International Exchange Room Coffee Hour March 22
As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. This month, we are pleased to have Mr. Tesfaye Gelaye will be giving a program entitled "Pottery and Me - The Potter From Ethiopia".
"The best time of my life is when I am turning pottery on a wheel." So says Mr. Gelaye, who is a potter originally from Ethiopia. Even in Ethiopia, he loved to play with clay. He majored in industrial art at university. But after he came to Japan in 1975, he became totally fascinated by the beautiful Japanese traditional art pottery. In Mashiko he studied at a potter's house, and now he is absorbed in his work in Kasama. Though Mr. Gelaye makes various kinds of pottery, from coffee cups to huge pots, his keynote is always "blue & white". He puts in a lot of effort to express the color of sky-blue, which reminds him of the clear sky in his home country. During March's coffee hour, Mr. Gelaye will talk about the charm of pottery and his much beloved home country of Ethiopia.
The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with a stimulating discussion. Please let us here your opinions as well.
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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