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 guest for February is Joshua Borden, who is employed by the International Relations Division of the Ibaraki Prefecture Headquarters in Mito.
A native of "the world's belly button", New York City, Mr. Borden will be sharing his impressions of the differences between Japanese and American customs and practices. His thoughts will range from the practical to the absurd лл from riding on the subways to how people view ghosts.
One thing Mr. Borden has had to struggle with is picking up the local Ibaraki dialect, a rather strong accent as Japanese dialects go. He will share a number of humerous anecdotes of linguistic misunderstandings.
You are invited to share your own impressions and experiences concerning Japanese customs that seem strange to you or similar linguistic misunderstandings of your own.
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