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Coffee Hour: Russia

Author:Author unknown, Issue: October 1999, Topic: Coffee hour

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 Ms. Olga Chtcherbakova making a presentation on her native Russia. The following is her self-introduction:

"Hello, my name is Olga. I'm from Russia. I'm currently studying Computer Science at the University of Library and Information Science. For the October Coffee Hour, I'd like to introduce Russian culture, tradition and natural environment. I think that generally people's image of Russia is that of a "Cold Country", but we Russians actually enjoy winter snow very much. We like skiing, skating, sledding and so many other ways to play!

Every New Year, different areas hold various snow festivals. I'd like to talk about the snow festival in my hometown, Ekaterinburg, in the Ural Mountains area, which is the natural border between Europe and Asia.

I will bring Russian handicrafts to show as well. I hope I can interest you in Russia during this Coffee Hour.

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.

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