor's note: How about writing up a brief description for the Alien Times as well!) You are, of course, free to come and go as you like anytime during the presentations. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the whole two hours.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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